Most of our food is determined by time, cost and kids. So whereas I try to get some balance in there, it’s not often Mr P and I sit down to a dinner that is more choice than necessity. I decided it was about time I made something decent.
Firstly I made a herb stuffing, with basil, dill, tarragon, garlic, ginger, one mushroom and half a small red onion. Stirred a little olive oil in and a splash of lemon juice.
I then slit chicken breasts open, so they had a channel down the middle, and filled this with the herb stuffing.
Next, I wrapped the chicken breasts in smoked bacon.
I then made a ricotta stuffing to go in to large field mushrooms. I chopped dill, basil, chives, some red onion, the stalks from the mushrooms, garlic and a splash of lemon juice, mixed in to ricotta cheese.
Scooped the mixture in to the field mushrooms and popped on a baking tray.
Both the chicken and the mushrooms went in to the oven, for approximately 40 minutes, basically until cooked.
Meanwhile to go with the food, I made a cream herb sauce. I dissolved a low salt stock cube in a little water, added a splash of lemon juice, and some fresh herbs (dill and basil).
Once this is brought gently to the boil, add some double cream, stir well and allow to once again, gently come to the boil.
I also stir fried some pak choi and red onion.
Once ready, I served with jasmine rice, and a selection of steamed vegetables.
No airs and graces with the serving, and we did sit with it on our knees, but with a small glass of chilled white wine, it was utterly yummy. We don’t get out much, so it’s a real treat to have something slightly nicer, and not bad price; This dinner cost me less than £12.
Going back to eating some meat, sometimes, has meant I can enjoy something like this with Mr P. It’s the little things like this that can be the special times.
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