Usually when we make roast dinner with chicken, I feel it’s a bit of a waste to just throw away the chicken carcass once it’s been cleaned of all the meat and try to make stock out of it. I don’t make stock every time we’ve had roast as it needs to be looked at from time to time in the kitchen. I can be lazy like that.
But, it does mean that the 80% of when I do have the strength, I boil the chicken carcass with carrots, parsnip, onion and what ever I have at home. This time it was a bit different as I wanted to make more stock for my freezer stash but was too tired. So I just used all the drippings and juices from the chicken, let it sit in the fridge overnight so that it solidified – making it easy to remove all the excess fat in one swift movement (just lift it off like a lid). I then chopped up the few veg I had at home, put it all in a pot with water and let it simmer until it had reduced by half.
Can’t give any measurements as it’s all down to how much chicken juice you get and how much veg you have. But just look at those pictures of the solidified chicken juice. It looks so wrong and yet so lovely!
Today it has felt like spring and when walking to the food shop I saw people without coats, eating ice creams and enjoying the sun. I, on the other hand, still had my long warm coat. I don’t really trust it to be spring yet and dislikes being cold. A lot. So I’m playing it safe!
As I came home and started preparing the food menu for the week a head, I remembered the rhubarbs I bought the other day from the reduced section. It was time to cook them, but I wasn’t sure just want to do. I didn’t have time for a crumble or something complicated. So I just made some simple rhubarb jam.
I washed them and chopped them up finely, put them in a pot with a bit of water and a couple of squeezes of Madhave’s Vanilla Agave and boiled it down until it was just mush. I also added a tiny bit of the home made vanilla sugar I have in the cupboard, just to calm down the tanginess of the rhubarb, but not as much to make it too sweet.
After it had reduced in to a mushy jam, I poured it in to a jar. It will be perfect with some of the Greek yoghurt I have in the back of the fridge, or with some fluffy whipped cream if I can be asked to whip it up. Even just the smell is divine and makes me think of summer nights and swimming in lakes.
Just the colour of the sliced rhubarbs makes me think of caramels and pretty dresses, just look at it!
Last night, me and the usual gang went to see two door cinema club at the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm. I suppose not all the usuals as R is still is Boston working on their project. As he was not able to join, his sister managed to come with and the evening was a great success!
In between the support and Two Door there was a break with music that took us back to our teens with hits from Darude, Sash, Zombienation and ATB. Classics, but we were a bit confused to why they had that on seeing that Two Door Cinema Club isn’t the same kind of genre. At all.
However, this meant that we had warmed up properly with dancing and singing and that we could do the same when the band came on. All in all, I think there was only three songs of new material meaning we sang like crazy.
As usual, C and A just kept buying the ciders which made it slightly trickier getting up this morning. I woke up at 9am but didn’t really get out of bed until about 10am when I strolled downstairs for a big slices of cake for breakfast. I know, I’m crazy like that.
Rest of the day has mostly been consisting of watching old films (The Matrix 2 & 3) whilst laying in bed and sewing on buttons on my shirt. Halfway there and I think I might be ready to start on the dinner.
Just one more slice of orange cake…
Every day, I’m getting closer to getting a wedding dress. Monday, I’m going with my seamstress to look at two fabrics in shepherds bush, hopefully I will also be able to make a decision. If all goes well, I’ll have a finished dress by the end of April and then we can start looking at what Rich wants.
Love the elegance and poise of Audrey Hepburn and her dress. I’m having something similar, but yet something slightly bit more “me”. Can’t wait!
Today has been a day filled with slightly boring but very productive feeling tasks. You see, today I went through my entire mail inbox and created new folder, sorted everything in to them and deleted lots of junk! It took me about four hours of work but now I know exactly where things are and my inbox is no longer as full as it used to be!
I also had my first slice of this one.
It was just as amazing as I thought it would be!
Now I’m off to Sainsbury’s for some onions and other bits and pieces. I’m having a quiet evening in with bolognaise and some tv-series. Think I’ll even sew the new buttons on my black Peter pan shirt!