Saturday, February 26, 2011

Chicken with olives and lemons... a marriage made in heaven!

Another great, great, great recipe from a great book 'Chicken' by John Torode. We eat a lot of chicken lately mainly because it's cheap and good (of course if you buy a good product in the first place!). We always buy at least free range chicken and if possible organic - but organic tends to be crazy expensive so we usually opt for the free range one ( €6 for a medium size bird).
This time we decided to roast the whole bird. I didn't want a plain roast chicken though so we grabbed the book from the shelf and picked the one for which we had all the ingredients at hand. One thing - in the future I'll only use black olives (I don't like greens anyway), as I think they are more 'earthy' and the flavour goes better with the meat.
So don't wait any longer - if you planned a chicken roast do this one! It's sooooo worth it!!!


How to make it...

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Cheese - Irish Wicklow Baun, Brie...

There was a big break in my 'cheese board' series, but today I have something special for you. I only hope that wherever you live you'll be able to taste this one :) Yes, an Irish cheese and it's a Brie! My Hubby insisted that we try Irish instead of French brie this time and I'm glad I've listened.



"Wicklow Farmhouse Cheese is a small family business in the South East of Co. Wicklow in Ireland. The Hempenstall family have been milking cows on a small dairy farm at Curranstown, Arklow for the past 50 years. John established Wicklow Farmhouse Cheese in 2005 to supplement farm income. He milks approximately 60 cows and has developed a distinctive range of cheeses using only his own pasteurised milk from his herd of Friesian cows. The cheeses are handmade, in a purpose built dairy on the farm, by the entire Hempenstall family, over seen by John. They have won gold, silver and bronze awards at, among others, the British Cheese Awards and have been recommended by John and Sally McKenna." - as per their website.

The cheese itself is very delicate - nice, soft, almost creamy texture and the taste isn't too strong. It will be perfect in a salad or generally to use for cooking, as the taste won't overpower other ingredients in your dish.
It will be perfect on a small crostini with for ex Parma ham and/or a little bit of vinegar. Good red wine like Bordeaux will be the best - as it's not too acidic and will be great with the light, creamy Wicklow Brie.

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Daring Cooks #17 This time we're going to... Japan!

The February 2011 Daring Cooks’ challenge was hosted by Lisa of Blueberry Girl. She challenged Daring Cooks to make Hiyashi Soba and Tempura. She has various sources for her challenge including japanesefood.about.com, pinkbites.com, and itsybitsyfoodies.com

As always with Daring Kitchen - something new, something interesting and something... vary tasty! :) The most important thing is that it cost me only € 5 extra for this month's challenge! We're on a budget here so I was very happy that when reading the ingredients list I have realised that I have everything at home! The only thing I had to buy (and I had to buy it only because I really wanted it - but I could do without) was prawns.

I knew tempura but either bought take-away or had ready made, packed tempura mix... if I only knew... It's so easy to make! And waaaaay better than the ready mix! My favourite was... carrot! Yes, a humble carrot! I was a little sceptic when I saw tempura carrot - but I was soooo wrong! It so nice, sweet and tender - YUM! Second favourite was tempura prawns! But that wasn't a surprise ;)

Soba salad was something completely new to me - but it was sooo good. I didn't have a traditional buckwheat noodles but beans noodles which were waiting for something special in the cupboard - and that was it! It was fast and easy to make and the result was great! Served my soba with omelet stripes, ham, cucumber and spicy dipping sauce.


How to make it...

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Fish cakes...

I know I have been away for some time lately - away from my blog I mean as I really didn't go anywhere. I'm sorry for that and I promise to be good from now :)
I had so many changes happening in my life lately that it was hard to keep up with my own private and professional life, not to mention Anula's Kitchen.
So from the beginning - I've got back to work from my maternity leave and had to leave Baby J at home with her Daddy. They are getting OK, more thank OK even. I'm at work 5 days a week 9 till 6 and have only 2 hours with my Baby in the evenings. Besides that, you would know yourself - when I finally have a day off there's million things to do: shopping, cleaning, cooking, laundry and spending some quality time with the Baby.

OK enough with the complaining and back to the merit - it's a cooking blog at the end of the day ;) So, this time something very simple and quick to make. If you only have some mashed leftover potatoes (and who doesn't, I have never cooked just the right amount for 1 dinner only...).


How to make it..