Archive | May, 2013

Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki

18 May

Daps and I have been really busy recently it seems. Studying, working…partying……a bit more partying…..ahem.

It has left minimal room for ‘proper’ cooking! Over one of the two days of summer we have had so far (grr), we decided to make the most of it and have a BBQ, but with little time it needed to be something easy.

One of the most relaxing holidays we’ve had was on a trip to Hydra; not far from the Greek coast, this little island has no cars but lots of donkeys, mountains, green, fresh air and……LOTS of souvlaki! I had never had proper souvlaki before I went to Hydra, and since then I’ve been searching for somewhere that makes it just as wonderfully. We thought it might be a nice idea to have a go ourselves. I failed a previous attempt at pita breads (I’ll post up another try soon), and as we were pushed for time we went for some simple wraps from the supermarket which actually worked really well.

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It’s fantastically tasty, really rather healthy and wonderfully nutritious!

 

Recipe – serves 4; make a Greek salad to make it go a little bit further

Marinade

– 2 tbsp olive oil

– 1 tbsp lemon juice

– 2 garlic cloves, minced

– 1 tsp dried oregano

– 1/4 tsp salt

 

Souvlaki

– 2 large chicken breasts

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– Yellow pepper

– Red onion

 

Tzatziki

– Half a container of plain yoghurt

– 1/2 large cucumber, peeled, deseeded and grated

– 2 tbsp olive oil

– 1 tsp white wine vinegar

– 1 clove garlic, minced

– pinch salt

– pinch paprika

 

 Method

  1. Make up your marinade by mixing everything together in a ziplock bag. Chop the chicken and place in the bag with the marinade, and leave for a couple of hours for the flavours to develop.
  2. Chop the pepper and red onion into sizeable chunks, and arrange with the chicken onto 4 wooden skewers (best to soak these for an hour or so before use).
  3. Get your BBQ on, and get them cooking.
  4. Meanwhile, make up the tzatziki. Once you’ve grated your cucumber put it onto a couple of pieces of kitchen towel and squeeze out all of the juice.
  5. Mix the yoghurt, cucumber, white wine vinegar, salt, oil and garlic in a bowl, then sprinkle the paprika on the top.
  6. When the chicken looks as though it’s nearly cooked, stick your wraps onto the BBQ for about 30 seconds each side to warm up.
  7. Take the souvlaki off the skewer and serve atop the warmed wrap along with some tzatziki and green leaves, and a lovely summery Greek salad on the side.

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Bircher Muesli

6 May

I had never heard of Bircher muesli until I met Daps, and now it’s a firm favourite breakfast choice. It’s easily digestible, wonderfully tasty and superduper healthy – what’s not to love? Now that summer finally seems to be arriving, there should be loads of lovely summer fruits available to make this a beauuutiful breakfast!

Recipe (for 1)
1/2 to 1 cup oats (I prefer jumbo oats)
Splash of apple juice
Splash of water
Low fat natural or greek yoghurt (watch the sugar content of ‘low fat’ – sometimes the full fat varieties are actually better for you!)
Teaspoon honey
Half an apple, grated
Load of scrummy berries

1. Place your oats in a bowl and pour over some apple juice and water. You only want enough to be able to see the water at the sides, not so much that you’re drowning the oats! Give it a stir and cover with clingfilm to leave in the fridge overnight – the oats will soak up the juice.

2. Take your oats out and give them a stir, if they look like they need a bit more moisture add a tad more juice.

3. Add your grated apple and stir until well incorporated.

4. Plonk a couple of generous tablespoons of yoghurt onto your oats, sprinkle with your fruit and drizzle with the honey, then sit outside in the sun and feel suitably smug that you’re starting your day off so healthily!

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Still here!

2 May

Hi lovely cookers, readers and eaters…just a note to say I am still here, I’m just a bit bogged down with work and fitness at the moment. I’m debating whether or not to actually start writing about my fitness goals as a way to keep me accountable for what I’m chowing down on, and maybe to inspire me to cook some even healthier bits and bobs, but I’m worried it might be a bit boring for all of you to have to put up with! We’ll see…

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I hope to get writing up some new recipes soon 🙂 x