I am on a bit of a quest to demystify cooking. I love recipe books and cookery programmes and am constantly inspired by them. However, I do wonder if some people read and watch them, think "I could never do that" and then just stick with ready-made, processed food. I suppose if it's TV or in a book, there's an expectation to do something original and something a bit impressive. But along with this, I do think there's space for more "this is how you make a bog-standard but very yummy..." No fuss, no faff and no long lists of obscure ingredients.
So I'm setting a 4-ingredient recipe challenge. To join in, just send in something you like to make that has no more than 4 ingredients and is uber simple. Let's see how much we can demystify cooking and get not only those toddlers in the kitchen, but some less confident adults as well. Comment here or post your recipe ideas to Facebook, tweet @cookwithtots, Instagram cookwithtoddlers using #4ingredient or email email@example.com. The best idea will receive a Kitchen Craft masher, whisk and spoon/spatula. DEADLINE: 30th Sep 2016.
My contribution is Chorizo Chicken. To feed a family of four, you need:
- 600g skin-on chicken thighs
- 120g chorizo
- 450g baby potatoes
- 4tbsp olive oil
- baking tray
- chopping board
- oven preheated to 190C/375C/Gas 5.
Cut the potatoes in half and cut the chorizo into chunks. Put the potatoes, chorizo and chicken into a baking tray. Pour over olive oil. Bake for 40 minutes. Check the chicken is cooked (spike it with a skewer or sharp knife - if the juices are clear, it's cooked, if they look pink, it's not).
If you feel the need to complicate, you can season with salt and pepper, add a splash of freshly squeezed orange juice and throw in some cherry tomatoes or chopped courgette. But honestly, you don't have to.