Green Summer Vegetable and Chicken Casserole

Now that we are starting to have a little drop in temperatures during the day, and a nip in the air first thing in the morning and last thing at night, we know that autumn is just around the corner.  While this means saying a gradual farewell to summer, it also means an autumnal welcome to the next season and the food and change in cooking it brings.

Off out for a busy morning and knowing I was not going to be in the house while it was still relatively warm, prompted me to cook the first casserole for a long time.  We came home to delicious chicken, vegetable and brothy smells and apart from opening the wine and grabbing the loaf of bread left for us earlier that morning on the gate by Bread Man, there was nothing more for us to do other than set the table and enjoy lunch.

The dish was a celebration of almost the last of many of our summer vegetables.  The bobby (french) beans finally started producing yellow as well as green beans, with kilos of them stored in the freezer for the months ahead.  The green peppers are still doing well, we´ll see how much longer they last.  Our onions have dried out nicely and are sweet and delicious and I had been hoarding the last handful of potatoes we had left from our first ever potato crop.

Into a big pot went two large legs (drumstick and thigh) of our free range chicken, some chopped peeled potatoes, large chunks of courgette given to us by a neighbour along with some whole unpeeled garlic cloves.  A few chopped green peppers, a roughly chopped onion, a few handfuls of green beans and some seasoning finished off the ingredients.  I covered everything with water and bought it to the boil then put a lid on the pot which then went into a very low oven for about 5 hours. You could, of course, cook it much more quickly on the stove top with equally good results if you´re not off out shopping for the morning!

And that was it…memories of summer and anticipation of autumn all in one delicious bowlful.

Am off to London to visit my family tomorrow for a week.  Will try to keep up with all your lovely blogs and posts, but apologies if I can´t always comment.  Looking forward to a proper catch up when I return!

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41 thoughts on “Green Summer Vegetable and Chicken Casserole

  1. Lovely casserole – I’m going back to London on Thursday, give me a shout if you’d like to meet for a coffee over the weekend or beginning of next week.

  2. This sounds delicious, I love the whole “throw in what we’ve got and make it gorgoeus” style of cooking. I’m jealous of all your veg… and your trip to London. Say hello from me and have fun!!

  3. I love the idea of coming home to a dinner all ready to sit down and eat!! With all your fresh ingredients, including the chicken, this must have been so good! I wish our weather would begin to cool a bit so I can start making these casseroles!!

  4. Lovely casserole, i posted a shot of my dress makers dummy for you today, but maybe you are already gone. Have a great time in Dirty Old London, one of my favourite cities! c

  5. Hi Tanya, We’re just finishing our casserole seasons, but this looks yummy enough for a last fling of winter warmth. I have to now start thinking of how many ways to serve up lettuce that has self-seeded all over the garden.
    Luuuuuucky you, going to London.
    Diane from Down-under.:-)

    1. Hi Diane – so good to be in London catching up with family & friends! Do enjoy the casserole if you make it, but you can now enjoy spring and summer dishes! Take care, Tanya

  6. The weather is definitely cooling down here in California, which is shocking. I’m sure it won’t last long though. This is a great way to use up the last of your veggies. Looks delicious! Have a lovely time in London…I’m very jealous. 🙂

  7. Enjoy visiting family and friends. I just caught up with all your posts that I missed while traveling in Europe. I enjoyed reading about your travels as well…lovely places to visit. The photos were great.

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