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Real Men Know How to Cook…

28 Feb

Real Men Know How to Cook...

…without killing you!

It’s true. This Sunday was my 1st ever official cooking class for two of my very good friends.

We cooked a hearty meal of chicken, potatoes and vegetables. Nothing fancy, hard or exotic. Just good wholesome, stuff your mum made when you were young.

And to top things off, not only did I get to bark orders (ok not so much of the barking) the meal was so delicious that I wish we’d made even more!

The recipe was simple:

Cut up 1 large potato per person, peel and chop. In a pot of boiling water (with a dash of salt) add the potatoes and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and put the lid on. This should take about 10 minutes to cook through. To check if they’re ready prick them with a sharp knife. If the potato stays on the knife it isn’t cooked. You’ll see!

Chop up all your vegetables and wash them. Some vegetables take longer to cook than others. We used carrots (5 minutes), courgettes (3 minutes) and broccoli (3 – 5 minutes depending on how you like it). The wonderful thing about vegetables is that most can be eaten raw, so panic not! Don’t cook these yet!

Dice the chicken into 1 inch squares – this doesn’t have to be exact, just as long as the pieces are about the same size. In a frying pan add a little oil and butter. You only need a little of each, then add sliced onions and cook until translucent. Add some dried herb and garlic. After about a minute add the chicken. This can be stirred continuously or occasionally, but never leave it alone too long, you don’t want it to burn or only cook on one side. To check whether the chicken is cooked all the way through, take the biggest piece in your pan and remove it from the heat. Cut it in half with your knife and look at the color on the inside. If it is still even a little pink then put it back in the pan and cook for a few more minutes. If it is white then good job, your food is ready!

Once the potatoes are cooked, steam the vegetables and drain everything.

Put it all on a plate and enjoy. I added cranberry sauce for some kick.

A very simple dish for two first time chefs, who commented on how easy cooking actually is! I’m so happy!

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