French-Style Chicken with Peas and Bacon

What do you cook on the hottest day of the year? A stove-top casserole which bubbles away for 30 minutes, apparently. 

Another recipe by BBC Good Food, this was actually a welcome shot of summer freshness, loaded as it was with lettuce, peas and spring onion. Following a long day in an un-air conditioned office, the salty bacon was something of a life-saver.

What was interesting to this hungry boy, munching on the little gem lettuce whilst waiting for the chicken to cook through, was how sweet the lettuce was. We so often just use prepared salad leaves that, having scoffed these little gems, just don’t compare.