So far I'm doing quite well on my New Year Goals and with Valentine's Day coming up, I decided to give this whole new experimental cooking lark a go and what better way to start than with a good old Delia Smith recipe. Simple. You would think.
I decided to try out Delia's Roast Chicken with Red Onion, Thyme and Garlic. I brought all the ingredients, placed everything out carefully, read the instructions over and over...everything was going really smoothly.
|I was cool, calm and collected at this point...|
- Whole Chicken- this made me gag as you have to untie their legs!
- Large Red Onion
- Fresh Thyme
- Olive Oil
- Dry White Wine
- Creme Fraiche
- Salt & Pepper
|Big Bird looked amazing, all garnished and fancy...|
Once I had prepared the chicken (yuk), I cut up the onion, garlic and lemons and positioned them around the chicken. I then smothered Big Bird in oil and thyme and he was then ready for the oven. Timer on, all I had to do was prepare the salad and fill our wine glasses. This was going very well. The house smelt amazing and I felt a little smug in my (personalised) apron, sipping wine and casually thinking that I'd got this cooking thing down to a tee. My smugness didn't last for long as...ping, the timer went off and as I took Big Bird out of the oven, his garnishes looked like this....
|Burnt lemon anyone? There's plenty to go round...|
Charred, burnt, crisp, yuk! Delia made out that my Roast Chicken would look "colourful" and "pretty" and that I would be in for a "wonderful combination of flavours"...is she having me on? This looks like I placed a perfectly good roast chicken on a char-grilled heap of tar!
Thankfully I don't need to win over the Hubster's love with my culinary skills, so the pressure is slightly off. But for those of you who are trying to entice a potential love via the stomach, then I suggest (or in fact my Mother-in-Law suggests) that you add the lemons, onions and garlic to the chicken when you have about 20 minutes of cooking time remaining to avoid them looking like coal!
|It was yummy, so I'll let Delia off...this time!|
Luckily for Delia, (she almost received a tweet) the chicken itself did taste amazing. The sauce is a little tricky to perfect, but it does compliment the chicken and it went well with our salads and bread. If you'd like to give this Roast Chicken Adventure a try, then for the full recipe and method click here. Otherwise, here are a few other main course dishes that would make for a perfect Valentines Day dinner...
- Sirloin Steak with Chunky Chips
- Crab & Salmon Fishcakes
- Grilled Tuna with Tomato Spaghetti
- Gammon Steaks with Parsley
- The Ultimate Genius Beef Burger (Gluten Free)
- Fish Pie with a Cheesy Crumble Topping (Gluten Free)
- Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks (Gluten Free)
- Pork Escalope with Lemon, Garlic & Rosemary (Gluten Free)
Has anyone else had some cooking failures?
What plans do you have for a special Valentines Day meal?
Until next time,
With Love & Burnt Grub,