Monthly Archives: May 2011

fricken’ good chicken parmigiana

my husband is a picky eater.  i love mexican and indian spicy food but he won’t eat spice.  i love japanese food, he doesn’t.  most of the time we eat italian because he likes lasagne and spaghetti bolognese and meatballs.   i am desperate to get him eating more adventurously and healthily because i love nothing more than to make a home-cooked meal.  i decided to start him off with chicken parmigiana.  i know he likes it in restaurants but i’d never made if before.  i used the recipe from bill granger’s “bill’s basics” books.

heat 1tbsp of olive oil in a sauce pan, cook for a few seconds, add  400g can chopped tomatoes, 1tsp sugar, 1tsp salt and simmer for 15 mins.  remove from heat and add a handful of fresh basil leaves torn up. 

heat 1 tbsp olive oil on a high heat and cook 4 chicken breasts for 2 mins on each side, transfer to baking dish.  pour sauce over chicken and top with 100g torn up mozzarella and 50g fresh grated parmesan.  cook in oven at 180 for 20-25 minutes. 

serve with pasta, green salad, garlic bread, crusty bread – whatever you want!
(this photo doesn’t do it justice)

well it turned out really well, the only thing i would amend next time is that I would add 2 cans of chopped tomatoes to make more sauce.  my husband likes a lot of sauce and it wasn’t quite enough.  we are having the rest of it today as leftovers.  he LOVED it.  it will definitely go into rotation for our weekly meals.

bon appétit! 


campervan and bug lovin’

my mister and i are both vw fans.  since i was really little, i have had a thing for beetles and campervans, probably stemming from my love of the 60s and 70s and the idea of living as a free spirit.  i can think of nothing more exciting than a spontaneous weekend spent packing up the camper and taking off on a roadtrip witt no pre-determined destination.  bliss.  my husband has promised me both a beetle and a camper once we figure out where we’ll be living so for now i have to make do with looking a pictures.  le sigh!  yesterday we went to a festival in biggar, scotland called volksfling.  it’s a weekend long festival for vw enthusiasts so we went to check it out.  i had grand ideas in my head that it was going to be all about restored campers and modified beetles but it turned out to be mostly a campsite with some people selling parts and trying to sell their vw’s.  pretty boring plus it was drizzly rain and kinda cold so we didn’t stay too long but here are some photos of the day….

i shall leave you with those pretty images while i go and daydream about roadtripping america in a camper….

top 5 vol. 5

i haven’t been blogging regularly for a while, really because college has been zapping all my energy.  i have barely had any motivation to do anything, even things i really love to do like read, bake and cook.  anyway, have no fear blog buddies, i have officially 3 weeks left of college and in those 3 weeks, i’m only actually at college for 6 days and placement for 6 days and then i’m done. for good. woop woop! i shall have my life back.  very much looking forward to it.  so in the meantime, while my zapped braincells recover enough to blog about interesting things, here’s a top 5:

top 5 childhood books
1.  charlotte’s web by e.b. white
2.  any judy blume book
3.  any paula danziger book
4.  paddy’s pot of gold by dick king-smith
5.  the very hungry caterpillar by eric carle

top 5 american states i’ve visited so far
1.  virginia (home ♥)
2.  maryland
3.  tennessee
4.  nevada
5.  new hampshire

top 5 albums i’ve been listening to in the last couple weeks
1.  brothers by the black keys
2.  flaws by bombay bicycle club
3.  21 by adele
4.  rumours by fleetwood mac (best ever!!!!)
5.  bright lights by ellie goulding

i want one

my husband and i both really want a dog.  or maybe two dogs.  my choice?  definitely a boston terrier.  they come under “you either love them or hate them” category!  i happen to love them.  don’t you think they’re cute?

(images via weheartit)

 go on, admit it, you’re heart has melted a little looking at those cute photos, right? ♥

beautiful people ~ gwyneth paltrow

ok, i must admit, i was never really a fan of gwyneth in the past.  i couldn’t bear the gwyneth/brad pitt combo and it wasn’t until i saw her indie movie, proof, that i began to appreciate her talent in acting.  now, i think she’s great.  she’s age-defyingly beautiful, her body is amazing, she cooks (i bought her new cookbook the other day and was pleasantly surprised by it), she blogs on and she inspired her husband, chris martin, to write one of my favourite songs of all time, fix you.  other than that, i’m gonna let the photos speak for themselves…

(images via