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Friday, 9 January 2009

I'm still here, I think.

I'm not sure that I care for 2009 that much. I have had a very busy 9 days so far. So busy, that I forgot that I had a blog! And yet, when I think back I'm hard pressed to even remember what I have been busy with. Mrs 24 (Picklesticks) was visiting today and she was encouraging me to blog. I told her that I haven't really done anything creative or interesting lately. As I was explaining this to her I was busy putting the final touches to dinner and she said that dinner was something to post about. So here it is.

Chicken and Olive Cous Cous

Preheat oven to 180 C or 160 C fan.
Cut 1 kg of chicken thigh fillets in half. Place in baking dish with juice and finely grated rind of 2 lemons, 150 g stuffed green olives, 1/4 cup chopped oregano, 3 chopped garlic cloves and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Toss to combine and season well. Bake 45 mins until chicken is cooked. Meanwhile place 1 cup cous cous in a heatproof bowl. Pour over 1 cup boiling water, cover with plastic wrap and stand for 10 mins. Fluff up with a fork and serve with chicken and olives.

This was yummy. Of course most of the kids turned their noses up at it (they made sandwiches) but I would cook it again. I really enjoyed it. I really love things that you spend a little time on and then you stick them in the oven to cook and you walk out of the kitchen. That's my idea of cooking! No wonder I am such a fan of roasts! The recipe came from the Summer Coles Magazine, which I picked up free from my local supermarket.

Oriental Noodle Salad

Finely slice 1 chinese cabbage and 4 spring onions. Place them in a bowl with 100g of slivered almonds. Mix 1/4 cup of white vinegar with 1/4 cup of castor sugar. Add 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, and 1/2 cup of olive oil. Mix well and add to bowl. Just before serving add a 100g packet of Chang's Fried Noodles and mix well.

I had this salad at my sister-in-law's house at Christmas and loved it so I asked her for the recipe. She had taken it from the back of a packet of Chang's noodles so it's pretty easy to find! So, although I haven't been very creative lately I have been cooking dinner! I have also made some curtains that I'm not happy with and started on a roman blind that isn't going anywhere exciting yet. Hopefully next week will see creativity and excitement return to my life!


Levin (and Emily) said...

yep - i've made that exact same salad and it's very tasty. the dressing is good and versatile - i use it on lots of salads now.
next week is going to be a good week for salads......

Bird Bath said...

I've tried that one too and it's a good one - a great bbq salad.
Thanks for reminding me.

Lorraine said...

Wondered where you were.......in the kitchen!! I have been doing some cooking this week since the Prince went back to work and I had this week off.....Only felt like getting back into stitching the past couple of days.....just didn't have the inclination...watched a lot of cricket...and not much else! LOL enjoyed it though! Nice to have a break from everything for a while...back to work next week...back to my organised routine...no more trackie dacks and t shirts...LOL

lera said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm ...

Suzanne said...

The recipe sounds yummy...if your kids want to have sandwiches, then come to my house and I'll share dinner with you!

Chookyblue...... said...

food........definitely something to blog about.....looks great........

Rest is not idleness said...

We make that salad too, and as Levin said, the dressing is versatile and good for other salads. I'm the same, somedays I find it hard to remember what I have done let alone remember to blog.
take care

Lotti said...

You know what I've never tried Cous Cous and I think it's about time I did. I'm not into olives, but the rest of it sounds nice. Oh well, about the things you are making i.e. the curtains and the roman blind....if you made them perfectly where would you have to go from there......well the only place is up right now.....and at least you have something to improve on.

joolzmac said...

Hi Kris

Yep, same here. Ten days into the new year and I haven't done much blogging either. Busy weekend ahead with tidying and putting away thentomorrow we have the Cape Jaffa Food and Wine Festival to attend. Weather should be fantastic.
Love the Oriental Salad - it is one my girls will eat until it is all gone - yummy!

Have a good one - Cheers Joolz

Rustic Tarts said...

I'm glad that I found your blog and both of these recipes. I remember having the salad years ago and a friend gave me the recipe but I have no idea where it is...and the chicken looks lovely too. I'll try them soon.
Thank you