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Chicken Cacciatore: with Meditteranean roasted veg + rustic, skin on potatoes

19 Apr

Chicken Cacciatore

Moist, succulent and juicy chicken breast – doused in rich, peppery and olive tainted plum tomato sauce…baked till golden and bubbling, surrounded by firm, plump butter beans – delicately sprinkled with grated cheddar and served with nothing but the finest skin on wedges of the season; & herby Mediterranean veg. Fresh, fruity, colourful and tasty.

Chicken cacciatore, veg, herbs, parsley and rustic potatoes with butter beans

Chicken cacciatore, veg, herbs, parsley and rustic potatoes with butter beans

Warm and filling

Familiar yet different. Home tastes and the mountains of Italy on a British summer evening…

Dinner is served. And the sun is shining – at dinner time.

I used to be quite skeptic of the BBC good food website. Thinking it was just mass printed, recipe book style generic ingredients and instructions. But having seen the vast range of complex yet appealing and itty bitty dishes, entwined with traditional favorites…they know take up the majorityof my sidebar ‘to do’ list… This recipe itself was actually adapted from:

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4251/chicken-cacciatore

It also took less than an hour so cook up, it would have been less…but Iwasn’t clumsy or anything and most certainly didn’t slash my finger with a knife whilst getting happy chopping onions thus delaying the time….so yeah, take care on this, and enjoy the recipe!

Ingredients

CHICKEN:

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • Olive oil
  • Milk
  • Salt to taste

SAUCE:

  • 1 x can of plum tomatoes
  • 1x can of butter beans
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 x red onion
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 2 Garlic gloves
  • 1 small white onion
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp chives
  • Fresh basil and mascarpone (optional)

 

 

  1. Heat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Fry 1 finely chopped onion and 2 crushed garlic cloves in  olive oil until softened but not colored  Add tomatoes and beans, season, then simmer for 10-15 minutes or until thick and glossy. Take off the heat and stir in 4 tbsp mascarpone (optional) and half a handful of basil, roughly torn.
  2. Heat a little olive oil in a pan and fry 6 chicken breasts on both sides until golden. Add a splash of milk (Greeks moist chicken secret) and some salt. Transfer to a baking dish and pour over the sauce. Cook for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Scatter over the remaining half handful of basil.
  3. As for the peppers and red onion, I just drizzled them in olive and dumped them in a baking dish, sprinkled with salt and paprika and baked them till brown and soft – timed to come out along with the chicken. Just a serving idea, makes the meal!

I served this with rustic baked potatoes and a little cheese for the fussy veggie phobic at the table.

This was dad’s after work reheat:

Roasted chicken cacciatore

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Honey mushroom & onion egg noodles with spinach – Recipe

8 Feb

Honey mushroom & onion egg noodles with spinach

I saw a post recently for ‘Honey soba noodles with mushroom and onion’

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Chinese egg noodles cooked in soy sauce and ginger. With mushrooms, spinach and spring onion.

Well, if you use ‘recently’ loosely, seeing as it’s made it’s way to the bottom of my favorites bar, and thus has probably been stewing around there for a good few months now. But anyhow, there’s a perfect time for everything…

So yeah, they looked mouth watering, and today, I rationally decided it was time to make use of the 7 packs of mushrooms we bought on reduction last week – making a twist on the original recipe I had in mind,..and actually changing it totally. I actually didn’t use any honey (we were out of the squeezy kind and the jar was just effort overload) . I went overboard on the chili and pepper (like really really overboard)so the meal ended with a few desperate slabs of butter to reduce inflammation of le tongue. But otherwise? This totally hit the spot, and smelled pretty impressive too, it looks like a fresh chinese takeaway! (£10 to any one who spots that in London!)

The spinach isn’t usually a regular part of such a dish, but once again, we have this large bag which is just never ending. Like it’s literally bottomless. Spinach anyone?!

You can add chicken, tofu, pork etc into this to. I just didn’t have any on hand, but it would have gone rather nicely!

Here’s the recipe, I hope you like it!

Serves 1

  • 125g/1 serving of dry egg noodles, cooked to packet instructions (I used Sharwoods – cook in 4 minutes!)
  • 1/2 a large white onion, sliced (I used a whole!)
  • 2 spring onions chopped, with green part.
  • Sliced button mushrooms (Quantity to preference)
  • 1/4 tsp dried ginger
  • 1.5 tsp dark soy sauce + extra if you desire
  • Dried chili, to taste
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • Sprinkle of dried parsley
  • Garlic for frying (1 -3 cloves depending on preference!)
  • Sesame oil for frying
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • Lots of black pepper
  • Sprinkle of white pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • Handful of fresh spinach
  • Optional: Beansprouts
  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan/a wok
  2. Add garlic, parsley and ginger, stir. Do not allow to burn
  3. Add all the onions, spring onions, mushrooms, spinach and chili. Cook until the onions and mushrooms are slightly browned/caramelized
  4. Add the cooked noodles bit by bit and mix thoroughly after each addition.
  5. Generously add soy sauce, pinch of salt and white pepper.
  6. Drizzle the honey over the stir fry
  7. Once the noodles are properly warmed and coated. Remove from heat and serve!
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Chinese egg noodles cooked in soy sauce and ginger. With mushrooms, spinach and spring onion.

A fresh, healthy quick and delicious meal thrown together in no time. Looks pretty good huh? Try it and leave your feedback, I’d love to hear! 🙂 Good day all!

All happy Mondays start with pancakes!

5 Feb

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Maple syrup whole wheat pancakes

Happy Monday everyone! This was the delicious plate presented to me at breakfast by Mr Monday Morning! It was a long weekend, so much work to do it was crazy!

The weathers warming up, its been a whole 7 degrees! Perfect for long strolls in a breezy wind! I picked up some goodies from Aldi – needless to say I have since been addicted to fig rolls and brioches! Also, anyone know how to get rid of biscuit cravings without buying more cheap & delicious European goodies?!

Milk brioches! 87p for this whole bag! Love Aldi

Milk brioches! 87p for this whole bag! Love Aldi

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The Aldi caramel tastes 100% better than good old galaxy! Will DEFINITELY be buying more of this! So creamy and smooth! The spirals are basically Kinder buenos…Bought more my brother but got I certainly good feedback on those! 🙂

I have also got a new found addiction to FIG ROLLS. 2 days later, minus 2 cartons and milk and an entire packet of fig rolls. I think it’s time to admit….I need to buy a new fix!! They’re so yummy! The crazy thing is that I actually don’t like figs…Having been presented to a plate of fruit resembling raw mince meat I hadn;t touched the stuff ever since. But the words ‘Sweet golden pastry encrusting a sweet fig filling..’ were too hard to resist.

Lunch was chickpeas. Having spent half of the morning arguing with my mom (who hates chickpeas) arguing that chickpeas are amazing, I decided to conquer the kitchen and make chickpeas. How can anyone hate chickpeas?! I intended to make Espinacas con Garbanzos – basically spanish for, well…Spinach and chickpeas. But decided instead to use up the rest of the turmeric we had and made chana masala. Yummo, served with squidgy microwave taters. And a mountain of unpictured black pepper (For aesthetic purposes 😉 I will post the recipe for this! 🙂

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Chickpea chana masala! Extra spicyyyy!

Later on in the day, I jumped on a tube train and rode to Kensington High street to check out their library – Beautiful! I totally walked round the area and spent a good hour in Waterstones trying to get rid of my book voucher! But came out empty handed…Then took an hours walk through London, past Hyde park, Mayfair, Picadilly Circus and up to Euston Square  London is so beautiful. Then I studied so hard and so much that my brain was sizzling and geared up to study until nigh was high, then went straight home and studied more.  😉

Having clocked up a good 15 miles over the whole day I was ravenous when I got home at about 5ish and cooked up a massive pasta dinner for myself and my bro’s! Spaghetti arrabiatta…faturing PARSLEY. And heaps of it.

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This really, really hit the spot. Did you know that a 100g serving of pasta (dry) actually has a whole 11g of protein? A baked potato only has about 4g, WITH skin!

I told my friend that this plate was from a restaurant…she said she would have totally bought that…if there wasn’t the parsley mass. I’m a herbaholic with a reputation!!

Dessert was lots of warmed skimmed milk (Sweeter than whole) And some biscuits. Oh so delicious biscuits, why can’t you be on my tongue forever…?

WP_20121230_028 And that was Monday gone!! Did you guys have a good start to the week too?

I can’t wait till the weather warms more, I’m really missing those long sunshine walks!!

Have an amazing week! Thanks for visiting 🙂