Monthly Archives: June 2013

1000 hits! Thank you!!!

With my latest post today I reached the 1000 total hit mark!!!  It makes me very happy to know that many people from around the world have seen my blog and hopefully enjoyed my cooking a little!  Really, to see the list of all the countries where the blog has got to, it is a very nice feeling.

But in fact this blog has given me great pleasure just by doing and then writing about one of my favourite things; cooking!  So regardless of how many people have seen it, this blog has given me a lot this past year, like a positive constant in my life 🙂  Despite everything I got from the cooking and writing alone, I want to say a huge thanks for all those people who have clicked, read, followed and especially to my few loyal commentators!  You know who you are!!!  You have made a small time cook smile a lot tonight!!!

Now, I can plan for new styles of recipes, maybe update my “about me”, maybe give the site a refresh in honour of reaching the 1000 mark.  As always, any suggestions welcome!

Thanks again for reading from a very happy blogger!!!

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June 30, 2013 · 6:43 pm

Chicken Caesar salad

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Having just come back from a trip home and watching a friend eat a very tasty looking caesar salad, I thought it was time to make this dish.  Also a trip home results in a lot of eating, so I wanted to feature a salad as my next recipe in an attempt of correcting this.  Unfortunately due to the amount of mayonnaise in this dish, I think I achieved the opposite but it was delicious anyway!

The recipe is loosely based on this:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/classicchickencaesar_86187

However, as I don’t particularly like anchovies or croutons I omitted these.  I’m also going through a phase of not liking garlic so much so I omitted this also as I thought raw garlic might be overpowering for me.

I started by cooking one chicken breast in the oven for 25 minutes on 180 degrees.  While the chicken was cooking, I mixed the parmesan with the white wine vinegar although I did this in a bowl rather than a blender to save on the washing up (no issues with the results of this technique!)!  I added the mayonnaise, mustard and salt and mixed some more.

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I added the lettuce mix directly into the sauce and continued to mix.  I used a bagged salad of a few varieties of lettuce and carrot.

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I put the salad mixture on plates and added a few strips of cured ham.

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Once the chicken was cooked, I sliced it and added on top of the salad mix.  I used one chicken breast between two people.

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Finally I grated some more parmesan over the top along with some freshly ground black pepper.

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The taste was great as expected mainly due to the amount of mayonnaise in the recipe!  However, I suspect the calorie content is still much lower than you would find in a restaurant caesar salad so not so bad.  I will just have to keep it for the end of very healthy week as a weekend treat!

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Filed under Cheese, Chicken, Food, Italian, Recipes, Salad, Uncategorized

Beef escalopes with courgette and asparagus

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This recipe was inspired by having a very full freezer!  We bought part of a cow sometime ago and it has slowly been filling up our freezer after several visits to the farm!  So Kristine, no cow pie yet but still cow related 🙂

It’s quite a simple recipe but with good results.  Tasty, fairly healthy and resulted in very tender meat.

I used 4 small beef escalopes for two people.  The escalopes were already pretty flat but you can always tenderise them more by wrapping them in clingfilm and hitting with a rolling pin (or a proper meat hammer if your kitchen is that well equipped!!!).

I put the two ends of a loaf of bread into a blender to get breadcrumbs.  I mixed these with 50g of parmesan cheese and a handful of chopped parsley.  Then I beat two eggs (well 1.5 after I managed to lose some on the floor, don’t ask me why!) and mixed with a little bit of lemon juice.  I dipped the escalopes in the egg mixture and then coated in the breadcrumbs ready to be cooked.

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I gently fried some slices of courgette and asparagus for approximately 5 mins.  I cooked the escalopes in a little bit of oil for 3 mins on each side and served with a slice of lemon, some nice wine and candlelight 🙂  A perfect light meal!

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Filed under Beef, Food, Herbs, Recipes, Vegetables