Dinner tonight: Chicken thighs and drumsticks in a paprika and lemon sauce with sticky rice.
2 large onions roughly chopped
8 chicken thighs and drumsticks
150ml of chicken stock
1 lemon zest and juice
1 clove of garlic
1 cup of rice
This dish could not be easier to do and only involves 2 pans, simple!
Brown the chicken in a pan with garlic, paprika and one onion and season to taste.
Pop the chicken in an oven proof dish pouring over the stock, add an extra onion and the lemon then simply place it in the oven on a grill setting for approximately 30-40 minutes until bubbling and the chicken is crispy and golden.
Ten minutes before the chicken is done pour rice in a pan and cover with a cup and a half of water and season. Just let the rice come to the boil and cook until the water has been soaked up and you have perfect fluffy rice each time. Do not stir or drain - you won’t need to!
Make Mine in Soho is quite possibly my favourite place to grab some lunch from when I don’t bring any in to work. It’s considered a treat once every couple of weeks when I effectively ‘break the bank’ paying just under £5 for a gourmet, mammoth salad - I mean it’s worth it every time.
But today I decided to make my own version of a make mine, incorporating some core ingredients when I order my usual in there.
So here you have it, lambs lettuce with feta, chorizo, sun dried tomatoes, red onion and asparagus, all finish off with a healthy squeeze of lemon.
I should have made more. Super yum. If I don’t say so myself.
Chop Shop - Piccadilly
Valentine’s Day is never a day to look forward to when you’re single. You basically want to hide away and not admit to the world that you have no other half. So it practically made my month when my best friend suggested we dine together so we could both be alone together. Jammy.
As the foodie I got to pick the place, and I thought one thing - all boys love steak. So that made the choice slightly easier. On a great recommendation from a friend, I looked up Chop Shop. In the heart of the buzzing Haymarket in Piccadilly, usually you’d avoid this tourist hub, but I had it on good authority the trip was worth it. Described as ‘Hawksmoor standard food without the hefty price tag’, I was sold. And ’nothing too couply either’ - you don’t want to be surrounded by couple on V day - people could get the wrong idea.
First thing’s first, I love the décor of this place. Reminiscent of a very upmarket Jamie’s (that’s meant as a compliment), this place is both simple and trendy, boasting distressed dark wood panelling, exposed white wash brick walls and large reclaimed tiles, right up my street.
We didn’t mess around with the ordering and went straight into the mains. Both of us ordered the rump steak (a steal at £19), then I picked the vodka bacon peppercorn sauce (it had to be done - and great combination), he went for two jars of the béarnaise, then we both opted for creamed spinach and a choice of both mash with crème fraiche and chives and chips with rosemary sea salt. Safe to say we did not leave hungry. The food here is top notch. I wouldn’t place it amongst Hawksmoor, but I’d definitely prefer to come here with friends and to save my bank balance. For a bottle of wine and steak with trimmings it was just over £35 pounds each - you can’t really complain about that.On top of that, the service was excellent, maybe even a little too good at times - you don’t need to be checked on every 15 minutes.
Definitely come here with friends when you feel like treating yourself a little instead of going for the more obvious steak houses. It’s good to branch out slightly.
The added bonus? We were back home in time for Graham Norton. A wild Valentine’s. Someone stop us.
I’ll be visiting again soon, see for yourself in the meantime.
It’s March. We’re 4 days in. I’ve already consumed half my body weight in chocolate I swear. But not all is lost, I’ve decided I’m giving up chocolate for Lent. It will be hard, but I’m determined to do it.
And on top of that I need to start eating relatively healthily again.
For my dinners I’ve had a cod fishcake with a creamy parsley sauce centre, complete with wilted spinach and peas. And the packed lunch this week was couscous, wilted spinach, peas and breaded chicken all finished off with a healthy squeeze of lemon.
Tomorrow however I’m out for Homeslice pizza at lunch. HELP.