As much as we are told that eating chicken skin is bad … isn’t the skin just the yummiest bit?
Provided it’s cooked right and lovely and crispy, the skin is something people fight over – just like really good pork crackling.
But, like crackling, perfectly crispy skin can be a bit of a challenge to achieve.
The trick is to bring the chicken to room temperature before roasting, and to ensure the skin is really dry by patting it with some kitchen towel. Where did I learn this? Neil Perry, of course 🙂 This dish is inspired by a recipe of his on the Rockpool website. The chicken is flavoured with lemon and thyme and served with his beautiful aoli – which you can buy in the fresh food section at the supermarket. YUM! I also roasted potato, parsnip, swede and carrots making this an amazing one-pan dish.
Crispy-skinned roast chicken with lemon, thyme and roast potatoes
- 1 x 1.6 – 1.8kg chicken
- Extra virgin olive oil
- A few knobs of butter
- ½ bunch thyme
- 1 lemon
- 2 carrots, washed, cut in half and then sliced lengthways
- 2 parsnips, peeled and cut into rough pieces
- 3 potatoes, washed and cut into rough pieces
- 1 red onion, peeled and cut into wedges
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled
- 1 punnet cherry tomatoes
An hour before you begin cooking take the chicken out of the fridge and pat dry with paper towel. Place the thyme and lemon inside the chicken cavity. Drizzle all over with olive oil and season well with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Preheat you oven to 220°c.
Heat a roasting pan in the oven. Add enough olive oil to barely cover the tray and a few knobs of butter, then add all of your vegetables except the tomatoes and garlic. Season with salt and pepper, toss well and place the pan in the oven. Cook the vegetables for about 20 minutes – they should be just starting to brown.
Remove the tray from the oven and add the cherry tomatoes and whole garlic cloves. Place the chicken face up into the pan and return to the oven for 30-40 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked. I found I needed to cook my chicken for an extra 10 minutes, as it was still a little pink.
Remove from the oven, lightly cover with foil and allow to rest for 20 minutes before serving. This step is really important as it allows all the juices to calm down from the cooking, making it lovely and moist.
Cut the chicken into quarters, and serve with the roasted vegies and Neil Perry’s fresh aoli on top. Some crusty sourdough bread is perfect too 🙂
My dog, Angel, got the leftovers. After a good feed, he was feeling pretty tired 🙂
As for a groovy tune to go with this delicious Sunday roast – I’d suggest this track by the Freelance Whalers. I came across this song on the Offspring soundtrack. I am totally addicted to this show and thought the music was amazing too! It’s kind of chilled and yet has this really cool rhythm to it. I think I love this song too, because it’s called Hannah, which is my favourite name 🙂 Hope you enjoy it as much as I do – although the video clip is a little weird 🙂
Butter chicken is one of those curries that won’t scare those opposed to heat and is great for kids. Not a chilli in site!
While curries are a bit famous for taking a very long time to cook – this version is actually quite quick (on the table within 40 minutes, including preparation) and doesn’t require going to the supermarket to purchase 10 different kinds of spice.
It’s a bit of a cheats version – but don’t let anyone make you feel guilty for that! This uses a store-brought mild curry paste. Some brands of these are better than others. I find Sharwood to be superior and the flavour is really fantastic. It’s all fine to spend a bit of time on the weekend grinding up your own curry paste, but it’s not something for during week.
You’ll notice that the quantities are enough to feed a small army – and that’s because I was cooking it not only for our dinner, but also as additional meals for my dad to put in his freezer.
So, why not cook a large batch – serve it up for dinner, then pop the rest in an air-tight container for the freezer. It’ll give you a night off when you can’t face cooking.
- 3 heaped tbs of mild curry paste (Sharwood is my prefered supermarket variety – but there are fabulous ones at Indian supermarkets)
- 2 large red onions, finely diced
- 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 2cm nob of ginger, finely chopped
- 1 tbs of dried ground coriander
- 2 tbs of tomato paste (this is a key ingredient, not only for flavour, but colour as well)
- 2 kg of chicken thigh fillets, chopped into 2cm cubes
- 500ml of thickened cream
- 1/2 a cup of water
- 1 large handful of chopped, fresh coriander (optional)
In a large, heavy-based saucepan add the paste, onion, garlic, ginger, tomato paste and dried coriander and cook until the spices become fragrant, about five minutes. If they start to burn and catch on the bottom of the pan, add a little water.
Add the chicken and cook over a medium heat, stirring regularly, until the chicken’s juices start to loosen the mix. This will take 5-10 minutes. Add the water and the cream and stir well. Allow to simmer over a low heat for about 10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked and the curry is a lovely, rich orangey colour. Add the coriander, if using. and season to taste with salt and pepper.
My Groovy Kitchen Tunes track choice for the cooking of this recipe would have to be something warm and comforting, just like this dish. As soon as this song comes on, I can’t help but smile, which is how I feel when I put the first fork full of butter chicken in my mouth. The Temper Trap is my new absolute favourite band right now, in and out of the kitchen! Their album Conditions was a big feature of the playlist at our engagement party in May. Their incredible – as is this song – Fader. Have a listen!
Irish stew is a casserole that has been the key to keeping hungry people’s tummies warm and full for a very long time.
It’s simple to make, with few ingredients and is ideal for your slow cooker. The first time I ever ate it was at an Irish pub in my hometown of Geelong – and once I’d had it, I couldn’t wait to re-create it. So, this is my version of a very, very famous stew. There’s no spice and kids are sure to like its gravy flavour. Irish stew also only has meat, carrot and potato, so no need to negotiate with them to eat anything too fancy, weird-looking or green, for that matter.
This freezes extremely well, so why not whip up a batch this weekend.
1kg lamb four-quarter chops, cut into bite-sized cubes
1/2 a cup of flour, which has been seasoned with salt and pepper
2 large onions, peeled and finely chopped
3 carrots, peeled a cut into large chunks
3 large deseree potatoes, peeled and sliced into large chunks
Enough beef stock to cover everything (about 1 litre)
1 tsp of fresh thyme leaves
- 3 tbs of Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper to taste.
Place the flour, salt and pepper in a zip lock bag and added the cubes of lamb. Close the bag and toss to coat the lamb with flour.
Heat some oil in a large, heavy based casserole and cook the lamb in batches until it is sealed and brown on the outside. Set the lamb aside.
Add a little more oil to the pan and cook the onion until it is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
Add the lamb back into the pan, along with all remaining ingredients.
Bring to the boil, cover and reduce heat to very low. Simmer for two hours, checking and stirring occasionally. At the end of the cooking time the sauce should be nice and thick and the vegies and meat nice and tender.
If using a slow cooker, add all ingredients to the ceramic dish and cook on high for 3 hours, or on low for 5.
Serve with some nice crusty bread and a big glass of your favourite red wine.
This was the first risotto recipe I ever made, and while I have done many more since, this delicious combination has stood the test of time.
My first attempt was back when I was a 23-year-old sub-editor working the 3pm to 12am shift at a daily newspaper in a country town in New South Wales. Boredom and loneliness was often an issue for me, so I used to entertain myself by cooking up heaps of different dishes. I didn’t have to worry about feeding someone else and what their likes and dislikes were. I didn’t have to stress if the dish took forever, I was on my time, no hungry people (other than my tummy) hovering around. As a tribute to my solitude, I went a little crazy with my culinary experiments. The best part for me was that if one of my far-fetched dishes turned into an inedible mess, I would be the only one going to bed hungry.
So, I headed to the shop, brought a packet of alborio rice, and looked at the back of the packet to find this very recipe (which I have since adapted). I then proceeded to walk around and around the supermarket, finding the bits and pieces I needed. One thing I discovered about myself during this lonely phase (I learnt a lot, actually) was that without a little direction – I get totally lost and distracted in supermarkets. I used to go from the freezer section to the deli and then up to the biscuit isle, before realising I forgot the parsley in the fruit and veg section. I’d then think; “ice-cream, would be nice …” so off I’d go to the other end of the shop.
My fiancée would attest that I’m not much better when accompanied by someone willing to carry my basket of goodies – but I do try to stay focused!
Anyway, I digress – back to the risotto.
I cut up all my ingredients (something I recommend doing when cooking any dish for the first time, especially when using a new technique – it keeps things a little more organised and helps with timing) and I got underway. I added rice and wine and stock and stirred it round and round as I did so. I got a little bored with the stirring, so I phoned a friend, holding the phone with one hand and my wodden spoon with the other. We had a good old chat!
In the finish, it came out ok. Although it was a bit dry, and it got stuck to the bottom of the pan.
But I pressed ahead and served my little experiment into a nice bowl. I then took up my position on my old, uncomfortable futon couch, in my holey, but very comfy PJs you would never let a boy see you in for how unsexy they were. All this was completed with a nice drop of wine in my very best coffee mug, perched on the floor beside me. Upon the first bite, I discovered I had produced a meal that was, well, quite uncooked. Ok, it was crunchy. I obviously hadn’t persisted long enough with the ladelling of stock and stirring of rice.
But, the flavours were all there – it was just the texture that was wrong. I did eat it all too. I was hungry and it was too cold and too late to head out for Maccas.
I bet you aren’t keen to try this recipe now – but you really should. Honestly! Learn from my mistakes and you’ll do as well as my second attempt – which turned out fabulously well!
Tips to perfect risotto:
- Taste the rice before you decide it’s ready, and continue to ladel and stir until you get the right texture, which is soft with the subtlest bite to the rice – it should be creamy and loose.
- Heat your stock in a pot beside your risotto pan – it takes less time for the rice to absorb hot stock then cold, making it much, much quicker.
- Use a non-stick frypan – trust me, this is a good idea!
- Cook the risotto at a high heat and don’t stop stirring! The stirring releases the starch from the rice, making the risotto creamy.
- Always check your seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.
- The other trick I discovered was that it’s worth getting someone to give you a hand with the stirring – this means employing a spouse, friend, teenager etc to do this for you. Best idea ever!
Creamy mushroom and asparagus risotto
Tandoori Chicken Risotto
- 600gm of chicken thigh fillets, cut into 2cm cubes
- 1 large onion, finely diced
- 1/4 cup of pancetta, diced
- 200gm of alborio rice
- 1/2 a bottle of white wine
- 4 portabelo mushrooms (or whichever ones you like), sliced
- 1 litre of chicken stock (you will probably use less than this, but best to have it on hand)
- 3 bunches of asparagus, trim away the woody bit, leaving the spears
- 2 handfuls of grated parmesan (a good quality one)
- 3 tbs of thickened cream
- salt and pepper to taste
Put the chicken stock into a saucepan and bring to the boil before turning right down.
Heat a little olive oil in a non-stick pan and cook the onion over a low heat, until it is beginning to soften. Add the panchetta and cook for a further two minutes or so.
Turn up the heat and add your chicken. Cook for about five minutes, then add the alborio rice.
Stir so that all the grains are coated and really hot, but don’t burn them. Add all the wine. It will bubble a lot (if it doesn’t, your stove isn’t hot enough). Stir until the wine has absorbed.
At this point, start ladelling your stock in. Put one ladel full of stock in at a time and stir each until it has absorbed into the rice before adding the next. This will take about 20 to 30 minutes. Ensuring your stock is hot before adding it will quicken the process.
After about 10 minutes (so the rice should be half-cooked) add the mushroom and asparagus.
The only way to tell that it’s ready it to taste it, as mentioned previously. Make sure the risotto is nice and lose and creamy – it shouldn’t be dry and stodgy.
Finish with the cheese and cream. Once you have stirred it through, you might like to add a touch more stock, as the cheese can thicken the risotto.
Whether you have tried cooking risotto before or not – this is a great recipe and I promise, as long as you taste and stir, it will be lovely, creamy and comforting! Why not make it the next time you have an afternoon free, your next anniversary dinner when the kids are elsewhere or for your next dinner party.
This recipe really isn’t one to freeze. You can if you want, but the texture will change. Add some water when reheating if you’d like to try it.
Marinating meat is a great way to not only save time, but to inject lots of awesome flavour into a week-night meal.
This week I’m going to share with you three really awesome marinades, which can be used on chicken, beef and lamb which will have your family raving not only about the great flavours, but also the tenderness of the meat.
Marinading meat is so convenient because you can do your weekly/fortnightly or monthly shop and marinate whatever meats you wish before popping them in the freezer. Once thawed, all that is left to do is cook it, and because it will be bursting with flavour, a simple salad or side of vegies is the only accompaniement required.
Don’t know much about marinating? Well, you’ll see from the below recipes that there are generally three main ingredients in each – acid (like lemon juice), oils and seasonings (herbs, spices, salt and pepper etc). The oils and the acids help tenderise the meat and break down the fibres to allow the seasonings to penetrate their great flavour. Once you get hold of a few good marinating recipes and start to understand what flavours work – then you’ll be making up your own before you know it!
- Half a cup of olive oil
- The juice of a whole lemon
- 1 tsp of ground black pepper
- 1/2 a tsp of sea salt
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 tbs of dried oregano
This marinade is great for chicken thighs or lamb chops, which can then be grilled on a hot pan or on the barbecue.
You could also spread it over a whole chicken or on maryland pieces (which is the cut with the thigh and leg bone, joined together) before roasting in a medium oven (about 180 to 200 degrees C – cooking times depend on the size of your whole bird, but marylands should take about 45 minutes).
But this is most ideal on a leg of lamb before roasting, or ask you butcher to butterfly the leg – which means he’ll remove the bone, leaving a nice flat piece of meat. Marinate it, and then cook it on the barbecue. It’s just amazing!
Spicy Asian Marinade
2cm piece of ginger, finely chopped
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
1/2 a red chilli, finely chopped (remove seeds to reduce spice)
- 1/2 a green chilli, finely chopped (remove seeds to reduce spice)
- 5 tbs of soy sauce
- 2 tbs of fish sauce
- 1/4 of a cup of peanut oil
- 1 tsp of sugar
- The juice of half a lime
This marinade is ideal for chicken and beef. Chicken strips can be marinated and stir-fryed with some Asian greens, or beef steaks will soak up these beautiful flavours before being cooked medium to rare on a barbecue and used in a Asian beef salad. It’s also great for meats you want to skewer and then barbecue. Beware though, it is quite spicy – so not one for the kids.
1/2 a cup of olive oil
1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
2 tbs of Moroccan spice blend/seasoning
1 tsp of lemon zest
1/2 a tsp of sea salt
1/2 a tsp of black pepper
This marinade is very versatile and is great for all cuts of chicken, is fabulous on lamb chops or back strap (cooked medium on the barbecue) or on tender cuts of beef.
Method and tips for all marinades
Combine all ingredients and whisk well. All these marinades yield enough for 1 to 1.5 kilograms of meat. The best way to marinade it to place meat in a freezer bag, add marinade and seal the bag, ensuring all the air is out. Toss, turn and massage the meat in the bag (having the bag sealed prior to doing this exercise saves your hands from getting all dirty, but ensures the meat and marinade is well combined). Ensure you use a large enough freezer bag for your quantity of meat.
Freeze for up to three months. To thaw – place the frozen meat in the fridge the night before you need it. This is the most hygienic way of thawing meat.
You can marinate the meat on the same day as you plan to use it, but the flavour won’t be as good. However, as long as the meat has at least 2 hours in the fridge, it will still be delicious.
This really is the simplest and easiest process to inject wonderful flavour. So, no more boring lamb chops or roast chickens. Inject some flavour – your family will thank you!
Any questions about marinating? Feel free to post them in the comments section below.
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I don’t know what the weather is like in your part of the world, but here it’s delivering mostly sunny days, but the evenings have inherited that true winter chill we haven’t felt for a while here in southern Australia.
While this is a cue for most people to pull out their fluffy ugg boots, cardigans and to curl up and watch TV with a nice warm blanket over your lap – for me, it’s also about cooking really yummy soups. Mostly, I take them to work for lunch, because I generally have a decent appetite at dinner time and really want something substantial. However, this chicken soup is a true meal.
With cooler weather comes colds and flues, and if you haven’t heard, chicken soup has wonderful medicinal, anti-inflamatory properties. All the more reason to get into the kitchen this weekend and cook up a nice big batch. This recipe will give you four to six large serves. It’s healthy, warming and completely delish!
Most of us have a long weekend ahead (Happy Easter, by the way!!) so now is a great time to get in the kitchen and do some cook ups. Don’t forget to check out these other fabulous recipes which will help you fill your freezer.
Aussie food to me is all about fusion. Australia is a multicultural extravaganza of flavours from across the world, reflecting our population – people who have come together from all over the world to call this beautiful country home.
In the 1950s you might have said Australian cuisine was about meat pies, fish and chips, snags on the barbie, the Sunday roast … and, of course, let’s not forget Vegemite!
But since then our pallets have been wowed by the fabulous flavours of countries like Italy, China, India and more recently, the wonder that is African food.
As you walk down the streets of any of Australia’s beautiful states and territories, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to world cuisine – and then there are those restaurants which classify themselves as “Modern Australian”.
It is this term which I think really encompasses what Aussie food is all about in 2011. It’s about flavours and techniques from across the world coming together to compliment and enhance the things we love and do well here, like seafood, lamb and chicken and an array of fresh produce.
I also think it’s important to embrace indigenous culture and flavours and bush herbs such as lemon myrtle, which is a feature of my recipe, have become really popular.
World famous chef Rick Stein’s pursuit to find Australia’s Top Food Blogger and the country’s ultimate dish inspired me to create this recipe. It embraces our wonderful produce, and the flavours and techniques from all over the world which has influenced our cuisine so much.
The chicken in this recipe is succulent and infused with the flavours of basil and lemon myrtle. The potatoes are crispy and delicious, just like you’d expect from a perfectly cooked Sunday roast. The sausages give a really authentic Aussie touch, with a Balkan twist, and the beans don’t only add colour, but a crispy freshness. When brought together, it’s un unpretentious dish that is fragrant, moist and bursting with flavour.
In a nutshell – it’s the kind of food everyone just loves to eat.
BAKED FUSION CHICKEN
- 16 organic chicken drumsticks (you could also use maryland or thighs, if you like)
- 2 tbs of basil pesto
- The juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tsp of lemon myrtle
- 2 cloves of garlic, grated
- 1 tsp of sea salt
- 1 tsp of freshly ground black pepper
- 3 tbs of olive oil
Combine all of the marinade ingredients. Massage into the chicken, cover with cling film and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
- 1 red onion, peeled and cut into wedges
- 3 potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
- 6 small, skinless pork sausages (also called chevaps, which are actually Balkan), broken into bite-sized pieces
- 8 mushrooms, halved
- 4 whole cloves of garlic, unpeeled
- 4 vine-ripened tomatoes, cut into quarters
- 1 large handful of beans, trimmed
- 1/3 of a cup of water
- 1 tbs of flour
Preheat your oven to 220 degrees celsius (200 for fan forced). In a baking dish, combine the marinated chicken, red onion, potatoes, sausage pieces, mushrooms and garlic with a few good glugs of olive oil and some salt and pepper. Toss with your hands so the marinade coats all the ingredients.
Bake for 50 minutes, checking after 35 minutes to see how it’s progressing.
After an hour, add the tomatoes and beans and stir through. Try to ensure the potatoes are mostly at the top, so they don’t go soggy in the juices, letting them to go golden and crispy. Taste the sauce to check for seasoning and add more, if required. Bake for a further 15 minutes – enough to cook the beans and tomatoes, but so the tomatoes hold their shape.
Serve onto plates, but leave most of the juices in the pan. Place the pan on your stove-top and bring to a gentle boil. Mix the flour and water in a small bowl and add to the simmering juices. Whisk until the sauce starts to thicken. Once a good consistency, spoon over the chicken. Garnish with chopped parsley.
I think this dish doesn’t only reflect the flavours that have been brought to Australia over the past 60 years – but it also reflects the kind of food Australians like to eat every day- food packed with flavour, but without fuss and pretension.
I hope this dish is something my Food Hero, Rick Stein would love! I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!
It’s been a few days between recipes, and so I thought I’d share with you one that was inspired by the amazing Kylie Kwong. I watched her make this fried rice on her cooking show and it made me sooo hungry!!! I also loved it because it was so simple – she doesn’t add everything under the sun like sweet corn and peas (eewww so bad in fried rice!!) and little pieces of capsicum and carrots. Now Kylie’s didn’t have bacon in it – but I love it in fried rice – so I added it. I changed a few other bits and pieces as well.
I used to battle with making this dish because the rice would always go gluggy. Here are a few tips:
- Cook your rice the night before. Fluff it with a fork and refrigerate
- I find jasmine rice is too starchy – so I use basmati (I know, not authentic, but it works and it’s better for you!)
- When you take the rice out of the fridge, don’t just bung it in the wok – separate it with a fork, or use your fingers.
- Make sure your wok is hot and don’t keep the rice in there long – it really only needs to fry slightly and reheat.
The very best fried rice
Cook your rice (I use basmati, as mentioned above), fluff it with a fork and leave it to cool completely in the fridge.
Place the oil in a hot wok and fry off the bacon, until it is just about to go crisp. Add red onions and let them soften.
Meanwhile, place the eggs in a bowl with spring onions, half the soy sauce and ginger and lightly beat with a fork to combine.
Pour in the egg mixture and leave to cook for 10 seconds before folding eggs over onto itself with a spatula and lightly scrambling for about 1 minute or until almost cooked through. Please don’t fully cook the eggs at this point, otherwise they will be tough later.
Add rice and extra soy sauce and stir-fry for about 1 1/2 minutes, using a spatula to break up the egg into smaller pieces. It really nicely starts to coat the rice and it tastes amazing! Make sure you taste it as this point and see if it needs any more soy. I like quite a bit in this so I do get a bit heavy-handed!
I served this with some marinated chicken. I just used some soy, sweet chilli sauce and a touch of rice wine vinegar and fresh, finely sliced red chilli, coated it and fried it in the wok.
Such a quick, easy weekday meal which you will love.
This recipe is fabulous, not only because it’s a fast, quick and easy one-pot wonder, but it’s also bursting with flavour.
Chorizo is a priority ingredient in my cooking at the moment – I mean I love it – but Matt loves it more. He’s always wanting a risotto, but with chorizo in it. Then there’s pasta, with chorizo in it – even chorizo on homemade pizza. I think he was Spanish in a previous life!
The great thing about chorizo is that it’s a great way to inject instant flavour into a dish – it’s packed with paprika and other spices, and as you gently fry it in olive oil – you can see the oil turn red and beautiful.
That’s why this recipe works with so few ingredients – because the star of the dish is bursting with sumptuous flavour.
I have taken this one from Nigella’s latest book – Nigella Kitchen. I was very excited when it finally arrived from Amazon and after seeing her whip this up as part of the TV series, and because of Matt’s love for chorizo – I thought I’d make it the first recipe I’d try. Of course, I made a few changes – because I just can’t help myself.
Chorizo and Chickpea stew
4tbs of olive oil
2 chorizo sausages, sliced into rounds (This is the centrepiece of the dish, so make sure you use a good quality one, I used Istra from the Daylesfod region of Victoria – their smallgoods are amazing!)
1 tsp ground cummin
- 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
1 400gm tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 400gm cans of diced tomatoes (preferably organic)
1 cup of chicken stock (maybe a little more, if the consistency seems too dry)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
1 handful of chopped, fresh coriander
The juice of half a lemon
A dollop of natural yogurt, to serve (optional)
Heat olive oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan. Add the chorizo and cook until the oil start to turn redish. This means the sausage is releasing its flavours.
Add the cumin and stir for one minute. Raise the heat and add the red wine vinegar. Allow to cook for a minute or two, allowing the vinegar to reduce slightly.
Add the chickpeas, tomatoes and stock and bring to the boil. Reduce and leave to simmer for 5 minutes or so. Taste at this point for seasoning, and add salt and pepper to taste. If, at this point the dish is looking a little dry, add a little more chicken stock, or water.
Now, mix through the coriander and lemon juice and serve immediately.
To serve: I cooked some simple cous cous (I will share my best basic cous cous recipe with you tomorrow, so stay tuned for that) – and added a dollop of natural yogurt to each plate. This really adds another dimention to the overall flavours. This will serve 4 people.
This is quite different to Nigella’s recipe – she used sherry rather than red wine vinegar. I just didn’t have any on hand. She also put in some dried apricots when she added the tomatoes. However, I’m not a fan of dried fruit, so I left them out. But, you’re welcome to add them, if you like.
After watching the series and having a good look through the book – I can’t wait to try more of these recipes! I’ll let you know how I go 🙂