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Hello and welcome to my blog.

This is my very first one, so bear with me and enjoy reading about my adventures cooking all of the recipes from Nigella Lawson's new book 'Kitchen'.

From time-to-time I may post about things other than cooking, after all, Nigella does sell a lifestyle that most women would like have a slice of, so I would like to share a bit of mine - not quite as glamorous but fun none-the-less (may I add that most of my ideas and thoughts revolve around food anyway)!

Just to set the scene a little, I am based in Yorkshire, live with my husband and gorgeous toddler who is rapidly approaching his second year. I work in the events industry and love music, books, fashion, culture and of course... food.


Goddess Mx (meant in the loosest possible sense, believe me)!

Monday, 27 September 2010

Crisp Chicken Cutlets and Cheesy Chilli (with a bit of X Factor thrown in for good measure)

Phew - Saturday was a bit of a mad one. Got up early as per the norm with little M, playing with trains and jigsaws. While shopping for all the vital ingredients for the week's menu, I was very nervous at the checkout waiting to hear the damage, but was pleasantly surprised at the £70ish pounds. Not bad for two people, and I did get lots of dried herbs, spices and oils that I wouldn't normally have to get so it should get less expensive as I go. As Master M went to the football, I had plans with my football widow friend and her son to go to the park. I remembered as I was practically leaving the house that I needed to marinade the chicken for my crisp chicken cutlets, so got the rolling pin out, bashed the chicken breasts flat and chucked them in a dish with natural yoghurt, milk and worcester sauce, all with little M on my hip taking it all in with goggle-eyes. He must have wondered what his crazy mummy was all about!

Fast-forward to dinner time and I fried the breaded chicken for 3 mins on both sides but don't think it was thin enough so the meat was still raw on the inside, while the coating was getting to the burnt stage. So, I cut the chicken into strips, finished it off and presented it as a salad, which was lovely. Also got Master M's seal of approval which means it must have been tasty indeed!

On Sunday we had an excellent day in rainy Hull as we went to The Deep, a spectacular aquarium that little M enjoyed running around in, not bothered about the fish so much as all the space to explore. We then ventured into Hull for lunch to avoid extortionate prices at The Deep, only to end up in M and S as Pizza Express, where we had wanted to eat, had closed eight months previously. Hull seems seriously short of good eateries so there is a definite niche there.

At home later after saying goodbye to Nana who had spent the day with us, little M went to bed and we had Cheesy Chilli which was tremendous. Comfort food at its best. Not much more can be better than snuggling up on an autumnal evening with a bowl of steaming hot bowl of chilli, oozing with Mozzarella, mildly salted tortilla chips and a dose of Simon Cowell et al.

I also got ahead of myself by preparing tomorrow's feast of BBQ Mince which I am unsure of to be honest. It has Jim Beam in it and all I can smell when I lift the pot lid is Bourbon so hope it doesn't overpower. I think we are having it with soft white rolls and more cheese (cheddar this time). Will let you know tomorrow.

Goddess Mx

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