I have a good track record for being absolutely indecisive. Just ask anyone in my family and they will be happy to share that fact. For instance, when I go out shopping and I see something that I like, I can never just decide right then and there if I should get it or not. I have to sit and marinate on that for a long while before I finally make up my mind. This is a constant dilemma for me really. I also I have this problem trying to figure out what to order when we eat out. I literally have to scan the menu several times before I decide on my entrée.
Yeah I know, it can get very exhausting and extremely frustrating. This is why I appreciate my family for being so patient with me. Even though I sometimes catch them rolling their eyes whenever they think I’m not looking. But that’s ok. I know they still love me no matter what right? Right.
The other day after defrosting some chicken from the freezer, I planned on stir frying that with some vegetables which was going to be really fast and easy. Then out of the blue I changed my game plan and made grilled lemon chicken and cheesy potato gratin. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to photograph a slice of the gratin. We got carried away during dinner and just clean the entire dish.
Easy Grilled Lemon Chicken
4 Skinless boneless chicken thighs
Salt & Pepper
1 tablespoon butter
1 small clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon lemon rind, grated.
¼ cup white wine
¼ cup chicken stock
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
Clean chicken and then pat dry with paper towel. Season with salt and pepper and then set aside. Preheat your grill or you can use a sauté pan and set it on a medium high heat. Light oil it with some olive oil and then place your chicken on the pan and cook it until the juices run clear.
Remove the chicken from the pan and set on a plate.Add the butter on to the pan and with the garlic and the grated lemon rind. Now, add in the wine and chicken stock and let the sauce cook down a little further for about 5 minutes.
Place the chicken back into the pan with the sauce. Then add in the honey and lemon juice. Lastly drop in the chopped parsley and then serve it warm.
Cheesy Potato Au Gratin
1 tablespoon butter
3 russet potato, peeled and cubed
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup milk (use 2%)
1/3 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
salt and black pepper to taste
1 cup grated medium Cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Then, grease a 8 inch baking pan with some cooking spray.
Spread potatoes evenly in the pan.
Mix together heavy cream, milk, sour cream, flour, nutmeg, salt, pepper and grated cheddar cheese in a large bowl. Pour cream mixture over the potatoes and cover the pan with foil.
Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, and then remove the foil. Continue baking for another 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
A GAME OF TAG
I had this passed on to me by Becky of Baking and Cooking, A Tale of Two Loves to join in a fun game of tag. Now that I’ve been tagged, all I have to do is answer eight questions by Becky and then I need to come up with my own set of eight questions and choose eight blogger friends to tag them to join in this fun! So basically this all about getting to know your new blogger friend a little bit more.
1.Who is the person that has inspired you the most in your life, and why?
My mother. She bought me my very first cookbook when I was nine years old and thought me everything I know about cooking.
2.What is your favorite Family activity, besides cooking or eating?
I love taking family vacations. It is something I cherish.
3.What is the last book or magazine that you read?
Australian Women’s weekly.
4.What is your favorite color?
It depends on my mood, but right now it’s navy blue.
5.What do you do for your “me” time?
I watch reruns of Law and Order SVU.
6.Who if your BFF, and why?
To be honest, I don’t really have one. Is that weird?
7.What is your favorite go-to dish to cook or bake?
It would be penne with turkey pesto.
8.What is your favorite utensil or gadget in your kitchen,that you could not live without?
I can’t live without my Kitchen Aid stand mixer.
So, here is my own set of eight questions for my eight friends that I tagged.
1. What is your favorite cookbook?
2. What is on your wish list right now?
3. What was your favorite TV show?
4. What is your idea of the perfect date?
5. What is your favorite salad dressing?
6. If you were going to cook a romantic dinner, what would be on your menu?
7. What is the one thing you will never eat?
8. If you were an ice cream, what flavor would you be?
And here are my eight blogger friends that I tagged.
Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
Roasted Roots and Pumpkin Spice
A Canadian Foodie
Dessert for Two
Anecdotes and apple cores
Fancy that Fancy This
This game is all in the name of fun and to get to know each other better. And just like Becky says, this isnt for everyone so it’s ok if you decide not to play. Just give me a buzz once you have answered. Have Fun!