Cooking, series and a lovely weekend!

Hello,

And sorry for the silence. I’ve spent most of this week in bed being poorly but am finally on the mend. And since I’m behind with my weekly “report” I thought it best to write it up straight away. So, here’s what I got up to last week…

I had a quiet week without too much socialising and I noticed how much more energy I had in the evenings when I just went home to cook (which I did every night) and watched a few episodes of a series or read my book, than when I’m out for dinner and drinks several times a week.

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Cooking wise it was quite simple meals, proper weekday grub, which was nice. I made a batch of tomato sauce on Monday for supper that same evening and the night after (love planning ahead like that!). Half of the tomato sauce was used for shakshuka (isn’t it just the best supper dish?!) with onions and carrots and topped with creme fraiche and feta. Similar recipe here.

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On Tuesday I spiced up the rest of the tomato sauce and used it to make enchiladas. Yum! Wednesday I cooked a new recipe but I want to photograph it again before I put it on the blog, so stay tuned.

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Thursday I had a sudden craving for dauphinoise potatoes and so made a small gratin and ate it with some roasted chicken from the freezer and steamed broccoli.

I continued to watch The Truth of the Harry Quebert Affair (not many episodes left now!) but also started watching Killing Eve on the BBC which is really good!

Friday night we went out for a pub supper before seeing First Man at the cinema. Great film – highly recommend it!

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On Saturday I met up with my foodie friend Anna and her daughter, visiting from Sweden, for some shopping and a lovely afternoon tea at Zetter Townhouse in Marylebone. In the evening I went for drinks before cooking a late pasta supper at home.

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Sunday we had a lie-in and a nice cooked breakfast at home before going for a pub lunch and a walk by the river. It was freezing so afterwards we cosied up on the sofa watching Murder on the Orient Express (which wasn’t that great but had an amazing cast) followed by some more of  The Handmaid’s Tale. For dinner I made this chicken gratin and for pudding we had vanilla ice cream, homemade raspberry coulis and  crushed biscuits, for a bit of crunch.

Apart from the sudden cold weather it was a good week!

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Sweet chilli chicken with ginger and pineapple

I got this recipe in an email from my dear Mama (said like in Downton Abbey, my obsession at the moment) who in turn tasted the dish at a friend’s house. So I am afraid I don’t know the original source of the recipe. But that doesn’t matter, because it is really easy to make and very tasty.

Dear Mama only emailed me the ingredients, so below is my version of the dish. I know I usually recommend chicken thighs for more or less every chicken dish, but not this one actually, it works better with chicken breasts here, and they are anything but dry cooking in the cream.

Sweet chilli chicken with ginger and pineapple, serves 4

4 large chicken breasts/fillets

butter/oil for frying

3 tbsp tinned pineable chunks (in juice, not syrup)

1 cm grated fresh ginger

3-4 tbsp sweet chilli

300 ml single cream

a splash of dark soy sauce

salt, white pepper

Brown the fillets in butter/oil until golden brown. Add salt and pepper and place in an ovenproof dish. Mix the other ingredients in an saucepan and bring to the boil. Let it thicken for a few minutes and pour the saue over the chicken breasts. Place the dish in the oven, 200C for 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked. Serve with steamed rice and vegetables (i.e. broccoli).