Winner of Your Best One-Pot Meal

February  5, 2014

Congratulations to divasparkle, whose Extraordinary Marinated and Roasted Chicken, Potatoes, and Chickpeas won the contest for Your Best One-Pot Meal! 


Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
Not so much a food experience as knowledge -- a book that totally changed the way I shopped was Frances Bissell's The Real Meat Cookbook. In the early nineties, the ins and outs of intensive battery farming were not that well known and this tome really opened my eyes. Hormone injections for rapid growth, water to bulk out, feed full of antibiotics, shocking breeding conditions in tiny barns…I had no idea. Farming standards in the UK have improved immeasurably since then, but I try to buy free-range and organic meat as much as possible. 

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What's your least favorite kitchen task? 
I really, really, really loathe washing up -- I am so thankful that we now have a dishwasher (it is not a standard kitchen appliance over here yet) and I can hang up my Marigolds (washing-up gloves)!

Your favorite kitchen tool?
My favorite kitchen tool is my handmade utility knife from the Japanese Knife Company. I bought it from a very knowledgeable old man at a food show, who really impressed me with his calm and serene manner. Twelve years later, I attended a knife skills course and was delighted to find that he was teaching it. We had been asked to bring our knives in and when I handed him mine, he recognized it immediately and even knew who had made it -- how amazing is that?!

What is your idea of comfort food?
Always savory and usually involving potatoes -- something rib-sticking and hearty like creamy mashed potatoes and lamb shanks which have been braised in the oven for 4 or 5 hours. Or a chicken noodle soup which has been made from the carcass and leftovers from the Sunday roast.

What is your greatest kitchen disaster?
Many years ago we had a garden which was full of all sorts of fruit trees -- one year we harvested more plums than we could eat so I decided to make a chutney. I took out my large, old faithful Le Creuset dutch oven and proceeded with the recipe. I left it burbling gently on the hob, wandered into the garden and got chatting to our neighbor who convivially produced a glass or two of wine. By the time I got back into the kitchen, all the sugar in the plums and the chutney had carbonized and welded itself to the bottom of the pot, totally destroying my beloved Le Creuset. No amount of scrubbing, soaking, or scraping over the next few weeks could lift off that burnt-on mess. I shedded tears throwing out Old Faithful. I was overjoyed to receive a new one as a gift the following Christmas, and have since acquired a smaller oval one -- but I have never made a chutney again!

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Indira @. June 17, 2014
Congrats Selma! What a beautiful Recipe!
bonheurcuisine February 6, 2014
Congratulations! The recipe is great! Hope to try it soon!
Selma |. February 6, 2014
Thank you so much! I would love to hear your feedback if you try this!
Selma |. February 6, 2014
A huge thank you to everyone who voted for this recipe! I am so thrilled and honoured to be featured here. If you do try the recipe, I would love to hear your feedback and any tweaks - I love seeing recipes evolve!
Elaine @. February 6, 2014
Huge congratulations!!!! A well deserved win :)) x
Selma |. February 6, 2014
Thanks Elaine - it all started with your initial recipe on your foodbod blog, which I hope people will visit!
Elaine @. February 6, 2014
Thank you ????
LeBec F. February 6, 2014
when i read your one pot recipe, I just knew I was looking at a recipe that was going to be wildly successful on 52. This is at the top of my mental list- to make with next week's whole chicken. I also think you yourself might enjoy making Pierino's Spanish chicken, which we loved last week, and which , imo, has a

wonderful aesthetic like yours.
Selma |. February 6, 2014
Thank you for pointing me to Pierino's recipe - I love paprika with chicken It sounds gorgeous and I also liked your additions of artichoke hearts and cumin! I have saved it and will give it a go next week.
Kukla February 5, 2014
Congratulations on your win divasparkle!! Enjoyed reading your Q&A!!
Selma |. February 6, 2014
Thank you so much! Reading through it now, I feel like I should conquer my fear and attempt a chutney…just not in my Crueset!
mrslarkin February 5, 2014
congratulations divasparkle!
Selma |. February 6, 2014
Thank you so much and thanks for the follow on twitter!
QueenSashy February 5, 2014
Big congrats on your win divasparkle! And the knife story -- amazing...
Selma |. February 6, 2014
Thank you so much! That whole knife story still raises goose bumps! He spent years training in Japan where for the first two years the apprentices were not even allowed to touch the blades. Imagine!
foxeslovelemons February 5, 2014
Congrats on your win! And mmmm....lamb shanks and mashed potatoes. I'm drooling just thinking of your fav comfort food!
Selma |. February 6, 2014
Thank you so much! I do love me a long slow braise with lots of gravy and mashed potatoes - it is one of the few redeeming features of an English winter!
calendargirl February 5, 2014
Many congrats, divasparkle! How could I have missed this earlier? Cannot wait to try it in this grey and chilly week!
Selma |. February 6, 2014
Thank you so much! Please do let me know if you try it - I would love to hear your feedback!