Monthly Archives: July 2013

Dinner For Two: Moroccan Chicken


MAGGI Just for 2 – a NEW adult range of tasty recipe bases that are right Just for 2.

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Finding time to spend together with your special someone is getting harder and harder, and the cost of dining out is also relatively high in today’s difficult times. That’s why we decided to experience a trip to Africa, with our palate of course!

I used the Maggi Just for 2 recipe base to create a Moroccan themed dinner that my beloved would enjoy. He has a taste for food rich in spices, as well as a love for chickpeas. I especially like chickpeas because they are low GI and therefore healthy to eat. With some chicken, canned chickpeas, baby spinach, tinned crushed tomatoes and Maggi Just for 2 Moroccan Chicken recipe base were all it took to create this lovely dish.

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Moroccan cuisine as we know is flavoursome, sensual and aromatic, but not overpowering.  Thus, it makes and ideal date night meal. This recipe base delivers on all counts as the Moroccan Chicken has a good balance of spices. If you are fan of cumin and coriander (like moi), this dish does not disappoint.

The idea being to make a Moroccan dish in a no fuss three-step process that was desirable in the middle of work week when the motivation for cooking was probably at the lowest level for me. It was a quick and easy way for us to reconnect after a busy day at work over great food. Yay for cooking shortcuts eh? ;)

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Moroccan Chicken (ft. Maggi Just for 2)

Recipe as per packet instructions – Serves two

What you’ll need:-

  • 300g chicken thigh or breast, chopped
  • 400g tinned crushed tomatoes *
  • 1 x 75g packet of Maggi Just for 2 Moroccan Chicken
  • 130g canned chickpeas, rinsed & drained
  • 1 cup (20g) baby spinach

* I used bottled tomato passata.

Method:-

  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a medium frying pan, add chicken, cook for 5 minutes, or until browned.
  2. Add tinned tomatoes, MAGGI Recipe Base and chickpeas, cook for 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  3. Add baby spinach, stir through. Serve with couscous.

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Giveaway Reminder

Please don’t forget to enter the Maggi Just For Two giveaway in my previous post. Instead of going back to my previous post, your entries are welcome in the comment box below.

All you have to do is to tell me:-

“How Maggi Just For 2 will help make dinner preparation easier or more romantic for you?”

This giveaway is open from 12:01 am Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time (“AEDST”) on 22 July 2013 and will continue until 5:00 pm AEDST on 2 August 2013; and

Entry is open to all Australian residents.

Please, please  read the remaining terms & condition here.

The winner with the best comment will receive the following:-

  • A bottle of wine;
  • Two wine glasses;
  • Candles;
  • Flower petals; and
  • Maggi Just For 2 products

Good luck! :)

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MAGGI Just for 2 – a NEW adult range of tasty recipe bases that are right Just for 2.

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Banana Brownies {Vegan Friendly}

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It’s been a while I baked anything with bananas. I felt that I have showcased enough banana breads on this blog to a point that I’m running the  risk of being in a baking rut. So I gave the banana related baked goods a rest. A very long rest.

However, the urge to re-ignite my love for  banana baked goods happened during my 5 hours road trip from the Orange to Newcastle. I usually think of blog content when I was in a confined space, namely in a long road trip or train ride.  I don’t usually drive long distance. At the same time, I don’t want to talk till my beloved’s ears bleed for more than an hour ha! Hence, for me, thinking of blog content seems to be the most productive thing to do.

Then I thought of what I wanted to add in this imaginary banana baked goods that I wanted to bake. Hmmm…. I feel like moist decadent chocolate brownie. Say banana chocolate brownie. But I wanted to be a “healthier” version say with olive oil. So I typed in these key words: banana, chocolate, oil and there were a good number of recipes came up. After browsing through the search results, I decided on vegan friendly, dairy free and egg free brownies. Seems like an impossible baking recipe but it surely worked. With that said, the “batter” seems a little dryer than the conventional butter and egg based batter, which reminds me of a muffin batter.

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Mary Jane’s Restaurant @ Kellys Rugby Hotel, Orange NSW

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My work function has brought me this place. It is an unlikely place to talk about dessert. After all it is a pub. Although it was one of the many established pubs in Orange, it was a better known one for dessert.

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I was looking forward to its steak and potatoes. I must admit, I was craving for red meat at the time. Therefore I didn’t go through the menu in detail and headed straight to the steak section. Yes, it was so un-foodie of me. It was a cold and rainy day and it took no time for me to empty my plate. I think it must be the cold and gloominess of the day made the need of a dessert seemed more apparent.  Let’s blame on the weather, shall we?

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Then, the dessert galore began. The beauty of dining out in a group is variety. Thankfully, no one ordered the same dessert.  At $9 for each dessert, it was money well spent. The presentation of each dessert has its wow factor and we could not fault the dessert. They were all spoon lick’n good…and we almost cleaned the plates except for one profiteroles being left behind. Too much food…

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French profiteroles filled chocolate and hazelnut malt mousse. Napped with chocolate ganache and praline. $9

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Raspberry and baileys cheesecake flower, presented with a garniture of biscuit petals. $9

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Warm mango and chocolate swirl pudding filled with white chocolate mousse – the dessert special on the day, not on the day-to-day menu.

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Steamed banana and date roulade, drizzle with a warm caramel sauce. Accompanied by vanilla ice cream. $9

If you find it challenging to settle on one of the above desserts,  you can opt for a combination plate consisting of a sample of each dessert for $18.

Mary Jane’s Restaurant, located in Kelly’s Rugby Hotel

133 Lords Place, Orange, New South Wales 2800

For inquiries please phone 02 6362 4100 or Fax 02 6361 1596

Website: http://www.kellyshotelorange.com.au/dining/mary-janes-restaurant/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mary-Janes-Restaurant/168280189905472

 

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Lemon & Thyme Chicken & A Giveaway

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My beloved and I have are like the biggest homebodies.  Even though Orange has many dining places to offer, our idea of “spending time together” involves a really nice home cooked meal and movies. Organising a romantic dinner does not need to be elaborate nor should it happen only on the 14th of February. It could be on any weekend or after work. I think having an impromptu romantic dinner with your loved ones during work week is a good way to break the work-sleep routine.

Simplicity is the key. If you need a little help from the Recipe Base pouches and packet aisle in the supermarket to make this dinner happens, why not. Whilst the majority of sauces on the market cater for families in terms of portion size and taste, there is a new product called Just For 2 by Maggie which specifically caters for, as the name suggests, two people, costing only $1.99 per packet.

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The Just For 2 range comes with 4 variety of recipe bases:

  1. Lemon & Thyme Chicken
  2. Moroccan Chicken
  3. Sweet & Sticky Pork
  4. Spicy Tomato & Red Wine Meatballs

There is no artificial colours, or flavours, as well as no added MSG.  As my beloved and I are big fan of chicken, we were looking forward to try the Lemon & Thyme Chicken first – a creamy and citrusy chicken dish which contains a concoctions of flavours such as thyme, garlic, lemon and rosemary. You’ll end up with a good amount that creamy sauce that goes really well with rice. Also, if you like the taste and scent of dijon mustard, you will definitely adore this dish!

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Lemon & Thyme Chicken

Recipe as per the Just For 2 packet instruction

What you’ll need for two servings:-

  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 300g chicken breasts/thigh fillets, thinly sliced
  • 1 x 75g Just For 2 Lemon & Thyme Chicken Recipe Base
  • 150ml lite cream
  • 2 cups (40g) baby spinach

Plus 2 servings of cooked rice to go with the dish

Method:-

Zest the lemon. Set aside.

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a medium frying pan, add chicken, cook for 5 minutes or until browned. Add cream and Maggi Recipe Base to pan, cook for 8 – 10 minutes, or until sauce has thickened. Stir through baby spinach and lemon zest. Serve immediate with rice.

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Giveaway

In collaboration with Maggi, we will be giving away one “Just For Two Hamper” which includes the following:-

  • A bottle of wine;
  • Two wine glasses;
  • Candles;
  • Flower petals; and
  • Maggi Just For 2 products

All you have to do is to tell me in the comment box below:-

“How Maggi Just For 2 will help make dinner preparation easier or more romantic for you?”

This giveaway is open from 12:01 am Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time (“AEDST”) on 22 July 2013 and will continue until 5:00 pm AEDST on 2 August 2013; and

Entry is open to all Australian residents.

Please, please  read the remaining terms & condition here.

Let’s get your creative juices flowing and good luck!

For more information about the Just For Two product ranges, please visit http://www.maggi.com.au/Products/Just-for-two.

 

** The Giveaway is now closed. Thank you for entering. :) **

 

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