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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. :) **

 

 

Cheat Curried Rice & Lentil Pilaf & Bertolli Olive Oil Giveaway Winner

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I’ve made this dish the day after my trip to Newcastle. Maybe I have been enjoying Newcastle’s food scene so much that I wanted really simple food when I came back. It’s my way of giving my body a rest ha!

This was some sort of put together dish. So feel free to eyeball your way through when making this dish. Don’t fret though. I will still include the recipe as a guide. Think of this dish like fried rice but without the eggs, and with the mixed curry spice. It is no doubt an easy peasy dish which you can easily make intuitively. Cheers to cooking intuitively!

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Bertolli Olive Oil Giveaway Winner

After going through all the wonderful entries, I have selected the comment by Cecilia Warrick. As usual, I will send an email notifying that he/she has won the giveaway as well as requesting his/her postal details.

Thank you so much for all your entries! Do look out for the next giveaway.

Much love,

Emily

 

 

Homemade Pizza Dough

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I have probably mentioned like a million times that bread making is not my forte. The closest that I ever consider of baking a bread is to get myself a bread maker which sadly, still amongst my very long wish list of kitchenware.

Making our own pizza dough was my friend’s idea. I was my friend’s baking assistant on that day and for once, I had the pleasure of having someone doing all the work while my job was to take photographs and EAT! I think I can use to that ha!

Surprisingly, once I’ve witnessed how it was done first hand, the fear of bread baking has diminished. It wasn’t scary or cumbersome at all. With proper planning, it can be a form of relaxation (honest!) and the end result was very rewarding, like most food that was made from scratch.

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I love prawns on pizza. I smeared some homemade basil pesto on the pizza dough and strategically arranged the sautéed prawns (with olive oil). Then I scattered grated cheese (quite generously) and some dried Italian herbs as a finishing touch before baking. For visual effect as well as taste, I scattered some fresh rocket leaves (arugula) after the pizza has finished baking.

Have you tried making pizza dough at home? What’s your favourite toppings?

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