Rick Stein’s Rotisserie-style Chicken

I’m really enjoying watching Rick Stein’s Secret France on TV and couldn’t resist buying a copy of the accompanying book when I saw it on offer in Waitrose. Neither could I resist trying his ‘Rotisserie-style chicken’ for the family Sunday meal yesterday. Rotisserie chicken brings back many happy memories of holidays in France when my […]

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Warm Chicken Salad with Oranges & Black Olives

A heatwave has been scorching its way across Europe and I guess a temperature in the mid-30s in London today is not so bad when you consider other places – like France, Spain and Italy – have had record highs in the mid-40s. However, it definitely wasn’t a day for standing by a campfire in […]

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Chicken Braised with Fennel, Sweet Pepper & Tomato

We’ve been having a lot of barbecues recently on Sundays but the weather wasn’t great today and I had a few things in my fridge to use up before going away tomorrow: lots of tomatoes, a small head of fennel, some sweet peppers, a buffalo mozzarella … I decided to buy some chicken and make […]

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Chicken with Madeira & Mushrooms

I’d planned to cook this a couple of weeks’ ago for the family but plans changed … as plans sometimes do … and it was put on hold. The family are in Wales this week for half term and despite being home alone, it’s Sunday and something a little special is always called for at […]

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Chicken with Orange, Chicory & Thyme

I had two organic chicken breasts and decided to cook them with oranges. I pondered a while over what else I might add and remembered that oranges go really well with chicory – I often make a salad with them – and so I reckoned that the flavours were bound to work in my chicken […]

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Very Simple Chicken Curry

When it comes to Italian and Middle Eastern food – which are pretty much what I cook most of the time – I’m quite purist. I like to search for the most authentic recipe, seek out a bit of history for traditional dishes, and will spend time ‘getting it right’ as far as I can. […]

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Chicken Caesar Salad

I make no claims to authenticity for this recipe; it’s just a combination of some I found in books and online. But during the life of this blog, I’ve discovered that ‘authentic recipes’ are an elusive breed; there are always variations, sometimes hotly argued, but I would say that the essence of any classic recipe […]

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Mint and Lemon Chicken with Apricots & Potatoes

I’m loving reading the Honey & Co. Food From the Middle East cookbook and after making the gorgeous Cherry, Pistachio & Coconut Cake last week, I decided to try out a main dish today. This great chicken recipe is a simple all-in-one, which can be prepared ahead, so perfect for entertaining, and it immediately appealed to me because […]

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Rotisserie Chicken

Since I last wrote about Jonathan cooking on his new Weber gas barbecue he’s been experimenting with rotisserie chicken. I say experimenting, but actually his first attempt was wonderful and he repeated it for us last night as we gathered as a family, with Nicola down from Birmingham, for Jonathan & Lyndsey’s last meal at […]

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Green Harissa Chicken with Braised Chicory

The house is quiet. Jonathan, Lyndsey & Freddie are living with me temporarily in between house moves. But they’ve gone off to Cornwall for a holiday and so I’m cooking for one again. I took a supreme of chicken from the freezer this morning (a chicken from the farmers’ market, jointed by Jonathan). He’s been […]

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