Thursday, June 23, 2011

Honey Lemon Slow Cooker Chicken

 This was good. Will definitely make again.  Very easy! Serve with rice and asparagus. From here.

  • handful of fresh thyme leaves
  • A couple of sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 1 1/2 lemons
  • 2 heads of garlic peeled and and separated into cloves
  • 2 medium onions
  • sea salt
  • fresh pepper
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1/4 cup of chicken stock
For the sauce:
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup of cold water
  1.  Rinse and dry your chicken.  Rub the chicken with olive oil and season with sea salt and fresh pepper.   Get a fry pan, drizzle with some more olive oil and let it get really hot (somewhere between medium and high).  Fry chicken on both sides to get a nice golden colour all over the chicken. 
  2. Put half an onion inside the cavity of the chicken as well as half a lemon and 6 garlic cloves whole.
  3. Cut up an onion on the thicker side as well as one lemon.  Take a whole head of garlic and remove the skin but leave the garlic whole.  Get a handful of fresh thyme.  
  4. Put the sliced onion on the bottom of the crock pot.  Add the chicken to the crock pot breast side up.  Sprinkle the chicken with the thyme.  Cover the chicken with more onion slices, lemon slices and garlic.  
  5. Finally, pour 1/4 cup of honey all over the top of the chicken and 1/4 of chicken stock to the bottom of the crock pot.  Cook  on high for 1 hour then turn to low for 4-5 more hours.  When there is one hour of cooking left add rosemary to the crock pot-just throw it in there.
  6. When chicken is done strain the juice into a pot and add a mixture of 2 tbsp of cornstarch with 1/4 of cold water.  Bring the strained juices to a boil and add the cornstarch a bit at a time until your desired thickness.  Pour this over the chicken before serving. 

Monday, June 6, 2011


Here is my go to recipe for crepes:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 large egg
3 Tbsp. sugar
1 cup milk

Banana Bread/Cake

This will definitely be my go to recipe for banana cake from now on.  It's simple, moist, and very tasty.  Awesome.  From here.

Serves 1 x 20cm round cake or 1 x 30cm oblong fluted cake
The recipe can easily be doubled and baked in a 24cm round cake tin.

  • 125 grams unsalted butter, softened
  • 125 grams sugar
  • 2 medium bananas, very ripe
  • 2 eggs (about 60g each)
  • 125 grams plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  •  icing sugar, nutella, or whipped cream for serving

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F.  Line a 20cm round cake tin with baking paper. 
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy and the sugar has dissolved.  Cut the bananas into a few pieces and add to the butter and sugar and beat until the banana is fully incorporated into the batter.  Add the eggs and beat well.
  3. Sift together the flour and baking powder and add to the batter, beating until the batter is light and fluffy.  Scoop the batter into the prepared cake tin and level the top.
  4. Bake at 180°C/350°F for about 45 minutes or until golden and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.  When cooked, remove the cake from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack.  When cool, remove carefully from the tin.
  5. Dust with icing sugar to serve. Or serve with whipped cream or nutella

Burger Patty Melts & Special Sauce

Oh man, awesome. Definitely making again. Served this with my Cajun French Fries and some salad (would have been good with corn on the cob too). Burgers from here.  Sauce from here.

Burger Ingredients:
  • 1 pound (~450 g) 85% lean ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion grated
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • butter
  • wholemeal bread
  • slices of cheese
 What you do:
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the meat, grated onion, egg, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Form into 6 thin patties.
  2. Heat a bit of olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the patties for about 3 minutes per side, or until browned. Remove from the pan and place on paper towels to drain. Set aside. Drain the grease from the skillet.
  3. Spread the butter on one side of each slice of bread. Place butter side down in the skillet. Top each with a slice of cheese and a burger patty. Top with the remaining cheese, if desired, and a final slice of bread, butter side up.
  4. Cook for about 2 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Remove from the heat and serve with special sauce (recipe below).
Burger Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • small squirt of mustard 
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

*Mix all sauce ingredients together. set aside.