You know, I love autumn, and winter too, which is why I find it so strange that I am just no good at November. I have posted before about how my mind seems to drift and I just struggle slightly this month. Today it was dark at two o’clock, and has drizzled ever since. It is not even this, really, that makes it hard. After all, when it rains you get to put up your brolly and splash through the puddles, and, it is easier to cosy up at home when you have something to cosy up from. I find it hard to put my finger on what it is about this month, but I was thinking of this poem, when I discovered that lovely Vintage Pretty has already posted it, here:
and it’s funny, because this sums up how I feel about November, and yet at the same time I don’t feel like this at all.
So in the midst of this confusing tumble of feelings, and the gently drizzling rain, I am taking myself home to snuggle on the sofa and watch Spooks while eating
Chicken Comfort Pie
Tie on your brightest pinny, and put something cheery on the stereo. For me, that would be the Puppini sisters just now!
Peel as many potatoes as you need for two, and set them to boil. Preheat the oven to 175oC (mine is a fan electric).
Whilst they are bubbling away, heat a little oil in a frying pan, and throw in some diced chicken pieces and snipped up spring onions.
When the chicken is coloured on all sides, tip in a tin of Campbells Condensed soup in chicken, or chicken and white run, or even mushrooms if your tastes run this way. (I know, I know, but trust me, it tastes better than it sounds!)
Throw in a shake or two of whatever frozen veggies you have in your freezer.
Bubble away for ten minutes or so.
Divide between two ovenproof dishes. Drain the potatoes and mash well with some butter, pepper, and a grating of nutmeg. Use this to top the chicken mixture in the manner of Shepherds Pie.
Sprinkle over some grated cheese, and bake for ten to fifteen minutes until golden.
Snuggle on the sofa, and be prepared to be amazed at how something so simple can taste so scrumptious and comforting!