Slow cooker Chicken -Slow Cooker Kanaa

I promised I would post a recipe for you if my whole chicken slow cooker dish was even a decent one. In fact it was super tasty even though I threw all the ingredients in without any recipe. You can obviously apply the recipe depending what suits for you and whatever you happen to have in your pantry at the moment. The whole point of using a slow cooker is just leave the ingredients cooking for hours and hours.

Lupailin reseptiä slow cooker kanastani, siis kokonaisesta kanasta, jonka valmistin lauantaina. Minulla ei ollut lainkaan reseptia vaan heittelin sekaan ainesosia sitä mukaan kuin mieleeni juolahti ja kuinka ollakaan, kanasta tuli varsin herkullista. Luulen tosin, että syynä tähän lienee pikemminkin ihanainen slow cooker kuin kokkailutaitoni! Voitte soveltaa reseptiä oman mielihalunne mukaan. Onhan koko slow cookerin idea harras ja pitkä kypsentäminen. Voitte valita esimerkiksi yhden yrtin, jota suositte ja rakentaa aterian sen ympärille. Minulle tämä yrtti oli timjami.

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For 4-5 people:

1 onion

3 garlic cloves

500ml chicken stock

100ml dry white wine

700g parsnips

1 whole free range chicken

2-3 tbs chopped thyme

3 tbs BBQ sauce

3-4 tbs jerk chicken spice

1 tsp onion granules

1 tsp black pepper

1. Cut the parsnips and slice the onion.

2. Rub the BBQ sauce on the chicken skin and cover it with the jerk chicken spice.

3. Put the parsnips and the onion slices in the bottom of the slow cooker, pour the chicken stock and wine on top, add the spices.

4. Set the chicken on the top of the parsnips. Crush the garlic on top and into the sauce.

5. Cook in the slow cooker at least 5 hours.

Remember to reuse the chicken stock that you have left after this meal. The stock will be perfect for risottos, soups or paellas.

Enjoy!

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Neljälle tai viidelle hengelle:

1 sipuli

3 valkosipulin kynttä

500ml kanalientä

100ml kuivaa valkoviiniä

700g palsternakkaa

1 kokonainen vapaa kana

2-3 rkl timjamia

3 rkl BBQ-kastiketta/grillikastiketta

3-4 rkl jerk chicken maustetta (tai jotakin tulista maustemixiä!)

1tl sipulijauhetta

1 tl mustapippuria

1. Pilko palsternakka ja sipuli.

2. Hiero grillikastike kanan nahan päälle ja ripottele paksu kerros jerk chicken maustejauhetta.

3. Laita palsternakka, sipuli, valkoviini, kanaliemi ja mausteet slow cookeriin.

4. Asettele kana palsternakkojen päälle ja musrkaa valkosipulin kynnet kanan päälle ja liemen joukkoon.

5. Anna kypsyä vähintään viisi tuntia, mitä pidempään sen parempi!!

Muista uudelleenkäyttää kanaliemi, joka jää yli tästä ateriasta. Liemi on ideaalia juuri risottoihin, keittoihin tai paellaan!

Nauti!

Catherine Berwick’s Parsnip and maple syrup cake

I am currently living in a land of ale and fish&chips. Everything that is served has to go with the beer. Sometimes I have been wondering what is the common denominator when a Finn marries an Aussie and lives in England. Well, easy, it has to be the beer. In other words, a good beer. Finns like Aussies are proud of their own beers, the labels no-one else has even heard about and still they call them the real beer. In England I think their love of pints is something the same. A pint or two is always welcome.

This is only an introduction to the quote that came up when I served this heavenly parsnip cake. It is evidently very important that a cake goes with the beer.

One of our friends had a birthday last weekend. I wanted to surprise him so I decided to bake a cake, but I had a big dilemma ahead of me. What to serve so that it would go with a beer? I thought through the recipes in my mind..no chocolate based, that wouldn’t go well, neither a cheesecake -too much dairy product…then I remembered this wonderful cake that won the competition in Good Food magazine last year. Fantastic. I tried it as it was said to be ”the new carrot cake”. I ran to the store early in the morning to get the ingredients and voila the cake was ready in two hours. It was time to serve it for the demanding audience..half of them Aussie men requiring something that goes with a beer, half of them women who are very into good food. I was a bit nervous.  When our friends had eaten their first pieces of cake and were running to get another ones, I realised the cake was a success. Boys absolutely loved it. The legendary comment was ”this is not too sweet and it goes so well with the beer”! Great! So, if you fancy a cake recipe that would go even with a beer whilst you’re having your summer picnic in the park this is it! Try it. The parsnip cake is a brilliant invention, it has a carrot cake texture, but it is not that sweet. It is moist and mouthwatering. Bake it and enjoy.

Ingredients

  • 175g butter , plus extra for greasing
  • 250g demerara sugar
  • 100ml maple syrup
  • 3 large eggs
  • 250g self-raising flour (or flour mixed with baking powder)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 250g parsnips , peeled and grated
  • 1 medium apple peeled, cored and grated
  • 50g pecans, roughly chopped
  • zest and juice 1 small orange
  • icing sugar , to serve

FOR THE FILLING

  • 250g tub mascarpone
  • 3-4 tbsp maple syrup
  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line the base of the 20cm cake dish with baking parchment. Melt butter, sugar and maple syrup in a pan over gentle heat, then cool slightly. Whisk the eggs into this mixture, then stir in the flour, baking powder and mixed spice, followed by the grated parsnip, apple, chopped pecans, orange zest and juice. Bake for 45-55 mins until the tops spring back when pressed lightly.
  2. Cool the cake. Just before serving, mix together the mascarpone and maple syrup. Spread over one cake and sandwich with the other. Dust with icing sugar just before serving.

Mustard-Honey Chicken

This is the recipe I originally found on BBC food website, but I change it a bit to get it more flavoursome. The sauce tastes heavenly and the best way to use leftover sauce is to cook chicken pies with this sauce as a filling. I bought Le Creuset here in London a few weeks after we moved here and now I have been testing all the different casserole recipes one can do. This recipe is best made in the oven in the casserole. All the flavours get stronger and softer.

4 servings

7-8 chicken thighs (skin removed) or 3 big chicken breasts bones in them

2 onions

500g parsnips

2 carrots

300ml vegetable stock

3/4 dl whole grain mustard

3 tbs honey

fresh thyme

1 ts salt

1. Set the oven in 180 celsius degrees. Cook the chicken thighs in a frying pan to make them golden brown. Then remove them on a plate to wait.

2. Cook the onions so that they become brown and sweet. Whilst onions are getting cooked cut the parsnips and carrots into the long sticks.

3. Mix the vegetable stock, mustard and honey together.

4. Take your casserole. Mix the chicken thighs, onions, carrots and parsnips. Add the vegetable-mustard-honey sauce. Bring it to simmer. Add fresh thyme according to your taste. I like thyme so I add  1/2 dl of fresh cut thyme. Salt the sauce.

5. Set the lid on and put the casserole into the oven of 180 celsius degrees for 20-40 min.

6. Serve the dish with the salad.

Delish Parsnip Salad

This salad has a unique flavour which makes so difficult to get bored with it. If I want to cook something different, special and something that I doubt my guests have tasted before, I cook this delish parsnip salad.  Fresh thyme in the dressing is the secret, I think.

This is from the magazine in Finland that promotes heart friendly food, so bear in mind it is a guilt free dish.

(4 servings)
2 parsnips (2x 200g)
oil
salt
blackpepper
rocket salad
Parmesan -cheese (small slices)

Dressing:
1/2 dl balsamico
1 tsp mustard
3 tbsp capers
2tsp sugar
blackpepper
1-2 tbsp fresh thyme, crushed (if you don’t have fresh, the dry thyme, spice goes well)1/2 dl oil

(do not use olive oil, its taste is too dominating, prefer some neutral vegetable oil, in Finland we have so called ”rypsiöljy”

Preheat the oven to 225 c degrees. Peel and cut the parsnips, turn them in oil and season with salt and blackpepper. Place them on the baking tray and bake for 20-30 minutes. Wash, dry and place the salad on the plate. Make the dressing by combining the ingredients.

When parsnips are ready, let them cool for a while. Sprinkle them on the rocketsalad and sprinkle some Parmesan -cheese on it as well. Pour the nice dressing on the salad. Serve as an appetizer or as a side dish. Yummy.