Am christening another Christmas present today: the Römertopf, the clay pot with a lid. You are supposed to be able to cook all sorts of things in it, but everyone says: “bung in a chicken – it’ll be great”.
So I have bunged in a chicken, as ordered! I threw in some pieces of apple, celery, onions and some bacon …. exciting times.
To go with it I have cut up a mix of root vegetables: potatoes, beetroot (not the stuff in vinegar – the vegetable itself) and parsnips and roasted them next to the pot with thyme, lemon, salt, pepper and a little bit of honey. I saw Jamie (Oliver, my mate) do something like that once and it made the vegetable shiny, crisp and slightly caramelised….
I also made winter coleslaw: finely sliced red cabbage, small cubes of apple, fresh leek, some roasted nuts and a balsamic red wine vinegar, oil, honey and mustard vinaigrette – some raisins also taste nice in there as well as some slices of orange….
The whole dinner tasted really good and the chicken was really moist and tender- am now looking forward to making a loaf of bread in the pot…..that’s supposed to be better than any baker’s bread!