Monday, 17 October 2016

Chicken Souvlaki

How colourful is this meal? Having had a holiday in Greece this year and seeing this meal on every menu in every restaurant we went to, it was nice to be able to recreate a really lovely and easy version the other night. The kids were extremely enthusiastic about it, which is always a bonus these days. 

Serves 4
4 chicken breasts
2 garlic cloves, crushed
Juice of 2 lemons
Splash of olive oil
A sprinkle of dried oregano

1 Red pepper, chopped into chunks
1 red onion, chopped into chunks
Olive oil

Heat the oven to 190C.  
Chop the chicken breasts into pieces and marinade with the garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and oregano for at least 30 minutes. 

Either, fry or griddle the chicken pieces until nicely browned. Quickly fry the red pepper and red onion until just starting to cook. If you have skewers thread on the chicken, pepper and red onion repeating the process along the skewer.  Place the skewers in the oven to finish off the cooking for about 10 minutes. If you don't have seekers you can  just continue to fry until the chicken, peppers and onion are cooked through in the pan. 

Serve the skewers with warm flatbreads, and Greek yoghurt. Avocado is an optional but very nice accompaniment. 

Monday, 3 October 2016

Nigel Slater's Chocolate Apple Betty

When your mum has abundant apples on her tree it's a shame not to use them up. I used to make this recipe a lot years ago and the other evening with little time to make a pudding for a dinner party, and a bag full of apples, this was just perfect. Apples, dark chocolate, crunchy syrupy breadcrumbs, just a wonderful combination. It's a really easy and lovely Autumn pudding. The recipe is from Nigel Slater's 'Real Food'.

Serves 4-6
1kg Bramley apples, peeled and cored
30g butter
125g soft white breadcrumbs
100g light soft brown sugar
100g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
75g butter, melted
3 heaped tbsp golden syrup

Cut the apples into large chunks, put them in a pan and toss with the butter and a couple of tablespoons of water over a moderate heat. When the apples start to soften but are still keeping their shape, tip them into a 1.5 litre baking dish.
Mix the crumbs, sugar and chocolate and cover the apples loosely with the mixture. Melt the butter with the golden syrup in a small saucepan, then pour it over the crumbs, making certain to soak them all. Bake in an oven preheated to 190ÂșC for 35 mins, till the apple is soft and the crumbs are golden and crisp.