It has always been a puzzlement to me how suddenly I have an inspiration or thought for no reason at all – whether it is the sight of some particular food or something that needs using up – dishes are created and served and tickle the palate. Where you get your inspiration I am sure must cause amusement. Perhaps – thumbing through a magazine – watching a TV programme or even a conversation with a friend. One thing for sure is that you don’t have to confess how you have created your offering. I always find it strange when someone asks for ‘the recipe’ Many times I have created on a whim rather than following a recipe so the written word is unavailable.BBQ Chicken

The other source of inspiration can be the acquisition of a new gadget. The accompanying recipe book can often add a few more dishes to the repertoire. Indeed looking back over my old recipes from when I was doing Cookery Schools in Country Houses I came across this month’s. Boy I did have some trouble when I prepared it. The confession of the ingredients caused concern – but the result triumphant and certainly did not tell the tale of its ingredients. So if you can be shameless – give it a go and don’t forget “you don’t have to confess”

BBQ Chicken (6)

12 x Boneless Chicken Thighs (2 per person)

1 Large Onion – peeled and chopped

1 Clove Garlic – chopped

4 Sticks of Celery – chopped

Knob of Butter – Olive Oil

1 Small Bottle of Tomato Ketchup

1 Bay Leaf

1 tsp Dried Thyme

½ tsp Allspice

3 Tbs Worcester Sauce

1 tbs Vinegar

3 ozs Dark Brown Sugar

Fry the Chicken in a little Butter and Oil till golden on both sides – set aside.

Sweat off Onions, Garlic, Celery without colour.

Add all other ingredients and mix.

Put Chicken into an ovenproof dish with a lid and pour over the Sauce.

Place into a medium oven about 180C for about 1 hour and serve with Steamed Rice or Potatoes


This can improve if made a day in advance.