Monday, June 8, 2009

Just another Manic Monday. And Giveaway time!!!

I'm not going to lie, today was brutal. Work was super busy - SUPER busy and the day just seemed like a regular week rolled into one day. It's 7:58 - and time to do some relaxing.

I feel as though I am back in cooking mode. I think that my little hiatus did me wonders. Last night's dinner turned out really well, and it's always great to be able to cook for others. Chris and Bruce rated the dinner a 5!

Tonight's dinner - fast food. Super easy, healthy and no hassle. I had some free-range chicken legs and was trying to sort something all day - and decided to whip up something easy. Just the way me likes it. I even had time to whip up an easy dessert. Rice pudding. Don't say 'ew' if you're not a fan - this dish (although I haven't tasted it yet) is delicious. I had it the other night at Lucy's and it was so good. It was served with a rhubarb sauce on top - and it was to die for. Chris was very skeptic, but became an instant fan. I just googled a recipe - have modified* it a bit - and can't wait to try it. 
*Modified: I was using a 1/2 cup measuring cup and thought it was only a 1/4 cup.  And I didn't have whole milk so compromised with a can of evaporated milk and skim. 

Fast Food
Roast chicken with summer vegetables         
8 chicken legs 
1 large red, yellow and orange pepper - chopped
10 mushrooms - chopped into quarters
1 large zucchini - sliced into thick halves

In a large baking dish, place all of the vegetables. Top the vegetables with your chicken. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil, and top with my favourite seasoning - Epicure's Verde Vinaigrette*. Give everything a gentle toss - and that's it. 

Place in a 400 oven and bake for an hour. If you want it done even faster, crank up the heat to 425 and it should be ready in 45 minutes. Chris rated this a 5!!

Rice Pudding with Arborio Rice
  • 1 cup water
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup Arborio rice
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Few dashes ground cinnamon
  • Whipped cream, for serving


Bring water, salt, and butter to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the rice, return to a boil, and then reduce the heat to the lowest setting. Shake the pan occasionally and cook until rice has absorbed the water but it still al dente, about 15 minutes.

Bring milk, sugar, vanilla, and a few dashes of cinnamon to a simmer in a separate saucepan. Add the cooked rice and cook at a simmer over medium-low heat until rice absorbs most of the milk and mixture starts to get thick and silky, about 10 to 15 minutes. Be careful, don't let the milk get too hot or you will burn your pan - trust me I know.

Transfer pudding to a large bowl and cool to room temperature. Place in refrigerator until cool and set. Chris rated this a definite 5!!

*It's time for another giveaway! Since it was a Manic Monday - let's celebrate with goodness. I just ordered a bunch of treats from Epicure. I stocked up on a few of my favourites and am trying a few new things. I would love one lucky winner to have me send them a bottle of my favourite Verde Vinaigrette. I use this seasoning for much more than salad dressings - it's good on chicken, pasta, scones, grilled veggies...

So here's what you need to do: Send me an email (I know many of you aren't 'posters') or post with a favourite summer dish of yours. It's that easy. Chris will draw the lucky winner at the end of the week - contest closes June 13th. Hurry - send away.

I had plans to write tonight about feet - it's summer - I am not a fan of toes - but think that I will end it here. I have a new book to read thanks to a friend at work 'Her Sister's Keeper' - it's supposed to be a tear jerker. I plan on spending the next half hour - getting into this book - curled up on the lounger waiting for Christoff to come home. 

I hope that your Monday went smoothly. Tomorrow is a new day. Tuesday - be good to us.




Beth said...

One of my favourite summer dishes is scandalously simple, but relies really heavily on fresh, ripe, summery ingredients.

Also, my "recipes" are kinda slap-dash, so...use your judgment.

Summer Italian Pasta Primavera (serves 2)

-Enough long pasta for two people - I like fettuccine or linguine - something with a bit more OOMPH than spaghetti or angelhair. Cook to al dente.

When pasta is al dente and drained, toss in a large bowl with:

-extra virgin olive oil to coat (about 2-3 tbsp)
-some torn/chopped FRESH basil, oregano and parsley
-2 cloves finely minced/pressed garlic
-shredded fresh asiago cheese, or feta
-10 or so halved cherry tomatoes
-10 or so halved mushrooms
-10 or so cooked prawns or jumbo shrimp

Add a squeeze of lemon, some sea salt (or "kosher" for you), some coarse black pepper, and toss once more. Eat. Make happy noises.

(I have also added red onion and spinach and zucchini to this - it's really great for most vegetables, but the garlic, herbs and cherry tomatoes are a must).

C. Mitchell said...

Sounds deelish!!!!

Jenny said...

Sounds like an awesome dinner Beth!!