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Catch a “falling” chicken… put it in your “pocket”

31 Mar

save it for a rainy day.. because all us have a day like that sometimes – tired, no time, you have to cook supper, but you have no idea and you dont even know where to start. Start with the recipe in your “imaginary pocket” and make some chicken pockets 🙂

I thought of this last night, because Conan made supper, because this eager beaver went to the gym.. returning in pain.. AGAIN. So I noticed he purchased little coriander & garlic pita pocket breads… naturally I have to use them tonight.  So cute don’t you think.. pocket breads 🙂

Literally, I suppose if you wrap them in foil, they will fit perfectly into your pocket and it really is saving for a rainy day, when you need to take lunch to work, unless it is all finished in one evening, which happens almost every night in our household.

This is a recipe that really is easy, believe me, especially if I thought it up trying to think of no effort tonight ;-p

Feeling the effects of a slight flu today, I want to cook something tasty, AND different, because there is a certain someone that says he is so spoiled, he doesn’t know what to answer when I ask him what he feels like for supper. His usual answer : ” I dont know, I’ve had everything, I dont feel like anything” . SO – in a way, this is  motivation really… I have to think of something different to make everytime… until Conan, big man of the household yearns for his favourite dishes again and I can rely on my memory.

Well… that day is not today, so for everyone that has a rainy day – today or any other day when you need inspiration, or you have to make something quick… take this chicken recipe from your “pocket”

Mediteranean chicken pockets

2  1/2  tablespoons of houmous  per pita/ naan bread

2 avo’s cut into bite sized pieces

2 handfuls of broccoli, steamed

1 cup of roasted peppers

1/2 hanful of feta cheese per pocket 

1 teaspoon of crushed garlic

1 teaspoon of chicken spice

salt & pepper for seasoning

2 handfuls of mushrooms, roughly chopped

1 red onion / brown onion, roughly chopped

1/2 cup of sundried tomatoes, roughly chopped

1 teaspoon of fresh mint, finely chopped

1 pack of chicken breast fillets, cut into bite sized pieces

 1 handful of watercress

Garlic & Coriander Naan/ Pita breads or plain pita breads

Olive oil for drizzling

Add your olive oil and garlic to a heated pan. Add your onions and fry gently for 10 minutes. While this is frying, preaheat your oven to 160 C . Place your pita breads in the oven to warm… but keep an eye om them, they can burn easily.

Now, after the onions have cooked for 10 minutes, add your mushrooms to the pan and fy for about 7 minutes. Add your chicken and chicken spice. Cook the chicken until almost done, and add your sundried tomatoes and mix through. Now add the roasted peppers and the broccoli and mix through gently. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cut your pita pockets open halfway, allowing enough space to place your filling inside.

Drizzle with a little bit of olive oil.

Take half of the houmous and put it in the pita.

Now, add your filling – chicken, mushrooms and onion.

Take the other half of the humus and layer it over the chicken filling.

Top off with the avo, watercress, feta and some of the mint. Season with black pepper and salt.

You can serve it with a plain and simple side salad. How quick was that… and almost no washing up  🙂

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Insalata caprese –and become the bee’s knees!

9 Aug

Today, I see myself as the bee’s knees ;-p Freshly cooked dinner every night, working woman, wife extraordinaire… you bet ya! The reason for the self praise?? It’s women’s day in SA, and I might not be in South Africa, but I am still a South African! So happy Women’s day to me! :-p Come to think of it, from the riots that have been going on over here, if almost feels just like home! Ahhhh, nothing like violence, rage and angry, bored, uneducated people breaking everything down to give you a nice, warm and cuddly feeling inside!

Moving on…. this wont really be a caprese salad as such, but more like a bit of inspiration. I will be making a caprese style, baked wrap. The whole pastry thing won’t work as after last night, the man overindulged in his Monday pig out pie and feels he is up to something lighter today. So I will be using wholegrain wraps as a base for a style of a healthy pizza. I promise you, this will be a quick one and you will be enjoying a lovely meal in no time 🙂

After having little tomato trees with bunches and bunches of tomatoes on them, staying green, I thought this will be the last time that I grow tomatoes in England. However, I think they heard me, because all of a sudden they decided to pull on the red jackets! Now, I have so many tomatoes, I don’t know what to do! Originally, I wanted to make a lovely caramelized tomato, onion and feta tart. The beauty of the French…. well, back to earth – the hubby won’t enjoy that.

He’s had enough of pies….. and tarts for that matter, I mean they’re all over London – especially on the northern line ;-p So there goes my little brain spark for today… moving on. I will be using ALL my tomatoes, some leftover bacon in the fridge, fresh basil from my garden, some lovely and plump olives and of course, mozzarella. All of this will result in almost NO washing up, lots of vitamin C from the tomatoes, fluffy white clouds of mozzarella and rich indulgence of the bacon.. .. naturally, all of these lovely little friends = Pure and utter happiness!!  So by now, I am hungry and I really want to tuck in, so here we go with the recipe.

About 6-8 tomatoes, finely sliced in their little round form

250g of mozzarella

2 handfuls of fresh basil

2 handfuls olives black olives

Half a pack of bacon, diced

Salt and pepper to taste

4 large or medium wraps

1 Teaspoon of sunflower oil

Olive oil for drizzling

Preheat $your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Drizzle your oil in a heated frying pan. Start frying your bacon until done. Now, take your wrap and place one layer of
sliced tomatoes all over. Season with some salt and pepper.

Now add the rest of your ingredients.

Top off with some black pepper and place in the oven for about 15 – 20
minutes or until the wrap is nice, golden and crispy.

In the name of “Money Supermarket” – Simples!  Enjoy!