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Roast Chicken with Hazelnuts and Honey

This is a great recipe from Ottolenghi. They are such inspired chefs.everything they touch turns to gold !!

This is a great recipe from Ottolenghi. They are such inspired chefs.everything they touch turns to gold !!

1 Organic chicken –Cut up

2 small onions –chopped

¼ cup olive oil

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspooon cinnamon

pinch of saffron

juice of 1 lemon

2 teaspoons sea salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 cup hazelnuts

1/2 cup honey

2 tablespoons rosewater

2 spring onions –chopped for garnish


Marinate the chicken, onion , olive oil , ginger, cinnamon , saffron, lemon juice ,

water ,salt and pepper for one hour in the refrigerator.

Toast Hazelnuts in a 190c/350f oven for 10 minutes. Rough chop nuts.

On a large cookie sheet place chicken and marinade , skin side up, and roast for 35 minutes.

Mix honey and rosewater.

Spoon over chicken and roast for another 15 minutes

Garnish with spring onion before serving.

Swordfish topped with Caponata Jam

Mediterranean Feast!!!

Mediterranean Feast!!!

2 small Eggplants-rubbed in olive oil

Bake in 180c/350f  oven for 45 minutes or until a fork pierces through eggplant easily.

Cool and cut into small cubes-you may discard seeds if you like.

Heat ½ cup olive oil.

Saute’ until soft and melted together – 20-25 minutes:

2 Shallots-sliced

1 Red Jalapeno-grated

2 cloves Garlic-minced

2 stalks of Celery -Chopped


2 tablespoons Capers

½ teaspoon Anchovy Paste

Sea Salt

½ cup of Cherry Tomatoes- cut in half

Fresh Parsely sprinkle and mix.

Grill Swordfish on both sides to preferred doneness.

Top with Caponata Jam.

Enjoy !!

Chicken and Baby Artichokes

This is my classic chicken and dumplings recipe but since the world is on a low carb diet, I substituted the dumplings for artichokes

  • 1 whole cut up chicken
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion-sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 8-10 baby artichokes 
  • 1 pint white mushrooms – sliced
  • 1 lemon

flour mixture:

  •  1/4 cup flour
  •  1/8 teaspoon salt
  •  1/8 teaspoon pepper
  •  1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Trim tops(needles) and stem off artichokes. Peel and the outer brown leaves off  exposing the fresh green leaves underneath. Soak artichokes in warm water with the juice of one lemon. This protects artichokes from oxidation (turning brown)

Set aside

Thoroughly flour the chicken in the flour mixture.

 In a large frying pan on medium heat.

Brown chicken in butter and olive oil. Remove from pan and set aside.

In the same pan sauté the onion until soft.(about 6-7 minutes)

Add the 2 tablespoons flour and stir together .

Add the chicken broth and stir scraping all the yummy bits  of flavor off the bottom of pan.

Replace chicken into pan with onions and broth.  

Drain artichokes and add to pan.

Add mushrooms.

Cover and cook for 40 minutes on a low flame.

If you do plan on making the dumplings follow directions below :

Prepare Dumplings

  • 2 cups bisquick
  • 2/3 cups milk

Mix Bisquick and milk together until moist.

Drop dumplings into pan (3 tablespoons in size) on top of chicken. Cook uncovered for 10 min. Then cover and cook for 10 more minutes.

Serve hot with pan gravy covering the chicken and artichokes and/or dumplings.

Crab Arrabiata

This simple recipe is a Sicilian specialty. The distinct flavor will leave a lasting impression. Be sure to serve it to people you like because they will be back for a repeat performance.

This simple recipe is a Sicilian specialty. The distinct flavor will leave a lasting impression. Be sure to serve it to people you like because they will be back for a repeat performance.

1/3 cup olive oil

4 large cloves garlic-minced or ran through the garlic press

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes –or more , its up to you !

5-6 fresh tomatoes-chopped and seeded

2 -3 leaves fresh basil-chopped

1 teaspooon parsley-chopped

6 king crab legs split and cut into pieces

1 basket cherry tomatoes

1 lb spaghetti

In a large pot heat the olive oil.

Take the pot off heat. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and swirl in oil for about 1 minute. The object being , not to burn the garlic.

Replace pot onto flame and add tomatoes, basil and parsley.

Add crab pieces to sauce and cook slowly so crabs release their own juices. At least 30 mintues.

Boil water for pasta , add salt to the water.

Cook pasta


Add pasta to sauce, saving some sauce to top with.

Toss and Serve.

You’ll need lots of napkins !!

Smoked Sea Salt Crostini

You can do this with out the “smoked” salt , just replace it with your favorite sea salt.

Tongs/baking sheet/pastry brush

Set oven to broil

1 French Baguette-sliced diagonally

Olive Oil

Smoked Sea Salt

Cracked Black Pepper

Lay bread on a baking sheet

Generously brush each slice with olive oil

Sprinkle with sea salt and cracked pepper

Turn pieces over and Repeat .

Watching carefully broil bread slices until light brown

Using your tongs ,turn each slice over and broil remaining side.

There you have it !

Top with your favorite toppings.

Sweet Potato Frittata with Toasted Almonds

As I was trying out my new mandoline, this dish came together in just minutes. You can hand slice with just a little more time. The result is surprisingly sweet , salty and savory.

Preheat oven to 180c/350f

Large nonstick ovenproof frying pan

1/3 cup olive oil

1 small yellow onion -sliced thin

1 large sweet potato-sliced thin

1 handful toasted almond slices

10 eggs- beaten

sea salt/ cracked pepper

Heat olive oil

Sauté onion and potatoes on medium heat until the potatoes are fork tender. Do not brown. Generously salt and pepper potato mixture

Sprinkle with almond slices

Beat eggs

Flavor eggs with a bit more salt and pepper

Pour eggs over mixture and cook for 10 minutes.(until bottom sets)

Remove from heat and place in hot oven until top of eggs set(another 5-7 minutes)Watch carefully so not to overcook.

Sprinkle with a few more almonds and serve, hot, warm, or cold. Delicious!!

Pollo Fritto Mio

Burrata is a pulled cheese like Mozzerella. Its rich and creamy and soft on the inside when broken open. You can find it at most grocery stores nowadays but if you cannot find it, a fresh soft Mozzerella in water is a nice substitute.

Large non stick frying pan

2 wide dishes for dredging

Olive Oil- enough to cover the bottom of the pan

2 Chicken Breasts-pounded

Combine in one dish _

½ cup Bread Crumbs

½ teaspoon Salt

1/8  teaspoon Pepper

½ teaspoon Parsley

In the other dish _

1 Egg –beaten with a fork

Heat pan . Add Olive Oil.

Dredge Chicken first in egg , and then in bread crumbs covering both sides thoroughly.

Place breaded chicken in hot pan and fry on one side until golden brown ,about 5 minutes, repeat on remaining side for another 3-4 minutes.

Remove from pan.


Tomato Topping_

Toss  together in a bowl_

Arugula 1-2 cups (half of a bag)

Mini Heirloom tomatoes about 10-sliced in half

1 Burrata-  torn in small pieces

sprinkle of salt

pinch of pepper

drizzle of olive oil

drizzle of balsamic vinegar

lemon wedge

Place Arugula topping  on top of chicken, squeeze with a little fresh lemon and serve.

Roasted Veg

You can serve this as a main dish, as a side dish, or toss it into a salad sprinkled with goats cheese for a fresh warm lovely dinner.

Preheat oven 180c/350f

Yellow Bell Pepper- cut in chunks

Red Bell Pepper-cut in chunks

Broccolini- 1 bunch

Peach- torn in pieces

Toss in Olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper

Roast for 25-30 minutes

Mushroom Quiche w Goat Cheese and Spinach

Both earthy and light , this quiche is much more simple than it tastes.

Heat oven 190c/375f

8” or 9” tart pan

One short pastry crust

Line pan with pastry crust. Using a fork perforate bottom of crust in a few places.


½ log Goat Cheese Cheese -room temp.

Sautee the mushrooms:

1 carton white button mushrooms

3 tablespoons Butter

1 clove Garlic-minced

1 teaspoon  Balsamic Vinegar

Melt butter on medium heat and sauté garlic. Add mushrooms and toss.

Cook for 20 minutes. Add Balsamic and cook for 10 more minutes.

Assemble Egg Mixture:

In a medium bowl_ Beat together

4 Eggs

Sea salt-pinch


3/4 cup cream

stir in

2 cups spinach

Assemble Quiche

Spread ½ of the goat cheese over bottom of the short pastry .

Pour egg mixture over top.

Top with specks of goat cheese.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until eggs don’t move when you wiggle the pan

Tortilla Morada

The Purple Peruvian potato was once considered the food of the Gods. I chose these potatoes not only for their royal color, but they also have four times the antioxidants than white potatoes. A staple in the kitchens of Spain, the Tortilla in all of its simplicity, is one of the tastiest savory foods in the world. Enjoy for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

1 medium onion-thinly sliced

1 cup sliced purple potatoes-thinly sliced

¼cup + 1 tablespoon olive oil

sea salt

black pepper

9 eggs

In a medium size non-stick frying pan on medium heat, heat olive oil.

Saute’onions and potatoes until soft but not brown, about 10 minutes or so.

Season with plenty of salt and cracked pepper.

In a  medium size bowl, beat eggs and season with salt and pepper.

When potatoes are fork tender, pour potato and onion mixture into the egg mixture and pour the combined mixture back into the frying pan. Shake pan to even out the mixture.

Cook for 10 minutes on low heat.

Invert tortilla onto plate and slide it back into pan to cook the topside.

Cook for 1 minute.

Slide tortilla onto a fresh plate. Rest the tortilla for at least 5 minutes.

Serve warm or cool. Enjoy with a salad, or on crusty bread or just by itself.