Monday, January 9, 2017

Quiet Weekend.

Talk about weird weather, Saturday night it snowed pretty heavily, in fact when I looked out of the window around 3 a.m. it was snowing a blizzard. Sunday it was sunny and bright and the sun drove the temperature in our living room up to 80°C in the afternoon and it was way too hot, well my chair is right by the window and the sun was streaming down on me. It was still pretty chilly outside though, when I opened the window there was a very cool breeze.

Not really been much going on around here this week. Of course today we will be bowling and hopefully will have our full team. I didn't check but expect we are at the bottom. I don't know why I care really, supposed to be doing it for fun after all. Planning to go to lunch at the Mandarin with a friend on Tuesday - weather permitting. She has COPD and finds it difficult to breathe if it is really bad weather. I have had my nose buried in a book most of the weekend apart from throwing a few meals together.

If a recipe is Portuguese or Portuguese style I just know I well enjoy it.

Chicken Portuguese Style

Portugal launched great explorations in the 15th and 16th centuries, often in search of spices, and to a large extent, their discoveries defined their national cuisines. They discovered Madeira, the Azores and the Cape Verde Islands. Vasco da Gama, seeking a sea route to India, brought back one of most important spices of all, black pepper. Exploration of the New World turned up sweet and hot peppers, corn, all varieties of beans, tomatoes, vanilla, avocados, chocolate, squashes and guavas (from which chewing gum is made). These discoveries truly revolutionized the kitchens of Europe. This dish has a sauce based on tomatoes and is typical of casseroles found in Portugal. First the peppers, onions and garlic are sautéed in olive oil. Tomatoes and saffron, another spice associated with the Iberian peninsula, are added to this mixture. The chicken is browned first, then slowly cooked. The pan is
deglazed with chicken stock and white wine before the other ingredients are combined.

2 Tbs olive oil
3 cups cored seeded sweet red, green and yellow peppers, cut into thin strips
1 cup thinly sliced onions
1 Tbs finely chopped garlic
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 cup canned crushed tomatoes
¼ tsp saffron stems or 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
2 Tbs butter
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, about 1 1/4 pounds
1 Tbs finely chopped shallots
¼ cup dry white wine
¼ cup fresh or canned chicken broth
4 Tbs finely chopped parsley

1. Heat the oil over medium high heat in a skillet. Add the peppers, onions, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, about 3 minutes or until crisp tender. Then add the tomatoes and saffron. Cover and simmer 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a skillet large enough to hold the chicken breasts in one layer. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Turn the pieces, reduce the heat and cook about 5 minutes or until done. Do not overcook. Transfer the chicken to a warm platter and keep it warm.

3. Add the shallots to the skillet and cook until wilted. Do not brown. Pour in the wine and scrape the bottom with a wooden spatula to dissolve any brown particles that may cling to the bottom of the skillet. Reduce the wine almost completely and add the chicken broth. Let this cook until it is almost totally reduced. Add the chicken breasts and any liquid that may have accumulated. Add the pepper and tomato mixture, bring to a simmer and add the parsley. Serve with rice.

Servings: 4

Author: Craig Lee
Source: The New York Times

Have a great day

24 comments:

  1. Hi Jo - hope the snow doesn't curtail life ... and enjoy the start of the new year's bowling. I love those spicy mediterranean style 'stews' - they're so good .. and just what one needs for a winter warmer ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Me too Hilary. It's snowing again this morning but hope we will be able to go bowling.

      I love them too - delicious.

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  2. Have a nice time. Take precautions in your life to enjoy this type pf climate. Yummy dish for this chill climate:)

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    1. We do WW, we have lived here a while now. Used to Cross Country Ski which really enabled us to enjoy the weather.

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  3. I would eat that.
    We had a quiet weekend as well. Very cold though.

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    1. Good Alex. I like finding things you can our will eat LOL.

      Cold in NC is relative!!

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  4. Cold here but just a smattering of snow flakes. That chicken sounds yummy.

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    1. We've got more this morning Denise.

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  5. Very cold and windy for us this weekend and continuing into today. We had a house full all weekend as the boys hung out to watch football and my daughter had a friend staying. Hectic and fun. Can't say I've ever had a Portuguese dish of any kind

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    1. Seems to have been the same everywhere Susan. Nice to have a houseful. Do try Portuguese dishes, they are wonderful.

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  6. I'm so not a fan of snow and cold. My dad would've loved that recipe. He was Portuguese.

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    1. LOL, I wouldn't have guessed JoJo. I love Portuguese food.

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  7. We are FROZEN out there right now. Most of the ice and snow are still in place since it was in the low teens the past two nights.

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    1. Unusual in your part of the world Diane. Although I remember a very bad snow one Christmas.

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  8. The weather is changing a lot all round these days. I wonder will is this because of climate change and melting icebergs?

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    1. Actually it is back to "normal" for us at the moment Spacer Guy. We have had warmer Christmas periods for a number of years.

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  9. Snow and sitting at home with your nose buried in a book. Sounds lovely and cosy:)

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    1. Kindle more than book at the moment Pinky. But quite cosy.

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  10. This recipe sounds great and i will be marking it down. It always amazes me how, way back when, spices were considered gems that they were under lock and key. Now we can buy them at the grocery store or at a local market

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    1. You're right Birgit. But then in those days it was difficult to get to the spice islands.

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  11. I love when it's bright outside. We get a lot of snow where I live but not nearly as much as it once was back when a foot was considered, just a regular old day.

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    1. Same here Ivy, we haven't had much snow in the last few winters.

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    2. But we have had dangerously cold winters here. Where the inside of the doors grew frost. How about you?

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    3. Well of course you live in a trailer which I would think would get pretty cold in the winter Ivy. The only time I live in one was in NC where it rarely got that cold. We get very cold winters here, but not as cold as they do further north. Where we live isn't that much north of you anyway.

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