California Girl living in London, working model, practicing wife to a Pie Loving Husband, trying not to eat myself out of the day job.
Back to basics. Everyone should know how to roast a chicken perfectly. Roast chicken is delicious and so simple to make, but often friends complain that their chickens tend to be dry or the skin never crisps up. Well, here is my recipe for a roast chicken that is as good as it is easy. You’ll never roast a chicken any other way.
1. Preheat your oven to 200°C/400°F.
2. For the perfect roast chicken, place the bird in a roasting tray on top of four thick lemon slices. Grate lemon zest over the skin. Stuff the cavity with roughly chopped lemon slices and half the onion. Rub the bird down with olive oil and then generously grate salt and pepper.
3. Pop the prepped chicken into the oven and turn the temperature down to 175°C/350°F. Roast for 20 minutes per 500g (1 lb) plus an extra 10 minutes. To stop it from drying out every 30 minutes take the chicken out and baste. This will give it a nice crispy skin and leave the meat moist.
4. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for ten minutes before carving.
Are you pressed for time, but want to be come a better cook? Are you concerned about buying organic and local? Want to come home after a long day and be able to sit down to a delicious balanced meal in 30 minutes (yes, a real 30 minutes). Do you find, like me, grocery shopping sucks the joy and life out of clean eating? Do you scroll through Pinterest pinning food inspiration that will never really be tested?
Well, I may have just found your solution. Really! This is for you: Gousto
A few weeks ago the Gousto team got in touch asking if I would be willing to review one of their boxes. Now, I’m already a fan of the organic delivery box and have veggie boxes delivered already, but this promised something different. Customers pick 3 meals from the Gousto Cookbook and then the team measure out all the ingredients and send you a box packaged with everything you need to make the meals with super simple recipe cards. How easy is that! It totally cuts out meal planning and the dreaded food shopping.
My only criticism is that they could make some simple healthy switches, which would make these ‘balanced’ recipes into healthy recipes. Simple substitutions like brown rice instead of Basmati or plain yogurt over crème fraîche or quinoa for couscous. These are the kind of easy changes which will make a huge difference to a households overall health with out sacrificing the taste of the dish. That said, if you already have a well stocked pantry, most of these items will be at hand and does not take away from the convenience this offers in weeks when life runs away from you.
I was sent ‘Moroccan Spiced Lamb with Apricots & Cocouscous,’ ‘Crunchy Chicken Cashew Stir-Fry with Basmati Rice,’ and ‘Creamy Pork Steaks with Apple, Thyme & Leek’. What I enjoyed most about these recipes was the different flavours that don’t normally come out of my kitchen. These where not dishes I normally would be drawn to. In fact, I don’t really like pork, but the Creamy Pork Steaks where my favourite of the three. The sauce was delicious and the cooked apples paired perfectly. I rediscovered a love of mustard and will try to reincorporating in more of my dishes going forward. I'm definitely making that one again.
So here is that pork recipe for you to try:
‘Pork is never better than when it is paired with apple or thyme, so why not have all three together? Crème Fraîche and sharp mustard combined with the fruity, herby sauce lend unique textures and flavours to this dish.’
Creamy Pork Steaks with Apple, Thyme & Leeks:
The Full English Breakfast. A weekend stable, the hangover cure of the English. Whether with black pudding, poached or scrambled, fried toast or extra mushrooms, no decent breakfast spot in England would dare not have it on the menu. It’s as about English as cider and a pork pie. The husband would roll his eyes immediately if he can’t find it on the menu, but at nearly 1200 calories a plate it’s a huge chunk of your ‘balanced’ daily intake and a lot of fried food.
I love breakfast and despite the English love of their cooked breakfast tradition, for me the Americans do breakfast best. I have yet to find a decent omelette in this city and if you see a breakfast burrito on the menu, don’t be fooled, they haven’t figured out this delicious marvel yet. But again, the yanks classics are often far from clean and can easily throw off your healthy eating habits.
So, can I suggest this Full Clean Breakfast;
Our household's Sunday stable!
If you’re calorie counting, here is the breakdown: