October 08, 2012

Oven Slaving with Mrs Woog - Delicioso Pasta

I can cook a bit. I am not a great cook, but I don't mind having a crack at it occasionally. My mum is an EXCELLENT cook and used to make me help her out in the kitchen a lot, so I picked up a few tricks of the trade here and there. PLUS I like to watch cooking shows, so I am across a few food combos. 


Chorizo is the sun-dried tomato of our current era. You pretty much find it on any menu. I hate to think what it is made of, so I have not looked it up. Anything that tastes that good has got to be bad for you. So I chose not to know.....

Ok, so lets cook this mofo shall we?

Because it has been pointed out to me on a few occasions by twitter trolls, I now embrace my inner Prue and Trude and pulled out my Le Creuset big pan. Splash a tiny bit of olive oil in the bottom. Slice up 2/3 chorizo sausages and fry them off. Guard that chorizo because there will be swooping thieves who will try to eat it.

In the same pan, brown off a double of diced chicken thighs. Brown them real good. You cannot fuck this up and overcook them. You can cook chicken thighs for hours.

Remove chicken from the pan. Ad another splash of olive oil and add a diced onion and a couple of shallots. Stir for a minute or two with some garlic. I use garlic from a tube because I am lazy. Now, there will be a lot of crusty bits of chicken and stuff on the bottom of the pan, AND THIS IS GOOD PEOPLE!!!!!

Because you are going to DEGLAZE THE LE CREUSET with some red wine. Slosh in half a cup or so and get scraping all the good stuff off the pan. Reduce the lot.

Have a sip of wine while the stuff is reducing.

Next, add a tin of tomatoes and half a jar of ready made pasta sauce. I use Barilla sauces and pastas because when I was backpacking I met some very loud Italians and they told me to. Not sponsored by Barilla, just saying....

Add a sliced capsicum and stir it all around. Season with salt and pepper before letting it simmer for 15 minutes or so.

You want to get rid of a lot of the liquid because no one likes their pasta swimming in sauce. When it has reduced, add your chicken and chorizo, and stir through....

Tell your partner to stop drinking your freakin wine and set the table.....

Just before serving, remember that you forgot one very important ingredient. 1 teaspoon of smoked, sweet paprika. Quickly add and stir. Chuck the cooked pasta in the sauce pot and moosh it around a bit.

Eat it. 

Scoff at suggestions from the floor that this could be made with seafood. 

Is this something you think your tribe would eat?
Dora and I agree, it's.........

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