“I don’t know what it is”

26 Feb

I am honestly not sure what possessed me! Settle in…
Last night I prepped loads of lovely ingredients – fresh courgettes, long red peppers, organic chicken thighs, baby tomatoes and red onions (I even had some crusty bread!)
I had a fancy to make something ratatouille like to serve alongside some slow-cooked chicken?
Quite so:

But whilst getting some herbs and the like from the cupboard I saw a pot of butternut squash paste and thought ooohhh….Β  maybe put that in with the chicken. Make it a bit more warming? But then I also saw a tub of peanut butter (the nutty kind natch) and again thought oooohhh…. maybe put that in too? Make it a bit more – what?
No idea.
Vegetable Ratatouille and Chicken Satay together?
That won’t work separately.
Best cook it all together, in the slow cooker:
chick2In it all went.
But then there was far too much in there – did I also mention the potatoes? No? Oh yes there were spuds in there too.
It wasn’t cooking.
After an hour of sweating (me and the food) I transferred it all to a bigger dish and put it in the oven on high.

Within 20 minutes I had this:
chick3Not only had I made my usual meat and veg failsafe signature dish, but a new spin on it. Peanut Butter. Which isn’t a usual bedfellow of courgettes, potatoes and onions and neither should it be.
It was a hot, nutty mess. And looked like it:
chick4I served it up saying “I don’t know what it is”.
For ages my husband chewed away thoughtfully, quietly, then finally:
“It’s peanut butter isn’t it?. Peanut butter chicken”
Ah well, at least it has a name now, but it’s doubtful you’d find it in any recipe book.

UPDATE: Since posting one of my most favoured readers has actually found it in a recipe book:
peanutSo it does exist – I just didn’t know it.
Next time without the potatoes and courgettes and slow cooker though right?


8 Responses to ““I don’t know what it is””

  1. Jenny Davies 26/02/2013 at 6:33 pm #

    Oh Alice, you do make me laugh. πŸ˜€ That is just so brilliant! You remind me of how I used to cook, ooooh probably around 25-30 years ago. Bung this in with that (on the premise that you’d heard somebody using those ingredients in something) and hope for the best. However, there is light at the end of your particular tunnel, because – at one stage – you’d have sat there staring at the congealing mass in the slow cooker wondering what to do next but not having a clue. At least, this time, you knew to put it together in a way that meant it would at least cook – even if the results were random. So well done you! πŸ™‚

    • Alice Can't Cook 08/03/2013 at 12:03 pm #

      Ha ha thanks Jenny, yes things do seem to come together now and again. But right now I am still just bunging things together… Makes me laugh too sometimes! Thanks for reading as always, hope you’re well? X

      • Jenny Davies 08/03/2013 at 10:23 pm #

        As well as can be expected, considering the state I’m in. πŸ˜€ LOL

  2. g2-c0c5f706c2c4f54fa4779f6158575885 26/02/2013 at 7:43 pm #

    Alice. You have noone to blame but yourself.

    • Alice Can't Cook 08/03/2013 at 11:59 am #

      This Dan is the TRUE sadness.

  3. Claire 26/02/2013 at 8:19 pm #

    I think it sounds lush. personally I’m a fan of peanut butter, I think it works with most things!
    I think I shall be making a version of it myself.

    • Alice Can't Cook 08/03/2013 at 11:58 am #

      There is a real peanut butter chicken recipe, followed correctly I think it would be lush, I do love satay and use of nuts in Thai cooking…. x


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