This post is not going to be about any fresh or organic ingredients, the only fresh products I used … was for the dressing; lemon juice, 1/2 tomato and a garlic clove. Everything else came out of the freezer. I wish I could afford to buy fresh products every day – but I can’t – as lonely diner. The waste would be so huge. When did my weekly grocery shopping I notice that Findus had launched some new frozen vegetable mixed already seasoning and I just had to try it – I’m a massive fan of Findus frozen vegetables and herbs. I had some chicken piece in the freezer, a thigh and drumstick that I smeared in with dry “Herbes de Provence” mix and I put the pieces in the oven from frozen for about 40 min on 225C/435F. In the meantime did I do one of my favourite dressings; 2 person
1 garlic clove
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp warm water
½ tsp sugar 1 tsp lemon juice
½ tsp coriander and mint – I used frozen
Salt and freshly ground black pepper.
I just run all the ingredients with my wand mixer to a smooth mixture – to make the dressing takes 5 min max.
The couscous I use is Moghrabieh also called Lebanese couscous and it look like very small pasta – has to be cooked for 12 min over very low heat. If there is any excess water in the pan when the couscous is ready – drain it away – put the pan back on the heat and stir until all the water has evaporate. It’s important that the coucous is dry. When it was 15 min left for the chicken – I took a handful of Findus “Cook Sicily Style”; a full-bodied Italian basil and black pepper seasoned vegetable blend with artichokes, red peppers, broccoli, haricot verts and cocktail tomato and put it in oven on a pre-warm dish. So chicken and vegetables was ready on the same time – I put the vegetables in the couscous and added dressing that I had quickly given heat. A dish was full of flavors – and well balanced – I have very hard to believe that it would have tasted any better if I had used everything fresh. This with frozen mint and coriander – when I buy fresh the pots of herbs they far too big for me that eats alone most evenings and will die away before I had a chance to use it all, so I pick the leafs and chop both roughly – then I freeze them.
It works perfectly for season dishes with and because it the herbs has been frozen the flavors has increased when defrost. I freeze them of course separate ! One of my mentors told me many, many years ago that there are chefs that can destroy the most wonderful fresh ingredients and there is chefs that can whisk up miracle from leftovers – he preferred to hire the leftover chefs.
“One morning, as I went to the freezer door, I asked my wife,
‘What should I take out for dinner?’
Without a moment’s hesitation, she replied, ‘Me.’”
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As cloud have I chosen “Let It Go” by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez from the fantastic Disney animate film “Frozen” – The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song this year. It’s Idina Menzel that sings.