Chicken with potatoes, prunes and pomegranate molasses

Again, here is another gem from Yotam Ottolenghi with a stunning mixture of flavors.
It is SO easy that you just throw everything into a bowl, mix well together then throw into a large baking/roasting dish. Bingo!
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Serves 4 to 6

8 whole chicken legs (each with a drumstick and thigh attached, about 4 1/2 lbs in all)
16 medium fingerling or baby Yukon potatoes, peeled
3 large onions, peeled and quartered
5 oz pitted prunes
3 tbsp grated fresh ginger
1/2 cup soy sauce
6 tbsp pomegranate molasses
1 tbsp maple syrup
5 oz sweet mango chutney
1/2 tsp whole black peppercorns
1 1/2 tbsp oregano sprigs, plus a few picked for garnish

Heat the oven to 400 F
Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl, then tip it all into a large ovenproof roasting or baking dish.
Cover with a lid or thick foil and bake for 40 minutes.
Lower the heat to 350 F, remove the foil and cook for 1 1/2 more hours, stirring every now and then. If it starts to burn a bit, replace the foil or lid.

When the time is up, remove the dish from the oven, stir once more, cover and set aside for at least 15 minutes to rest and allow the flavors to mingle. Garnish with a few oregano leaves and serve with a sharp green salad and some good bread to mop up the lovely juices

Melty cheese and chutney fondue pot

This is seriously divine as a starter served with crusty bread for dunking. I happen to make a really good chutney called “Rhubarb, ginger and kumquat” which is terrific as the base for this bake, but you can use your favorite dark chutney.


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Serves 4 to 6

8 oz brie, rind removed and roughly chopped
4 oz cream cheese (don’t use a light version)
4 oz Gruyere, rind removed and grated
3 tbsp grated Parmigiano Reggiano
2 tbsp milk
2 tsp cornflour
a few fresh thyme sprigs, picked and roughly chopped
4 oz a good dark chutney
crusty bread for serving

Put the Brie, cream cheese, Gruyere, half the parmesan cheese, the milk and cornflour into a food processor and blitz until smooth.
Stir through the thyme and a little freshly ground black pepper.
Spoon the chutney into an ovenproof baking dish about 8 to 9″ round and spread it over the base.
Top with the cheese mixture, spread to cover the chutney, then scatter over the remaining parmesan cheese.
** This can now be covered with cling film and chilled for up to 3 days if you want to make it ahead.
Heat the oven to 350 F and cook for around 30 mins until bubbling.
Turn the broiler onto a medium-high setting and broil for 2 to 3 minutes so the top gets browned. Leave to cool for about 5 mins then serve with crusty bread for dunking.

Turkish-style roasted chicken thighs with orange and sesame seed gremolata

While trolling the internet for new and interesting recipes I found the beginnings of this recipe and then adapted it. The flavors are really stunning and the chicken becomes sticky and browned with the deep chutney and five-spice flavors permeating it. The orange gremolata sprinkled over the top when you serve it really adds a zing. This is lovely served with simple boiled brown rice in chicken broth

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

Serves  4 – 6 but can easily be augmented

1/2 heaped cup of your favorite chutney (make sure it’s a good strong flavored one)
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 heaped tbsp spicy brown mustard or coarse grain mustard
1 heaped tbsp grated fresh ginger
1/2 tsp five spice powder
8  large boneless, skinless chicken thighs

2 tbsp Italian parsley, freshly snipped
1 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
4 tsp orange rind, finely shredded

In a medium sized bowl combine the first 6 ingredients, mixing well.
Put the chicken thighs in a baking dish, pour over the mixture and coat well.
Put in the oven on a high shelf preferably, for about 45 minutes, taking out and giving a stir about 1/2 way through the cooking.
The chicken thighs should be showing signs of toasty brown bits on them and be lovely with the bubbly sauce.

Mix together in a small bowl, the orange rind, sesame seeds and parsley and sprinkle over the dish as you serve it.

Tuna melt canapes

These are the grown up version of tuna melt! Delicious and very more-ish so make a lot.
Curry powder, raisins and chutney pair nicely with cheddar cheese in this dressed up version of “tuna melt” canapes. This recipe only serves 2 but it’s easily quadrupled!

2 -3 tbsp good quality mayonnaise
1&1/2 tbsp raisins
1tbsp mango chutney, chopped  (I use Major Grey brand)
1/2 tsp medium curry powder
1 x 5oz can tuna packed in oil, drained
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper , to taste
2 slices good quality white bread or sourdough, crusts removed
2 thin square slices of mature cheddar cheese
8 x 1″ pieces of fresh chives, optional

Heat the oven to broil and arrange a rack about 10 inches from the heating element.
Combine the mayonnaise, raisins, chutney, curry and tuna in a bowl and season with salt and pepper and set aside.

Cut each slice of bread and cheese into 4 triangles. Spoon the tuna mixture on top of the bread pieces and top with the cheese.

Broil the triangles until the cheese is melted and bubbly. About 3 to 5 minutes. garnish with the chives and serve with a good stiff drink!