Saturday, 1 September 2012

Recipe - Chicken Potato Salad, Stuffed Peppers

After a short stint in London, I returned to Edinburgh. The prolonged time spent with family in Bangladesh didn't lend itself to me wanting to spend lots of time in Birmingham. Also, I've alienated everyone who I used to be friend with and even if I hadn't, there is nothing fun to do. I do have lots of boring admin to do but since in all likelihood I'm going to do that for a job, I should avoid it now in favour of more fun things. It sort of ruined my emotional train goodbye to be all 'hi I'm coming to Edinburgh again' but not dying of boredom far outweighs making all endings perfect. As we've learnt, I'm not really a 'best in the long term' actor. Being back in Edinburgh without any money of course lent itself to cooking. Oooh, do you feel like this is familiar? Freaky. (Or not.) We even went on another picnic. This time on an island you can get stranded on if the tide's wrong. The trip demonstrated just how boring I have become. I like doing things in the daytime and keeping my affairs in order and have grown tired of drinking and like going to bed by midnight. (This is reflected in my blog stats. Half of you have stopped reading.) I've completely stifled my sense of adventure; I reiterated at least 2839505 times before this trip that I really didn't want to get stranded on the island. LAME. Anyway, this time, picnic was much simpler. It was unplanned, you see. It's very unlike me to not make plans at the best of times but now I'm starting to act middle-aged, I cling onto them even more. Anyway, unplanned picnic. We drank Tennents (like louts) and I made a fun salad. I cooked that evening too; a meal to use up the various ingredients there were. I chose to put them in some peppers and roast them. Not a very inspiring recipe but do you care? Do you ever read the recipes? I don't mind if you don't but you should know that most of them are very simple and low maintenance.

Chicken and Grape Potato Salad
2 drumsticks chicken, roasted and shredded
7 fairly large new potatoes, quartered
2 tbsp mayonnaise
7 grapes, peeled and halved
Rocket (a handful or so)
Salt and pepper

Boil the potatoes until tender.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Season with salt and pepper.
Stuffed peppers
1 onion, chopped
2 red chillies, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped
250g beef mince
1 courgette, cubed
6 tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp oregano
250ml beef stock

200g rice
4 peppers
75g strong cheddar, grated

Fry the onion on a medium heat until browning.
Add the chilli and garlic and fry for a further minute.
Turn heat to high and add mince, brown mince all over.
Add cumin, oregano and chilli powder.
Add mushrooms and courgettes and fry for a further five minutes.
Add tomatoes and stock and simmer for at least half an hour until quote a thick mixture.

Cool rice as per packet instructions.
Mix rice, meat and cheese.
Chop the top off the peppers and deseed.
Stuff with the filling to the top, pour over some grated cheese and replace top. (Leftover filling can be eaten alone.)
Place in an oven preheated to 220 for one hour.

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