Archive for August 2007

Chicken Cordon Bleu

August 31, 2007


I was honoured to have Chef (the artist formerly known as Hubby) cook dinner on Thursday night. He’d brought a tray of chicken fillets home from work (leftovers) and I suggested that I he make Chicken Cordon Bleu. I wish I’d have thought about taking a pic of the inside before we ate them all!

Another one for the recipe book

August 31, 2007

Rainbow Tomato Salad Recipe

½ small red onion, very finely chopped
2 small cloves garlic, very finely chopped
Balsamic vinegar, your good stuff
Extra virgin olive oil, again, your good stuff
Salt and pepper
Enough mixed tomatoes to fill your serving plate when sliced
Basil leaves

– Slice the tomatoes (about 1/2 cm thick) and arrange on a serving plate.
– Scatter over the red onion and garlic and drizzle with the balsamic and olive oil.

– Season and garnish with torn basil leaves.

This improves after marinating for a few hours. It makes an awesome addition to a BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato) sandwich, which is a personal favourite and speciality of mine. I have spent more time than is reasonable refining this sandwich and I am making a note to self now to post about it.

Thanks to Helen at Eat my Words for this recipe. I’m helping out at a party tomorrow, and will take this one along….

Fridays Feast

August 31, 2007


Who is the easiest person for you to talk to?

My husband

If you could live in any ancient city during the height of the quality of its society and culture, which one would you choose?

I’ve no idea. History is not my best subject!

What is the most exciting event you’ve ever witnessed?

The birth of my eldest daughter when she was placed on my chest.

Main Course
If you were a celebrity, what would you do for a publicity stunt?

Absolutely anything charitable or risque, without offending too many people.

What do you consider the ideal age to have a first child?

I had my first at 34. It suited us. If I were to do it all again, I’d have children younger and have more!

More Feasts here


August 30, 2007


Postcard swap

August 29, 2007


I must apologise to all the bloggers waiting for a postcard from Ireland. I can’t find postcards anywhere in my town, or even the next town. I need to go to Dublin to buy decent postcards to post onto you.

 Please be patient!

Wordless Wednesday

August 29, 2007

More WW’s here

Leek and Potato soup

August 28, 2007


  • Chop the vegetables into small pieces 
  • Sweat the leeks, garlic and potatoes in a little oil
  • Add stock
  • Bring to boil and simmer till potatoes are soft
  • Liquidize and season to taste

My third award…

August 28, 2007

Thanks to Sue at Teafriends and Chocolate for awarding me this. I’m flattered, as she’s so nice herself!

Chicken with Creamy Bacon Penne

August 27, 2007

I ‘borrowed’ this from Nic in the Kitchen. You can see her version here.

Menu Planner

August 26, 2007


Sunday~ Roast loin of pork with crispy crackling and cider gravy

‘Chef’ loved the onions and gravy!

Monday~Chicken with creamy bacon penne

Tuesday~Lasagne and garlic bread

Wednesday~ Homemade plate meat pie

Thursday~Tesco’s  Finest* Irish Pork Cumberland Style Sausages with Colcannon, leeks,  petits pois and onion gravy

Friday~ The Chipper (Busy day)

Saturday~ Out for a family dinner. Maybe a Chinese.

*Last weeks menu went to plan. The 40 Clove Garlic Chicken was gobbled up in a second! I’ll definitely be cooking that again…

I bought the biggest chicken on the shelf!

Boiled the cloves for 2 minutes. They peeled more easily.

I added a big nob of butter and put it up the chickens bum rear with the bouquet garni.

Scratch n’ sniff

More tasty menu’s here