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Heartache poem

heartache poem

I slipped it in your pocket

I am not sure that you knew

For a while I saw it

But then away you flew

It went on great adventures

If what I hear is true

I tried to give it to others

But didn’t ask for it back

In a 20th century world

It was easy to lose track

And why be honest anyway

Behind the smart wisecrack

Is it still in your pocket?

Does it keep you awake?

And as you have it

Why is it me that feels it ache?

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Impress your loved ones with a Persian chicken stew recipe.

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Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 1 ½ hours

Serves: 4

 

Ingredients

220g walnut halves

25g Rachel’s unsalted butter

3 tbsp olive oil

1kg chicken breasts or thighs, trimmed of excess fat

2 large onions, sliced

5 tbsp pomegranate molasses

2 tbsp sugar

½ tsp ground turmeric

½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground nutmeg

½ tsp ground black pepper

1 pint chicken stock

200g Rachel’s Greek Style Honey Yogurt

To Serve:

Fresh pomegranate seeds

Rice or couscous

 

Method

1.First warm the walnuts in a pan on medium heat, stirring frequently until toasted. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Once cool enough to handle, pulse them in a food processor or blender until finely ground

2.In a large frying pan or casserole pan heat the butter with the oil. When the butter has melted and the oil is hot add the chicken pieces. Work in batches so as not to crowd the pan. Cook until golden and remove them from the pan

3.Add the onions and soften until translucent. Do not allow them to stick to the pan

4.Return the chicken to the pan with the onions and mix in the pomegranate molasses, sugar and spices. Pour over the chicken stock

5.Bring to the boil and then simmer gently for 1 hour, stirring occasionally

6.Add the ground walnuts and continue to cook for 30 minutes. Ensure you stir them well as this will prevent the walnuts sticking to the bottom of the pan. Add the Rachel’s Greek Style Honey Yogurt and allow this to warm through

7.Remove from the heat and season to taste

8.Garnish with pomegranate seeds and serve with either rice or couscous

So what do you think? Will you try this warming  chicken stew recipe with a tasty twist?

 

 

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The arrival of Cypriot New Potatoes

I hope you will try this original recipe of Beef and pepper kebabs or souvlakia (you say souvlaki and I say kebab) made extra special with Cypriot New Potatoes.

New potato season has come early at Tesco, with the arrival of Cypriot New Potatoes.

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The benefits of Cypriot New Potatoes

Fresh from the sun-soaked island of Cyprus, these new potatoes are the ‘spunta’ variety and are extremely versatile. Available in 750g packs or loose, Tesco Cypriot New Potatoes are ideal for boiling or steaming, roasting and even baked. What’s more, they don’t need to be peeled, so preparation is minimal – just a quick wash in cold water.

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The distinctive rich, creamy yet earthy taste of their yellow flesh is thanks to the mineral-rich, red alluvial soil in which the potatoes are grown and harvested, using traditional methods on small family farms. Freshly dug every day, the d elicious fresh taste of Tesco Cypriot New Potatoes can be enjoyed even on dark and cold winter days.

Cypriot New Potatoes are available in Tesco stores from now until the end of March so I decided to put them to good use in a recipe that can be served indoors or outside once Spring shows up.

Cypriot and Yorkshire fusion

I think of potatoes and I think of roast dinner. I think of Cyprus and I think of kebabs. I wondered if I could combine the two in a fun dish that would make a nice centre piece and not be too daunting for little ones to try.

Cypriot New Potatoes, beef and pepper kebabs.

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Preparation time

30 mins to 1 hour

Cooking time

10 to 30 mins

Serves

Serves 4

Ingredients

400g/14oz beef – we used ready cubed beef from Tesco
Tesco Cypriot potatoes par-boiled
1 red pepper, cored and deseeded
1 green pepper, cored and deseeded
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 tbsp lime juice
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

1. We used metal skewers but if you are using wooden ones, wet with warm water.

2.Cut the peppers into 2.5cm/1in cubes. Wash the potatoes and cut into chunks. Keep the skin on  for its fibre content and great taste. Par-boil your potatoes and sear your beef.

3. You may wish to mix your favourite herbs or spices in vegetable oil and marinate the beef and pepper cubes in this mixture in the fridge for a hour.

4.Preheat the grill to a hot setting. Thread the beef, potatoes and peppers on to the skewers. Place the beef skewers on a foil lined tray and grill for 15 minutes, turning often and basting with the juices.

5.Place the kebabs in giant Tesco Yorkshire puddings and add Tesco’s finest gravy.

With Spring just around the corner, these kebabs can also be cooked on a charcoal barbecue. They are super-simple to make, look the part and certainly deliver on taste.

This is a versatile recipe where you can use your meat of choice and Quorn would make a great vegetarian  option and work just as well. Tuna could also work well.

In  fact, the best thing about this recipe is that every member of the family can thread their own kebab to their own design and I do like to ensure everyone gets into the kitchen.

This post is my entry into the Foodies100 / Tesco Cypriot New Potatoes recipe challenge. Full details can be found here. Tesco kindly sent a £10 voucher towards the cost of ingredients for this blogpost.

clairejustine

Starting vlogging is one of those things that I keep intending to do but it is so easy to put off. What if you think I am the ugliest thing you ever saw? What if you hate my Yorkshire accent? That is before we even get into things like how am I going to find a clean, tidy and suitably yummy mummy type environment in which to do my Zeigfield Follies bit. Oh Lord, I have just realised there is clothing to think about too as a slummy mummy who is guaranteed to spill something down her front just at the wrong moment. Maybe starting vlogging is a daft idea.

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Anyway, I have just dispatched Him Indoors off to Argos to pick up a video camera type thing and a memory card just in case I forget to vlog I suppose.

So if I had my shiny blue video machine type thing to hand now, I would be vlogging all my reasons to be cheerful.

  1. Starting vlogging – by blogging about it, I have to take the plunge, right?
  2. My teen had another operation after the first one did not work. Today we got the all clear after biopsies so that is a relief. He is back to school on Monday and has so much to catch up with.
  3. My daughter has an eye appointment rearranged for next week so we have a totally free of responsibilities weekend coming up.
  4. My youngest son is spending more and more quality time with me and I have more time available because I am doing a super course that is helping me work out my priorities and work more effectively.
  5. Various bits of important paperwork are going to all the right places and these days I feel so much less overwhelmed by stuff.
  6. I am considering doing some counselling to assist my thoughts and feelings as I revel in a mid-life crisis.
  7. I have had a little wander to the charity shops and picked up a really funny mug for 50 pence and a relaxation CD for the same price.
  8. I have won an home education blog via DownsSideUp. It’s by Ross Mountney who keeps many a home educator sane when we have our inevitable wobbles.

There’s a  lot of very lovely things to report and as for starting vlogging, time will tell.

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