Pan-Fried Chicken Breast with Sesame Seeds and a Mango Hollandaise

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I was very nervous about this recipe, as it’s a MasterChef one (from 2007 quarter-finalist Jaye Wakelin, apparently). It was much easier than I feared, though, and even tastier!

I’ve seen about a million different ways to make Hollandaise (boom! I rhymed!) but this is amongst the easiest, even with the inclusion of fresh mango. This is certainly one for when you want to impress, and my only regret is that it didn’t photograph better!

So what you waiting for? Get your sauce on!


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Meatballs in a Sweet, Sour, and Spicy Tomato Sauce

IMGP3062This one’s a treasure! It looks like a bit of a faff, but didn’t feel so in the doing!

I found this in Honey & Co. Food From the Middle East by Sarit Packer & Itamar Srulovich. Another beautiful-looking cookbook with some fascinating recipes. I found it somewhat mesmerising to read the introduction and the first few pages of recipes – personal experience of their life together and early days of launching their own restaurant are weaved around and throughout the recipes to create a narrative that reads almost like fiction. No matter how many of the recipes I get around to trying, I’ve a feeling I’ll read the book cover to cover, which I don’t think can be said for many cookbooks!

Back to the recipe itself, this is almost a straight take on it. I’ve suggested some tweaks later as I always do, but the version presented here is fairly true. It is indeed sweet, sour and spicy. It’s also very filling and satisfying. So go go go!


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Spanish Beer Can Chicken

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Greetings munchkins!

Today’s recipe is inspired by one in Lisa Faulkner’s The Way I Cook. The beer should steam the chicken from the inside-out, which makes it very flavoursome and lovely and moist. Although her recipe created a lovely roast chicken, I was left uninspired. It was nothing more than a lovely roast chicken – it seemed like a faff and hassle for a flavour that could’ve been achieved much more simply and traditionally.

But you know me, I’m not one to be defeated 😉 There’s a Brasilian adaptation in my favourite Cabana The Cookbook by David Ponte, Lizzy Barber & Jamie Barber, but that called for a Brazilian cocktail to be used rather than the lager/beer, and to be honest I don’t want my TidyMunch blog to just be a narrative of my experiences trying their recipes. So I got my thinking cap on, and wondered what I could do myself!

When making the Lisa Faulkner version, I’d deliberately picked San Miguel lager as I’ve been desperately longing for a sunshine break, and it always reminds me of holidays in the Balearics. So I took my inspiration from there, with the opportunity to add my favourite ever ingredient!

And so I give you…. Spanish Beer Can Chicken!


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Nell’s Tagine of Moroccan Lamb with Apricots

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Time for another guest spot, and so the return of Nell!

Since her last guest spot, Nell’s been back in the kitchen trying out many of the TidyMunch recipes. When her birthday (I won’t say which one) came around in August, it felt fitting that I engineer another TidyMunch guest spot empower Nell to further her culinary crusade.

I bought her a tagine, some spices, and a cookbook. Living up to her title as The Original Modifier, she soon tweaked some of the recipes to come up with her own. So, over to Nell!


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