It’s been my day off today so I am feeling relaxed and in the mood for cooking! After the gym and the shopping trip I was definitely hungry so an old favourite for lunch- seafood salad.
I make many different versions of this but today I used some prawns and mini scallops. I begin by adding a tbsp harissa paste to a frying pan and swirl around for a minute. I then add the seafood and stir fry until cooked through. Before throwing on top some salad leaves I give it a good squeeze of lemon juice, a little salt and pepper and then eat it very quickly!
For dinner I made a variation of a Lorraine Pascale recipe for chicken which went down very well and will become a regular feature on the French Thomas dinner table. Here’s the recipe.
Chicken, Apple and Cider Casserole
2 chicken breasts
6 chipolata sausages
1 sprig rosemary
4 sage leaves
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 red onion
1 eating apple
- heat some olive oil in a saute pan, season the chicken and brown on both sides. Remove from the pan. Do the same with the sausages.
- fry the red onion with the garlic for a couple of minutes until softened. Add the herbs and apples and saute for a minute of two. Return the chicken and sausages to the pan.
- Add the cider and bring it to a boil. Turn down, cover the pan, and pop in the oven for 30 mins.
- After 20 mins cooking time take the lid off the pan so that the chicken browns up nicely and the sauce reduces a little.
We ate this with some quarters of potato tossed with a little olive oil and roasted in the oven for the same time as the casserole. It was all very tasty, the sausages really add a layer of flavour which makes the dish come together. The apple becomes soft and almost savoury- delicious!
Friday is my late night so no dinner- boo hoo!