When I live outside Australia one of my favorite quests is to discover as much food info I can about the country I live in and taste as many excellent examples of the area as possible. Once I have fallen for a certain flavour I usually eat it in anyway, shape or form I can get it and then try to master it myself. For example, when travelling through Spain (especially in the Valencia area) I ate my weight and a bit more in paella. While in Morocco I couldn't get enough couscous peppers and chicken; in Greece it was feta, olives and dacos; in Turkey lentil soup with lemon juice, chilli flakes and yogurt.... you see what I mean.
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
300g lean pork cut into 3cm cubes (I used a pork rib, minus bone)
2 ½ cups chopped onion
1 cup green capsicum, chopped
¾ cup thinly sliced scallion tops (the green bits)
3-4 sprigs lemon thyme
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
¼ cup finely chopped parsley
1 cup smoked sausage, 1cm slices (I used 2 Otto Würth kransky sausages)
3 ½ teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoon chilli, ground
1 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon cloves, ground
2 bay leaves
1 ½ cups long grain rice
3 cups water
Wash chicken with cold water then pat dry with paper towel.
Heat a heavy bottom 6 litre saucepan on high and add oil.
Brown chicken pieces making sure to brown all over for optimal flavour. Once pieces are browned place them on a plate until all done.
Once chicken is all browned and removed, add pork, onion, capsicum, scallion, lemon thyme, garlic and parsley.
Stir to combine and brown, reduce temperature slightly and cook for 15 minutes stirring regularly.
After 15 minutes add sausage, salt, chilli, paprika, cloves, and bay leaves, cook and stir for a further 5 minutes.
Add browned chicken, rice and water then mix gently to combine.
Turn up the heat and bring back to a boil- stir then cover with a lid and turn the temperature back down to LOW and cook for 40 minutes.
Stir occasionally to prevent sticking, once ready let sit for a few minutes off the heat then serve straight away.