Pollo con Pancetta alla Avanzi

For quite a while I have been relying on recipes scavenged from various corners of the web, with little added creativity. There are some which I would like to share my take on, like Jamie’s fish linguine – I even have a nice photo taken already – but going for something so much borrowed would require considerable literary embellishment, which recently I have felt incapable of.

So, Jamie’s fish will have to wait; meanwhile, leftovers to the rescue of creative spirit! Half of a small swede has been lingering in the corner of my fridge for too long and today I have finally decided to challenge this sad state of affairs. A search on what is nowadays my primary source of culinary ideas, BBC Good Food website, produced a promising swede mash. To be honest, I was not so much excited by the mash itself, as by the opportunity to try out the new Braun Multiquick 5 we had delivered yesterday.

My dear wife, as much as she supports my cooking endavours, would probably not be amused by the prospect of dinner consisting entirely of swede mash, so I picked a couple of additional items at random: two small, organic chicken breasts, a pack of pancetta, a tomato and a small onion. The chicken ended up wrapped in pancetta and cooked uncovered for 25 minutes in a 180°C oven; tomato and onion had been thinly sliced and with some addition of black pepper and olive oil acted as a salatary ersatz. The chicken was then served on a bed of swede mash.

As you can probably deduce from the fact that I decided to share this recipe, all in all the result was interesting. The sweetness of the swede, the salty-smokiness of pancetta, the familiarity of tomato and onion, spiciness of roasted chilli (another leftover which I couldn’t help not to throw in its entirety into the dish with the chicken) together made for an enjoyable, if simple, dish.

the Braun Multiquick blender

And last but not least, the Multiquick 5 did its job to a satisfactory standard. I didn’t manage to take any pictures before the food was gone, so let the silent hero of the evening feature as an illustration of this experiment.