Sunday, July 26, 2015


I salted and peppered the chicken, brushed it with olive oil and put it on the BBQ.  The new potatoes were boiled and finished with butter and salt. The broccoli was steamed, cooled under running water and reheated in olive oil. I drizzled a bit of lemon juice over the meat and broccoli on the plate. This perked it up and I didn't miss exotic seasoning on the chicken. The only innovation is a Roma tomato cut in half, seasoned with salt and black pepper, topped with grated parmesan and cooked on the top rack in the BBQ. I knew that thing had to have a purpose!

The chicken was delicious but the tomatoes were the star. I liked the broccoli and tatters too!


I pulled the bones out, successfully this time, Fern didn't get any. Seasoned with salt and pepper then fried in olive oil.  Boiled new potatoes with butter. The vegetables are an onion chopped and sweated with a stick of celery. The frozen green peas were done in the microwave and added just before plating. 

Greek salad was cucumber, tomato, sweet onion, black olives and feta cheese.  Dress with olive and canola oil and lemon juice.

It looks a bit messy but it tasted great.

Salisbury Steak

Ground beef, the only beef, save tenderloin, that Fern likes to eat. I salted and lightly peppered the meat, formed it into patties and put it on the BBQ.  I put a packet of Bovril beef stock into the rice and put it in the microwave. It worked fine with the sauce.  The broccoli was steamed, cooled and reheated in olive oil.

I sweated an onion and got a light sear on the sliced crimini mushrooms before adding several red and yellow tomatoes from the garden. I didn't add any thickener but it cooked down and didn't need it. The yellow tomatoes were a bit too sweet for the beef. I'd use them on pork next time. For a simple meal it was awfully good.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Cajun Chicken

Salt and season two chicken breasts with Cajun Spice mix. Brush with olive oil and put on the BBQ for 25 minutes, turning several times. Plain white rice with salt, olive oil and a few drops rice vinegar. I put soy sauce on my rice after plating. 

Same old Greek Salad.

4 inches cucumber
big handful tomatoes
slice of sweet onion diced
black olives
feta cheese
black pepper
olive/canola oil
white wine vinegar

Toss and serve.

Pork Souvlaki with Greek Salad

Souvlaki's from Mitchell's. Brush with olive oil and put on the BBQ. About 15 minutes, turning several times. Basmati rice with salt, olive oil and a few drops vinegar or lemon. I put soy sauce on my rice because Fern prefers plain white rice, so I have to spice mine up on the plate.

Greek Salad

4 inches of cucumber
big handful of tomatoes
fresh chives
black olives
feta cheese
olive oil
lemon juice

Chop it up, toss and serve. Almost no heat generated in the kitchen with this meal.

Cajun Chicken on Caesar Salad

First I lightly toasted two slices of alpine bread, then diced them up into croutons. Salt and olive oil in a frying pan and toss the croutons with more oil to give them a little more colour and that cooked olive oil flavour.  Take an egg yolk and slowly whisk in a bit under half a cup of olive/canola oil. (about 3/4 olive, 1/4 canola - The canola cuts down the bitter after taste in the olive oil ) When the oil is all emulsified, add salt, black pepper, Worcestershire Sauce, 2 cloves garlic and the juice of half a lemon.  Toss the salad in the dressing, add some croutons and parmesan cheese. Toss, add the remainder croutons and parmesan. Toss and serve.

The chicken was salted, coated with cajun seasoning, brushed with olive oil and cooked on the BBQ for 25 minutes over medium heat. A few drops of lemon juice on the plated chicken brings out the flavour. 

Prawns and Penne Pasta

This is such and easy meal if prawns were cheaper we'd have it more often.  About 6 prawns each. Put penne pasta on to cook in salted water. Sweat an onion and some fresh garlic. Add the prawns and get them pink on both sides then remove them from the pan.  Add a can of tomato sauce and boil off some of it's water. Add the prawns back in. Add a handful of chopped fresh basil.  I used too much so don't over do it. Add the cooked pasta to the pan and serve. Fresh grated parmesan on top. It's easy and always good. The over abundance of basil made it a bit too perfumy, so I'll be more reserved next time.