22 January 2014

Return to the village chicken - summer mixer # 2

Back in 2010 I blogged about a childhood favourite, resurrected in my mind by a chance meeting with a Rick Stein recipe book - Sticky chookRecent parlays with family in the UK has once again got me on the chicken train.  Sticky chicken drumsticks are such a winner.  Easy, tasty, kids love them, the list goes on.  The only downside is you get very sticky fingers eating them, but that's hardly a deal-breaker (hell, who am I kidding, for some that would be a deal-maker!).  

So anyhoo, having seen photos of Mark and Cindy's chicken culinary creations, I decided it was time our rotisserie had it's turn too (ha ha, no pun intended, but loving it!).  To give a nod to the season, we had ours with zucchini from the garden and fresh, summery salsa.  For the salsa I combined a small diced red onion, cherry tomatoes, corn (cooked on cob, then stripped), one nectarine chopped into small pieces and mint and basil.  It was kick ass, colourful and smelled great too.  The only thing is that next time I'd look for a way to bind the salsa together a bit more - perhaps a little oil, or balsamic.  Or a mix of those two?  Enjoy, summer mixer numero dos!   

21 January 2014

The best of both worlds - summer mixer # 1

Happy new year, mes amis!  It's been a while since I've blogged anything, but hey - it's summer, and blogging about BBQs, whilst tasty, would become a trifle staidThough hey, trifle - merry Christmas too! 

It's back to work time of the summer now (or it was a couple of weeks ago), so meals have to be simple, and light ('cause it's been bloody hot people!!).  We love fish, and it's perfect for hot nights, especially when time, or energy, is of the essence.  

The other night we had some trevally left over from the night before, but not really enough for another meal for two.  So, out came from prawns from the freezer and I was thinking either panko crumbed, or pop the two into a tasty seafood curry.  Well, step aside boring ol' One-Dish-Fisher, make room for Seafood-Two-Ways-Britton.  Why have only one, when you can have both?  Good idea KB - a prawn green curry, with panko crumbed fish bites as a garnish.  It was brilliant.  Not rocket science, but brilliant all the same.  See - that's how you cook in summer - take the tried and true, and mix it up a bit.  Watch this space for the next summer mixerNom nom nom...