The 9th chapter

The 9th Chapter of 12.

Does it feel like the 9th Chapter??

I think this year went more like, Chapter 1, Chapter 2 then Chapters 3 - 8 (March - August) aghhhhhhh and now at Chapter 9, some sort of normality. A lot has happened, while nothing has happened. It's been horrendous for some and we've all learned to adapt and change. The shop has adapted and changed. Our customers are adapting and changing. This brought about various changes to our opening and closing time as mentioned yesterday and are below.

On Sundays from 10am to 2pm the wall fridge wil be open with all your usual favourites but also a selection of roasts, prepared in a recyclable roasting tray for your convenience and steak, chops etc on our compostable trays, all in our wall cabinet. The counter cabinet will not be open on Sundays.

One thing that came back into our house during lockdown was the return of the traditional Sunday Roast and much to the kids delighted a Sunday dessert. Sundays had been filled with matches and getting organised for work that we lost the Sunday Roast. Last Sunday I did a lovely Roast beef but I had loads left over. My lads love beef but won't really eat it in a sandwich so I made this recipe below while I was cooking the roast and allowed it to cool just to be reheated the next day with the meat added in. It was a real winner and handy to have organised as things start to get busy again. I seriously encourage you to give it a try. Without adding the meat it would feed any vegetarian in your house too.

Moroccan-style stew for roasted meat

Serves 8

Ingredients:
olive oil
15g butter
2 onions, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tin of chickpeas (400g), drained and rinsed
1 tin of tomatoes (400g), chopped
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp ground turmeric
½ tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
juice of 1 lemon (or lime)
450ml vegetable or chicken stock (plus more if needed)
1 tsp salt (or to taste)

1 tsp paprika
¼-½ tsp cayenne pepper
leftover roast lamb (or chicken or beef)

I had none of these below and just left them out - still yum!!
(1 large bunch of fresh coriander or parsley, finely chopped (or a mixture of both - reserve some for serving)
2 tsp mint, dried or a couple of sprigs of fresh mint)

Heat the butter and oil mixture in a large saucepan. Add the onion and gently fry for at least 10 minutes until beginning to soften and take on some colour. Add the garlic and give it a good stir.

Add the drained chickpeas and chopped tomatoes. Stir.

Add the pepper, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and the lemon juice (but not the salt).

Add the stock and a ½ teaspoon of salt. Bring to the boil and then simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes, until the liquid has reduced but not dried out completely. Top up with more liquid if necessary.

Add the paprika and cayenne now.

At this point I turned off the hob and let it cool. Just for convenience, add the diced cold meat (lamb, beef or chicken).

The next evening, take your dish out of the fridge and let it heat slowly. Boil your rice while you're doing this.

(If you are using these add the chopped coriander and parsley, 1 teaspoon of dried mint)

Check the seasoning, adding more salt and pepper if necessary.

Sprinkle over with chopped herbs.

Tip: Add additional vegetables such as red peppers or cooked potatoes or even some of the left over veg from your Sunday Roast dinner. Just the last few minutes before the end so they don't go to mush.

 

I hope you get to try this it was delicious. So change can bring challenges but also opportunity. I have always been change adverse. I think this time has help build some resilience in me, in my children and all around us. Love this Socrates quote - "The secret of Change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old, but building on the new." I like this and I keep reminding myself of it when I'm frustrated about something I can no longer do they way I used to. I was, like most anxious about the going back to school. Teachers are professionals who focus on the child so their wellbeing was never in question.  I spoke to the kids a little bit but not too much before they went back, keeping it positive and trying to encourage that not all change is bad. I'll leave ye with the words that my second youngest said when I collected him from school day one.  " Mam, it's a bit different but it's even better".

Enjoy,

The Butchers' Wife.

New Times Below.

Days Opening and closing time
Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

8 am – 7pm
Saturdays 8am – 6pm
Sundays 10am – 2pm

september

Chicken and Coconut Curry

September September

So the rat race has begun and there's definitely a chill in the air. Some are dragging it out - last of the summer wine and all that,  at EP this weekend leaving the rest of us parenting at home!! ? But all is well. After such a glorious summer I feel ready for the crisp weather, cosy clothes, leaves crunching underfoot and the world changing colour all around us. It's that golden time when nature provides the colour and light, before we start with the twinkling artificial lights. The boys insist on shorts going to school. ?Julian will wear shorts until Halloween and I've given up trying to persuade him otherwise. He looks blue with the cold but never feels it. He never ever gets sick so who am I to argue. I always love the food at this time of year - we need to nourish ourselves - keep our immunity up and feel warmed by food. This recipe below is a really handy one. It's easy even if the ingredients list looks long but I promise it's worth it. I forgot the coriander leaves so I threw in a teaspoon of coriander when I was adding the other spices. If you use medium curry powder and the chillis, it's got a good kick to it.

Chicken and coconut Indian Curry

Ingredients

1 tbsp. of veg or sunflower oil

1 large onion chopped

2 cloves of garlic crushed

Thumb size piece of ginger finely grated

2 large green chillies deseeded (if you like it not too hot) or seeds in if you like the fire, finely chopped

15g of coriander leaves and then chop stalks separately

1 tbsp. of garam masala

1 tbsp. of curry powder (mild, medium or hot – you decide)

1 400g tin of coconut milk

150mls of chicken stock

450g of diced chicken fillet

Salt and freshly ground pepper

75g green beans trimmed and halved

Lime wedges to serve

Methods

Pour oil into large pan, add onions and garlic and gently fry for approx. 6-8 minutes, soft but not brown. Add ginger, chillies, coriander stalks, garam masala, and curry powder and fry for 1-2 minutes. Add the coconut milk and stock and bring to the boil. Add chicken and season with salt and pepper.

Reduce the heat and simmer, covered with a lid for 30 minutes. Remove lid and simmer for a further 15 minutes adding green beans five minutes before the end.

Stir in the coriander leaves and serve with rice/cauliflower rice.

#Tip from Jemma – Let’s Nutrify!

Oh, the goodness in this dish, where do I start? This deliciously fragrant and quick meal is rich in immune-boosting healthy fats from the coconut, bug busting power in the onions, garlic and ginger.  The chicken is a great protein source and also contains some B vitamins and selenium, both of which support good metabolism and thyroid function.

*For some extra anti-inflammatory potential, add 1-2 tsp of ground turmeric and a good twist of black pepper to this meal as it’s cooking which enhances the health benefits of the

# What does Shane Dineen Fitness coach say…..

“This Curry dish is one of my favourite evening meals coming into the winter months.

After a long day of teaching various exercise classes from Spinning to a high intensity Bootcamp class, this quick and easy recipe helps my body recover quickly and be able to perform at my very best and provide good energetic classes day in day out.

For me this meal covers all the essential Macro and Micro nutrients to keep my body performing my best.

Tip: If your like me and can’t handle too much spice, add a little more coconut milk or some Greek Yogurt (which helps boost the protein content)on the side, or just simply cut back on the portion of curry you are using”

#tip from the butcher’s wife

Batch cook! Batch cook! Batch cook! Cook once eat twice.  Lovely Friday night dinner but also quick enough to have during the week. This would also work with our chicken thighs and drumsticks. It will really enhance the flavour. Enjoy x