Showing posts with label Winter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Winter. Show all posts

Monday, 11 May 2015

Roasted Chicken Breast with Pancetta, Leeks & Thyme

It doesn't happen often in our house that I get to have full control of what we have for dinner. Normally we are both in the kitchen at the same time helping each other with the cooking duties. However last week the girlfriend was at an event in the evening and the cooking was left in my hands.

I decided to search the internet for something simple yet tasty and came across a recipe from Jamie Oliver.

The recipe on Jamies site is for one so I just simply doubled it up.

Roasted Chicken Breast with Pancetta, Leeks & Thyme


2 Chicken Breasts
2 - 3 Leeks (Chopped)
Sea Salt
Black Pepper
White Wine
1 pack of Pancetta
Olive Oil


Preheat oven to 200 / Gas Mark 6

1. Add the chopped Leeks to a bowl

2. Pour a good amount of Olive Oil in the bowl

3. Add the Salt, Pepper, and Thyme to the bowl

4. Pour a generous amount of White Wine in the bowl

5. Add the chicken and get stuck in with your hands mixing everything together

6. Put the chicken to one side and pour the contents of the bowl in to a foil layered tray

7. Wrap the chick in Pancetta

Roasted Chicken Breast with Pancetta, Leeks & Thyme

8. Place the wrapped chicken on top of the leeks and sprinkle with some more oil and thyme

9. Cook for about 30 minutes

We were both really pleased with the outcome of this dish. It was so simple and fast to prepare that we will be having this again. The result went down very well when the girlfriend returned home that night and maybe she will trust me more often to prepare dinner alone.

Roasted Chicken Breast with Pancetta, Leeks & Thyme

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Sausage Casserole

There is nothing worse that being dragged around the shops in the pouring rain, but when it also means that you will end up with a new casserole dish that leads to some yummy food, it is so worth it.

After being out in the cold and wet, this was exactly what we needed to fill our bellies with hearty goodness (that's right I said hearty). It is so simple to make and requires next to no effort as it is as easy as putting everything in a pot. 

This recipe can also be eaten by those who are on a gluten free diet, just make sure your stock is Knorr (as recommended by a gluten free friend), leave the spaghetti out and ensure that your sausages are gluten free. Black Farmer sausages are our favourite go to sausage.


12 Sausages
2 medium onions (diced)
2 large potatoes (chopped)
3 carrots (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (grated)
½ teaspoon chilli powder
½ teaspoon paprika
400g chopped tomatoes
300 ml chicken stock
2 table spoons tomato puree
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons thyme
100ml red wine
400g spaghetti (optional)


1. Brown the sausages in a pan with a little oil. Chop up and set aside.

2. Fry the onions in a pan until soft. Add the garlic and fry for 2 - 3 minutes stirring constantly.

3. Add the chilli powder and paprika to the pan.

4. Add the potatoes and carrots to the pan.

5. Stir in the tomatoes, puree, chicken stock, worcestershire sauce, sugar and herbs.

6. Pour over the red wine.

7. Add the chopped up sausages and transfer to an oven proof dish with a lid.

8. Add the spaghetti if using.

9. Cook at 200° / Gas mark 6 for 1 hour.

This managed to serve 2 very generous portions with extras left for lunch the following day. It is great to have on it's own, or it can be served with some crusty bread to mop up the last dregs.

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