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Chicken – Lemon & Parmesan Chicken

Lemon & Parmesan Chicken
Lemon Parmesan Chicken Spaghetti Platter
Here’s a really easy way to get some vegetables into you and perhaps coax them into a cranky child.  I’ve taken to blitzing greens lately, in particular kale and broccoli and I just blanch them with hot water for speedy cooking.
You might notice that I’m using a glass baking dish in the pictures here and that’s a change that I’ve made lately too.  I was fed up of going at my rusting baking trays with ‘steel wool’ in efforts to scrape the burned on bits off and they just never felt really clean after the first use, whereas the glass ones clean beautifully in the dishwasher.
I’ve also pulled out my spaghetti measure in an effort to not end up with a mountain of left-over pasta.
There’s a video that accompanies this recipe over on my instagram and facebook pages if you’d like to see as well as read.
Lemon & Parmesan Chicken
Lemon & Parmesan Chicken
Lemon & Parmesan Chicken
Lemon & Parmesan Chicken
Lemon & Parmesan Chicken
Lemon & Parmesan Chicken
You will need:
4 chicken breasts
3 fat garlic cloves
Rapeseed oil
250g cherry tomatoes
300ml chicken stock
tub creme fraiche – 200ml or 250g approx
1 lemon (using zest & juice)
150g washed and roughly chopped/shredded kale
Small handful pinenuts
Small handful grated parmesan
Spaghetti
(Note: Boil the kettle and have the food processor out for blitzing kale.  You also need a colander set over a large saucepan)
Method:
Heat the fan oven to 200
Peel and slice the fat garlic cloves in half
Slice the chicken breasts in half
Place the cut garlic, chicken and the whole cherry tomatoes into a baking dish / tray and drizzle with some oil, mix well to coat everything and place in oven to partially cook for 10 mins.
Meanwhile get on with some of the prep. : blitz the kale using a food processor and add in the zest of a lemon and set aside.
Juice the lemon and set aside.
Grate the parmesan and set aside.
Once the chicken has had 10 minutes of cooking time add in the chicken stock and return to cook in the oven for a further 10 minutes.
Finish off the rest of the prep while the chicken finishes cooking :
Dry fry the pine-nuts until golden brown and set aside.
Cook the spaghetti.
Place the blitzed kale and zested lemon in a colander placed over a large saucepan and pour over a kettle full of boiling water pressing the water through the colander with a spatula so that the kale is blanched but not soggy.
Remove the chicken from the oven, take out the chicken pieces and set aside.  Add the creme fraiche and lemon zest into the chicken stock and mix with a whisk to form a sauce.  Add in the cooked spaghetti and the blanched kale and mix well.
Place the chicken back on top.  Grate parmesan all over and top with toasted pine-nuts.
Enjoy!
‘Til next time, Sheila

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Roast Cauliflower & Shallots

Roast cauliflower and shallot featureVegetables can be a pain in the ass to prepare and sometimes you’re just not in form for all that chop, chop, chopping & pernickity peeling.  This delicious dish would be great as a vegetarian main bulked up with some spinach leaves and with a good crumbling of feta it would be amazing.
Roast cauliflower and shallot
Roast cauliflower and shallot
Roast cauliflower and shallotNow watch how a splash of green makes everything look sooo much more appetising!
Roast cauliflower and shallot
Roast cauliflower and shallot
Roast Cauliflower & Shallots
You will need:

1 head cauliflower
8-10 shallots
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp rapeseed or olive oil
2 tsp caraway seeds
2 tsp cumin seeds
100g pinenuts
good handful fresh parsley
Method:
Pre-heat the fan oven to 180C.
Break/cut the cauliflower into florets.
Peel and quarter the shallots.
Crush two cloves of garlic.
Toss the cauliflower and shallots with the garlic, 1 tbsp of oil, 2 tsp caraway seeds and 2 tsp ground cumin in a large baking dish/pan.
Roast for 30 minutes in the heated fan oven.
Add the pinenuts, 1 tbsp oil and mix around, cook again for a further 10 minutes.
Serve with a good garnish of fresh parsley.
Enjoy!
‘Til next time, Sheila