Sunday, April 26, 2009
The recipe calls for chicken pieces but I used breasts and cut them up (cos I am super lazy when it comes to bones!!).
1 (3 1/2 lb) chicken, cut into 6-8 pieces
salt and pepper
2 teaspoons ground cumin (to taste)
2-3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 pinch saffron
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 lb pitted prune
2 large Spanish onions, sliced lengthwise
1 cup whole blanched almond
toasted sesame seeds (optional)
1 Rub all pieces of chicken with a mixture of salt, pepper and cumin. Let stand for 1 hour.
2 In a separate saucepan, cover the prunes with cold water and add the cinnamon. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 -30 minutes depending on dryness of prunes.
3 Steam the onions in the casserole with the turmeric, saffron, ginger, salt, pepper and ¼ cup of water for 15 minutes.
4 Meanwhile brown the almonds in a saucepan with oil and drain onto paper towels.
5 Using the same oil and pan, brown chicken on all sides then transfer to the steamed onions and add 1 cup water. (this can be transferred into the tagine at this point and placed in oven ). Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
6 Add the cooked prunes and some of the prune water to the tagine and continue cooking until the chicken and prunes are really tender.
7 To serve, place chicken pieces on a serving dish (or simply leave in the tagine). Cover with prunes and sauce, then sprinkle with almonds and sesame seeds (if desired).
So, we went from that gastronomique extrodinaire to this...
Fish and chips from the corner takeaway! Sometimes you just gotta kick back and let someone else do the work!
Next month is New Zealand Music Month so stand by to be astounded and amazed by the wonderful weird and whacky stuff that passes for music down here. In the meantime, try this...
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Oh yes, it has been a weekend for surprises and no mistake! See this photo of Gretel, happily munching on grass and wearing a cute pink harness?
WARNING THE FOLLOWING MAY MAKE YOU SICK! (or squeamish at the very least)
This morning Gretel had something protruding from her behind, it was about the thickness of my little finger and there was heaps of blood. Hm. The pet shop had mentiioned they might come into heat, I wondered if that had something to do with it at first. But then commonsense took over - I mean, say and do what you like, but it's always a bit odd for things to protrude from one's nether regions and I figured it would be the same for rabbits.
Of course, it's Sunday isn't it so we had to head off with haste to an emergency vet.
I told the vet that it appeared that Gretel had been bitten by her sister, Daisy. He still looked very puzzled. Has Gretel ever had any surgery? No, she hasn't.
And then he looked at my and said those 3 little words I hadn't expected to hear.
"Gretel's a boy".
$350 bucks later it seems that Daisy had bitten and grabbed one of the other rabbits testicles! which was what was hanging out...Gretel has now been "fixed" and has recovered from surgery faster than my wallet will. And has been renamed..... Hansel (of course).
The jury is still out on if Daisy is in drag or not as well.
Bring on Monday, I almost welcome you!!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Farmer Pyjama had a lama
He also had a duck
He had some sheep with snowy white wool
And pigs that rolled in muck
Farmer Pyjama had a cow
He also had a hen
He had some geese and a parrot too
Just now and then.
Monday, April 06, 2009
Another give away for Autumn is of course the trees, I love this yellow one. It is in the park just 10 minutes walk from our place (ok, 20 mins if you're in heels).
I'm thinking of taking the kids there for a picnic if the weather holds this Easter weekend. I must be soft. My parents made us take picnics regardless of the weather and, I'm certain, sometimes BECAUSE of the weather.
What does Autumn mean to you, what family traditions do you have?
Saturday, April 04, 2009
Thursday, April 02, 2009
I made this salad with the almost-last of our tomatoes. They were late this year but welcome none-the-less and tasted fantastic. I have almost finished darting about the country and it is a welcome treat indeed for home cooked meals, even better with home grown ingredients!
Now the winter vege can do their thing and I have my eye on a rather nicely maturing pumpkin for soup (I roast the pumpkin first then do the soupy thing..it's wonderful) and there is the usual silver beets, potatoes. We even have a few roses in bloom.
It sure is good to be home.