Carrot Chicken and Peanut Lettuce Wraps

Carrot Chicken and Peanut Lettuce Wraps

I have a thing for food pairings and I’m always on the lookout for new ideas. For this post I consulted my beloved The Flavour Thesaurus by Niki Segnit and a flavour pairing that grabbed my attention was the combination of carrots with salted peanuts. Continue reading

I didn’t want to make a simple salad out of it so I decided to make some lettuce wraps instead. In my lettuce wraps I also added some of the leftover chicken I had, and some coriander. The recipe in the book is taken from Nigella Lawson’s “The Rainbow Room’s Carrot and Peanut Salad”. The recipe calls for a generous amount of vinegar, which will cut through the oiliness of the peanuts. The vinegar will add a quality to the dish one can associate with some Asian salads. This super easy recipe is within everyone’s reach and the ingredients used are easily found all year round. I served this as an aperitif between friends and it was quickly put together went down perfectly with a little white wine.

 

 

 

Carrot Chicken and Peanut Lettuce Wraps

Recipe for 10 pieces

Prep time: 10-15 min

Cook time: –

 

Ingredients:

120 cooked chicken

10 baby lettuce leaves

2 tbsp. red wine vinegar

2 tbsp. rapeseed oil

2 carrots (not too large)

3-4 tbsp. salted peanuts

2 generous tbsp. chopped coriander leaves

Salt and pepper

 

Recipe:

Peel the carrots and grate them using a small holed grater. Place them in a bowl. Finely chop the coriander leaves, add them to the carrots and mix.

Using a fork shred the cooked chicken meat.

In a small bowl combine the red wine vinegar, the rapeseed oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Roughly chop the peanuts.

Take the lettuce leaves and start by evenly distributing the carrots, followed by the chicken and finally the peanuts. Place the lettuce wraps on a serving plate and drizzle with the dressing.

 

Zurich Style Chicken Strips

Zurich Style Chicken StripsOur honeymoon is approaching but we haven’t chosen the destination yet. Will it be France and the castles of the Loire Valley or Scotland? Well, if someone wants to weigh in, opinions are more than welcome! Continue reading

While doing the groceries since I found some Swiss, fresh, organic button mushrooms so I thought I would give the “Zurich Geschnetzeltes” a try, but instead of using veal meat I used chicken. This meat with its creamy mushroom sauce is usually served with “Roesti” but a potato mash or some tagliatelle will be fine too. I took the recipe from the Swiss Cooking book I have from Alfred Haefeli.

Zurich Style Chicken Strips

 

Zurich Style Chicken Strips

Recipe for 4

Prep time: 15 min

Cook time: 15-20 mi

 

Ingredients:

2-3 tbsp. roasting butter

500 g chicken breasts

A large pinch flour

1 small onion, diced

200 g mushrooms (I used the chestnut kind)

1 tsp. lemon juice

1 dl white wine

1 dl vegetable stock

2 dl cream

1 tsp. cornstarch

1 bunch parsley

 

Recipe:

Finely chop the onion and the parsley, slice the mushrooms into ½ cm thick pieces and set all aside.

Cut the chicken breasts into 1.5-2 cm thick strips and season it with salt and pepper.

Over a high heat melt the butter in a pan and sear the chicken. Dust it with the flour, toss and set aside in a warm place.

Using the same pan, lower the fire, add more butter if needed and roast the onions and mushrooms for about 5 minutes tossing a couple of times. Add the lemon juice and the white wine and let it reduce to half of its volume.

In a bowl place the cornstarch, add a little cream and mix. Add the rest of the cream and the vegetable stock and then pour into the pan with the mushrooms and onions. Simmer until the sauce has thickened and add the chicken. Cook for another 2-3, add salt and pepper to taste and before serving sprinkle with the parsley.

Traditionally this dish is served with Roesti.

A Thought for My Dad & Peanut Crusted Chicken with Salsa

Peanut Crusted Chicken with SalsaAfter some time I have posted a recipe with some meat. As time goes by, I find myself eating less and less meat. The only things I really still enjoy are chicken and spare ribs. I guess it’s eating with my fingers what I truly enjoy. In this recipe I have tried to combine flavours that all go well together according to The Flavour Thesaurus (from Niki Segnit) book: chicken, peanuts, tomato, coriander leaves, chilli and lime. This is the cookbook I have been using the most, I find it inspiring and even when I’m not looking for a recipe I browse through the ingredients for the fun of it. Continue reading

 

After hesitating I decided to write something more personal than usual. Today is a sad anniversary for me and I’m finding it difficult to concentrate. Exactly seventeen years ago my father died and with my wedding coming up, I am finding this anniversary more difficult than usual. On this occasion I wanted to share a picture of the two of us back in 1997:

My Dad and II so wish that on my wedding I could turn around and see him sitting next to my mother, looking at me the way he used to. Tomorrow I will certainly feel better and anyway this is life. I felt like sharing this event because I wish everyone could have known what a great person he was. I really miss him but I am also really thankful to have had him in my life, no matter how long it lasted. Thank you Dad.

 

 

Peanut Crusted Chicken with Salsa

 

Recipe for 4 as an appetiser or 2 as a meal

Prep time: 15-20 min

Cook time: 12-15 min

 

 

Ingredients

Chicken:

240g chicken breast

70 g peanuts

2 generous tbsp. breadcrumbs

1 egg (beaten)

Salt and pepper

Zest of 1 lime

1 lime

 

Salsa:

200 g meaty tomatoes

1 tbsp. chopped coriander leaves

1 large tbsp. chopped spring onion

½-1 tsp. sugar

1 finely chopped red chilli

Salt

 

 

Recipe:

 

Heat oven at 190°C.

Cut the tomato(es) into small pieces and then finely chop them. Place them in a small holed strainer and season them with salt. Place the strainer in a bowl and leave aside.

Coarsely process the peanuts and place them in a bowl with the breadcrumbs and lime zest.

In another bowl place the beaten egg.

Cut the chicken into about 4 cm pieces and season it generously with salt and pepper. Dip the each piece in the beaten egg first and then evenly coat with the peanut and breadcrumb mix. Place the pieces on a parchment lined baking tray and cook for 12-15 min in the oven.

Meanwhile prepare the salsa by mixing the tomatoes in a bowl along with the coriander leaves, spring onion, sugar, red chilli and salt.

Once the chicken is ready place it in a serving plate with the salsa on the side.

Cut the lime into wedges and place them on top of the chicken for each to drizzle according to their taste.

Chicken & Blue Cheese Salad

Chicken & Blue Cheese SaladI don’t know about you but the transition from winter to spring is always a challenge for me. Between mood and energy swings, I never know how the day will turn out. One solution I found to help me was to simplify everything, even my cooking. This is why I made this straightforward chicken and blue cheese salad with celery. Using leftover chicken, I found this recipe to be versatile as I can spread it on a sandwich for a quick lunch or serve it on toasts for an aperitif or eat it the way it is with some green salad. It’s a refreshing recipe, which is ready in no time; it’s creamy but with a crunch coming from the celery.

Chicken & Blue Cheese Salad

 

Chicken & Blue Cheese Salad

 

Recipe for 4

Prep time: 10-15 min

 

Ingredients:

280 g cooked chicken

140 g celery stalks

100 g mascarpone

100 g Gorgonzola

80 g sour cream

3-4 tbsp. chopped chives

1 tbsp. walnut oil

Pepper

Either 4 buns or some sliced bread

 

Recipe:

Cut the chicken into thin strips and finely slice the celery.

In a bowl mix together the mascarpone, Gorgonzola and sour cream. To it, add the chicken celery, walnuts, chives pepper. Mix all together and either use it for an aperitif on some bread or as a flavourful sandwich filling.

Crispy Oven Polenta Chicken

Crispy Oven Polenta Chicken Relaxed food without the need of cutlery is sociable and fun. This is exactly what I did with on my weekly lunch with my mother. With the wedding coming up and two families colliding, there’s much to talk about and a nice meal does help reducing the stress. I found some great looking organic chicken thighs. Continue reading

Like mother like daughter…. Both of us love crispy food so a nice crust made with polenta, was a great match. Using the ingredients I had at hand, I adapted my version from the recipe I found on the foodandwine.com.

Crispy Oven Polenta Chicken

 

Crispy Oven Polenta Chicken

 

Recipe for 8 pieces (1-2 pieces p.p)

Prep time: 10-15 min

Cook time: 45-55 min

 

Ingredients:

8 chicken thighs

Juice of 1 lemon

6 tbsp. fine grain polenta flour

3 tbsp. flour

1 tbsp. finely chopped rosemary leaves

1 dl milk

Salt and pepper

2 tbsp. olive oil

 

Recipe

Start by drizzling the lemon juice over the chicken. Leave for 15-30 minutes to marinate.

Meanwhile heat your oven at 180°C.

In a bowl pour the milk, in another one mix the fine polenta flour, plain flour and the chopped rosemary leaves.

Dry the meat with some kitchen paper then season generously it with salt and pepper.

Dip one chicken thigh first in the milk then evenly coat with the polenta flour mixture.

Heat half of the olive oil in a pan on a medium-high fire and place half of the chicken to brown on both sides for about 4-5 min per side. Once done set aside. Repeat with the second batch.

Line a baking try with aluminium foil and place a rack on top. Place the chicken pieces on top and cook in the lower part of the oven for 35-45 minutes. If juices of the chicken run clear when pierced, you’re ready to take them out. Serve either warm or at room temperature. Serve with lemon wedges on the side.

 

Chicken Sauerkraut Spring Rolls with a Mustardy Dip

Chicken Sauerkraut Springrolls with Mustardy Dip 11.2In the past couple of weeks we’ve had maybe a couple of days of sun and frankly I’m starting to go a little crazy, fortunately I can spend some time in the kitchen and this helps pulling my spirits up. Continue reading

Last week, during one of my lunches with my mother, we made these spring rolls. I was lucky to be able to do this with her since a couple days later she came down with pneumonia. Fortunately she isn’t in the hospital and now she’s on the track of recovery. We had a nice moment together and enjoyed the result of our work.

I adapted this recipe from, once again, Betty Bossi’s Swiss Cookbook. The original recipe called for cheese instead of chicken and the dip was a combination of crème fraiche and the premade sweet chilli sauce. So, except for the idea, I went ahead .did it according to my taste and was really satisfied with the result. It takes a little time to prepare these spring rolls but it’s a fun activity and I loved the taste.

Chicken Sauerkraut Spring rolls with Mustardy Dip

 

Chicken Sauerkraut Spring Rolls with a Mustardy Dip

 

Recipe for 12 Spring Rolls

Prep time: 30-35 min

Cook time: 18-20 min

 

Ingredients

For the spring rolls:

240 g chicken breast(s)

250 g cooked sauerkraut

4 sheets filo pasty

50-60 g melted butter

1 tbsp. rapeseed oil

salt and pepper

For the dip:

100 g sour cream

2 tsp. mustard

1 tsp. honey

2 tbsp. chopped spring onions

 

Recipe

Cut the chicken into thin strips and season with salt and pepper. Heat one tbsp. rapeseed oil and add the chicken to brown for 4-5 min. Once done remove from the pan and set aside.

Heat oven at 200°C.

Take the sauerkraut place it in a tea towel, fold it and press out excess moisture.

Take one sheet of filo pastry and brush it with butter, take a second sheet of filo pastry and place it on top of the first one so that they stick together. Cut the double filo sheets in half lengthwise and then divide each half into three equal parts.

Take one of the cut pieces of filo pastry; add about one tbsp. of the chicken strips and one tbsp. of the sauerkraut. Take two opposing corners and fold them towards the centre. Take the corner that is nearest to you and fold that too; now roll the spring roll towards the last corner. Place the spring roll (join side down) on a baking tray lined with wax paper. Repeat with the rest of the other filo pastry squares. Restart the procedure with the second set of filo pastry.

Quite generously brush the spring rolls with melted butter and cook in the oven for about 15 min.

Meanwhile prepare the dip by mixing all the ingredients together. Serve with the spring rolls still warm from the oven.

Baked Polenta with Chicken in a Tomato Sauce


Baked Polenta with Chicken in a Tomato Sauce Polenta is something sentimental to me.

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When I was a child in the eighties, when we were expecting guests at home I still see myself jumping between the kitchen where my mother was preparing either a stew or some other meat, and the fireplace where my father would prepare the polenta the way it was made in more remote times. He would stay there for at least an hour, constantly stirring and adding milk and stirring again. In the mean time I would prepare them little love notes, which I would slip on the kitchen counter for my mother or under the milk carton for my father. While I made this recipe I remembered such times and it brought me back to those times. Polenta is a poor man’s food and yet it’s something which can easily be served for a dinner party as it’s so simple and it can be dressed up for so many occasions.

 

Baked Polenta with Chicken in a Tomato Sauce

 

Baked Polenta with Chicken in a Tomato Sauce

Recipe for 4

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 35-40 min

 

Ingredients:

250 g instant polenta

1.2 l stock

480 g chicken tenderloins (alternatively use chicken breast cut into 16 chunks)

1-2 tbsp. olive oil

1-2 tbsp. butter

2 heaped tbsp. chopped sage leaves

1 can chopped tomatoes

1 red onion

2 pressed garlic cloves

160 g grated cheese

0.8 dl cream

salt and pepper

 

Recipe:

Heat oven at 220°C.

Place the stock in a pan and bring to a boil. Once it’s simmering sprinkle in the polenta and cook for 8-10 min while constantly stirring. Towards the end add the cream, stir until combined and remove from heat. Add 120 g of the grated cheese, stir to combine in the polenta and add pepper to taste. Pour the prepared polenta in a greased baking dish.

Pat dry the chicken and season it with salt and pepper. Heat 1-2 tbsp. olive oil on high heat in a pan and sear the chicken on both sides. Remove the chicken from the pan, reduce fire and add 1-2 tbsp. butter with the onions, garlic and sage and fry for 4-5 min. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for 8-10 until slightly reduced. Add back the chicken to the pan, toss and place on top of the polenta.

Sprinkle the rest of the grated cheese and bake in the oven for 15 min.

Chicken, Butternut and Chestnut Pan Fry

Chicken Butternut and Chestnut Pan Fry
That’s it; autumn has officially started a couple of days ago. Continue reading

Today I noticed that even the cows have come down from the alps for the cold  and grassless months to come. By the way, don’t you like it when colours start shifting, evenings get a little colder and it’s time to restart taking advantage of the fireplace (if you have one)? I love this; it’s such a cosy time of the year. To celebrate the beginning of this new season, I wanted to make a recipe that contained some of the autumn staples; in this case they are butternut squash and chestnuts. To make this recipe I went to check on Niki Segnit’s The Flavour Thesaurus and, although I already know the book pretty well by now, I found that rosemary worked well with the butternut squash and the chestnuts. I had this dish with some fresh bread but you can accompany it with either potatoes, spaetzle or pasta…

Chicken Butternut and Chestnut Pan Fry

Chicken, Butternut and Chestnut Pan Fry

 

Recipe for 4

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 25 min

 

 

Ingredients:

4 chicken breasts

1 onion

500 g butternut squash cut into 2-3 cm chunks

120 g cooked chestnuts

1 tbsp. chopped rosemary leaves

4 dl chicken or vegetable stock

1,2 dl cream

3-4 tbsp. rapeseed oil

Cayenne pepper

Salt and pepper

 

Recipe:

Cut the chicken into regular chunks of 2-3 cm pieces and season them with salt and pepper. Heat 1-2 tbsp. oil in a pan; add the chicken to brown on all sides on a medium-high fire. Once done, remove from the pan and set aside.

Chop the onion and using the same pan cook with 1-2 tbsp. oil on a low-medium heat until translucent, about 5-7 min. Raise the heat a little, add the pumpkin, season with a little salt pepper and brown on all sides.

Add back the chicken with the rosemary, the cayenne pepper (up to taste) and the chestnuts, cook further for another minute or so and then add the stock. Let it reduce to about half stirring form time to time.

Pour in the cream and stir to combine with the reduced stock. Cook for another 1-2 minutes, correct taste with salt and/or pepper if needed and serve.

 

 

Cheesy Chicken Skewers with Honeyed Carrot Salad

Cheesy Chicken Skewers with Honeyed Carrot SaladAfter a pretty busy weekend where I had visits, I attended the enogastronomic walk and on Sunday I had the summer party organised by my boyfriend’s political party; it’s nice to be back into a more calm routine. Continue reading

Yesterday I had my weekly lunch with my mother and usually I make something vegetarian since we both like it but this time I wanted to make something a little different and so I came up with these mince chicken skewers and this honeyed carrot salad. With the chicken I paired some Emmentaler cheese that has a relatively sweet taste and its flavour goes well with the chicken meat and the honeyed carrot salad.

Cheesy Chicken Skewers with Honeyed Carrot Salad

 

Cheesy Chicken Skewers with Honeyed Carrot Salad

Recipe for 4

Prep time: 20 min

Cook time: 10-12 min

 

Ingredients

For the chicken:

600 g chicken minced meat

2 tbsp. breadcrumbs

2 tbsp. thyme leaves

1 tsp. mustard powder

optional: cayenne pepper

4 tbsp. grated Emmentaler cheese

1 large spring onion – only the bulb

salt and pepper

2 tbsp. olive oil

 

For the carrot salad:

3 tbsp. olive oil

1.5 tbsp. cider vinegar

1 tbsp. runny honey

salt and pepper

1 tbsp chopped parsley

3 grated carrots – not too large ones

1 finely chopped spring onion (white part only)

 

Recipe:

For the carrot salad, in a bowl combine the olive oil, cider vinegar, honey, salt and pepper. Mix well and add the carrots and parsley. Toss and leave to macerate.

Meanwhile in another bowl mix the minced chicken, breadcrumbs, thyme, mustard powder, grated cheese, salt, pepper and optionally the cayenne pepper. Finely chop the spring onion and add it to the rest of the mix. Blend all together and divide the mass into 8 equal parts. Take one part and with your hands form sausage like shapes; repeat with the rest of the meat. Insert a wooden skewer stick into each “sausage”.

Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil and place the skewers to colour on all sides and allow them to cook through for 10-12 minutes.

Serve the salad with the skewers and some crusty bread.

Carpaccio Style Chicken and Bell Pepper Salad

Carpaccio Style Chicken and Bell Pepper Salad I just wanted to begin by saying that this is my 100th post! Continue reading

It’s been a while since I last made a Carpaccio so this week I felt the timing was good: it’s getting warmer and this type of dish goes well with the weather. I chose these ingredients because they remind me of Spain. Despite the fact that I love Spanish food, we have recently decided we’ll spend our summer holiday there. First stop will be in Barcelona and then we’ll travel down to Marbella. Like most of the time the first part of the holiday is about cultural visits and the second one is about exposing our pale legs to the sun (and mine in the bars at night).

This is a simple recipe; the only lengthy part is the cooking of the bell pepper. To save some time, the pepper can be made the day ahead so that the rest of the recipe is ready in no time.

Carpaccio Style Chicken and Bell Pepper Salad Carpaccio Style Chicken and Bell Pepper Salad Carpaccio Style Chicken and Bell Pepper Salad

 

Carpaccio Style Chicken and Bell Pepper Salad

 

Recipe for 4

Prep time: 30 min

Cook time: 40 min

Ingredients

 

4 chicken breasts

4 Red Bell Peppers

2 tbsp dry roasted slivered almonds

1-1,5 tsp paprika (sweet or spicy or a combination of the two)

½ tsp granulated garlic

Lemon juice

Salt and Pepper

4 tbsp olive oil + 2 tbsp for frying the chicken

2 tbsp sherry vinegar

1-2 spring onions

2 tbsp chopped parsley

 

Recipe:

Heat oven at 200°C.

On a baking tray lined with tin foil and then with baking paper place the bell peppers. Cook in the oven for about 40 min turning the vegetables after 20 min.

Meanwhile take the chicken breasts dry them with a piece of kitchen paper and rub them with the paprika and granulated garlic, add the lemon juice, cover and set aside for 15-20 min.

Prepare the dressing with the 2 tbsp olive oil, the tbsp of sherry vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. Thinly slice the spring onion. Set all aside.

Take the chicken breasts, tap them dry with kitchen paper, add salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a pan and place the chicken on a high heat to sear on both sides. If you have an oven proof pan, after searing the meat place it in the oven until cooked though (for about 4 min), if not, continue cooking on the stove at a lower heat until done. Remove the meat from the pan and set aside.

Once the bell peppers are done remove the stem (with the seeds) and the skin and cut them into pieces of about 3-4 cm per side. Cut the chicken at an angle making slices that are around 4mm thick.

On each serving plate, place in a round shape alternating between two slices of chicken and one of bell pepper. Now sprinkle on the slivered almonds, spring onions and parsley. Finish by drizzling the dressing on top.