Monday, 28 March 2011

Pressure cooker 0 Remoska 1

This pressure cooker thing has been bugging me so I thought I'd remake the recipe in a Remoska, a Czech tabletop cooker that also claims to be energy-saving.

I tweaked it slightly, leaving out the mustard and adding a bit of chorizo but the whole thing was much, much tastier than Saturday night's effort. OK it took longer - about 40 minutes - but I didn't have to do anything while it was cooking.

I also rescued the leftovers from the abortive pressure cooked chicken by taking the chicken off the bone, putting it back with the onions and stock, heating it up and stirring in a good dollop of wild garlic pesto I bought at the Love Food Spring Festival at the weekend. This transformed it into a really quite passable chicken and wild garlic soup. I can imagine poaching (note, poaching not pressure cooking!) a whole chicken and serving it with new potatoes and spring veg, the chicken broth and a dollop of wild garlic pesto - like a cross between an aioli and a salsa verde.

Anyway this is my adaptation of Richard's original recipe. For the Remoska or oven, not for the pressure cooker, if you please . . .

Spanish-style chicken
Serves 2
1 tbsp olive oil
75g chorizo, cut into cubes
4 chicken thighs
3 small onions, peeled and quartered
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
75ml dry sherry or white wine)
125ml chicken or vegetable stock
8/9 green olives
Handful of chopped fresh parsley
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat the olive oil and fry the chorizo until the fat starts to run. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper, brown on both sides and place in the remoska or a casserole. Quickly fry the onions in the chorizo-y oil then stir in the garlic. Tip in the sherry and bring up to the boil then add the stock and pour over the chicken. Stir in reserved chorizo and the olives. Cook for about 40 minutes in the Remoska or cover with a lid and place in a low oven until the chicken is nicely browned. Stir in the chopped parsley and serve with rice.


Josordoni said...

that does sound delicious. I wonder if a slow cooker is more for you in terms of saving fuel, or even an old fashioned haybox?

Claudine in France said...

I have had a Remoska user for several years now, and I use it almost every day of the week for bread, roast chicken, quiche, sausage, cakes...
I have debated whether a pressure cooker would be a useful addition, but if I am honest, between the Remoska, the slow cooker and the combination microwave, I doubt I really need one...

Lindjemp said...

I love my Remoska and use it most days - hardly ever use the oven now between that and my slow cooker - was always frightened by pressure cookers as my mother-in-laws blew up while we were sitting in the other room and there was lentil soup stuck to the walls, ceiling and all over!

Fiona Beckett said...

Yup, slow cooker every time, Lynne, though there's a limit to the number of gadgets you can usefully own ;-)

I would have thought if you have a slow cooker and a Remoska you don't need a pressure cooker, Claudine. In the summer when we switch the Aga off we make do with the Remoska, a slow cooker and a contact grill

And agree, Remoskas are much less scary Lindjemp!

Kavey said...

Yet another reason why I'm a "rubbish asian" - I don't like using a pressure cooker OR a rice cooker. I love my slow cooker, though!

Fiona Beckett said...

What do you mainly use it for, Kavey?

minibreakmummy said...

I love my Remoska too. It is great on self-catering holidays and in the caravan.

Anonymous said...

I am so peeved as I only stumbled on to this remarkable product today, which only seems to be available in the UK and surrounding countries. ARGH!