Saturday night, 7pm. We arrive home from a swimming carnival. We are starving. Lack of forethought means nothing is in fridge. Had pasta for lunch - won't do that again. Eggs needed for Father's Day breakfast. Too much to do - three loads of washing to sort, dog to walk. Tired. All the omens point to a rare take away pizza.
Ring pizza shop to place order. One hour's wait for a pizza! Forget it!
Fortunately, I remembered I had three chorizo sausages in the freezer. Five minutes in the microwave to defrost. Half an hour later we were eating this chorizo pilaf.
Put the oven on to 180 degrees.
2 red onions
2/3 chorizo sausages
Slice these up and soften in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil for 5 minutes or so over medium heat in an ovenproof casserole dish.
2 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 tsp chilli flakes
Add these and soften for a minute or so.
1 1/2 cups basmati rice
Add this and stir so the rice is covered with oil.
3 cups boiling stock or water)
1/2 cup frozen peas
Add these. Bring to boil (this shouldn't take long). Cover with lid and put in oven for 30 minutes or so.