NaBloPoMo – Day 16 – A Random Assortment of Other New Foods That I’ve Made This Year

I don’t have time to blog about my sourdough journey today, as I have a giant pile of assignments to mark1, so I’m going to skip over a few of the foods I made as part of said journey and tell you about a bunch of other random foods that I made.

First up, Moroccan Braised Chicken, Lentils, Smoked Paprika & Tomato. I saw this recipe over on Dan’s blog. Like me, Dan has been cooking and baking up a storm throughout this pandemic – I mean, what else are we going to do to pass time time, right? Unlike me, Dan actually blogs promptly about his kitchen adventures, instead of waiting eleventy billion months go get around to blogging.

Moroccan chicken
This photo is from when I made it in October, but I first made it in April. It just looks nice in this photo in the cast iron pan than in the photo I took when I made it in a boring bakinf siah.

This dish has actually become one of our go-to meals. It’s super delicious, healthy, and relatively easy to make.

Next up is a recipe that came courtesy of my Aunt Wendy. She was following along with my sourdough journey online (which I was chronicling on Facebook and Instagram) and she mailed me this recipe card for Coq Au Sherry, which she suggested would go good with sourdough bread. And was she ever right!

Coq au sherry

This recipe required me to buy two things: a Dutch oven and sherry, neither of which I had ever purchased before.

Coq au sherry

I wanted to buy a Dutch oven anyway, as it is used in a lot of sourdough bread recipes, so this was a good excuse. And Scott was excited to buy sherry, as he had been watching a lot of Frasier re-runs2 and Frasier and Niles always drink sherry. Fortunately, liquor stores had been deemed an essential service and were open when many other stores were shut down, and I was able to find a Dutch oven on sale at Superstore while grocery shopping.

Of course, buying a bottle of sherry meant that I needed to find more recipes that use sherry3! So I found two: sherry potatoes and sesame chicken4.

Sesame Chicken with Sherry Potatoes

Both of them were freaking delicious!

  1. Well, it’s a virtual “pile” as my students haven’t handed in assignments on paper for about a decade. But it’s still weighing heavily on me! []
  2. Again, early pandemic days – what else were we supposed to do? []
  3. A lot of my cooking involves Googling recipes for ways to use up ingredients that I have extra of []
  4. I’m not entirely sure if that’s the correct link to the sesame chicken recipe, as I foolishly forgot to save the link when I made it. But it looks pretty close to what I recall making []

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