Kitchen? What kitchen?

As well as landing a job, I found a cute little bachelor suite in North Van. It is furnished, has a separate bathroom and loads of sun – on the rare days when we see sun and the neighbourhood is awesome. Rent is cheap, too. That would mainly be because there is no actual kitchen which has been horrifying to my friends who know how much I love to cook. My ‘kitchen area’ has a bar fridge, microwave, large toaster oven, hotplate and a crockpot. These all come with the place which is furnished. Now, this has not phased me at all because I see it as a challenge for 2014 to see what magic wonders I can produce and to share the outcome right here in the blog.

It will be a bit Julie and Julia……..only from the standpoint of cooking and writing about it rather than trying to emulate someone fab like Jamie or Nigella – tho I do have Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals on the window sill!

I am totally up for the challenge.

On coming here, everything I owned was given away and that makes you realise how much you take your kitchen gadgets and bits and bobs for granted. I don’t even have a potato masher right now, tho I do have some fab collapseable measuring cups. Apparently I can bake with the large countertop toaster oven thingy. I admit to missing having a proper kitchen but hey, why not make it into a fun blog topic?

My early blog posts usually included a recipe, a picture or at least 5 references to food so I am excited to show that wonders can come from an unusual variety of kitchen appliances. The hard thing is not having a freezer. The fridge has a wee one but not big enough for much more than a loaf of bread. Wonder if the boss would mind me using the one at work………

So, watch out as I get adventurous in the ‘kitchen area’ in 2014. If anyone has experience with limited kitchen things, please feel free to share.

Love,
Cinnamon
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See???? I am not kidding about it being an ‘area’. Love it though ♥♥♥♥

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You Gotta Try This…..Seriously!

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Okay, so I haven’t posted many food chats on here recently but just had to share this one. I am a huge foodie and massive fan of Jamie Oliver. I love him!!!!! This dish is beyond fabulous and literally takes 15 minutes to do from start to finish.

GORGEOUS GREEK CHICKEN with Herby Couscous and Tzatziki

Serves 4
Ingredients

For the couscous
1 mug (300g) of couscous
2 mixed-colour peppers
1 fresh red chilli
4 spring onions
½ a bunch of fresh dill
200 g podded raw or frozen peas
1 small handful of black olives (stone in)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
40 g feta cheese
For the chicken
2 x 200 g skinless higher-welfare chicken breasts
1 heaped teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 lemon
olive oil
For the tzatziki
½ a cucumber
250 g fat-free natural yoghurt
½ a lemon
½ a bunch of fresh mint
Method

Ingredients out • Kettle boiled • Large frying pan, medium-high heat • Food processor (bowl blade)

START COOKING
Put 1 mug of couscous and 2 mugs of boiling water into a bowl with a pinch of salt and cover • On a large sheet of greaseproof paper, toss the chicken with salt, pepper, the oregano, allspice and finely grated lemon zest • Fold over the paper, then bash and flatten the chicken to 1.5cm thick with a rolling pin • Put into the frying pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, turning after 3 or 4 minutes, until golden and cooked through

Using a box grater, coarsely grate the cucumber • Sprinkle it with a good pinch of salt, then squeeze and scrunch with clean hands to get rid of the excess salty water • Pop in a bowl with the yoghurt, juice of ½ a lemon and a pinch of pepper, finely chop and add the top leafy half of the mint, then mix together • Remove the stalk and seeds from the peppers and chilli, then pulse in the processor with the trimmed spring onions and the dill until finely chopped • Scatter over a large tray or platter

Add the peas to the veg (if using frozen peas, blanch them in boiling water for a couple of minutes first), destone and tear over the olives, then squeeze over the juice of the zested lemon and add the extra virgin olive oil • Fluff up and scatter over the couscous, toss well and season to taste • Move the cooked chicken to a board, slice it up, then lay it around the couscous • Crumble over the feta and serve with the tzatziki.

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Love Cinnamon