Chicken, Chorizo, Butternut Squash and Orange
Did you buy a ridiculous amount of food last week? I did. Wasn’t planning to. But then I saw some slightly depleted shelves and panicked. They weren’t even empty. But my brain just screamed BUY EVERYTHING!!! So I did.
There was no rhyme or reason to it. No plan. Bought lots of tinned stuff (that’s sensible enough), lots of frozen fish (OK, that’s very healthy and still quite sensible), and then lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. … I’m not sure why. I’ve currently four full fruit bowls in the kitchen.
It’s not all fruit. I keep onions, butternut squash, avocados and tomatoes in fruit bowls. But there’s a lot of bananas…
The worst thing is though that I haven’t been cooking at all. I keep popping out and buying trash instead of eating a good healthy meal. That’s got to end.
Also, I’m refusing to dump any of the food I’ve bought. I’m going to eat every last bit of it.
That’s definitely one way to stop panic buying.
No, I did not buy loads of toilet paper. They were already out of that in Lidl.
It’s that you see horror stories online with photos of empty shelves and you think – that’s so silly, why are people behaving that way? – but then you go to the supermarket and it’s not looking quite as stocked as normal and you think – THERE’LL BE NOTHING LEFT!!!
But that was last week. We’re all much more used to this now, aren’t we?
I went shopping again yesterday. Because the chicken drumsticks I had bought had a Use by 24 March sticker on them. And I’m not dumping any of this food.
I had already decided I wanted to use the chicken in some dish with chorizo. But then I ate all the chorizo I had bought the week before shortly after buying it. Because I am completely unable to resist eating chorizo.
Anyway yesterday was a much more normal day of shopping. I went in to just pick up a packet of chorizo. But then anything I touched I felt I had to buy. So I came out with some chorizo, six creme caramels, a bunch of face masks (as in creams – not as in anything sensible and pandemic related) and a magnolia tree.
Roasted chicken drumsticks and butternut squash with fried chorizo and orange
I intended this to be a salad. I have quite a bit of lettuce to use up.
But actually it tastes best without the salad leaves. So ignore all that green stuff in the photos. Unless you too have panic-bought a whole load of lettuce. In which case – yeah, it works grand. I guess.
The seasoning I used for this is Cape Herb & Spice Season it all Seasoning. But you can easily substitute this with a pinch of pepper, salt, chilli flakes, ground coriander seeds, a pinch of ground mustard and tiny little pinch of some dried garlic and onion. Or even just some chilli flakes with some salt and pepper would be fine.
So hopefully you’ve been more sensible than me with your purchases. And I really hope you’re well and not too affected by this pandemic. Let’s all do what we can to get ourselves and each other through this.
Oh no, I think that means having to be sensible.
Well, a change is as good as a rest, I suppose.