Friday, 21 February 2014

one pot supper

Sometimes, come the end of a busy day, what is needed is an easy and fuss free supper.
If that is the case, look no further than this recipe from Jamie Oliver's Save With Jamie book.
With the slightly odd title of 'hit 'n' run traybaked chicken', it is very easy - only a little peeling and chopping required - and very tasty.

4 large tomatoes
2 red onions
1 red or orange pepper
1 yellow pepper
6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
4 cloves of garlic
small bunch of fresh thyme
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
( my smoked paprika is very hot, so I used half this )
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Preheat the oven to 180c/350F/gas 4
Prepare and roughly chop the vegetables.
Place in a large roasting dish or tin.
Add the chicken, squashed, unpeeled garlic, thyme leaves, paprika, oil, balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper.
Toss everything together and spread out making sure the chicken is on top.
Roast for about an hour basting with the cooking juices a couple of times.

..... before.....


..... and after....

Saturday, 15 February 2014

I love breakfast!

 I am a 'morning' person which is maybe why breakfast is one of my favourite meals of the day.
Fortunately, mr digandweed is of the same opinion and going out early for breakfast is something we love to do.
Last week, we had a few days off and on the spur of the moment decided to get up very early and drive to the coast to see the sun come up over the sea.
( I know a lot of people would consider this quite mad!)
The sky was inky black when we set off but had lightened to a soft dove grey as we drew into the car park behind the sand dunes in Old Hunstanton.
We sat looking expectantly out to sea but it gradually began to dawn ( forgive the pun) on us that although Hunstanton is on the east coast, it actually faces slightly north west and the sun was slowly rising. not over the sea, as anticipated, but behind us, obscured by the houses!
..... but, nevertheless, we still enjoyed a very bracing walk along the deserted beach and then set off for the town in search of breakfast!
During the week, my breakfast of choice is porridge or muesli, but at weekends it is nice to ring the changes and American style pancakes are easy and fun to make.


There are lots of different recipes for these pancakes, but the one I used was from a Waitrose magazine:

125g self raising flour
50g caster sugar
2 eggs, beaten
100ml milk
100g blueberries plus extra for the compote.
Make a batter with the first 4 ingredients and stir in the blueberries.
Spoon large spoonfuls of the batter onto a lightly greased pan and cook on a moderate heat for about 3 minutes on each side.

I lightly cooked some extra blueberries with a small amount of sugar to serve with them.


Friday, 7 February 2014

lately on the lottie - beginning of february


The thermometer said 7c but the icy blast from the strong, gusting wind made it seem much colder, so we didn't hang around too long on our visit to the allotment the other day -

just long enough to gather more leeks and to spot some welcome signs of the new season which is approaching:

  • fresh growth on the raspberry canes, autumn bliss, which we planted back in the autumn
  • pretty primroses, unseasonably early, sheltering in a corner
  • the neon pink shoots of rhubarb poking through, which I can't help but think look like the pink bottoms of baboons featured on wildlife programmes!
  • fresh green shoots on the chives.

We are not done with winter yet and who knows what the weather has in store for us over the next few weeks.
We certainly don't need anymore rain after what has been one of the wettest winters on record and so far it has been very mild but we may still have snow!