(Traditional home cooking) Coq au Vin (Chicken in Wine)

I was watching a lady cook this dish today at an outdoor festival, and she told me how to make the dish. Marinate chicken drumsticks in red wine and then brown the chicken drumsticks in oil. Place the browned chicken drumsticks, with the contents of one bottle of red wine, the contents of one carton of (commercial) chicken stock, salt, pepper, onions, garlic and mushrooms into an oven proof pot with a lid and bake at 150 C for about 80 minutes, then test to see if it is cooked. If it is needed, cook longer.                                    

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A Super Easy Meal

Roast chicken and potatoes

Place a large chicken already basted and stuffed, (when purchased from the supermarket) into a large pan with a raised steel grill insert. Surround the chicken with large (rinsed) unpeeled potatoes, (the potatoes that are already clean when purchased from the supermarket). Cover with the lid and bake on 180 degrees Celsius until cooked. Serve with frozen peas cooked in the microwave and chicken gravy made up to packet instructions.

You can also add a cup or two of water.  This will help keep the food moist. This is especially useful if you are using smaller potatoes.  My daughter says that the food is nicer when the water is added.

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Why some shops lost my business

There are a few shops who lost my business because of their own stupidity.  The first one was a take-away shop that sold me a cooked chicken that was definitely off. Another take-away shop assistant left me waiting for nearly an hour while he cooked fish, chips, hamburgers, etc. for many customers who placed their orders after mine!  It was January l and when I left that shop I was crying.  Another shop assistant took my order for coffee and then talked to another customer for ages before bringing me the coffee.

How to make egg flip (drink)

1 cup of milk

1 egg

A small amount of Vanilla Essence

3 teaspoons of Sugar (add more or add less according to your taste preference)

Blend together until frothy.

 

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Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

(for using up leftover uncooked vegetables)

1 Kg. mince meat

Two 450g cans of tomatoes

1 or 2 cans of thick tomato soup

2 large onions (chopped)

Leftover uncooked vegetables (found at the back of the fridge). Only use vegetables which are mould free.

Any vegetables which children don’t like e.g. spinach. Put the last two items through a food processor. Put it all in a heavy (large) saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer for about 1 hour.

Optional: Put in half a cup of red wine if desired for more flavour. Serve over spaghetti or noodles. (Potatoes are not a suitable vegetable for use in this recipe).