I do love producing meals from left overs, its one of my favourite activities I think. To look at a cold chicken and ponder the many possibilities of what can be produced from the already plundered carcass can only give pleasure to the home cook. Over Christmas I noticed that Babycham had come back on the market – or maybe it never went away – and it wasn’t bad for the odd glass of bubbles. Having a bottle left an idea took shape.
Using the chestnut mushrooms from our veg box, I shredded the chicken, fried the onions and garlic and mushrooms, added the chicken and then whisked two tablespoons of flour into the Babycham threw that in closely followed by some water and some milk until I had the right consistency, then added salt and pepper. It was absolutely delicious… I will be doing this again and again, it was that good.
Next I had some bubble and squeak that I had made from the carrot, spring greens and potatoes of the previous veg box. Mixed in about 3 oz of flour and a couple of eggs and this time about 3 oz of strong cheddar, because that is what I had, it could have been Parmesan.
And then made gnocchi.
Some we placed in boiling water, simmering very gently and let rise to the surface and then cook for a few minutes until all the flour was cooked and they were lovely little dumplings with our chicken and mushroom.
And some I roasted off, I sprayed them with a fine mist of olive oil and popped into a moderate oven.
And they were brilliant the next day after a hard day wandering around London, cheesy and crunchy, just yummy, with a soft centre on a bed of the chicken, mushroom and Babycham fricassee.
Wannabe Gastronomy indeed.