Did I tell you guys yet? I've got a new job! It's a few steps from where I stay at my boyfriend's house, so its very convenient as far as location is concerned. I had to leave River Cottage because my hours had been reduced and i kinda needed more. I'm going to really miss the place though. It's definitely the first place i have left that i am really going to miss full heartedly- the place, the people, the food. Awww....yeah. Still, my new job is GREAT. I am basically a weekend 'Sous Chef'. I'm essentially in charge! I put things I WANT and I CREATE onto a menu, and i do food orders as well. Its very nice to have a bit of power and to have so much more creativity. Thats what I wanted when i became a chef originally- cook nice food for people, that i've created, that i've put my thought and inovation into. I didnt come into the trade to cook the same thing day in day out in a chain restaurant, or to peel potatoes all day. I wanted to be a chef to CREATE.
Anyway, this is a yummy dish and very healthy. It is also very nice using brown rice instead, it's just often i don't have enough time to cook it. I get the miso paste, rice vinegar, mirin and toasted sesame oil all from my local Sainsburys- you don't have to go to a specialist asian market or anything to get them.
Chicken with Broccoli,Rice and a Miso and sesame sauce (serves 2) £1.71 per person
2 skinless chicken breasts
Salt and pepper
Drizzle vegetable oil
Sprinkling of Chinese 5 spice
120g basmati rice
120g broccoli florets
2 spring onions, chopped finely
Small handful coriander, stems and leaves chopped
2 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
2 tsp Miso paste
1 tbsp brown rice vinegar
1 tbsp mirin
1 tsp crushed ginger
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 tbsp soy sauce
1. Heat the oven to 200C. Put chicken breasts on a non-stick baking tray, drizzle with a little oil, and sprinkle over some salt, pepper and Chinese 5 spice. Put tray into the oven and the chicken should be cooked in 25-30 minutes.
2. Meanwhile cook the rice according to the packet instructions in salted water. Four minutes before the end of cooking, add the broccoli to the pan. Mix the sauce ingredients together
3. Drain and return to the pan with the spring onions, coriander and the miso sauce. Cook for three minutes or until everything is well combined and hot. Serve!