vine tomatoes from the farm

‘It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.’  ~Lewis Grizzard

i cant wait for these to ripen

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raspberry and blueberry smoothie – fat free

fat free and guilt free temple drink

Take a handful of frozen blueberries and a handful of frozen raspberries (or strawberries) and scoop in about 3 tablespoons of fat-free yoghurt (I use strawberry fat-free) and a good glug of skim milk and blend in a processor or using the Braun hand blender.  So delicious and healthy – its the perfect afternoon snack to bridge the long gap between lunch and supper.

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roast chicken with orange and smoked paprika

lovely bright orange and smoky chickens

The inspiration for making this came from a flavour of a packet of crisps I found in London in 2005.  At that time I had never seen smoked paprika in SA, so I bought some home to try this interesting sounding flavour combination on a real chicken.

The first time I made it, it came out well, and I liked the combination, but lately I’m cooking poultry with a lot more liquid so I tweaked my recipe.

I love a nice succulent chicken which has roasted and generated all its  own delicious saucy gravy.

recipe:

  • 1 free range chicken (I only ever use free range)
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) chicken stock ….0r you could leave this out for a dryer bird)
  • 2 oranges

yes it’s that easy – and takes about 5 minutes to prepare.

how to make:

  • preheat the oven to 200 degrees C
  • cut one of the oranges in half and squeeze out about a third of the juice and add it to the pan and then put the two cut halves into the chicken. The juice will drip out during the cooking process adding more succulence and orange flavour
  • squeeze the juice of the other orange and add to the pan (you can also add the orange skins)
  • sprinkle 1 tsp of smoked paprika over the top of the chicken. * Tip: I put the paprika into a little sieve and then tap it to get an even distribution and covering otherwise it has a tendency to clump
  • add the 1/2 a cup of stock to the pan (I used the new NOMU Fond – which is a concentrated liquid stock)
  • cover the pan and chicken with foil and cook for about 30 minutes.  remove the foil and cook for another 30 or so minutes.  Take out the oven turn the chicken over so the underside is up, baste and then return to the oven for 30 – 40 minutes until the underside is golden and crispy.  Remove from the oven and flip the bird back over so the top is back up and finish off for a further 30 minutes or so
  • If the top of the chicken is getting too dark towards the end – loosely place the piece of foil over to protect

coated in paprika and soaking in the orange juice

I carve up (not in a very elegant manner) and then pour the pan juices over the chicken and serve.

I doubled the recipe for book club last night and served with oven chips (sprinkled with ground up rosemary and Maldon salt) and a big green salad with my best vinaigrette.  The girls were licking their lips.

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the snowflake book of baking – out of print

i finally have a copy of the snowflake book of baking

I have been on the look out for a copy of this book since I took it out of the library over a year ago. I was talking about baking last month (as you do) and the friend I was talking to mentioned they had just bought a copy of this particular book at a second hand book shop in Kalk Bay and then, get this, there was another copy on the shelf at the time. With great excitement I immediately phoned the shop to reserve it.

To my surprise and delight I unwrapped a near perfect and seemingly unused copy of it two days later on Christmas day. Thank you Jane and Gordon, it’s a wonderful, practical and comprehensive book of thoroughly tested  recipes which will be a perfect base from which I can ‘play’ from.  It was published  in 1994.

some shortbread recipes to try

I also have the Golden Cloud book: Home Bakes, by Carolie De Koster (Published by Lannice Snyman in 2001) which is superb.  I have my eye on the double white chocolate cake recipe in there, so watch this space.

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courgette / zucchini tzatziki

thick, creamy and garlicy - yum

Grate 2 medium / large courgettes and place in a tea towel or muslin cloth. Squeeze all the juice out by tightly winding up the material. 

squeeze tightly in a cloth to get all the liquid out

Add about 175ml (small tub) of plain yoghurt, one clove of garlic crushed, a squeeze of lemon juice, a good pinch of salt, black pepper, a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch or dried oregano.  Mix, adjust seasoning and voila – a stunning alternative to cucumber (which often despite endless squeezing still lands up being watery).

I’m going to eat this with some grilled chicken breast and salad for supper.

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