Mediterranean chicken and pepper bake

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breast, boned and skinned
  • 1 large green and 1 large red pepper, cored and seeded
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 clove of garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano
  • 150 ml strong chicken stock
  • 300 ml double cream
  • grated zest of half a lemon
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 75 g parmesan cheese, grated

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 160 C/ 300F/ Gas 2
  2. Thinly slice peppers and onion. Heat 2 tbsp of the olive oil in a frying-pan and cook the peppers for 5 minutes, until softened. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes to soften. Remove from the pan.
  3. Add remaining olive oil to the pan and heat. Cut chicken into 205 cm/1 in pieces and add to pan. Cook for 5 minutes, until browned. Gradually stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes. Add the herbs and stock. Bring to the boil.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Arrange a layer of peppers and onions in the bottom of a large ovenproof dish.Top with the chicken and peppers.
  6. Stir  the cream, lemon zest, egg yolks, salt, pepper and nutmeg together in a bowl and pour over the meat. Sprinkle with the cheese. Bake in the oven for 35 mins. Remove from the heat and serve with mix salad, rice or mashed potatoes.

Gravlax – Smoked salmon with sweet mustard sauce

serve 6

2 lb (900 g) fresh salmon

5 tbsp  sugar

5 tbsp  sea salt

black pepper

7 tbsp  dill leaves

  1. Remove all the bones with a pliers or tweezers.
  2. Cut the salmon in half lengthways.
  3. In a small bowl mix together the sugar, salt and black pepper.
  4. Rub the mixture over the fish.
  5. Place a layer of dill in the bottom of a dish and lay half the salmon, skin side down, on the dill. Cover with more dill and lay the other half the salmon on it skin side up. Coat with the rest of the dill and any of the remaining sugar mixture.
  6. Cover  the dish with cling film and a weighted plate. Leave in the fridge for 3 days (36 hours).
Sauce
  • 2 tbsp  French mustard
  • 1 tbsp  clear honey
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp  white wine vinegar
  • 6 tbsp (90ml) olive oil
  • 2 tbsp  chopped dill leaves
  • salt and black pepper
  1. Make the sauce by putting all the ingredients except the oil and dill in a bowl and beating with a whisk. Slowly beat  in the oil and then add chopped dill.
  2. Scrape the marinade off salmon. Slice the fresh away from the skin, across the grain, and serve with the sauce and a nice bread.

Curiosity : During the Middle Ages, gravlax was made by fishermen, who salted the salmon and lightly fermented it by burying in the sand above the high-tide line. The word gravlax come from Scandinavian word “grav”, which literally means “grave”  or “to dig” ( in Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch and Estonian), and  “lax”(or laks), which means “salmon”, thus gravlax means “buried salmon”

My third day on diet and I make the ” Exotic quinoa salad again and I will make several times more because is so easy to make, full of nutrients and delicious, enjoy…

 

Exotic quinoa salad by katyarichkitchen

 serves 4

For the salad

For the dressing

  1.  Rinse quinoa several times until water is transparent.
  2.  Put the  water in a saucepan, add 1 tsp of cumin powder, a bit  of salt , quinoa, bring to the boil then reduce the heat, cover it and simmer for abound 10-15 ms, or until cooked. Remove from the heat, strain all the liquids and reserve.
  3.  Meanwhile, cut the red and green pepper, cucumber and tomatoes into small cubes.
  4.  Chopped the onions and fresh mint.
  5.  Place all the ingredients in bowl, and the reserved quinoa.
  6.  Whisk in the oil with juice of 1 lemon, salt and pepper to taste. Add the dressing to the salad and toss to coat and chill before serving decorated with watercress.

Tip: to serve as main course, add a canned tuna drained and flake, or serve with a grilled turkey or chicken breast.

Espetinho de frango aromático com abóbora

Ingredientes

3 peito de frango cortados em cubos

1 colher de sopa de gengibre ralado

2 pimentas vermelhas sem semente bem picada

2 colheres de óleo

1 colher de azeite de oliva

casca de um limão ralada

suco de um limão

5 raminhos de lemongrass conhecido como capim-limão seco (capim –cidreira)

 é  uma erva aromática muito utilizado na culinária asiática e também para fazer curry, tem uma leve fragância de limão, caso no encontre, substituir por 1 ou 2 ramas de alecrim, ou tomilho.

1k de abóbora sem casca ou moranga cortada em cubos pequenos

2 colheres de café de 5-spice powder (é uma mistura de 5 condimentos muito utilizado em pratos chineses, os condimentos são: pimenta negra em grão, anis estrelado, semente de erva doce, canela em pó e cravo tudo bem moído), caso não encontre os condimentos, substitua por pimenta em grão moída, pimenta calabresa ou pimenta cayenne e sal.

Rúcula ou agrião

Sal e pimenta a gosto

Modo de preparo

1- Bater no liquidificador o gengibre ralado, pimenta vermelha, lemongrass(capim-cidreira) ou alecrim, 1 colher de óleo, suco e casca do limão ralado.

2- Colocar esta mistura sobre o peito de frango em cubos e reservar na geladeira por no mínimo duas horas.

3- Aquecer o forno a 200ºC

4- Colocar numa assadeira a moranga em cubos e misturar o condimento 5-spice powder chinesa ou a pimenta em grão moída, a pimenta calabresa ou cayenne e sal com um pouco de azeite de oliva.

5- Assar em forno a temperatura média de 20 a 30 mins, mexendo de vez em quando.

6- Repartir o frango em 4 espetinhos pincelar com óleo e assar de 25 a 30 mins.

7- Colocar um espetinho em casa prato com a moranga e as folhas de rúcula.

Lemongrass (capim-cidreira), na medicina popular, suas folhas utilizadas em infusão, tem propriedades anti-depressivas, calmantes, analgésica, digestiva entre outras.

P.s. se utilizar espetinho de metal passar óleo antes de colocar o frango para que não grude no espeto. Caso utilize espetos de madeira, deixar de molho em água por no mínimo 10 mins para que não se queimem no forno.