Monday, February 22, 2010

Week 7: Mediterranean Chicken

The Recipe
Cook chicken breast halves. Remove from heat and keep warm. Combine garlic, chicken broth, extra water and brown rice and cook until the rice is almost done. Add tomatoes, zucchini and bell pepper and cook for a few minutes. Add chicken and heat through. Serve with feta cheese and olives.

The Verdict
Very similar to just about every other stir-fry dish I've ever tried, so not something I need a recipe to make. I loved the idea of cooking rice in broth though - hadn't thought about doing that before, and it tasted delicious! That part of the recipe I'll definitely use again.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Week 6: Puff Pastry Roll

The Recipe
1 package puff pastry
1/2 package (~100gr) cream cheese of your choice (I used one with different herbs)
Toppings of your choice (sliced ham, bell pepper, fresh basil, salami, tomatoes, herbs and spices...)

Roll out the puff pastry to a long rectangle, cover with cream cheese and add toppings. Fold up the rectangle so the two long sides meet in the middle. Close it as much as possible. Fold in the ends to close those off as well.

Bake at 200*C for about 45 minutes.

The Verdict
One of the easiest and most delicious recipes I've tried in a long time. Took no time at all to make, was sooooo yummy, and looks fancy enough to serve for guests. Definitely a keeper!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Week 5: Curried Veggies and Rice

The Recipe:
Heat oil in a skillet, add chicken and/or pork in bite sized pieces. Cook while stirring until done. Add bell pepper and stir in a couple of spoonfulls of chicken broth, some curry powder and salt. Add frozen broccoli, cauliflower and carrots. Bring to a boil and cook until vegetables are tender crisp. Stir in raisins and chutney. Serve over rice and sprinkle with peanuts.

The Verdict
I didn't care much for the frozen cauliflower, but other than that it's a decent recipe that could easily be adapted to my tastes. I love anything rice-taffel'ish :) It's not spectacular, but could become a nice comfort dish.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Week 4: Fiesta Avocado Soup

The Recipe
The recipe for this couldn't be easier. Mash up an avocado. Chop up a red chili and mix it into the avocado. Heat up a cup and a half of chicken broth and pour over the mix. Voila.

The Verdict
Not bad, but nothing special either. The tastes didn't mesh well, so basically it tasted no different from how the three ingredients had tasted separately. Forutnately I like all three ingredients, so I enjoyed it, but I prefer when a recipe is greater than the sum of its parts, rather than equal to it.