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Chutzpah chicken!!

23 Aug

Or… now that I think of chicken.. wobbly chicken neck!!! This is my new name for my fellow passengers on the train in the morning. A floppy chicken neck as their sleeping heads move with the train’s rhythm, which I might add has become very entertaining in the morning. That is the lifestyle here at the moment. It seems like everyone’s lifestyle has increased with (dare I say it) the speed of Usain Bolt’s world record! No time, only rushing.. everywhere.. the whole time…so maybe the “headless chicken” is a better comparison for the last few months. Tonight I want to make a dish with some chutzpah!


Something that will make me slow down, smell the food, taste it, relax and enjoy! Usually, it is really busy, but I still find time to photograph my food, think about recipes and actually do my blog posts. I have decided to do this today, no matter how tired I am or what time it is. This is my little energy patch.. it keeps me smiling and happy and inspired J So just because I focused myself to do a post tonight, I am inspired with a new idea! Or not.. maybe just in the mood for comforting home cooking… to be honest.. my mom’s cooking. This brings me to say that she is coming to visit… So I am sure mom will spoil her “babies” once she is here J Hoorah!! Cant wait!!!


Some leftover red wine.. some chicken thighs.. some mushrooms.. olives.. why don’t I just toss them all together and make a little party dish.. since it is almost Friday.. AND since this will be a long weekend J


Celebration Chutzpah Chicken


1 pack of chicken thighs

2 handfuls of mushrooms, roughly chopped

1 red onion, roughly chopped

1 heaped teaspoon of chopped garlic

Handful of fresh thyme

Handful of olives

1 cup of red wine

1/2 cup of white wine

1 tablespoon of olive oil

2 tablespoons of corn flour

Salt & pepper to taste


Add olive oil to a heated casserole dish like Le Creuset or anything similar. Brown your chicken. Remove and place aside.

Now add your onion, mushrooms, garlic and thyme. Cook until the onions are browned. Now, add your chicken and mix through. Add salt & pepper to taste. Sprinkle over the cornflour and mix through.

Now, add the red wine, cover and simmer on medium heat for about 45 minutes. 10 minutes before you dish up, add the olives. Quick and happy all in one casserole dish!!  Serve with rice… and maybe a few glasses of full bodied red wine ;-p


Do you feel like slowing down.. then do and make it tasty

22 Feb

with a very helpful slowcooker! Compliments of my friend Amanda Celliers! I WOULD say that this great gift is my new best friend, but that would be lying, as she has helped me through many frustrating days in a VERY boring working environment. So I have been testing this little wonderful invention a few times, and I think I might just have perfected it 🙂 This also becomes very helpful when budgeting, because you can buy very cheap cuts of meat and it comes out tasting like richman’s food!! Well.. I have always felt rich, I suppose it depends on what you add value to, and to me that would be great friends, good food and laughter. Most of all, Love. My Johnny Bravo makes me feel like a princess so often, I might even be one ;-p That would be without the hourglass barbie figure and perfect long hair ;-p

So here we go, let me educate you on my slow cooker education that I have recieved over the few days… and if in doubt, I always ask my friend Amanda which route to take, she has a lot of tips!!  If you don’t have a slow cooker, you could always use a pressure cooker, then the meat will probably be ready within about 30 – 40 minutes. If you are using the slowcooker, you will put all your ingredients in the cooker in the morning, before you leave work and put the setting on slow.

400g Beef skirt / Any cheap cut of meat

2 cans of beer ( I used Fosters)

3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1 teaspoon of salt

Black pepper

Place your beef in the cooker and season with the salt and some pepper. Now pour over your beer. Put on the lid and switch on your cooker, and when you come home, its succulent and tender, walla!!

So all I did now was make some veggies 🙂

1 courgette, finely chopped

1 big red onion ( 1 small one & 1 medium) finely chopped

1 teaspoon of chopped garlic

Juice of half a lemon

2 shots of dry white wine

1 tablespoon of olive oil

4 or 5 fresh asparagus

handful of finely chopped mint

Pour olive oil in a heated pan. Add your onion and fry for 5 minutes. Now add your courgettes and asparagus. Fry forabout 10 minutes, add your mint and add your lemon juice.

Allow to simmer for a few minutes and add the white wine.

Serve up with some rice, dish up your beef and your veggies and walla!!