Thursday, 7 January 2010


 Being at home is lovely at the moment, isn't it?  Looking out of the window at the snow-blanketed countryside; seeing the cat shaking frost from his fur when he comes through his door; hearing the crunch of snow on the road outside as cars edge gingerly down the hill - all while we're snuggled up warm inside.  I'm a  homebird at heart anyway, but poking round the house with the perfect excuse for not going out is heaven... domestic bliss!  A cheering, baked all-in-one supper like this provides a touch more winter warmth without any pressure on the cook - and allows for more time in front of the fire with a cuppa.

Comforting Creamy Chicken Bake

1 leek, sliced
250g bacon, chopped
500g small waxy potatoes, halved lengthways
4 tbsp wholegrain mustard
squeeze of lemon juice
284ml carton double cream
200ml milk
4 chicken thighs

Put the chopped bacon, halved potatoes and sliced leeks into the bottom of a large ovenproof dish.  Mix the mustard, cream and milk together with a squeeze of lemon juice and some seasoning.  Pour this over the ingredients in the dish, then nestle the chicken pieces in the top, skin-side up.  Bake at 180°c for 45 minutes until the chicken skin is crisp and the top of the bake is nicely golden.

Eat up and keep warm!

Cath xx

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