I love that word - serendipity! It makes simple things super without adding calories.
Last weekend I hosted a birthday lunch for my aunt and I was more than a bit shattered but I had invited a friend for lunch on Tuesday so I had to do some cooking. I really didn't want to go shopping so the meal had to come from the freezer - and my head!
I'd got a bag of frozen chicken thighs lurking in there so that was the starting point. I love chicken thighs - not only are they the tastiest part of the bird they are also the cheapest. Anyway, I put the whole bagful into the slow cooker. I chopped a couple of onions and sweated them with a little oil and then added a little cornflour. I then added to the onions a can of chopped tomatoes and some crushed garlic, chopped ginger, coriander, saffron, cayenne and cinnamon. (Sorry about the lack of quantities but this is a serendipity casserole!) A little honey seemed like a good idea so I added that. I bunged the lot into the slow cooker with the chicken. I found a can of chickpeas in the food cupboard so that went in along with some dried apricots and prunes. Last but not least I chopped the last few carrots from the fridge and added those.
Four hours later I served it with couscous and sultanas. It was wonderful.
Yesterday I found a pack of haricot beans in the cupboard. I'm going to have a bash at the same recipe using these beans instead of chicken and chickpeas