A combination of slow-cooked berbere-spiced chicken in a flavoursome mustard and garlic sauce with baby potatoes makes the perfect family dinner
I have eaten my fair share of potatoes…to date.
As a child, we didn’t eat potatoes that frequently. But every year, at the onset of the harmattan season in Nigeria, the food trucks from the farms in the Northern part of Nigeria would transport tonnes of fresh farm produce to the south. And Mum would take delivery of a few 50kg bags of potatoes that had successfully completed the 14-hour journey.
For a few weeks of every year, our pantry and stomachs would be bursting at the seams with potatoes. And we would bake them, boil them, fry them,… rinse, repeat. A ritual was born, and the humble potato had a starring role. Over time, as a metamorphosis unfolded, the definitions of comfort food and potato began to blur. And then it became one.
Then, the a-ha moment. The moment I realised that the potato had come to epitomise comfort food.
Comfort food.. Simple. Uncomplicated. Nothing fancy. Nothing forced. With roots at home and family.
Comfort food? Yes.
This dish? Hell Yes.
This is a combination of slow-cooked berbere-spiced chicken in a flavourful mustard and garlic sauce with baby potatoes and seasonal vegetables. I call it my one-pot wonder. Because, all I have to do is literally toss everything together, and turn on the oven. Then pour myself a glass of wine, or two. Put my feet up and let the miracle, which is this dish, unfold.
In reality, that scenery goes something like this…every time..
Toss everything together, and turn on the oven.
Yell instructions to screaming and kicking kids about clearing up toys and play area.
Trip over a piece of a toy train set lying on the floor.
Swear under breath while retrieving offending item
Yell instructions again to screaming and kicking kids… You get the picture?
Still, 45 minutes later, when that oven timer goes off, and I am tucking into the first mouthfuls of this dish, the present-state chaos fades into the background as I take a freakin delicious trip down memory lane.
Indeed, comfort food does trump all..
My tastebuds are tingling in agreement, and delight.
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