As I write this I am sitting at a cool café called Café Craft by the Canal Saint Martin. The cool kids' neighborhood. I came here with a friend looking for a working space away from home. She did the internet research and came across this place. Common tables, where you can find individual work spaces with plug-ins for your computer or your phone and excellent coffee.
There's chicken pie on the menu today. Oh oh oh. You’ll love this. I'm sure. This is one the hits we use to have while growing up. It was always a happy day when the answer to the question "what are we have having for dinner today?" was "chicken pie!". Mostly we got this answer during the winter, it is a wintery kind of meal I think; that's why I thought of making it now. I was inspired by the cold!
I invited some friends over for dinner and I wanted to make something that I could prepare before they arrived, something that wouldn't imply me being away in the kitchen for half of the evening. Although I have to confess that in our apartment that's not an issue. The kitchen is in the living room/dining room. The perks of living in Paris at this time. But still I wanted to be relaxed and enjoy the company. I was happy putting in the work before. I thought about lentils and salmon first, but decided to check with my friend and she didn't eat lentils so I was back at square one. And suddenly genius hit me in the form of two words: chicken pie! Oh yes. The fact that I hadn't had this for ages was even better.
My chicken pie only has a top crust, no bottom crust. I think it might be called "Pot Pie". It makes sense. Everything is cooked in a pot before. Then you only have to fill your pie moulds or ramekins and cover them with the dough you have prepared earlier. You can do all of this even the day before your dinner party and then you have only to bake them in the oven to bake the crust and reheat the filling! It took me 20 minutes.
Hey, you can even freeze this pies in individual portions. If you are only two (like we are) then you can prepare the whole recipe, portion it and freeze whatever you are not eating that day. For this recipe you can get 8 portions, so have a delicious meal one evening and then freeze 6 portions. This means you will be looking forward to 3 more meals in the near future!! Thoughts and ideas. I'm definitely making chicken pie again and going for this option!
I think it's time to cook! But before that a clarification: because I don't like hard-boiled egg I don't put them in my recipe. Just in case the photos made you wonder. And yes you read right. I just don't. I love poached, scrambled and fried. I am weird that way, I know! I'm sure I'm not alone! I can always hope!