After the loss of my father-in-law, I still am feeling the sadness atmosphere in the family, including my kids. They don't know how to express their loss, so they sort of acting their own way (which sometimes is disagreeable. Sigh.).
And I am still getting the sinusitis, and hopefully it is over soon. The augmentin tablets I got are really upset my stomach, and unfortunately, taking them is the only way to help get rid of sinusitis. I don't have a good appetite during this taking-tablets-periode. Whatever I ate will only upset my stomach. Everything is tasteless. I thought that soup is the only remedy for this uncomfortable disease, so I made a good batch of vegetable soup and bakso for a couple of days, re-fridged and reheated. I found out that adding sambal oelek or hot chili sauce in the soup is a help for me to eat all up (I finally can taste the heat! That's a good sign, isn't it?)
However, I am still doing the cooking and baking, although I only do regular ones and not all my best, pretty much every day. A task which I can't avoid. I love serving hot food for the family. As we're still having miserable weather down here, hot food is somehow a comfort meal for everybody, I suppose.
Chicken and Leek Pie
I have some leftover chicken breasts, about a cup. I thought making pie is an easy way to keep survive, don't you think? We like eating pie like this with lettuce salad and home-made tamarillo chutney.
1 quantity shortcrust pastry,
1 cup cooked chicken breast, shredded,
2 leeks, sliced,
4 button mushrooms, chopped,
1 onion, chopped,
3 cloves garlic, minced,
1 Tbs cream,
freshly cracked sea salt and black pepper,
oil for cooking,
grated cheese to sprinkle
Heat the oil. Brown the onion, add in the minced garlic. Add in the chopped mushrooms, then the sliced leeks. Sautee until leeks are becoming soft but still crunchy. Remove from the stove and set aside. Whisk the eggs with the cream. Fold in the vegetables and chicken, season. Mix until combined. Pour into the prepared and cooked pastry pie case. Sprinkle with cheese (If you can eat enormous number of cheese, you can mix the grated cheese in the egg mixture and/or sprinkle on the batter). Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked.