Thursday, 18 August 2011

Chicken pie so good you'll laugh and cry at the same time

My chef friend John told me the other day he has this amazing recipe for chicken pie that he knew from work, he said we had to try it out.. so we made it for a couple of friends and it lost for words. John and i studied together at chef school and it was rather fun being back in the kitchen with him.

Heres what

1 whole chicken
Puff pastry, bought or home made (we used home made)
Mirepoix veg (carrots, leeks, onions for a veg stock)
Bay leaves, peppercorns and thyme
Mushrooms (we used a mix of brown and button)
Cream and butter
A splash of white wine

Heres how

Chop up all the veg reserving some onion and leek for later.
Remove the wings from the chicken and salt the bird.
Put all the veg, thyme, bay leaves, pepper corns and chicken in a pot and full with water until the chicken is completely covered.

Leave this at a simmer until the chicken is cooked through.

Roll out your puff pastry cut and refrigerate until you're ready to use it.
Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the pot and place in a container with a lid.
Strain the liquid from the stock.
Sweat off the remaining onions and the chicken wings in a little butter and add the splash of wine, then add the stock and let it reduce by at least a 3rd.
While the sauce is becoming delicious, pick all the chicken off the bone and put the bones in the sauce pot, put the meat in a bowl.
Bake the brushed puff pastry rounds until risen and golden
Saute the leeks then mushrooms in butter and add to the chicken meat.Add a tablespoon of the tarragon mustard
Once the sauce starts to look sticky then its ready add about 200ml of cream and swirl.
Add the sauce to the chicken,leeks and mushrooms and mix.
You have to taste now its so so good!!
Plate up with yum chicken and veg mixture and place the pastry rounds on top.
We just served this with a tarragon mustard creamy mash.

This is honestly the best pie in whole world!
I only wish i head a better camera..oh well enjoy

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Home made pizza with the boys

Its been way too long..

Works been a tad busy due to the fact that im on my own in the kitchen and im baking all the yummy treats now as well. I have been cooking, but not as much. My lovely friend Bruce came over and we made a joint effort of home made pizza night(he makes super delicious bases)..seriously make your own bases, its well worth are some pictures, we ate ourselves silly !