An Ode to Game of Thrones, True Blood and Teaching!

Food I’ve cooked in my real life whilst I took a leave of absence from my virtual one.

Term 2 is a bastard!

Not like the bastard John Snow from “Game of Thrones” but like a good for nothing no redeeming features type of psychopath! A psychopath if you will – like Joffrey – that’s what Term 2 in a high school is!

We all approach the end of Term 1 with the foreboding sense of the horror to come. The light heart which Summer had given us becomes heavy with sadness and melancholy – in the words of The Starks – “Winter is Coming!”… and so was Term 2!

It bares its fangs and bites you hard. Not like Eric Northman from True Blood does to me in my dreams every night but more like Russell Edgington, ripping at your throat, draining your blood and tearing out your heart in the end, in front of a crowd!

School in full swing – assignments, Government literacy and Numeracy tests, corrections, presentations, meetings, more corrections, exams, more corrections, more meetings, report writing, proof reading and more meetings and corrections and the term is over and you are spent!

It’s safe to say I have been more than tired. Exhausted in fact. My neck and shoulders ache and my eyes hurt. But, now for 2 weeks of wonderful holidays. Sufficed it to say these next 2 weeks will be the best 2 weeks of my life!

I cooked and I forgot to photograph but sometimes I remembered, so here are the photos of what I cooked whilst I took another break from blogland!

I’m at this stage unable to post recipes, such is the level of my exhaustion, but please take a moment to view the photos and be comforted by the fact that food was where I sought solace over the last eleven weeks…and food is our saviour  if you don’t know that then “you know nothin John Snow!”

Enjoy!

chicken and leek pie

chicken and leek pie

Because you have to see what it looked like on the inside!

Because you have to see what it looked like on the inside!

French onion Soup - because my parents bought a 5 kilo bag of onions!

French onion Soup – because my parents bought a 5 kilo bag of onions!

Lasagne.

Lasagne.

I like my lasagne creamy!

I like my lasagne creamy!

Potato and Leek Soup - Winter warmer!

Potato and Leek Soup – Winter warmer!

Chicken, Chorizo and Rice Soup - just the best!

Chicken, Chorizo and Rice Soup – just the best!

Roast Potatoes, Beef with red wine and a spicy mustard - too good!

Roast Potatoes, Beef with red wine and a spicy mustard – too good!

Stir Fry Veggies - such great colours!

Stir Fry Veggies – such great colours!

Salt and Pepper Squid - tasty and tender!

Salt and Pepper Squid – tasty and tender!

Altogether - stir fry veggies, salt and pepper squid and coconut rice - my favourite!

Altogether – stir fry veggies, salt and pepper squid and coconut rice – my favourite!

Advertisements

Chicken and Leek Pie

Friday Night Chicken and Leek Pie

Yesterday was our annual athletics day which meant herding hundreds of high school kids onto buses and driving out to a cold, bleak athletics track so most of the kids could just sit around and we could freeze our asses off. We don’t tend to take these things too seriously here so most schools are not equipped with their own tracks and so on.

To say that I would rather teach all day, plus have yard duty both recess and lunch time as well as have a meeting after school, is understating how I feel about these days. Having my eyes repeatedly stabbed with hot pokers would be less painful. However, we go and we chant for our houses and we have “fun”.

All I could think of was getting home and putting on my pj’s and fluffy slippers and drinking a hot and strong coffee. I also day dreamed about Friday night. Yes, the beginning of the weekend but my chance to come home and finally be able to make a chicken and leek pie.

I have been waiting all week for this but as I was so tired I decided on making the quick version. That is, make everything in one deep dish that can also be used in the oven and top the whole thing with pastry. It’s easy and quick and tastes wonderful.

I’m full and happy right now. Enjoy 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 20g butter
  • 750g chicken thigh fillets, trimmed, chopped
  • 2 medium leeks, trimmed, halved, washed, sliced
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup pure cream
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 sheet frozen ready-rolled puff pastry, partially thawed.

Method

Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Heat oil and butter in a deep frying pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken. Cook, stirring, for 5 to 7 minutes or until browned. Add leek. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until leek has softened. Add white wine. Bring to the boil. Add flour. Stir for 1 minute.

Add stock and cream. Bring to the boil. Remove from heat. Stir in thyme. Season with pepper.

Fill pie dish with chicken mixture.  Top with puff pastry. Trim excess. Press down edges with a fork to seal. Brush with egg. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden. Serve with a green salad.

Perfect for a Friday night when you are exhausted after a week at work but want something substantial and yummy!