The relentless rain, sleet, snow and cold, does tend to dampen the spirits after a while.
I had often heard it said that when you get older your enthusiasm with food dwindles, but I never thought it would happen to me. I love food, love cooking, but maybe its the weather - non stop rain, hail, snow with very little respite, than found me sighing wondering what to cook.
The store cupboard, and a large chicken breast, put a bit of colour into a somewhat miserable day.
Two pieces of foil, a slurp of olive oil, diced up chicken breast, slices of choritzo, a large sun dried pepper diced ( or 2) chopped tomatoes - you can use a tin of tomatoes, they actually give cooking a more intense flavour - I just had these to use up.
Add a pinch of rosemary, and a teaspoonful of masala powder sprinkled through finger and thumb over the mixes. Cook for 30 - 40 minutes depending on how much you put into each parcel, 180c.
Just have a peek after half an hour to see how it's doing - and pop back for a bit longer if the chicken needs it.
Look at those lovely juices, it's not the olive oil, it's the chicken, tomatoes, choritzo, and peppers.
I served it with roasted root vegetables - potatoes with their skins on of course, carrots and parsnips which took the same about of time to cook in the oven as the chicken parcels.
Of course, Patrick had the large size. It's lovely and moist and juicy and rich in flavours, and just the colours and aroma brings a smile to your face on a miserable grey day
And the added bonus is only two backing trays to wash up!