Well this is another fine mess I’ve got myself into.
My goals this year included entering loads of competitions and creating a successful blog. So imagine my delight when I saw a blogging competition with great prizes including cash.
However, it’s a cooking competition! Could someone please send a tank of oxygen to Shambles Manor my husband is laughing so hard I think he’s going to pass out.
Cooking is possibly not one of the life skills I list on my résumé. But in my year of living dangerously I figured give it a crack.
Given that I’ve been known to destroy even the most basic of recipes the idea of cooking without one was challenging. But I decided to do a Chicken Pesto Pie, later I realised pesto should have pinenuts and other stuff in it so now it’s Chicken Pie.
I had two attempts at my pie. First try was a little runny. Mr Shambles patiently suggested perhaps a binding agent like, you know eggs, might be good. He also added Heston Blumenthal spends months perfecting recipes, and he CAN cook. Well, I’m on a deadline that doesn’t involve the time to learn to cook, so second night I added eggs and it worked very nicely.
Here’s my magnificent, created from scratch, recipe.
1 Tablespoon Gourmet Garden Basil Paste
1 or 2 Tablespoons Philadelphia Cream for Cooking
1 or 2 chicken breasts diced
1 leek chopped
1/2 punnet chopped mushrooms
1 sheet puff pastry
60 or 70 grams goats cheese
3 or 4 eggs
- Heat oil and sauté leek, mushrooms, chicken breasts.
- Whisk eggs, add Gourmet Garden Basil Paste, and cream.
- Add to cooked mixture.
- Line pie dish with sheet of puff pastry.
- Place cooked ingredients on pastry.
- Crumble goats cheese on top.
- Bake in a moderate oven for 20 minutes.
And viola behold the gourmet masterpiece.
The family enjoyed it (but please bear in mind they are just grateful for a dish that hasn’t been on fire before it’s served).