Brrrr it’s suddenly got absolutely freezing here. At the start of the week there were floods everywhere and now we’re expecting snow tomorrow apparently!
Ok, so it’s not that I don’t like snow, it looks very pretty, but it’s so impractical when you actually have a life to lead. Nobody seems to know how to cope and this country grinds to a halt and we have news reporters at airports talking to pissed passengers whose flights have been cancelled because even though it was forecast nobody did anything so that flights could continue without hiccups.
Idiot drivers become even worse, I mean who revs their car more when they’re stuck in snow? This does not work you just end up spinning your wheels more. The key is, low revs and fluidity. I’ve never had a problem, I don’t have snow chains, winter tyres, anything special, I just know that you don’t rev your car and floor it, you have to be gentle and then it’s quite easy to drive in actually. It’s easier driving on fresh snow than when it’s frozen again and really icy, but it’s still not too bad if you’re sensible.
Other countries cope with loads more snow than us, we get a slight sprinkling and that’s it! We can’t even say we hardly ever get snow any more, because we seem to be getting some every year now.
In 2010 I was working as a carer and we had quite a bit of snow and the traffic was so bad because other people couldn’t cope that I had to ditch the car and walk because I was going to be late.
Believe me, I’m safer in my car. I have bad knees and a bad back and the knees definitely make me clumsy on foot. They can just lock or collapse depending on how they’re feeling which makes walking on a slippery surface quite amusing for everyone else and quite embarrassing for me. I have to walk so slowly, watching every step so I don’t look too stupid!
I wish I could just hibernate when it snows or go and play in it like I did when I was a kid, but unfortunately I have Uni work coming out of my bum and I really need the roads to be clear so I can get to Uni, so if there is a Weather God, please don’t let it snow!
Anyway, when it’s freezing outside I want to eat lots of warming, comforting food and this chicken cobbler is just perfect. I was sitting on the sofa looking outside and eating this cobbler and I felt so good. I think I’ll be making this lots over the Winter period!
Recipe adapted from Delia Online
> 1tbsp vegetable/sunflower oil
> 1 onion, chopped thinly
> 2 chicken breasts, chopped into chunks
> 1 carrot, sliced thinly
> 1/2 a leek sliced thinly
> 1 chicken stock cube
> About 300ml water – you may need more, depends how thick you like it
> 1tbsp chopped, fresh parsley
> Salt and pepper to taste
> 1 1/2 tbsp cornflour, mixed with a little water
Ingredients for the biscuits:
> 125g plain flour
> 50g unsalted butter
> 50g cheese of your choice, grated (I used Provolone)
> 3tbsp milk
> Heat the oil in a large saucepan or wok over a medium heat.
> Add in the onion and chicken and cook for 2-3 minutes.
> Add in the carrot and leek. Cook for 2 minutes.
> Add in the water and stock cube.
> Stir until the stock cube has dissolved and then add in the chopped parsley and season to taste.
> Bring to the boil and then turn down to simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
> Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C.
> Now to make the biscuits – place the flour and butter in a medium sized bowl.
> Rub the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs.
> Add in the grated cheese and milk.
> Mix until a soft dough forms.
> Lightly flour the work surface and then turn the dough out. Knead briefly to bring it together, but don’t overwork the dough as it will make the biscuits rubbery.
> Roll out to 1/4-1/2 inch thick and then cut out about 12 rounds using a 2-3 inch cutter. I got 13 biscuits.
> After the chicken mix has been simmering for 15-20 minutes, place the cornflour and water in a small bowl and mix until the cornflour has fully combined with the water and you have a white liquid. Pour into the chicken mixture and stir until thickened.
> Put the chicken mix
in an oven proof dish and then place the biscuits over the top.
> Place in the oven for about 45 minutes until the biscuits are golden on top.
> Serve immediately, we didn’t serve it with anything as it was filling enough on its own 🙂