Craig’s Jambalaya

2 May

  

My boyfriend makes this for me when I feel sad because I love spice and I love carbs. I mean, I then have to clean the entire kitchen, but it still helps after a bad day, it’s excellent comfort food. 

While I don’t need comforting, as for once I’m feeling quite bouncy, like a drunk Labrador, I had a massive brain fail trying to work out what to cook tonight so I decided to give this a crack. Though it serves four so…

 Ignore this photo and read the list of ingredients as Craig missed out a load when he was texting them to me from his sister’s, but it looked nice so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

The wine is for you to drink. 

  • Two chicken breasts
  • A mug and a half of Arborio (risotto) rice 
  • Two cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • A white onion, roughly chopped into half rounds
  • A red chilli, finely chopped 
  • Around two inches of chorizo 
  • A tin of chopped tomatoes 
  • One to two tablespoons of smoked paprika 
  • One to two tablespoons of cayenne pepper
  • A couple of chicken stock cubes 

In a large pan or a wok gently sweat the garlic, chilli (seeds in) and onions over a low heat in a littl bit of vegetable oil. (How many times do I have to tell you people not to fry in olive oil?!)

Roughly chop the chorizo into chunks. I’m not really the biggest fan of the stuff, but the depth of flavour it adds is *does cheffy kissing of fingers*, so I take the skin off and cut it into very small chunks. Add this to the pan with the chicken, also cut into chunks. 

Boil the kettle and dissolve your stock into around two and a half mugs of water. 

Chuck in your rice and mix it up so all the oil from the pan and the chorizo coats it and pour in some of your stock. Throw in the paprika and the cayenne – use more or less depending how spicy you like things. Once the rice has soaked up all the stock add another bit, and repeat until your stock is all gone. Tip in your tin of tomatoes and let it simmer for a bit.

  
It’s cooked once all the liquid has been soaked up and the rice is soft. It shouldn’t be too sloppy but don’t worry if you need to chuck in a bit more boiling water – it’s really forgiving. 

Eat in your pyjamas in front of Made In Chelsea with a bottle of wine and remember that time Spencer’s girlfriend shoved past you really rudely when you had a bad back. Or serve up to three other people. Whatever. 

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4 Responses to “Craig’s Jambalaya”

  1. Nick May 2, 2015 at 10:16 pm #

    I like everything about this apart from your wine choice!!

    • Sarah Duggers May 2, 2015 at 10:17 pm #

      I like my women like I like my wine, on offer in Tesco

    • Ferdinand Edwards May 2, 2015 at 11:19 pm #

      Nothing wrong with this vino. OK, produced by Domecq Bodegas but really quite quaffable. Alternatives?

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