But what do I not enjoy about cooking? Well, the cleaning up of course! I must admit that Tom and I always have a little squabble about who should do the clearing away once our bellies are full and we're in that slightly snoozy post-dinner comfort zone. So when Oven Pride got in contact to help me make a delicious dinner; and get the cleaning up done afterwards, I was sold!
They sent me a lovely red casserole dish, a voucher for buying some ingredients, an orange oven glove and a big ol' pack of Oven Pride so I could keep my oven clean and shiny after its stint helping me whip up some culinary treats. They also sent me a recipe card with four menu options - a hearty and warming stew, some meatballs with baked beans, gingerbread biscuits and crusty bread.
I chose 'Chicken and Tuscan Bean Stew with Chorizo'. I'm a huge fan of chorizo and parma ham and I haven't tried making a bean stew before so I was really looking forward to whipping up this treat, it sounded like the perfect warming winter meal; like a hot water bottle in a casserole dish!
I am one of those people that likes to get all of their ingredients out and their vegetables chopped before they start cooking. Mainly because I despair of that moment where you're halfway through a recipe and you realise you've forgotten that key ingredient. Also because sliding a bowl of chopped, prepared vegetables into a saucepan makes me feel like I'm on a cookery programme!
I've pasted the recipe below the photographs - I had a rather snazzy laminated recipe card so I've borrowed an electronic version of the recipe from another blogger (Heather) who recently cooked the dish at an Oven Pride event with Cheshire Cookery School and kindly replicated the recipe. My only amendment to the recipe card was that I wrapped my chicken in the parma ham rather than rolling it and putting it on top.
My favourite bit about the recipe card was that, near the end of the recipe (when you've popped everything in the oven) it tells you that you have 15 minutes to clean down your work area and prepare your plates and dinner table. This is the moment where I normally set the timer and go off and check my emails so this gentle reminder was actually very helpful, and saved that last minute panic where the timer starts going off and I'm grabbing plates out of the cupboards and yelling upstairs for help!
The best bit? After tucking into our utterly delicious dinner, we both looked up from our empty plates to a spotless kitchen! No bickering about who would don the rubber gloves, and instead a much-needed migration to the sofa.