Hi there ! How is your week-end going ? We celebrated an important day yesterday, for us as a couple and future family….let’s say future official family, cause I believe that a paper doesn’t make a family. The love, respect and support we have for each other is the one that counts. And we already have that in our family of six. The mediterranean chicken stew is now one of our family recipes, which we make quite often. Actually M prepares it, but on this occasion I made it under his close observation….from the living room couch. He has online gaming buddies and there are communication protocols in place, so he can’t just up and run to the kitchen. Anyway, not further than the headphone cord allows. Not complaining, just making fun of the situation .
So yesterday we had a delicious lunch at Pousada Kumaki, a Brazilian cuisine restaurant.
Initially we were planning a small getaway, but due to an unforeseen fortunate development in our life (BIG change, but on that later ) we decided to indulge and rejoice locally. The restaurant is outside of Gdansk, in the country side. It’s simple, inviting and the food is delicious.
The desert, a milk pudding, was so rich, smooth and tasty. And though they cater only a few dishes, they also have vegan or gluten/lactose free options.
And the restaurant owner is from Bazil and also has an equestrian (horse riding) school, right next to the restaurant.
Then ended the day with a nice walk and loads of Netflix. Due to my current schedule, it takes us forever now to finish a series. So we binged a bit yesterday. I admit, sometimes I edit my blog photos while watching some series. I’m overloaded with guilt as I do it, as I don’t fully focus on the movie. However, one has to multi-task. What are you currently watching on Netflix ? At the moment we are hooked on the Punisher (Marvel superhero), Mind hunters (focused on mapping the first profiles of psychopaths and serial killers) and Black Mirror, which I don’t know how to describe. Each episode centers around unusual perhaps slight different future situations involving high tech? Hit me with your current favorite series, I’m always eager to find some new stuff. Or movies ? Haven’t watched a good compelling movie at home in a while.
Mediterranean Chicken Stew
These Mediterranean chicken stew recipe’s been in M’s family for a really long time, from one of their family members that lived in Cyprus. The difficulty level is not high, but it takes a bit of time to chop the vegetables and cook it all. It’s a bit sour due to the sour cucumbers, their juice and actual slices of lemons. The lemons are my favorite part. . And the pieces of soft fresh bread you dip and soak in the sauce are a delight to eat. Mediterranean Chicken Stew is one of our main preferred dishes that we make time and again. Also, there is minimal amount of fat, 4 tablespoons of olive oil for the whole pot. I really dislike greasy foods smothered in fat, so I always avoid cooking like that. My hope is you’ll find it just as tasty and exciting dish as we do.
If you prefer it, you can exclude the chicken. It will still be a delicious stew. Or you can add it over a simple portion of rice.
Beautiful Cast Iron Pot
Can we discuss for a moment over this beautiful red pot ? We recently got this iron cast pot, also know as a dutchoven pot, together with a cast iron grill pan. For the longest time I wanted one of these. Due to the cast iron, these pot retain a lot of heat. It takes a few minutes longer to heat up than a normal pot, but they retain that heat so well. It keeps boiling for like a minute, once you take it off the stove. They are so durable, that they can last for 30 years if treated with care. The big brand names producing iron cast pots are terribly expensive, such as Le Creuset.
Needless to say we bought ours from Lidl, the Ernesto kitchen line. They only costed around 75 PLN (19 EUR) each. As oppose to Le Creuset, which cost around 200 EUR per pot. It doesn’t really make a difference quality wise, the Lidl ones are very well made. The big brands however come in a wide range of colors and some are hand made, as I read on their website. I’m not gonna lie, I do want to buy a Le Creuset one day, but untill then I’m very happy with my Lidl one . I really recommended one of these, if you love to cook big pots of stews and meats. They are excellent for slow cooked food.
Remember, I’d love to receive some movie/series recommendations from you and let me know in the comments if the Mediterranean chicken stew will also turn into a stable dish in your home.
4 tablespoons (45 ml ) olive oil, devided
2 red onions
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 peppers( red, yellow, green)
100 grams dried tomatoes
half of lemon
bunch of fresh basil, roughly chopped
1,5 tablespoon dried oregano, divided
4 medium size sour cucumbers
500 grams chicken breast
1 tablespoon tomato paste
½ cup (120 ml ) juice from the sour cucumbers
140 grams simple green olives
Yields 5-6 servings
- In a big pot, on low to medium heat, heat up 3 tablesppons of olive oil
- Slice the onions in thin strips and together with the garlic, cook in the hot oil until translucent. Stir occasionally
- While the onions cook, start cutting in bite size cubes the rest of the vegetables. They don’t need to all go at once. Start with the tomatoes as the will leave their juice in the pot and no extra water needs to be added. The follow with the peppers.
- Slice the zuchini, then cut it in quarters. Same for the lemon half.
- Roughly chop the basil leaves and together with 1 tablespoon of dried oregano, add it in the pot and stir. Add the sour cucumbers, cut in small piece
- Once all the vegetables are added, leave the pot to simmer on low heat, stirring occasionally
- Dump the chicken with a paper towel and remove any strings of fat. Cut the chicken breast in small pieces and season with the rest of the dried oregano, salt and pepper. Place a non-stick grill pan medium heat and brush it with the rest of the olive. Once hot, place the chicken and cook it until golden on all sides. When it’s ready, add it to the pot with the rest of the vegetables
- Mix the tomato paste with the juice from the sour cucumbers and add it to the stew. The stew should cook for about 2 hours, from the moment you add the onion, until the vegetable are soft
- Right before turning the heat off, add the olives
- Serve with soft bread, to soak it in that delicious sauce
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