All posts filed under: Chicken

A Retro Chicken Dinner at The Holy Birds, Liverpool Street

Tim is literally chicken-obsessed, I’ve mentioned it many times on this blog. I’ve never seen another human be able to devour one so quickly and so thoroughly – not a scrap is left on a bone! We were recently invited to a new restaurant in Liverpool Street called ‘The Holy Birds’ which is completely centred around, you guessed it, birds – chicken, duck, pigeon and so on. I love the concept! Their French, free range birds are brined for 24 hours, and air dried for 12 hours, to give them a delicious depth of flavour. We visited recently mid-week and we loved the decor and style from the moment we walked in the door, with its cool 60’s retro vibe.It was set up by brothers Gerry and Jon Calabrese, of The Hoxton Pony and Wringer + Mangle, both venues which I’ve previously visited and enjoyed. The Holy Birds is a large venue with a big bar area and a spacious restaurant adorned by a beautiful Murano glass chandelier, a perfect spot whether you’re looking for …

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic Recipe

I adore cooking with garlic and so I couldn’t wait to try out some recipes from my new cook book, quite literally titled ‘Garlic’ by Jenny Linford, published by Ryland Peters & Small. It’s such a pretty book, with over 65 recipes, broken down into six chapters: Mellow, Sunshine, Comfort, Fiery, Go Wild and Celebratory. I decided to try out a recipe from the ‘Mellow’ section – Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic. Yes, you read that right, 40 cloves! Here’s the recipe: Ingredients – serves 6 1.8kg/4 lb free-range chicken 25g/1 and a half tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon olive oil 40 garlic cloves, separated but unpeeled. 100ml/one third of a cup of vermouth or dry white wine freshly squeezed juice of half a lemon 200ml/1 cup good-quality chicken stock a handful of fresh tarragon sprigs salt and freshly ground black pepper A lidded flameproof casserole dish, large enough to hold the chicke Method Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat the butter and olive oil in a …

Chicken Basghettilli Recipe

When I was a child, my mum used to make a chicken and tagliatelle dish called ‘Chicken Cacciatore’ – I always used to look forward to it! Looking at recipes for it online, it seems to vary quite a lot. So this is my own take on it, which I’m naming ‘Chicken Basghettilli‘ (basil, spaghetti and chilli…see what I did there…) Ingredients 2 free range chicken breasts 1 onion (chopped finely) 2 cloves of garlic (chopped finely) 1 red chilli (chopped finely) 4 mini portobello mushrooms (chopped into small pieces) 1 tin of chopped tomatoes 1 tbsp tomato purée Generous dash of red wine Handful of fresh basil leaves (chopped finely, plus a few for decoration) Spaghetti for two people (usually about a quarter of a standard sized pack of spaghetti) Salt and pepper to taste Olive oil for cooking Method Pre-heat the oven to 170C. Heat some good quality olive oil (I used PS Lambis Cypriot olive oil) in a pan on the hob (it needs to be a pan that can also go …

Dinner at Chicken Shop, Tooting

We’re currently looking to buy a house in Tooting, which is proving to be a very stressful and time consuming process. We were close to buying one, until we found it had a killer plant called Japanese Knotweed. And so it was sadly back to the drawing board. Last week we looked at a couple of properties after work and we were starving – it’s over an hour from Tooting to where we currently live, so we thought we’d try out somewhere there. Tooting really seems to be growing in popularity at the moment, with lots of cool restaurants opening in the area. One of these is Chicken Shop, owned by the Soho House Group, which currently has branches in Tooting, Kentish Town, Whitechapel, Holborn, and rather randomly, Chicago. The premise of Chicken Shop is pretty simple (much like most of the new restaurants popping up these days). You pick a whole, half or quarter chicken and then order some sides, from crinkle cut fries, coleslaw, corn on the cob or butter lettuce & avocado …

A Gourmet Sarnie for British Sandwich Week

There seems to be an awareness week for everything these days, from serious charity matters to fun, silly things. When I heard about British Sandwich Week taking place this week, I took it to be more of the latter. But it sounded amazing to me! Do you remember that episode of Friends where Joey risks his life to save his sandwich? Yeah, I get that… After looking into it, I’ve discovered that there is an official British Sandwich Association that runs the week, from 10th-16th May. It was founded in 1990 to set technical standards, encourage innovation and excellence and provide a collective voice for all involved in the making, distribution and retailing of sandwiches. There are lots of things going on to mark British Sandwich Week. For instance, Frankonia Bakery has created The Super Sandwich; a super-sized, two metre baguette, filled with pulled pork, coleslaw and BBQ sauce, which they have donated to The Soup Kitchen, run by the American Church on Tottenham Court Road. And so, to mark British Sandwich Week, I thought I’d …

Dinner at Chick N Sours, Dalston

I’d been hearing a lot about Chick N Sours, the latest chicken restaurant to open up in London. I’d been to Chicken Shop and Chicken Box. So I wondered what was going to make Chick N Sours different from its competitors. It opened up last week in Dalston, so we thought we’d go and see what all the fuss was about.     The menu isn’t huge, but it doesn’t need to be. There’s a choice of three starters, four mains (with a variety of sides) and soft serve ice cream for pud! They also have a range of cocktails (hence where the ‘sours’ comes into it) –  I started with the House Sour (gin, sugar, lemon, raspberry & chilli vinegar, vermouth and sour) and moved on to the Rye N Black (rye, lemon, pear & red wine syrup, sour).     We went for the Disco Wings (hot) to start with, which were great. Flavoursome and hot, but not unbearably so (I’m definitely getting better with spice!) For main course, Tim ordered the Guest …

Sweet & Spicy Beer Can Chicken

As you may know, Tim loves chicken. In fact, I don’t think ‘love’ really covers it. I’d probably call it an obsession. Our friends will be able to tell you many a tale relating to Tim and chicken (I think it even made it into his Best Man’s speech at our wedding). One of my favourites (although not at the time!) was when he nearly burned our flat down due to said chicken. After coming home from a big night out, after a few (!) beers, he decided to cook a roast chicken. Only he fell asleep with the oven on… let’s just say it’s a good job I got home in time! We’ve been trying a few different kinds of recipes out recently, and one of them was Sweet & Spicy Beer Can Chicken. It’s a Jamie Oliver recipe – ours was a much smaller chicken as it was only for the two of us, but his recipe, as per his website, is as follows: Ingredients 1 x 1.8 kg whole free-range chicken olive …