When I first made this sumptuous chicken dish, it was just for my husband and myself. What was I thinking? I like to spoil him every so often, but I mean come on, this was a lot of work for just the two of us? So I set out to make Chicken Marbella again as the main course for an evening with friends. I can’t tell you how much they all enjoyed it, it was definitely a crowd pleaser.
I’ll have to say the season I enjoy cooking most is the winter time. Soups, stews, chillis, and curries all so satisfying and warming when the weather outside is frightful. I usually make large batches and freeze some for a later date. The slow cooker tends to be my best friend around these months too. Nothing quite so satisfying than a hearty and aromatic dinner that you didn’t have to slave over. In our busy lifestyles, shortcuts are definitely the way to go. These days I just seem to gather recipes that sound and look comforting. This one pan roast chicken with fresh herbs, wine, vegetables and bacon was just the ticket when the temperatures plummeted this week. It is definitely a time saver too as it is all cooked in one pot.
What could be more rewarding than having a meal cooking away in your crock pot (slow cooker) when you’ve had a busy day? Do you love Indian cuisine, but don’t have the time to make it from scratch? The crock pot method makes it all happen in one big pot, melding the flavors and spices and cooks it to perfection. Imagine the aroma as you walk in. You’ll know that warm, comforting feeling, it’s as if your kitchen is beckoning you in to a dish that you didn’t have to slave over.
I’ve used a slow cooker for many soups and stews but it was only recently that I discovered that cooking curry in a crock pot, was not only feasible, but it makes clean up a cinch! I did my happy dance when I first discovered it, as there’s nothing quite as heartening as an irresistible curry when the weather turns.