I was looking forward to a spot of leisurely cooking and the chance to wow the kids with this Marco Pierre White recipe. Of course, the reality was a little different.
A work project was running over and I had to stay late until the pages were sent. My husband and my brother-in-law (the manny) were going out for a long planned meal so there was a gap in childcare. Luckily my lovely friend Jo stepped into the breach. She went to my house straight from work to relieve Uncle Brendan, and looked after my two kids until I got home at 7.30. I then put them to bed while she made dinner. I know! What a result! We all need a Jo in our lives!
I suppose the only slight downside is that Jo doesn't really cook. Recently we were in Waitrose together and she had to be persuaded to buy raw salmon because they had sold out of ready-cooked. The idea of her knocking up a chicken chausseur was, um, unrealistic. But I'd nothing else in the house. So I persuaded her to roast the chicken. She'd never done it before and now she's puffed up with her own culinary skills. Marco Pierre White would be proud. We ate it, alongside some delicious wine (did I mention they sent me some Kentish wine, Biddenden, which was lovely?), I even had a cigarette in the garden. It was that kind of night.
Just in case Knorr are reading this and thinking sending me stuff is a complete waste of time, I'd like to add that for Sunday lunch we had a Ginger Pig cockerel, which was lovely. 100 days old and hung for a week, so it had a really chicken-y flavour. To serve with it my husband made a gravy from the meat juices and a chicken Knorr stockpot. It was lovely and we used a mixture of the leftover gravy, homemade stock and white wine the next day for a mushroom risotto which was out of this world!
And if any of you are feeling a bit miffed that I received this free nosh, then don't! Because you too could win the exact same box. Just pop over to our Facebook page (you may have to 'like' it to leave a comment) and write about chicken. Anything you like. Rubbish jokes, favourite recipe, freezing ideas. And then you too could win;
a Forman and Field chicken
a bottle of Biddenden Kentish wine
Knorr chicken stock pot
I have to have winners address by Tuesday, so entries in by end of play Monday, and then be on standby so I can get your address. Ta, and good luck!