Today’s weather, okay let’s be honest the weather for the last few weeks has been damp with that distinctive chill in the air. The type that makes you feel cold, urging you eat something warm and delicious, but must be easy. This One-Pot Autumn Chicken and Rice is just that. It is truly spectacular. Oh, did I mention this is easy?
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I think for me the sign of a good cook is someone who is able to breathe life into leftovers or turn scraps into something marvellous. I am enamoured by cooks like my mom, who, (after six decades of cooking) constantly attempt to reinvent food and transform leftovers into delicious creations.
Picture it in your mind, wild blackberries ready for the picking in an urban setting. Its kind of mind bending, especially for someone like me, who doesn’t immediately think of urban wild food foraging. While I may not be inclined to attempt it myself, I can’t help but notice all the people who are picking wild blackberries along Cambie Street, or parking their bikes at Stanley Park Seawall to gobble up a few. I find it fascinating and can’t help be a bit envious of their skills and adeptness for survival on wild food, if needed. Or perhaps, its their vulnerability to try something wild without the safety of a grocery store, fruit stand, or even home garden. Sadly, my connection to nature is not that close yet.
If you read any of my food stories, you will know I look at well used ingredients in different ways. I change the preparation and remain open to the interpretation. In case of staples like garlic, chillies, turmeric, cilantro are used frequently, if not daily, in my kitchen. What I love is when I transform them in new and exciting ways.