Another work from home day today which I always enjoy. It is so much easier preparing meals at home when you want them, rather than having to think about it in advance or spend lots of money buying food of unknown and dubious origins from shops and eateries near the office.
Deja Vue ? No, not the same photo as yesterday. But I enjoyed my breakfast so much yesterday I made the same again today and it kept me going for hours. While I worked I made some chicken stock to turn in to soup tomorrow. I think I should write a cookbook called ‘101 Ways With One Chicken’ or summat similar as I definitely make the most of a chicken when I buy one. I have considered vegetarianism and even veganism, several times. I am convinced by the ethical arguments but not the nutritional so I remain a carnivore. However, I do think that if you are going to kill an animal to eat it, show it some respect and eat it all. I do think it is totally unacceptable to throw away meat as that is killing the animal for nothing.
I put the chicken carcass in to a large pan, added enough water to just cover the carcass and added 2 carrots, 3 celery sticks, a brown onion in quarters, peppercorns and some fresh tarragon. I let is slowly simmer for about 3 hours. After it cooled, I picked off all the meat I could find on the bones, added that to the stock and discarded the rest, including the cooked veggies.
This delicious jug of stock and chicken will be easily converted in to a nourishing soup tomorrow by adding some fresh veggies and then blending until smooth. Meanwhile I cooked up some lunch. This was really easy. I chopped up 2 small sweet potatoes and roasted them for half an hour. I added 1/4 of the chicken and roasted it with the sweet potatoes for about half an hour until warmed through. Served with a green salad. Unadorned, just as it was when it was picked. This was really tasty and I enjoyed it all.
I had some wonderful company for a dinner out tonight. One of my very favourite people on the planet to dine with so it was lovely, just the two of us. We had dinner at Simply Italian in Battle. The service in there is very attentive and friendly. The food is perfectly adequate. I probably wouldn’t go there for a special occasion but for a midweek supper it was great.
We shared an antipasto platter and then I had pork escalope in a cream and mushroom sauce with veggies. I really enjoyed my meal and especially the company. Who was my splendid dining companion?
The little fella of course! He enjoyed his “no cheese please” pizza.
I hope you had a good evening too.