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Monday, December 12, 2011

This weekend...

You know a weekend can only get better when it starts by cleaning the kitchen...but have you ever seen Withnail and I? Remember their kitchen? Yep that's why it had to be done :)

But it did get better! I had a fab christmas night out with all my work girlies and our christmas decorations went up! We settled for an artificial tree this year after last years dramas...although I'll slightly miss the adrenaline rush of eating dinner knowing that at any moment I could potentially be sporting a christmas tree for a hat.

Meet my favourite new addition to our christmas collection:

And I decided to become a sailor...ok not exactly, but I had the urge to learn how to tie knots. I've got some pretty ideas for these beauties

hmmm they're not that clear (I'm refusing to give in to this camera) but I'm really excited because I think that the one on the right is going to enable me to finally finish a bracelet that I love. Remember the woven bracelet? Well my favourite version of that was with twine and fabric but it has sat half finished for months because I haven't been able to think of a way of tidying up all the twine to make it wearable. Enter wonder knot {I hope} which enables you to create a plait with one strand of twine.

So tonight we're having cajun chicken. This recipe is a staple in this household. It is a spicy tastebud bursting heap of deliciousness. Without fail my nose is planted firmly above the pan taking in as much of the gorgeous aroma while it cooks as possible.

Cajun Chicken (adapted from somewhere on the web, I have no idea where)

Seasoning mix

I much prefer to make the seasoning in bulk so that the dinner is super me, you will want this dinner again so do it (but there's no reason why you can't turn what's a tbsp into tsp if you want to try without commitment)

2 tbsp Cayenne pepper (less if you're not a fan of heat)
2 tbsp Black Pepper
1 tbsp Salt
1 tbsp Dried Thyme
1 tbsp Rosemary
1/2 tsp Oregano

Simply mix altogether and store in an airtight container.

Ingredients (serves 2)
1&1/2 tbsp garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp seasoning mix
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp parsley
knob of butter
2 chicken breasts

1) Mix together all the ingredients except the butter and chicken in a bowl.
2) Chop up the chicken into strips and mix into the marinade. If possible then leave to marinate for a few hours.
3) Heat a pan on medium heat and transfer meat and sauce into pan. Cook for 2 minutes and then flip the chicken over and cook for a further 2 minutes
4) Add the butter bit by bit until it has all melted. Cook for a further 4 minutes, stirring regularly (or until chicken is cooked through)
5) Serve with rice or potato wedges

p.s. this is super delicious with prawns too :)

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