I ran out of gas yesterday. Even though the new cylinder came very promptly, I challenged myself to make lunch without using the gas stove. I had a rather odd bunch of stuff in the house. First, there was some potato to finish before they started sprouting. There was some defrosted chicken thigh, skin on. In the veg department, there was some curly red lettuce crying out to be used, mint leaves, laksa leaves and some leftover celery. I also had some pear and leftover lemon wedges in the fridge.
It all came together in the form of roast potato in laksa and mint salsa verde, baked chicken and a green salad with celeary and pear. It was light yet satisfying and great for fine sunny weather that threatened to turn cloudy. Try this all together or take it apart to assemble your own version.
Roast Potato in Laksa and Mint Salsa Verde and Baked Chicken with Skin
1 russet potato
1 handful laksa leaves
1 handful mint leaves
1 tbsp oil
1 chicken thigh with skin
- Scrub the potato thoroughly and slice thickly. Peel the potato if you like but I never bother. Grill the slices on both sides till slightly browned. Remove and then preheat oven to 150ºC.
- Chop the mint and laksa leaves finely, add a good pinch of sea salt and then mix with the oil. Smear generously onto potato slices. Put into the oven together with the chicken (and skin) and bake for 15 minutes till the chicken is cooked and the skin crispy.
- Serve with the salad.
For one person. Easily scaled up.
Celery, Pear and Mint Salad
1 stick celery
3 small bunches red curly lettuce or other lettuce
1 handful mint
1 tbsp oil
salt and pepper
- Cut the celery into long, fine diagonals and the pear into fine matchsticks. Tear the lettuce into small pieces.
- Put celery, pear, lettuce and mint into a large bowl. Squeeze over half of the lemon, then pour over the oil and add a good pinch of salt and a generous grinding of pepper.
- Using clean hands (use spoons if you’re squeamish), toss the salad until mixed well. Taste and add a bit more lemon juice or salt and pepper if necessary.
For one greedy person or 2-3 non-salady people.