Braised chicken with mixed vegetables

Simple and effective. Roasted Maryland chicken cuts (leg and extended thigh, with skin) in a mixture of great vegetables, served with mashed potatoes. In an oven proof deep dish on the stove, brown the chicken, set aside, and then sauté the vegetables accordingly. Add the wine, reduce the liquid by half, then add the tomatoes…

Spinach, basil, grana and mixed nut pesto

There is no pretty photo with this post. The photo is portioned pesto for freezing. But the pesto is great, freezes well, twaws easily, and comes in handy for quick and easy meals. My girls love pesto in pasta, and this pesto, packed with spinach, pecans, and walnuts, packs a healthy punch. Taken from the…

The green machine vegee sandwich (avocado and asparagus)

The night before I had BBQ’d some chicken drumettes and also included some asparagus that I bought at the fruit and vegee shop (local new season asparagus, only $5/kg, $2.50/lb).  I tossed the asparagus in a bit of rice bran oil, salt and pepper, and then grilled it on the BBQ.  So the next day…

Duck prosciutto (the beginning)

As we are in the winter here in Australia, the temperatures are good for air curing meat (no higher than 15 C, or 60 F, during the day, and lows above freezing).  Traditional pork prosciutto is hung and air cured for 10-12 months, a duration I’m not quite ready for!  So, duck prosciutto!  This recipe…

Grilled and marinated eggplant and red (bell pepper) capsicum

We were going to our friends Andrew and Sarah for dinner on Saturday, and wanted to bring a snack to precede dinner. So I decided to grill and marinate eggplant and red bell peppers. It’s so quick and easy, and so rich and tasty. Cut 2 eggplants lengthwise in 1/2 inch thickness, and grill on…