So last week I received a text from a lovely friend of mine. Her name's Julie and she really is a gem. So lovely, always smiling and very supportive. Anyho, she sent me this pic, with the message "Look what I bought today" followed by another message that read, "And it is absolutely true that I have never used those products before but am giving them a go because of your blog."
Good skills Julie.
You've bought my Top 3 fave Gourmet Garden herbs.
And then, I got this message from one of my cousins, Dal, who also happens to be one of my best friends, which read: "Hey Kirst. I'm actually thinking of giving that thing you made a go tonight. Where the heck would I find ricotta and breadcrumbs? And where do I find those fancy things in the tubes?"
Now reading this message, you might think that Dal is what could only be described as Domestically Challenged. But I know first hand, that this is not the case because when I caught up with her recently she'd whipped up the most delicious meal. So clearly her text message was just another example of how good looks and quick wit run in the family. Ok, so maybe her text message didn't prove a thing about about the good looks part, but this photo totally will...
Anyho, back to the meal that Dal slaved over, all while I sat at her fancy new kitchen bench, sipping on a glass of bubbly and snacking on some hardcore Kiwiana French Onion Dip. It was a chicken pom pom bake thingy (yes, that is it's technical name) and the other night I borrowed Dal's recipe and made it myself.
Here's what you'll need to make your own at home:
2 chicken breasts, chopped into bite sized pieces
3/4 cup chicken salt, or water if you're watching your sodium levels
Gourmet Garden's Thyme
1/2 cup sour cream
1 can creamed corn
1 packet of Pommes or Pom Poms, depending on where you live **
AND an onion and some celery, finely chopped
(they didn't make an appearance in my recipe because, well, I forgot to buy them)
** I know what you're thinking....1992 called and they want their Pommes back.
Look, I know they're a bit daggy but they really are quite tasty.
And much easier than whipping up some actual mashed potato on a Friday night, when everyone's a bit tired and emotional. So using them is totally win win.
Ok, so now that we've cleared that up,
here's how you make the Chicken Pom Pom Bake Thingy....
Cook your chicken until it's golden brown
Add in the tin of creamed corn...
and the sour cream & the stock...
throw in a squirt of Thyme...
and stir it all up.
But don't bring it to the boil, or your sour cream will curdle and it will be game over.
Transfer your mixture to an ovenproof dish...
and tip the contents of the Pommes packet over the top...
Whack the meal into your crappy oven, which has no timer, is tiny and takes forever to heat up (Or maybe that's just my situation. Any oven suppliers out there that would like to provide me with a new one? Just get your people to call my people and the deal will be done)
Sorry, where was I? Oh yeah, whack the dish in the oven for around 30 minutes, or until those tacky little balls of potato are golden brown, whichever happens first.
And here's what it will look like....
Now I have to be honest,
it looked The Business but it didn't taste that great.
I think a whole can of creamed corn was waaaay too much.
Next time I'd do 1/2 a tin at the most.
Or order in some Thai Takeaway.
But don't let my bad experience with this 90's inspired dish turn you off. Feel free to whip it up and let me know how you went. And, in closing, I have to say that I'm just as disappointed as you are that I lost my cooking mojo tonight. So here's a picture of me actually taken in 1990 to give us a bit of a laugh...
Um, hello big hair, big earrings and big eyebrows.
Really, I'm at a loss to explain why I spent so many years as a single girl back then.
How about you?
Ever whipped up a dish that wasn't as great as you'd hoped?
Or was that just me?