Here I come with a chicken dish again – but is there anything more suitable for the summer????
It’s a recipe that I had on file for quite a while – but never tried out before – and I’m glad I did. Excellent dish for a warm sunny summer evening like we had for weeks now. Nothing can beat Sweden when offers a summer like this. And as I said before, I love to have sunshine in my dinner plate.
This is a purely leftover dish – had everything at home …. the chicken pieces I had frozen. I had herb marinade too much chicken – last time I had friends over and because I used fresh chicken I was able to freeze what wasn’t used up. I froze in portion of 2 pieces.
One-pan Summer Chicken, serves 4
8 chicken pieces, skin on
800g (1.8lbs) firm potatoes, cut in chunks
1 garlic bulb, broken into cloves – skin left on
30ml (2tbsp) olive oil
200ml chicken stock (used ½ Knorr stock pots)
1 lemon, halved
2 courgettes, cut in thick batons
1 red chilli, deseeded and sliced
large handful basil leaves, torn
(for chilli and basil I of coursed used Findus frozen chopped – can’t beat it)
1. Heat up oven 220C/430F. Pop the chicken, skin side up, in a large roasting tin with the potatoes. Lightly crush the garlic cloves and put in with the chicken pieces. Drizzle over the chicken stock and then season. Squeeze over the lemon juice and pop the halves in the tin.
2. Bake for 40-50 mins, adding the courgettes and chilli 15 mins before the cooking time is up. Remove from the oven when chicken is cooked through and golden, of course make sure the vegetables are tender. Stir through the basil leaves and serve.
Can a dish be more simple??? And only one pan to wash up – that is a big plus for me, because I haven’t got a dishwasher. Great, great dish .. that also seasoned with loads of sunshine – while I was enjoying it on my balcony.
One of the reasons why I love my little apartment so much .. is that the balcony hangs on to the kitchen. Free from carrying the food through the apartment.
“But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief,
That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she.
Be not her maid, since she is envious;
Her vestal livery is but sick and green
And none but fools do wear it; cast it off.
It is my lady, O, it is my love!
Oh, that she knew she were!”
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (balcony scene)
With my balcony in mind have I chosen the cloud from Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet based on William Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet”. Completed by Prokofiev in September 1935, on commission by the Kirov Ballet. I have chosen the “Dance of the Knights”, where the young males from the two families, Montagues and Capulets meet, at a party where Romeo comes uninvited and laid eyes on Juliet for the first time. This piece is also named “Montagues and Capulets”. The tension is between the both families we can hear very clear in this dramatic piece of music.
This ballet I have only seen once – and that was in Monte Carlo at the Salle Garnier -The Opéra de Monte-Carlo and I shared the performance with most members of the Princely family. Monte Carlo has a fantastic ballet ensemble, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. This was in 1974 and I wore my home-made white silk crepe dress, a Oscar de la Renta copy. A truly magical evening and the dress would still turn heads today.
By way to you know that a reigning prince outranks a royal sovereign.???!!!
Monte Carlo Ballet & Vouge Pattern images provided by and thanks to: examiner.com & vintagepatterns.wikia.com