Imagine this. Two days of weekend fun. Fun means some real kick ass fun. Hosting a baby shower, late night movie, 3 hour Sunday lunch and a warm Thai evening. It isn’t over just yet. Monday comes as it always does. But only this time, it’s followed by another holiday! But to what do we owe this pleasure?!
Well, today is Labour Day that has its origins in the labour union movement, specifically the eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest. Some things in life are still fair 🙂
Prep time: 10-15 mins, Cooking time: 25-20 mins, Serves 5
Finely chop two onions and saute in hot oil. Use a deep dish for this recipe. Once the onions are medium brown, add 2 tbsps of raw rice (already soaked in water for about 30 mins). Add 1/2 kg of boneless chicken to the onions and rice when they’ve turned a little brown. Let the chicken cook for about 5 mins.
Now sprinkle 1 tsp parsley, 3/4th tsp freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste. Add about 4 tbsps of tomato puree. Toss in chopped raw carrot (2), potato (3) and some beans (15). Add about 3 cups of water (this may vary depending on how thick you like your stew). Adjust the salt and pepper accordingly.
Let the stew cook for about 20-25 mins. Just 2 mins before removing the stew from the heat, add 2 chopped capsicums.
In the mean while, prepare fresh garlic bread by mashing up about 5-6 cloves of garlic and adding 1/2 tsp of butter and olive oil to the garlic. Sprinkle salt to taste. Spread this golden paste over sliced bread and leave in oven to turn crisp. Enjoy with the stew, which should be ready by now!