A week or so ago we visited my Dad and Step Mum for a quick overnight visit. Usually in the past at night we have fed the girls something beforehand, and thrown them into bed before we sit down for a few well deserved drinks and dinner together. As the girls are getting older now, this time we all ate together. It’s funny how things slowly change with your kids…one day they are small and then all of a sudden you notice that you have these big kids now. The freedom that comes with independence (for all of us) is something that I’m excited about and really enjoying at the moment. I know there will be new challenges, and one day I will wish I only had the problems of soothing a tantruming 3 year old with a simple hug, but right now I will take this. All of us.
We ate this delicious chicken cacciatore, and as soon as there were 4 clean bowls from us, I knew I had to get the recipe. I always associated cacciatore with a tomato based sauce, but this is a Northern style dish – made with white wine instead. It is yum. And you should make it. OK?
: 8 chicken thighs (if you can get with the bone in and skin on that’s best – we used just plain fillets)
: Extra virgin olive oil (to fry)
: Garlic (2 cloves crushed)
: Onion (diced)
: 100 grams pancetta/bacon (diced into small chunks)
: Chopped rosemary (about 3 stalks)
: 1 cup white wine
: Splash red wine vinegar
: 1/2 cup chicken stock
: 2 thin lemon slices (finely chopped)
: 1/2 cup green olives (chopped)
: 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes
1. Brown off the chicken thighs in olive oil and set aside
2. Finely chop the pancetta, onion, rosemary & garlic and fry off in the same pot you browned the chicken in. Scrape as much of that browned goodness from the bottom of the pot as you go for about 5 minutes
3. Add wine, vinegar, lemon and chili and simmer for a few minutes before adding in the olives and the chicken back in, turn the heat to low and simmer gently until tender (about 25 mins)
4. I served up with some roasted potatoes (because I am a pig) and wilted spinach (that I throw into the hot roasting pan at the very end for a min or so because I am lazy), but you could use pasta/rice/greens or anything that takes your fancy!
Besides being able to eat together, and of course the fact that sometimes older kids actually sleep, what’s one thing you’ve enjoyed about your kids getting older?