Cooking with Noelene

Five Day Challenge

Day 1 - Nut flavoured pumpkin soup
Crumbed Chicken

I chose a large butternut pumpkin, peeled and cut into chunks, placed in a saucepan along with 2 medium onions peeled and sliced, 2 potatoes peeled and sliced, 2 stalks of celery trimmed and sliced, 1 dsp of dried nutmrg. Cover with water and boil till the vegetables are soft then add 1 tbs of minced garlic, 2 tbs of honey and 1 tbs of peanut butter. Now use a stick processor to puree the contents of the pot. Season to taste with cracked black pepper.

Day 2 - Crumbed chicken

I used 2 skinless chicken fillets sliced in 2. I placed 1 soup ladle of the nut pumpkin soup into a bowl and filled a wide brimmed bowl with panko crumbs. I used paper towel to pat dry the chicken fillets and then dipped them in the pumpkin soup mix and then coated with panko crumbs. I oven baked the crumbed chicken fillets in a pan with a good drizzle of peanut oil.

Vegetable Pasta
Day 3 - Vegetable pasta dish

I now have 1/2 the original amount of pumpkin soup remaining. Today I steamed 500gm pack of broccoli and cauliflower florets with a thinly sliced red capsicum, and boiled 3 cups of spiral pasta. I drained both the pasta and vegetables, then stirred them through the refrigerated pumpkin soup base with a dsp of dried lemon myrtle.

Day 4 - Chicken ragu

The pasta and vegie dish for tea last night was delicious. Today I am adding 510 gm of cooked chicken fillet shred. The chicken fillet was cooked and seriously cooled before adding to the pasta and vegetable base. Only add cooked and cooled ingredients to the 5 day evolving pumpkin nut soup which is kept cold and covered in the refrigerator.

Day 5 - Satay chicken

So here we are onto the fifth meal all evolving from my primary ingredient – pumpkin. I made a simple satay sauce with peanut butter, a little chilli powder, ground coriander mixed with soft brown sugar and 200ml of coconut milk. I heated these and stirred till the sugar dissolved and the sauce thickened slightly. I let it cool then stirred through the cold chicken ragu and topped with chopped walnuts. This end meal is delicious, rememeber the longer a meal sits in the refrigerator the greater the flavour.