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[VIDEO] Oven baked chicken and vegetable risotto

[VIDEO] Oven baked chicken and vegetable risotto

I would hate for anyone to watch this blog and think that cooking is always an easygoing, relaxed and blissful experience in our house. The reality, as any parent knows, is that sometimes it is hard work and on Thursday, after a promising start, a very tired toddler in full Delinquent Mode and his equally tired daddy made for a tricky mix in the kitchen… The recipe itself didn’t cause any problems. It is very easy to make and is one of our most regular meals here. But in fairness to Archie, the day had got late and his mixture of tiredness and hunger left him more interested in wreaking havoc than helping with the dish. If there was one lesson I learnt this time, it is to never again put a bowl full of rice in front of him when he has “M.I.S.C.H.I.E.F” written across his forehead. In this kind of relatively difficult environment, it was a fortuitous choice to make this tantrum-proof (his tantrum, not mine, although it was a very close call), fail-safe risotto . It’s a really delicious, comforting dish on a cold, dark evening and eating it was the perfect antidote for all of us to the ambient stress which had gone before. A classic case of the end justifying the means… Tonight I am cooking a pasta and hope to post it on here by Wednesday. Oven baked chicken and vegetable risotto Preparation time 10 minutes, total cooking time 30 minutes. Easily serves a family of four, with more to spare. As it takes the same amount of effort to cook risotto for three people...
[VIDEO] Cheese and vegetable muffins

[VIDEO] Cheese and vegetable muffins

From the relative calm of my first video, to absolute chaos with my second. I look after Archie on a Wednesday and there was no way he was going to be excluded from today’s filming! It’s hard enough cooking with a toddler around, let alone trying to amateurishly manipulate two cameras while at the same time thinking of something lucid to say. We thought long and hard about including Archie in the clips and decided that it was not appropriate to do so. After all, he is not old enough to say whether he wants to be watched on the world wide web. Still, he is very much part of the cooking process so you will hear him lots, even if he is not directly on camera. Anyhow, in the midst of smashed glasses, over-flowing sink and ever worsening profanities from myself, I fluffed my lines repeatedly, missed several takes and only just managed to scrape this video together. Indeed, the out-takes may be more interesting than the actual video! At one moment I say, in my finest Diva-esque voice, “I just feel inhibited with you around. I am not being myself!”. Archie just looked on, perplexed, and continued to style his hair with the washing up brush. Muffins are a staple in this house. They are so easy to make and can literally be any combination of what you have in the fridge, added to the base mix of flour, egg, oil and milk. I have tried long and hard to find the perfect muffin recipe. They vary so much, mainly in the amount of liquid used. I...
[VIDEO] The first video! Sticky Indonesian Salmon

[VIDEO] The first video! Sticky Indonesian Salmon

Ok, so I am happy to accept that the video is a bit too long (my timekeeping will improve dramatically and future videos will be shorter!), I seem to say “perfect[ly]” and “beautiful[ly]” way too much, I need to sound (and look?!) slightly less camp, I called low-salt soy sauce “low fat” soy sauce and yes, I completely forgot to mix the onions and peppers back in the pan with the salmon at the end (although you cannot deny that I covered it up pretty well, editing out much head scratching and swearing). But… I am excitedly posting my very first video, filmed and edited by my own untrained hands and it actually contains images, sound and a recipe from start to finish! I started with one of our favourite dishes in this house, sticky salmon in an Indonesian/Vietnamese style sauce. I used to regularly eat a similar dish in one of the multitude of ethnic restaurants in East London and I think further inspiration came from watching Bill Granger do something along similar lines some time ago. Archie virtually inhales this dish when I serve it. Obviously its inherent sweetness helps and the sauce complements the salmon beautifully, er, perfectly, er, wonderfully. The great thing about this dish is it takes no more than 15 minutes to cook (with only five minutes preparation) and you can be as creative as you want in adjusting the flavours. Any further combination of lime, fresh coriander, fresh ginger or lemongrass (none of which I had to hand on Monday) would all work well. If you cannot get your hands on the Ketjap...
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