Lockdown Larder – Day 4

Day 4 – Chicken Mole

It’s a chilly Sunday, and we’ve lit the fire for the first time this autumn. Not surprisingly the cats have claimed sleeping positions in front of it. Dinner needs to be something warming and adventurous.

I’m tackling a dish I’ve never made (or eaten!) before. Chicken Mole.


While I don’t have all the ingredients, I have most of them, and can adapt to fill the gaps. I don’t have the chillies, but I blackened a couple of red capsicums and added a generous spoonful of smoked paprika, and a splosh of ready-made chipotle sauce.

I also cut the chicken thigh meat into bite-sized pieces before cooking, as I preferred that to cooking the thighs whole, and then stripping the meat from the bone.

It sat and glooped on the stove for an hour, the aroma drifting across the kitchen, and I tried to avoid messing with it.

Right up to the point where I added the grated dark chocolate, the sauce was a deep red. Now it turned a rich and velvety brown. And it smelled divine.

Chicken Mole

It was delicious! However, fussy-husband saw me grating dark chocolate to add to the sauce and was instantly suspicious. He then told 20yr-son, who was also suspicious. “You put chocolate in the sauce?” You know, like I’d scraped some dirt from the ground and shovelled it into the meal. They swore they could both taste chocolate and it spoiled the flavour. I’m convinced that had they not known, they would have liked it better. Oh well. There’s plenty leftover to go into the freezer for another night.

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I realised with some sadness that I will run out of my favourite moisturiser before the lockdown is over, and will be unable to get any more until the shops re-open. Should I ration what’s left? Or use it and enjoy it, and then transition to a different brand? Decisions, decisions.

Celestial moisturiser from Lush. You will be mine again. https://nz.lush.com/products/face/celestial

New Zealand is under Lockdown for at least four weeks. This blog intends to avoid the bad news about rising numbers of victims. It focuses instead on food, and the challenges of cooking fresh meals every day – with the ingredients from my larder. A much nicer message 🙂


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