Dinner in 2015

Happy New Year!

I trust you’ve all entered into this new and promising year sure-footed and determined to make a splash. That’s my plan.

Freshly back from a marvelous Christmas visit east with family, last evening I assembled a fabulous meal for a dear friend. And it is a must-share.

Roasted Chicken Thighs with Rosemary, Thyme and Anchovies is a WINNER!

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This recipe, courtesy of the Petite Kitchen, is a true taste sensation – check here for the recipe. I used skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs and added a few drumsticks. While you may wrinkle your nose at the prospect of draping anchovy fillets over chicken, you will be pleasantly surprised at the results: a crispy/salty, totally non-fishy flavour sensation. I scattered plenty of fresh rosemary and thyme, sea salt, pepper over top and poured on some good globs of olive oil. I dare say, the chicken all but sang from the oven!

And it doesn’t end there.

The carrots.

The yummy spiced carrots.

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Now, I’d like to give merit where merit is due but I can’t remember exactly who posted this gem of a recipe on Facebook. My apologies.

Regardless, this is a winner:

Spiced Carrots

Ingredients

1/2 tsp each of: cinnamon, paprika, garlic powder, chili powder, sea salt

6-8 large organic carrots (whatever you need)

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp sesame oil

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine spice mixture in small bowl; set aside. Cut carrots to suitable lengths (4 inches?); slice length-wise to uniform thickness. Place in large bowl, add spice mixture and oils. Toss to combine thoroughly. Spread out on baking sheet. Bake 20-30 minutes or until crispy. So delicious!

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As you can see, green beans made an appearance on the plate as well. I tossed these, simply steamed, into a bowl with olive oil and freshly-chopped garlic. A shake of sea salt…divine.

And no, I didn’t forget the salad.

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Greens, mixed sprouts, grape tomatoes, red onion, pumpkin seeds, hemp hearts – and lightly dressed with olive oil, fresh garlic, sea salt and pepper.

A chicken dinner to remember!

 

 

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