an idiot in london


Thursday, 1st June.
Cooking With Ian

Before we get to today's recipe, I would like to tell the world (or at least the miniscule percentage of the world's population who visit this site) that Katy is a rude, rude girl. Today I was taking a phone message, typing the message in an email. I was still on the phone to this caller, and Katy leaned over and started typing the filthiest words on the screen that you can imagine. I did very well to keep a straight face. Dirty northern lasses.

On with the recipe!

Cajun Chicken Pasta

I know that ordinarily I fill this website with whimsical observations and endlessly witty tales, but today I'm sharing part of another side of my being, the side that loves to eat.

2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
2 tablespoons butter
8 slices red bell pepper
8 slices green bell pepper
4 large mushrooms, sliced
1 green onion, chopped
1 to 2 cups heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 ounces linguine, cooked and drained
grated Parmesan cheese for topping

First of all, these crazy English don't call capsicum capsicum, they call 'em peppers. MEMO TO IAN'S FLATMATES: It is Not Amusing when Ian refers to capsicum as capsicum.

Grab the chicken, slap some Cajun seasoning on the meat. Whack 'em in a frypan with some butter. Saute (translation for my fellow bachelors: cook it and sort of seal it in the butter) the chicken until "almost tender". For goodness sake, it's chicken. Just cook it.

Chuck the capsicum, onion and mushrooms in. Don't forget to chop up the buggers before you throw them in. Saute and stir...blimey, what the recipe should say is mix the bastards up a bit, get amongst it!

Pour in the cream when things are cranking along a bit. Add the basil, lemon pepper, salt, garlic powder and black pepper. Heat the creamy mixture through. (I had removed the chicken at this stage, the frypan was a bit strapped for space.) Drain the pasta (I used tagliatelle...yum) and mix it up with the sauce (the cream and capsicum and stuff). Serve it up, sprinkle some parmesan over the pasta.

Presentation? Well, my brother says that the first bite is with the eye, but I reckon that's a load of old cobblers.

Serves two, although I had enough pasta left over to feed two medical students. Perhaps that's because I have no idea how much 4 ounces of pasta is.

Cooking With Ian...stay tuned for another episode when I can be bothered cooking again!