Monday 30 December 2013

Chorizo and clearing out the cupboards

This is daughter Tam's Chorizo and Chick Pea Stew, which she made up to feed the freezer for me, and use up the last of the Christmas chorizo.  She also made a panful of chorizo and tomato pasta sauce for our lunch.

Meanwhile, I have been clearing out the store cupboards, which were looking a right mess. A couple of photos to show the before and afterwards of the bottom cupboard, where all the tins live:

Before (above), and after (below):

And a work in progress with all the dried beans, seeds, sugars etc:


1/2 a small ring of Chorizo (about 2.5cm/6") sliced into rings, and then halved
1/2 small onion, chopped
1/2 medium courgette, chopped
1/2 red pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
Tin chopped tomatoes
Tin chick peas
1/2 pint chicken stock
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
Sprinkle oregano
Salt and pepper

Fry diced Chorizo over a low heat until it releases its oils.  Add onion, garlic, courgette, & pepper and sweat until soft.  Add  drained chickpeas, the tin of tomatoes and chicken stock, and sprinkle with seasonings.  Simmer until cooked through - about 40 mins.  You can add all sorts of extras to this - chicken leftovers (or other meat), chopped potatoes, carrots, other veg - whatever you need to use up.  Serve with crusty bread.


1/2 small ring Chorizo (approx 2.5 cm/6") diced
1/2 small onion, chopped
1/2 courgette, chopped
2 cloes garlic, crushed
Tin chopped tomatoes (arrabiata ones from Lidls brilliant for this)
Sprinkling each of oregano and basil
Small 1" cube of cheddar cheese, chopped small.

Fry off cubed Chorizo until oil released, and then add onion, garlic, and courgette and sweat until soft.  Add tinned tomatoes and herbs and seasoning.  Add a tiny pinch of sugar and simmer for 5 - 10 mins.  When cooked, add cheese, stir till melted and serve over pasta, or mix cooked pasta into sauce and combine.


  1. A job well done!

    I imagine that a veggie version of Tam`s Chick Pea stew would be good too. I might give it a try. I`m sure there`s a can of chick peas lurking somewhere in my food cupboard.....

  2. Hi DW - a veggie version would be very tasty too. Just what you need with this "damp" weather about . . .

  3. Yum....I love Chorizo and have a similar recipe to that first one I do a lot. Happy New Year to all of you. xx

  4. Happy New Year and I just want to say how much I enjoy reading your blog.--hart

  5. Happy New Year Bovey Belle

  6. Recipes made my mouth water, cupboards made me feel pleased - mine looked like that until I tidies them - glad I am not on my own at getting them in a mess. Happy new year and here's to tidy cupboards.