Honey and Mustard-Glazed Roast Chicken

Now this is a chicken recipe worth trying! I am not a big fan of chicken, but this recipe in Lucinda Scala Quinn’s Mad Hungry caught my attention and I decided to try it. And it was a success I tell you! I prepared patate al forno to serve on the side and they went very well together. Here’s the final results and the process. My advice: sprint NOW to the supermarket and buy some drumsticks!

HONEY MUSTARD-GLAZED ROAST CHICKEN (for two)

Ingredients – for the chicken

- 8 drumsticks

- Juice of 1 lemon

- 3 Tbsp olive oil

- Salt and pepper and any fresh herbs you have on hand

Ingredients – for the honey mustard glaze

- 1 Tbsp mustard

- 1 Tbsp honey

- 1 Tbsp olive oil

- A pinch of salt and pepper

Method:

Marinate the chicken in the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper and any herbs you’re using. Refrigerate for an hour.

Preheat the oven to 375C. Lay the chicken on a stick-free pan and put in the oven. Time 20 minutes and then flip the chicken to the other side. Time another 15 minutes. After 35 or 40 minutes your chicken should be ready.

To glaze the drumsticks with the honey mustard sauce, use a brush. Brush the chicken with the sauce and broil for 5 minutes.

And voila! The best roast chicken I’ve had in a loooong time. Enjoy!

Mushroom Risotto

I’ve been meaning to make mushroom risotto for a few months. Last night I finally gathered the ingredients together and tried my hand at one of my favorite Italian dishes: mushroom risotto! I went through several recipes and took ideas from a few of them and made my own version. It’s a heavy dish though. Make sure you have it for dinner and not lunch!

Here’s what you need to make this mushroom risotto:

MUSHROOM RISOTTO (FOR TWO):

Ingredients:

- 1 cup arborio rice or any small grain rice, washed under running water and drained well

- 2 cups chicken broth, preferably homemade

- 1 onion, chopped finely

- 2 Tbsp olive oil

- 2 Tbsp butter

- 2 garlic cloves, chopped finely

- 2 cups of fresh mushrooms, sliced

- 1/2 Tbsp of dried oregano coarsely ground black pepper

- 1 Tbsp Parmigiano cheese

Method:

Heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil and 1 Tbsp of butter. Add the chopped garlic and the mushroom. Fry the mushroom until they darken in color and start smelling like yummy mushrooms! Add the seasoning and mix well. Put aside.

Heat the chicken broth in a saucepan. Don’t let it boil.

Heat 1 Tbsp of  olive oil and 1 Tbsp of butter in a pan. Add onions. Fry until transparent.

Add rice. Stir well.

One ladle at a time, add the chicken broth and don’t stop stirring. The broth should evaporate before you add another ladle. By the time you use all the chicken broth, the rice grains should feel softer and larger. If you see that the rice hasn’t fully cooked, add hot water and stir until it gets cooked and looks soggy.

After the rice is cooked, add the cooked mushrooms and stir well. Add the Parmigiano cheese. Stir everything together. Drizzle a little olive oil on top if you want. And here you go, your mushroom risotto is ready to be devoured! I devoured mine for sure!!

Baked Blueberry Cheesecake

I have previously baked this blueberry cheesecake, but this time I dusted the blueberries and I added mixed berry sauce on top. I have to say the cheesecake was much better this time. For the mixed berry sauce I used 2 cups of mixed berries (cranberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries – all frozen) with 1/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup of sugar. I put them all together over medium heat until the fruits mixed well together and the sugar dissolved, and then I blended the mixture in the food processor.

Mixed berry sauce

Baked blueberry cheese with mixed berry sauce on top

Chocolate Pudding – Repeated

As I promised, I did the chocolate pudding again and this time took better photos. I also replaced the whipped cream on top with chopped hazelnuts to counter the sweetness of the pudding. Amazing effect. Hope you’ll try it soon and “eat your fingers after it” like I did!!

For the recipe check the previous Chocolate Pudding post.

The recipe from the cookbook Mad Hungry

Sifting the dry ingredients

Beat the eggs well

Add the eggs to the milk mixture

The pudding after it thickens

The pudding in cute cups

Chopping the hazelnuts with the manual chopper

Storing the chopped hazelnuts in a glass jar

Mixed Dessert Cups

Look at these cups, aren’t they the cutest dessert cups?! OK maybe not. But they’re still easy to put together and look cute when serving.

Here’s what is inside:

Ingredients:

- Lady fingers, the biscuits

- Whipped cream

- Kiwi, the fruit

- Cranberries (or any other berries available to you)

- Brown sugar

Method:

First, make the cranberry (or whatever berry you’re working with) sauce. Place two Tbsp of frozen cranberries with 1 Tbsp on brown sugar in a small pan over low heat. Let the sugar melt and the cranberries ooze their juices out. You’ll have to smash them a little bit to get the juices mixing with the sugar.

Place the lady fingers on the bottom of the cup. Drizzle the cranberry sauce over. Place a slice of kiwi on top. Scoop one teaspoon of whipped cream over the kiwi. Repeat the same layering. Finish with cranberries on top, for garnish and added sourness.

Super easy, super simple and as my friend P. said, “yummy!”

Chocolate Pudding

I recently bought Lucinda Scala Quinn‘s cookbook called Mad Hungry (which is an excellent cookbook by the way) and of course I immediately rushed into my kitchen to try one of her recipes. I picked one of the easiest: chocolate pudding. And I also happened to have the ingredients needed. Here is what you need and how I did it. If you can find Mad Hungry, buy it. It’s very interesting and user-friendly.

I couldn’t get a good shot of the final result, but when I do the recipe again soon I’ll take a good photo and post it. For now I have these two. Apologies!

CHOCOLATE PUDDING (makes 4 small cups)

Ingredients:

- 3 1/2 Tbsp of flour, sifted

- 3 Tbsp dark cocoa powder, sifted

- 1 cup sugar (note: next time I’ll use 3/4 of a cup, turned out to be a little too sweet for me)

- Pinch of salt

- 1 1/2 cups milk

- 2 Tbsp butter

- 1 egg, beaten

- 1 tsp vanilla

Method:

Mix the sifted dry ingredients in a saucepan. On medium heat, add the milk. Stir until the mixture thickens (around 3 minutes or less). Add the butter. Stir well until everything blends into each other. Add the beaten egg. Stir well. The mixture by now should be thick, pudding like thick. Cook for 2 minutes.

Pour into cups. Cool in the fridge for an hour. You can serve it with whipped cream on top. I did that. It was really good. Now that I know it’s easy and delicious, I’ll be doing it every weekend!