Thursday, 18 July 2013

# 367 Chicken tart

I don't know about you but I wouldn't mind too much if the temperature dropped a little. I'm OK with temperatures of 20 to 25 ºC but higher than that and I begin to wilt in the heat.

Today's recipe is a chicken tart I made the other day to use up some leftover roast chicken. You can serve it warm or cold with a side of salad. This is a very forgiving recipe, the prosciutto can be replaced by chorizo or bacon and why not add some vegetables as well, maybe peas or brocolli florets.

Chicken tart

1 packet of shortcrust pastry
2 cups leftover chicken, shredded
4 slices of prosciutto
1 tub single cream
3 eggs
Pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of salt
1 ball of Mozarella cut into pieces

Roll out the pastry according to the instructions on the packet and line a flutted tart dish leaving any excess pastry hanging over the sides of the tin. Cover the pastry with kitchen foil, spread the baking beans on top and blind bake for 10-15 minutes at 180 ºC. Remove the baking beans and kitchen foil and bake for 5 minutes more, then remove from the oven and allow to cool before adding the filling.

After the pastry has cooled, trim the excess pastry but don't throw it away. Instead blitz it in a food processor with the prosciutto, spread this mixture over the baked pastry and add the shredded chicken.

Mix well a tub of single cream, the eggs, pinch of salt and nutmeg and pour over the meat. Bake in a preheated oven to 180 ºC for about 20 minutes, then distribute the mozarella pieces on top and bake for a further 10 minutes or so until the top of the tart is golden brown and the filling has thickened and is set.

Serve as suggested above or with steamed vegetables.



Thursday, 11 July 2013

# 366 Roast Chicken

I love a good roast, especially when it's chicken. This one on the photo was our Sunday lunch the other day served with white rice and a lettuce salad.

As you can see it was a large bird. When buying a whole chicken I always buy a large one, that way I know I'll have enough meat leftover for a couple of sandwiches and for another meal during the week. I use every bit of meat left, only the carcass goes in the bin.

If you don't want to switch on the oven in this warm weather you can always use chicken drumsticks instead and barbecue them.

 Roast chicken

1 whole chicken
Juice of 1 lemon
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
1 teaspoon ground paprika
Pinch of salt
Drizzle of olive oil

Make a marinade with the ingredients above. Rub the chicken with this mixture.

Carefully lift the skin of the chicken and rub some of the marinade mixture on the breast making sure you don't break the skin too much.

Cook in the oven for 1.30 to 2 hours until the chicken is cooked through.

Serve, as suggested above, with white rice and a lettuce salad.



Wednesday, 10 July 2013

# 365 June photo scavenger hunt

It's time for another photo scavenger hunt and so I'm linking back to Greenthumb's blog Made with Love. If you'd like to join in or just browse through the other entries all you have to do is click on the link.

As usual I'm missing 1 or 2 of the clues. I'm sure I'd get them all if I had looked through the many photos on my computer but I've been making an effort to only use recent photos.

Here we go then, hope you enjoy them :-)

I usually go for a walk along this road, when I turned around because I'd heard a car coming I noticed the 2 signs on either side. 30 + 30 = 60  :-)

Tombstone in the churchyard next to Charleston House.

Front of the Edward Jenner Museum here in Berkeley.

Exhibition of Nailsea Glass at Clevendon Court.

One of the stone lions at the entrance to the Rose Garden in Tyntesfield.

I've been busy preparing the Summer Reading Challenge at the library, the theme is Creepy House and I've making scary stuff using lots of googly eyes.

As I was walking through the churchyard yesterday the bells in the tower started to ring 9 o'clock.

Purple hyacinth at Dyrham Park. I've enjoyed watching Keeping Up Appearances recently on the Yesterday channel.

Rooftops at Dyrham Park.

I just counted how many photos I uploaded and there's only 1 clue missing, so not too bad this time.


Sunday, 7 July 2013

# 364 A canal walk

We're lucky to live only a short drive away from the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal and in the past we've walked along different sections of it but always in the direction of Sharpness. Today, however, we decided to explore in the opposite direction towards Gloucester Docks.


As usual we took a picnic and had it sitting on a bench under the shade of the tree you see in the photo below.

We didn't quite make it to the docks today but we plan on walking all the way there one of these days, maybe when it's not so warm!

Hope you all had a sun filled day.


Friday, 5 July 2013

# 363 Time flies

And just like that a whole week has gone by in a flash and another weekend is upon us.

I've been going for a long brisk walk almost everyday and it's showing :-) These were taken on those walks.

Me and a friend went for an extra long walk to Woodchester Park, this is the boat house which dates back to the 18th century.

Remember this little felow? I saw him again near the same spot, this time perched on a tree by the stream below.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend. If you're in the UK hope you make the most of this fantastic sunny weather but don't forget to look after your skin too.