There's no need to wait until January to create new year's resolutions and try something new - why not create a bucket list for autumn that will keep you entertained through the chilly months ahead. From decorating your home, trying out a new walk, going apple picking or baking a pie from scratch, there are so many things you can do throughout the autumn that although simple, you may have never done! Whatever you choose to do, learning a new recipe is a must for your list.
Because autumn means cosy soups and stews, and today is World Cooking Day, it is the perfect time to find a new recipe perfect for midweek meals, or even to serve to family and friends at chilled dinner parties over the winter months. Even if you already have a favourite autumn recipe, why not try something new - like this delicious warming chicken stew.
- 450g chicken
- 2 tbsp flour
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 carrots (diced)
- 2 celery sticks (diced)
- 1 onion (diced)
- 120ml white wine or stock
- 900ml canned tomatoes
- 450ml tomato sauce
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 tbsp herbs
- 75g olives
- 40g capers
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly cracked pepper
- 40g parsley
Cut your chicken in bite sized pieces and coat each piece with flour, shaking off the excess.
Heat 1 tbsp of the olive oil in a large pot (which has a tightly fitting lid to let it simmer later on). Sautee the chicken until it is slightly golden and then set aside, letting it drain.
In the same pot, add the remaining olive oil and sautee the carrots, celery and onion until soft. Pour in the wine or stock and then add the chicken back in, along with all the other ingredients, with the exception of the parsley.
Simmer for 15 minutes on a low to medium heat before garnishing with parsley and serving either alone or anything from mash potato or roast potatoes to cous cous or bread.
For those that love to entertain, having the perfect serving bowls and boards is a must. If you are serving your stew with bread, a decorative wooden bread board will add a bit of interest to the table and make your meal feel that bit more special. You may even want to serve it with a cheese board too, and the matching Bramble cheese board is perfect for that sophisticated, coordinated dinner table setting.
And make sure you add a cosy feeling to your dining room which will create a comforting atmosphere you'll love spending time with friends and family in. A few simple additions such as a rattan log holder, piled high with wood for your fireplace, a deep coloured rug beneath the table and autumnal dinnerware sets and serveware to dress your table.
You could even make some more significant changes to your dining space. Wooden dining chairs will add a glamorous, rustic style to any space, which will work perfectly with all furniture styles. Not only will they add to the warming feeling you've been craving for autumn, they'll make a stylish and practical addition to your dining room or kitchen table for years to come.What is on your bucket list this autumn? Let us know.