When I do have my good days, I have to pack nutrients, vitamins and calories into every meal. I've always liked cooking, but when I was in full-time employment, I never really had the chance to express myself in the kitchen. Don't get me wrong, I've always cooked fresh food, but I am no Gordon Ramsay. The preparation can be so time consuming and it can be hard motivating yourself to cook after a long day at work.
Today, I made a delicious chowder, it took less than one hour from scratch. I tweaked the recipe I was given to add more flavour, the original was a little bland and I wanted to put my own spin on things. The end result was a rich and creamy dish, perfect comfort food for a chilly evening.
I'd like to share this delicious and satisfying recipe with you, so here it goes.
50g of butter
1 onion, chopped
4 spring onions, chopped (save some for garnish)
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 small pack of bacon bits (leave out for the veggie option)
2 tablespoons of plain flour
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
1 litre of water
2 punnets of mushrooms, sliced
2 large sticks of celery, sliced
6 new potatoes, sliced
2 large carrots, sliced
200ml of single cream
100g cheddar cheese, grated
50g Parmesan cheese, grated
1. Melt the butter in a pan, saute the onions, garlic and bacon bits until the onions soften.
2. Add the flour, salt and pepper, stirring to a fine paste.
3. Slowly add the water, boil for 1 minute and stir.
4. Add the mushrooms, celery, potatoes and carrots, turn down the heat and simmer for 40 minutes.
5. Add the cream, cheddar cheese and half of the parmesan, stir until melted throughout.
6. Serve and top with the remaining Parmesan and spring onions.
7. Enjoy with some warm bread.
I hope you like the recipe, I really enjoyed serving it to my family. I'll share more of my cooking in the future, I really do have to make the most of a good day.
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