Saturday, February 07, 2015

Summer in February

We've been having some strange weather recently: at lunchtime on Saturday, the barometer showed a temperature of 26.6° C with a prediction of rain. The weather forecast on the news says that the coming week will be cold and possibly rainy....

In recognition of the heat, I decided that lunch would be Mediterranean: lemon chicken breast, steamed vegetables and baked potatoes. In the morning, I cut  a chicken breast into strips then put them into a marinade of olive oil and lemon juice, the latter being freshly pressed from lemons grown on the lemon tree in the garden. I diced some potatoes, seasoned them with parsley then mixed them with some of the marinade. This went into the oven at 150° C for an hour. 

The vegetables were red and yellow bell peppers, a courgette, onion and the new 'hit': diced kale. This mixture was cooked in the microwave for 15 minutes, inside the 'spice oven'.  There was an item on the television a few days about 'super foods', one of which was kale. I have been reading about different ways of cooking it: cooking makes the flavenoids (the "goodness") more accessible but one has to prevent too much being leached away. The spice oven seems to be the best way of steaming as it requires no added water so it probably loses the least amount of nutrients.

The chicken breast slices were cooked for a few minutes each side in the heavy frying pan which I bought a few weeks ago. The meal was served with freshly pressed orange juice. The result: delicious!

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