Why is this last two weeks leading up to that special day on the 25th December so ridiculously busy! Has everyone I know gone mad? It doesn’t seem to matter how organised you are there just seems to be tooooo much to do.
Everywhere I go from the photography studios, chatting with clients or friends – waiting in a queue at the supermarket, dropping my kids at school ……everyone seems to need a selection of delicious, quick recipes that are made in a wink! So here are a little selection of my favourites that will allow you to eat well with the family or a little last minute entertaining and maybe take a little pressure out of your day? Read the rest of this entry →
A crisp yet succulent golden roasted ‘stuffed’ chicken is my favourite bit of Christmas lunch (or yes you could also choose turkey).
The stuffing must be tender, moist and beautifully flavoured and can be placed into the cavity, rolled into small foil parcels or gently pushed in over the breast – underneath the skin. It sounds easy and yes it is once you know the golden tips….. a little tender loving care and plenty of flavoursome bits added to the basic mixture produces a stuffing with a difference!
But first you need to start with a good chicken – buy the best you can – I mean a free range, if not organic bird or you might like it to be corn fed chicken as well. Also produced ‘chemically free’ makes a world of difference to the flavour and texture (yes sadly standard chicken is washed in a chlorine solution). Your specialty poultry shop and even the supermarket will have a selection: chat with the poultry man, the butcher or read the label at the supermarket – the quality in the first instance is really important. Read the rest of this entry →