Dinner last night was a Turkish inspired Chicken, Mushroom & Green Bean Pilaf garnished with fresh parsley, mint, sumac and preserved lemon.
Combining spices of cumin, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, cayenne and paprika with chilli, garlic, salt, pepper, chicken stock and the gentle flavours of chicken, mushroom and brown basmati rice worked really well as a healthy one pot meal.
It’s the ideal summer comfort food when the weather isn’t so great! The only improvement I would make next time is to use chicken thigh fillets instead of breast for their succulence and deeper flavour.
These beauties are cooked, rested and ready to carve for tonight’s family supper club at my Grandma’s. I can’t wait to host dinner for my grandparents, parents and my aunties and uncles after many years of being looked after by all of them!
Fact: salads are not boring! 🥗 my family used to jokingly call me a rabbit because I ate so much lettuce / salad in general but I genuinely do love a good salad.
I dislike a limp, lifeless bowl of plain iceberg, cucumber and tomato as much as the next person but when you put a little effort in to making your salad bowl more than just that, it becomes something SO delicious AND nutritious (in the words of m&s) that it’s hard to find something much better.
Tonight I went for a crispy bacon, avocado, tomato salad on a bed of spinach topped with pine nuts 👌🏼
For me, weekends are about enjoying meals that I wouldn’t usually be able to have during the week – specifically breakfast and lunch which are usually cold and eaten sat at my desk in work (I do not encourage this!)
Today I have a Saturday at home with no specific plans, so after a lovely yoga class this morning I have just leisurely made and devoured this plate of griddled sourdough, avocado and beef tomato with a poached egg, topped with coriander and fresh chilli and plenty of sea salt and black pepper 🍳🥑🍞
Dinner this evening – homemade coleslaw, hummus and tzatziki with a cucumber, tomato, spring onion & herb rice salad in a chilli oil and lime dressing, accompanied by some beef koftas and ciabatta. All washed down with a glass of Malbec 👌🏼🍽🍷
Using up most of the remaining veg in the fridge before a weekend away – our Friday night dinner is sausages with spicy tomato & pepper cous cous and crispy garlic kale. Now to begin series 2 of line of duty! A bit late to the party but better now than never…