Coq au Vin Blanc was a regular winter dish in my house when we were growing up. I have distinct memories of it steaming up the kitchen windows while we did our homework on the kitchen table. It's a wonderfully warming meal, perfect for cold evenings. Chicken joints such as thighs and legs are often far cheaper to buy than chicken breasts, and meat cooked on the bone always seems to have more flavour.
Ribollita is an Italian soup that was traditionally seen as peasant food. The great thing about this soup is that it makes an ideal base for any additional ingredients that you might want to add. Think of it as an opportunity to give a last moment of glory to any miserable veggies left at the bottom of your fridge! I keep leftover Parmesan rinds in my freezer, which I add to sauces and soups like this to give a unique rich flavour. Add a couple while the soup is simmering and simply fish them out before serving.
Fried rice is one of my favourite things and I’m constantly looking for ways to mix it up. This recipe is one of my recent additions and has quickly become a regular. It is a bit of a kitchen-sink recipe, in that you can add whatever veggies you might have lying around at the bottom of the fridge, so feel free to experiment. Whenever I’m cooking rice for dinner, I always make a little more than I need, specifically so that I have leftovers to use in recipes like this. When storing leftover cooked rice, place in an unsealed airtight container and pop in a cool place to cool quickly and completely, before sealing and transferring to the fridge. Only reheat the rice once after this.