Monthly Archives: September 2013

Coriander chicken with mushrooms and a red pepper egg!

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This post was inspired by an instagram account I follow called myhealthydish_ I really liked the look of it and it’s something different.  I wasn’t going to eat it on it’s own so had it with chicken and mushrooms to make, all in all, a healthy dish.  Usually with this kind of combination of chicken and mushrooms, I would have had potatoes or pasta so hoping an egg is an improvement health wise (another thing to google later to get the exact calorie comparison…)

I mixed some fresh chopped coriander with a teaspoon of lemon juice, a teaspoon of soy sauce, a splash or two of balsamic vinegar, half a teaspoon of coriander powder and some ground pepper.  I made a few slits in the chicken and rubbed the mixture on top.  I used one chicken breast between two people.  I cooked the chicken in the oven for 25 minutes on 190 degrees.

For the mushrooms, I heated a knob of butter and gently fried the mushrooms for about 5 mins before adding some fresh coriander and one clove of garlic.

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And for the main feature, I cut two round slices of pepper (fairly thick so the egg didn’t or shouldn’t (!) spill over too much.  I fried them in oil for about two mins on each side before cracking an egg into each of them and cooking for approx. 5 mins.  I used a spoon to put more oil over the yolks every minute or so to help the cooking process.  The key is to cut the peppers very straight so they sit well in the pan and no egg leaks out.  You will see from my pictures that some did leak out but overall I was still very happy with the dish.  It’s very nice to have fun with food and the egg in the pepper certainly gave this lunch a fun element 🙂  The chicken and mushrooms were really tasty too although I think I could eat pretty much anything with coriander!  Definitely my favourite herb!  But the combinations in this dish worked really well together, I was a very happy chef!

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I’m back! And spicy cous cous!

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It’s been a while I know.  After the euphoria of 1000 hits I had all these ideas of revamping the site (which I did actually look at for a few hours but decided I liked this design best…for now!  Have updated the “about” section at least!) and in the end, I’ve taken over 2 months out of blogging.  Not intentionally I have to say but that’s the way it worked out.  Then I had ideas of a great comeback with some fancy recipe but in the end I wanted to share something simple that I’ve eaten a lot of this summer!  It also fits with my new “healthy” lifestyle so another reason to share!

I like to give a part of myself to this blog aside from just cooking and recipes but also not wanting my whole life on display.  That’s what facebook is for right?!?  So in summary, this year has been one of highs and lows, big decisions, a huge learning period for me and the year isn’t even finished yet!  Cooking has been a constant (whether blogging about it or not) and invaluable to me for sure and I intend to keep it that way!  So back to it!

I usually have this cous cous recipe with salmon as it goes really well but it’s a holiday here in Barcelona, I don’t have any salmon in the fridge and the shops are shut (for anyone interested, today is the Catalan National Day and a big day in the step towards independence http://www.nationalia.info/en/news/1550)!  Independence aside, cous cous is pretty versatile so it goes with many things and also you can put many things in it!  Part of the reason why I like it, as you don’t have to plan every detail of it within a meal.

Today I had it with salad so I can remain a bit self righteous after also just finishing a pilates session!

With the cous cous I put red onion, green and yellow pepper, cumin, fresh coriander, chilli flakes, chorizo, raisins, lemon juice, soy sauce, a clove of garlic and fresh basil!  I guess it is easiest to follow the packet instructions on the cous cous but I usually put a little bit in a mug and top it up with boiling water, put a plate on top and leave for 5 mins to soak up the water.  Some recommend putting a bit of oil in there too to stop it sticking but as long as you have a good balance of cous cous and water, and leave it for sufficient time, you will be fine!

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So while the cous cous was soaking up the water, I heated some cumin powder with the chilli flakes, dry in a saucepan.  Then I added some oil and fried the onion and peppers for a few minutes.  Then I added some chopped chorizo and the garlic before adding the cous cous to the pan (removing from the heat) along with the remaining ingredients.  I really think the things you add to this dish should be to your tastes (for example if you want it spicy or not) but as a guide I used a teaspoon of lemon juice, a tablespoon of soy sauce, a teaspoon of chilli flakes, half a teaspoon of cumin, a handful of raisins, a clove of garlic, a tablespoon of chopped coriander and the same for the basil.  I mixed it all together and served it up!  Really nice and tasty, fast to make and I’m assuming pretty healthy too!

Still not learning my lessons of over promising (!), my intention is to take a sushi course by the end of the year with a good friend of mine who also happens to be a follower of this blog!  I’m under pressure to post some Nigella type pictures but as I’m failed in that again, maybe a mention will suffice and Nigella type pictures can appear as a feature when we do the course and write about it on here!

For anyone else reading, hope you had a great summer!

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