Monday, 21 December 2009

Chickpea and chorizo stew

I don't know about you, but one of the things I love most about cooking is that moment when the stress and worries of the day just melt away. Whether it be in the therapeutic stirring of a risotto or just the shear concentration and enjoyment of following a new recipe. For me there is something therapeutic about food and cooking. There's nothing more relaxing than curling up with a new or old favorite cookbook, getting lost in the kitchen in the cooking process and the smells or sitting down with a warming bowl of comfort food.
After repeated talk of chickpea and chorizo stew on twitter I decided it was about time I tried it. I had also just purchased Joanna Weinberg's How to feed your friends with relish, which includes a recipe for this dish. The only down side is that the recipe in the book serves 25! However I discovered that Essex eating has scaled the recipe down on his website to feed 4-6 - find it here. I cooked the recipe tonight after a particularly hectic day at work and was not disappointed. The smells of this stew bubbling away on the stove were divine and the taste was literally bursting with flavours. We have half the recipe in the fridge ready for a quick meal tomorrow night and I have been led to believe that the flavours will improve! If you haven't tried this dish by now (& provided you like chorizo) I urge you to give this recipe ago.

It's night like these that leave me feeling inspired and determined to try new recipes more often. Maybe some time soon I'll scale down the recipe in the same book for cottage pie with chorizo, which feeds 40!

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missbliss said...

So much chatter about this! I may have to try it, but TLM doesn't like chorizo much so I may be doing some more scaling down (or waiting till after Christmas for freezer room!)

Your picture is absolutely beautiful, did you serve it with anything or on its own?

Claire said...

Thank you. I am really pleased with this photo. One of the first with our new canon eos 400d.

I just served this with some chunks of homemade wholemeal bread to mop up the juices.

Dan said...

Hey Claire, thanks for the mention of my scaled down version of the books 25 person behemoth recipe. I love this stew - and eat it reguarly, so quick and simple to make. What I really like it with is some rice in the bottom of the bowl...or some boiled potatoes. Really stretch it out. Also, have to agree - lovely photo.

Wendy said...

Looks delicious!