What food makes you feel good and why?
Okay so by rights the question here should be ‘What food doesn’t make you feel good?’ – I love everything! Nothing beats a good homemade lasagne where the cheese has gone brown in places and the layers are clear, served with a warm garlic bread and salad. Or in summer, a barbecue is the go to food!
However, the one meal that will forever make me feel good is Christmas dinner. I’ve already started planning the Christmas dinner for our flat in December!
We always have a Bloody Mary Soup for a starter. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned it here but it’s basically a tomato soup with celery, Tabasco sauce and vodka, served with a freshly baked petit pain. Of course, the main course is the an important part. That succulent turkey, served with a slice of gammon, stuffing, mashed potatoes, roast potatoes, carrot and parsnip, brussel sprouts, and a good gravy! Who here doesn’t love christmas dinner?
Our desserts are always the same – a lemon meringue, a trifle, and homemade christmas pudding. No one in the flat likes christmas pudding though so I may make myself a mini one just to be awkward… Finally, we always finish, or try to finish, with a cheese board. There’s a reason we start eating so early!
There’s just something about the Christmas Dinner that makes it special. I don’t know if it’s because we’re all feeling festive, or if it’s because the family are together and in a good mood, or what. But it is definitely my favourite food.
Today I decided to make a dinner for the whole flat, so once again I was experimenting with gluten free cooking! After an early start to wish my darling sister a happy birthday, I got ready to start cooking.
With one flatmate needing gluten free food and another refusing to eat anything with tomatoes near it (out goes any lasagne, chilli, tomato soups…) I had to combine a few recipes. Here’s what I did, I think it will serve 6-8 portions:
- 500g chopped chicken breasts
- 4 rashers bacon chopped
- 285g pasta (gluten free in my case but use whatever)
- 1 small onion chopped
- 3 garlic cloves crushed
- 1 red pepper sliced
- 1 yellow pepper sliced
- 150g mushrooms chopped
- 250g chopped tomatoes (shh don’t tell Jason)
- 100g grated cheese
- 25g butter
- 1tbsp plain flour (again gluten free)
- 200ml milk
- 250g asparagus chopped
- Handful ofmangetout cut in half.
- Basil for on top when serving
- Cook your pasta as instructed on the packaging and drain.
- While that’s cooking, brown the chicken in a pan then add the bacon.
- Once the bacon is browned, add the onion and garlic.
- When the onion is see through, add the rest of the vegetables and cook until soft.
- In a separate pot, melt the butter with the flour and mix.
- On a medium heat, add the milk and whisk until thick and smooth then remove from the heat.
- Add around two thirds of the cheese to the milk mix, and stir well.
- Pour everything together into a large bowl and add the chopped tomatoes at this point.
- Mix together well and pour into an oven dish before sprinkling with the remaining cheese.
- Cook in the oven at 200 degrees Celcius for 8-10 minutes.
- Serve with some black pepper and basil
Fingers crossed they all like it!