Thursday, July 21, 2011

Chicken, tomato & lemon with pearl {Israeli} couscous

Oh my!!!  If you havnt tried Pearl couscous, {or Israeli couscous as its also called} you have to.  It is devine!  The small balls pop in your mouth and the deliciouse flavours that go with it are just to die for.  I found this recipe on 'the bitten word' here at this web site.  It is so yummy and here is my version of it.  I make it on a saturday night and it goes down well with a glass of vino, a great dvd and a wonderful man.heehee.


1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup Israeli couscous

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced

4 Roma or plum tomatoes, cut lengthwise into 6 slices

3 garlic cloves, minced

4 strips lemon peel

Pinch of saffron

1/2 cup dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc

1-1/2 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock {I use massel brand as there is no msg and its gluten free}

1/2 tsp coarse salt

1 cup frozen peas, thawed

1 lemon, cut into wedges, for serving


1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add couscous, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Transfer to a bowl, and return skillet to heat.

2. Cook chicken, smooth side down, until browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Flip, and cook for 2 minutes more. Transfer to a plate, reserving drippings in skillet.

3. Reduce heat to medium, add onion, and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, garlic, lemon peel, and saffron, and cook, stirring frequently, until tomatoes begin to break down, 2 to 3 minutes.

4. Return chicken to skillet. Add wine, and cook for 4 minutes. Add stock, salt, and couscous, and stir. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until couscous is tender and chicken is cooked through, 12 to 14 minutes. Stir in peas, and cook until heated through, about 1 minute. Serve immediately with lemon.

Soooo ho gooooood! Do yourself a favor and try it.
~Bon apetite.


Friday, July 15, 2011

Princess Aurora Cake

Last Sunday My lil' neice Charlie had a fun little tea party. Of course my sister in law asked me to do the cake which I was delighted to do as I LURVE experementing with food. I have never made a 'doll' cake before and I couldn't wait to try.

Charlie specifically aske for "Princess Aurora" Cake from Disney...

So I tried. I purchased a Dolly Varden {heehee funny name} cake tin and baked a simple chocolate cake. Once it cooled I placed 'Aurora' in place...first I had to remove her legs {which seems a little gruesem for a little girls party LOL} I had to do this so she could fit properly. Once in place I decorated the naked doll and cake to look like she was dressed. Here is the final outcome...

I know she isnt professionally made, so any cake conessiours out there, dont laugh! {yes, I know she looks pregnant, heehee} But little 5 year old Charlie thought it was just wonderful. I must admit I was pretty impressed with my efforts considering it was a first time attempt at a cake like this. I enjoyed making this cake and my kids did too. I think there will be alot more fun cakes in this shape now I have the mould...Little T thought a volcano cake would be pretty cool, me too.