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October cook-a-long: Recipe reveal

Hey, hey, hey!

October already…which means it’s cook-a-long time!

The recipe this month is for Thai Chicken Skewers with lime. It’s a simple, tasty recipe, one that I am sure will become a regular in your house.

There is no sides listed in the recipe so be adventurous and let me know what you are going to serve with your skewers. I’m planning on serving coconut rice and a simple salad.

Full recipe and shopping list for the October cook-a-long can be found here.

Don’t forget to mark Wednesday 16 October in your calendar and invite your friends.

Once you are finished cooking, take a moment and capture a photo of your meal. Post your picture and comments on the My Delicious Year Facebook page or share it on instagram using the hashtag #cookalong and tag @mydeliciousyear.

Good luck,

X Bree

What would you like to see for cook-a-long in November? Meat? Vegetarian? Dessert? BBQ? Slow-cooker? Make-a-head? Send me a message or leave me a comment with your suggestions.

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July cook-a-long: Recipe reveal

Hello friends,

Well here I am on the 12th of July posting the July cook-a-long recipe. Goodness me! Slack hey?

I’m the first to admit that life is a bit hectic for our little family. Huge kudos to those of you out there working full-time and raising a family. I don’t know how you do it…

So the theme for this month is “keep it simple”. This month’s recipe is a very simple Savoury Lamb Pie. If you would like to take it to the next step, have a go at making your own shortcrust pastry.

All the details for the July cook-a-long can be found here.

Don’t forget to mark Wednesday 17 July in your calendar and invite your friends.

Once you are finished cooking, take a moment and capture a photo of your meal. Post your picture and comments on the My Delicious Year Facebook page or share it on instagram using the hashtag #cookalong and tag @mydeliciousyear.

If you have any themes, cuisine’s or key ingredients you would like to see in future cook-a-long’s, make sure you either leave a comment below for me or send me a message through the Facebook page. I love to hear from you guys.

Good luck,

X Bree

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June cook-a-long: Recipe reveal

Hello friends,

So I’m running a bit late this month. Ok, so I’m actually running a whole lot of late this month. So sorry peeps.

This year is rapidly getting away from me. Anyone else feel the same way? June already…

Firstly I need to let you know that I need to change the date of the cook-a-long. I have a regular commitment at night at B4’s school on the second Wednesday of each month, so with that in mind, I would like to shift the cook-a-long to the third Wednesday of the month. That would make this month’s cook-a-long Wednesday 19 June. Hope you don’t mind…

Anyway, back to the big recipe reveal!!!

After finally getting a free night to look through all the June magazines, one thing really stood out. June arrives and there is a whole lot of soup recipes. Winter has arrived so I am officially declaring June soup month! Make it. Freeze it. Share it. You will see this a bit this month. More on that later…

For this month’s cook-a-long I have chosen a soup recipe that is a little bit different – Vietnamese chicken, lemongrass & rice soup. It’s a recipe from an old favourite of mine, Rick Stein. I hope you like it.

And as an added bonus I have included a recipe for dessert too! Chocolate & orange croissant-bread-and-butter pudding. If you’ve got the time, and you feel that way inclined, spoil yourself!

Once again I have also included some notes to hopefully make the recipe a little easier for you.

All the details for the June cook-a-long can be found here.

Don’t forget to mark Wednesday 19 June in your calendar.

Once you are finished cooking, take a moment and capture a photo of your meal. Post your picture and comments on the My Delicious Year Facebook page or share it on instagram using the hashtag #cookalong and tag @mydeliciousyear.

I can’t wait to see what sort of creations you all come up with.

Get cooking!

X Bree

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Celebrating 100 recipes!

Pop the champagne cork! I’ve cooked 100 recipes!

Actually, I’ve officially cooked 107 recipes (if you count tonight’s dinner).

The 100th happened a few weeks ago, on the second of May, and honestly, I didn’t even realise until just a few days ago. Things have been a bit crazy lately.

So who wants to know what the 100th recipe was?

It was Roast lemon chicken with Sicilian olives, the cover recipe from May 2008.

I’ve made it before, back in May 2008 probably. It was yummy then and it was still yummy now.

There is something about the smell and taste of slow-cooked onions. Add thyme to the equation and I am in heaven.

Keeping with this month’s Italian theme, I served the roast lemon chicken on spaghetti which had been lightly tossed in butter. A little bit extravagant, but indeed delicious.

If there is one piece of advice I can give you when making this recipe, it’s make double. You’re gonna want to eat this meal again!

Enjoy!

X Bree

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Roast lemon chicken with Sicilian olives 

Serves 4

delicious. magazine, (May 2008, p. 125) – Cover recipe

1/3 cup (80ml) extra virgin olive oil
4 large onions, halved, thinly sliced
4 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 heaped tbs fresh thyme leaves, plus 8 small thyme sprigs
8 skinless chicken thigh cutlets
Plain flour, to dust
1 – 2 lemons, scrubbed, thinly sliced, seeds removed
1 1/2 cups (375ml) chicken stock
1 tbs chopped preserved lemon rind* (white pith and flesh discarded), optional
24 Sicilian olives or other large green olives

Heat 2 tbs of the oil in a large frypan over medium-low heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for 20-25 minutes until soft and pale golden. Season, then stir in thyme leaves. Spread onion over the base of a roasting pan that will fit the chicken snugly in a single layer. Sprinkle over the thyme sprigs, then set aside.

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celcius. Heat remaining oil in the same frypan over medium-high heat. Dust chicken in flour, shaking off excess, then cook in 2 batches for 3-4 minutes each side until golden-brown. Arrange chicken over onion, then overlap 2 lemon slices on each. Squeeze over the juice from any remaining lemon slices.

Meanwhile, bring stock to the boil in a saucepan, stir in the preserved lemon rind if using, then pour around the chicken. Cook in the oven, uncovered, for 45-50 minutes – adding olives after 30 minutes and basting with stock 2-3 times – until chicken is golden and cooked. Stand in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer chicken, onion, olives and juices to a deep platter to serve.

* From delis and gourmet food shops.

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Sufferin’ succotash, we’re eating succotash!

When I saw the recipe for Bacon-wrapped chicken with succotash I immediately thought of watching Looney Tunes as a child and Sylvester spluttering all over the place “Sufferin’ Succotash”.

Succotash is no meal to suffer over though.

It’s a frugal combination of beans, corn and bacon brought together with a dash of cream.

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For a quick, tasty, mid-week dinner you can’t go past this recipe. And if you’re like me, you’ll probably find most of the ingredients already in your pantry or fridge.

Enjoy!

X Bree

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May cook-a-long: Recipe reveal

Hello friends,

This month we are stepping back a gear and putting on our slow shoes.

Autumn is here. The nights are getting cooler, the sun is setting sooner, and our tummies are looking for something warm and comforting to fill the void.

This month I have chosen a Jamie Oliver recipe for Pappardelle with amazing slow-cooked meat. It’s clearly a winner. In fact, one of the downsides to immersing yourself in ten years of delicious. Magazine’s is that you come across certain recipes that have popped up on more than one occasion. This is one of those. It was first printed in the May 2004 magazine and again reproduced (word for word!) in the May 2006 magazine. Worth cooking don’t you think?

I have included a whole bunch of “tips” in the recipe and shopping list this month including instructions for preparing this recipe with your slow cooker.

All the details for the May cook-a-long can be found here.

Don’t forget to mark Wednesday 8 May in your calendar.

Once you are finished cooking, take a moment and capture a photo of your meal. Post your picture and comments on the My Delicious Year Facebook page or share it on instagram using the hashtag #cookalong and tag @mydeliciousyear.

I had so much fun with the April cook-a-long and was thrilled by how many people joined in. May is going to be even better. I can’t wait to see what sort of creations you all come up with.

Get cooking!

X Bree

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When life gives you lemons…

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” – Dale Carnegie

It’s a simple message, and such an optimistic one. But when faced with a HUGE surplus of big, fat, juicy lemons from the tree in my backyard, it’s a message I take quite literally. It’s something I have never done before, but I decide to make lemonade. Hooray!

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The lemon tree in our yard is not the prettiest tree. It has met with a variety of creepy crawlys and other citrus pests over time. But it is organic. And it seems to have thrived from all the rain we had over summer. In fact, we have been picking some of the biggest, juiciest lemons I have ever seen. The skins imperfections have not affected the juicy goodness inside. But it does mean the lemons are no good for zesting.

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So back to lemonade…

The day I decided I was going to make lemonade I was back flicking through all the April delicious. magazines as I had found myself a bit short on recipes this month. Sure enough, I came across a recipe for lemonade – not that a recipe is really needed. It’s as simple as adding sugar to lemon juice to suit your tastes and heating to dissolve the sugar. Not exactly rocket science. But in my attempt to make a healthier version I replaced the caster sugar with organic rapadura sugar and reduced the amount of sugar by about half. The end result was a brownish coloured syrup that was sour, sour, sour. Borderline undrinkable. Oops…  So I just added more sugar. Second attempt, result? A brownish coloured syrup that was a nice balance of sweet and sour.

Now where’s the vodka and soda?

X Bree

P.S You can read more about rapadura sugar here if you are interested. (It’s not a plug to buy this woman’s product, just a great Australian reference)

P.P.S If you want some lemons, just drop me an email… 🙂

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