Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Chicken and Sultana Casserole

Je suis un peu triste en ce moment in english, I'm pretty sad right now lol thank you Google translate :) Missing the hubby like mad who is in an oil rig somewhere in Egypt since Thursday 13th of September (my birthday!) hence I decided to cook and blog to cheer myself up a little bit ;)

So our dinner for tonight is called Chicken and Sultana Casserole...

Total Time:
15-20 min
5-7 min
8-10 min

Serves 4
  • 60g (2oz) butter
  • 500 g (1lb) chicken strips
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 red onions chopped
  • 155g (5oz) button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp plain flour
  • 125g (4oz) sliced ham, chopped
  • 185mL (6fl oz) chicken stock
  • 4 tbsp white wine
  • 440g (14oz) canned peeled tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 90g (3oz) sultanas (Sultanas and raisins are both dried white grapes but sultanas are from seedless varieties. They are golden in color and tend to be plumper, sweeter and juicier than other raisins)
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
How To Cook:
  1.  Melt butter in a large frying pan and cook chicken over a medium high heat for 4-5 minutes. Remove from pan using slotted spoon and set aside to keep warm.
  2. Add garlic, onions and mushrooms to pan and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute longer. Return chicken to pan with ham, stock, wine, tomatoes, sultanas, parsley and basil and cook until sauce thickens slightly. Serve with rice.

 Happy eating and see you again next time!

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Fettuccine Carbona and Peaches in Cinnamon Syrup

Here's another budget-friendly quick-fix recipe to get a simple meal on your table for you and your family. One of the easiest and quickest pasta you can make is Fettuccine Carbonara plus Peaches in Cinnamon Syrup as your desert.

Total Time:
30 min
5 min
25 min

Serves 4
  1. 500 g (1lb) fettuccine
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons double cream
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • grounds black pepper
  • slices of bacon
How To Cook:
  1. Cook fettuccine in boiling water in a large saucepan following packet directions. Drain then toss through 2 tablespoons oil and set aside to keep warm.
  2. To make sauce, place eggs, cream and Parmesan cheese in a mixing bowl and beat well to combine. Season to taste with black pepper. (I've added an extra egg as well as a little bit more of cream because my kids love the sauce like scrambled eggs)
  3. Heat remaining oil in a large-frying pan and cook bacon for 4-5 minutes or until crisp. Add fettuccine  and toss well. Pour egg mixture into pan and toss over a low heat for 1 minute or until egg is almost cooked. Remove from heat and serve immediately.


my boys helping mommy prepare our desert

  • 4 tablespoons orange juice concentrate (I used freshly squeezed oranges)
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • canned peaches, drained
  • you can also add 1 tablespoon Cointreau (Orange liqueur) if available
How To Prepare:
  1. Place orange juice concentrate, caster sugar, lemon juice, Cointreau, water, cloves and cinnamon stick in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until mixture becomes syrupy.
  2. Place peaches on a plate and pour syrup over.
Thanks for reading and I'll catch you all next time!