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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Stuffed Chicken Breast

I once read that tarragon goes extremely well with chicken. I made a mix of cooled cooked chicken, tarragon and mayonnaise a couple of years ago that I served as a starter on a slice of toasted bread and it was absolutely fabulous. There is something strange about the taste of tarragon that I love. I have also made a delicious marinade for barbecues several times, using freshly chopped tarragon leaves, chopped garlic, salt and a pint of lager. I let the chicken breasts swim in the marinade over night (in a bowl and in the fridge) and the day after I grilled them for a few minutes. That was just amazing! So today I decided to make a nice chicken & tarragon dinner. I have never cooked this meal before, but that’s what I really like, trying out new things. Have a look at the photos and the recipe, try it and see. Let me know if you cooked it and what you thought.

  Heat the oven to 200°C. To make tarragon mix, put chopped tarragon leaves & chopped garlic into a ramekin, drizzle with olive oil, and mix well with a spoon until combined. Use some salt if desired.

    Make a slit down 1 side of each chicken breast to form a pocket. Season. Stuff each pocket with a little bit of cranberry cheese, about 3 – 4 mushroom slices and 1tsp of tarragon mix. Close the breast over the filling, pressing the edges firmly together to seal. Secure with a toothpick. Place on a baking tray and cook for 20 - 25 minutes or until cooked through.

Serve with some nice light salad and enjoy!
 
Tarragon Mix:
Fistful of fresh tarragon leaves
1tbsp olive oil
3 cloves of chopped garlic
Salt

Chicken Breast:
4 chicken breasts
30g cranberry cheese
4 sliced mushrooms
Salt
Toothpicks

Friday, July 6, 2012

Friday's Salmon

Hello dear readers. It’s Friday again! I wanted to make a nice dinner for my fiancé today so I went to one of our local shops and bought some lovely looking fresh salmon and other goodies. I made a quick starter that was very similar to the bruschetta we ate in Oslo but I added some onions into the tomato mix and served it on a slice of soda bread. For the main I made roast salmon with baby potatoes, yogurt dressing and beetroot & feta cheese salad. I hope you all had a great day and don’t forget to enjoy the weekend. Even if you are working like me, make the best out of it!

Quick Starter


Tomato mix:

3 tomatoes (sliced)
¼ red onion (chopped)
1 spring onion (sliced)
5 – 8 leaves of fresh basil (chopped)
1tbsp olive oil
Salt & pepper
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. You can skip the onions and add garlic if desired. I toasted some soda bread and spreaded the mixture on it. You can definitely use some white baguette instead. Both taste amazing!

Fresh Salmon

Salmon:

2 fillets of fresh salmon
Olive oil
Salt & Pepper
Preheat the oven to 250 °C. Put the fillets in a baking tray, sprinkle with olive oil, add salt and pepper and cover with aluminium foil. Put in the oven and roast for 8 – 10 minutes. If the meat is flaking it’s done :)

Baby potatoes:

200g baby potatoes
1tbsp dried dill
3 cloves garlic (crushed)
1tbsp butter
Salt
Wash the potatoes, place them in a pot and pre cook them together with dill and salt for a few minutes (until nearly done). Preheat the oven to 200 °C. When the potatoes are nearly done, pour the boiling water out and let the potatoes cool down a bit. Mix crushed garlic with butter in a pot and let it melt on a stove. Place the cooled potatoes on a tray, cut little crosses in the middle of each potato and pour some of the butter & garlic mix over them. Roast the potatoes in the oven for 10 minutes or until done completely.
Yogurt Dressing


Yogurt dressing:

4tbsp natural yogurt
1tsp grated horseradish
10 - 15 leaves of fresh basil (chopped)
Salt & pepper
Additional: 1tbsp mayonnaise

Mix well, let cool in the fridge and serve with your meal.

Beetroot & Feta Cheese Salad


Beetroot & Feta Cheese Salad:

100g mixed leaf salad
80g cooked beetroot (sliced)
50g - 100g feta cheese (sliced)
½ red onion (thinly sliced)
Fistful of salad seed topping
1tbsp olive oil
1tsp strong lemon oil
Mix all ingredients well and serve!

Our Friday Meal




Monday, July 2, 2012

Oslo

Oh Oslo I love you so much! We arrived in Oslo on a Friday night and immediately felt the excitement. Not only we felt the temperature difference but it was really lovely to be in such a nice city. It was quite sad to say goodbye to the family but that’s always the way…that's the price we have to pay for living abroad. Our dear friend Linnéa picked us up at the station and we walked through the busy streets of the Norwegian capital to her and her boyfriend’s cute apartment. In the morning we ate amazing breakfast and then Linnéa, Stefan and I walked in the city for a few hours.

Our amazing breakfast, what a smoothie!

I couldn’t get enough of the super sweet wooden houses and their gorgeous gardens! We went to a famous sculpture park (Vigelandsparken) which was actually super cool, you can check some info here and if you ever go to Oslo, visit this park.

Some of the cute houses!

Vigelandsparken

Vigelandsparken

Later on we ate a light lunch in one central restaurant, the food was just fabulous and so was the restaurant. We ordered Focaccia with mushrooms (they were absolutely amazing as they fried them with a drop of Truffle oil, oh dear it was good), lettuce, cheese and a nice dressing.

The amazing Focaccia

We did some shopping for the night and went to the apt to hang out with Johan, who is by the way an amazing artist. He is so talented! He was in the Norwegian Idol and did very well! Check out his videos, he is a star!!


Click here for more!

And then we made some amazing food. Linnéa and Johan bought tons of juicy prawns, baked some bread and made lovely coctails. We all chipped in while making dinner, it was great fun. We drank and danced and had loads of fun.

Linnéa's amazing salad

Home made Bruschetta

Juicy prawns

Summer drink
 (rosé wine, orange soda and berries)

We went to a local pub to dance and have more fun later in the night. When we entered the pub I felt like I had already been there so I just asked Stefan and then we realised that we had been there a couple of years ago...what a coinsidence! It didn’t take more than 5 minutes and we bumped into a friend of ours who had just moved to Oslo from Sweden. Seriously, the world is so small! We had a brilliant night out, the waking up after 3 hours sleep wasn’t the best but totally worth it. Thank you Linnéa and Johan, it was a special weekend. Can’t wait to see you both in Dublin soon!

Lovely people