Lots of Love

Posted on February 21, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

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Since last week was Valentine’s Day I still have hearts on my mind.  I can show love to the people I cook for more than just one day a year!!!   Whether you are making a giant heart crouton to go with Coq au vin or baby hearts for “little soldier” appetizers…. you can demonstrate your love in little ways to show how much you care for the people you nourish physically with yummy food, emotionally with good conversation, and spiritually through demonstrating the love of Christ!  Jesus LOVED eating meals with people… look all throughout the Bible and you will see many references to food, tables, feasts and meals!

Matthew 9:10-13 “While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples.When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice. For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”   Jesus loves sinners – that’s good news for everyone on earth!!!

You know the program on TV “Come Dine with Me” – that’s what Jesus wants to do with us… He wants to come dine with us!!!!  You know why?  I think it’s because we eat all throughout the day… He wants to spend time with us all throughout the day.  Revelation 3:20 “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”

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You simply need these heart shapes….

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and some bread and butter.  Place the butter in a pan on high heat.  While the butter is melting, cut out heart shapes in the bread.  Place them in the pan and fry until they are toasted on one side, then flip!  Watch out, these little guys taste soooo good on their own… you might end up with less croutons than you think!

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Here are my little soldier appetizers:

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I put these amazing ingredients through a toothpick: toasted bread, sundried tomatoes, olives, and feta cheese.  You can add any ingredients that you like on your little soldiers. Tomatoes, cucumbers, bacon, sausage, basil, cheese (feta, mozzarella, cheddar).  The options are endless!!!

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Recipe for the French “Coq au vin”

4 portions

Ingredients

  • 4 Chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 cups button onions (about 100 grams)
  • 1 1/2 cups button mushrooms, cut in half (about 100 grams)
  • 4 pieces of bacon
  • 4 diced shallots (If you don’t have shallots, you could use 1/3 cup of onion – 40 g)
  • 1 cup (250 ml) red wine
  • 1 3/4 cup (400 ml) beef stock
  • salt & pepper
  • butter
  1. Melt the butter in a sauté  pan.
  2. Season the chicken with salt & pepper and sauté until cooked.
  3. Remove from the pan and place in a baking dish.
  4. Add the shallots and bacon in the pan and fry until bacon cooked through and the shallots are translucent.  Add the wine and beef stock and cook on high heat allowing the liquid to reduce (to be thickened and for more flavor!  If it doesn’t thicken up too much, you could add a teaspoon of corn flour which was mixed with a bit of water).  Add salt and pepper to the sauce.
  5. Place the bacon & sauce mixture in the baking dish around the chicken.    IMG_1543
  6. Add a little bit of butter to the frying pan and sauté the button onions and mushrooms for a pretty color 🙂 for about 1 minute on a high heat.  Add them to the baking pan.
  7. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 25 minutes at 350° F or 180° C. IMG_1544
  8. While the chicken is baking, make mashed potatoes, fried potatoes, rice, etc as well as the pretty heart crouton to garnish!  Put a stick through it and place on top of the cooked chicken.   IMG_1549heart[1]

Enjoy with 3 people you want to bless & nourish physically with yummy food, emotionally with good conversation, and spiritually through demonstrating the love of Christ!

Lots of love, Lindsey

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Chicken Roulade stuffed with ham, yellow peppers and sauce

Posted on February 18, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

This Chicken Roulade looks good.  So good.  So amazingly good.  This Chicken Roulade tastes good. So good.  So amazingly good.

Ingredients:

  • 5 chicken breasts
  • 10 slices of ham
  • 1-2 peppers (whichever color you want)
  • 5 slices of cheese
  • a handful of fresh basil
  • olive oil or butter
  • flour, 2-3 eggs and breadcrumbs to coat chicken
  • salt & pepper

Preparation Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 °F (200 °C).  Place the chicken in between 2 pieces of plastic wrap or a ziplock bag. Beat the chicken with a meat mallot (or a heavy frying pan) until it’s about 1/8 – 1/4 inch thin.  Very therapeutic after a stressful day of work!
  2. Add the ham.IMG_1485
  3. Wash, and slice the peppers in strips. IMG_1487
  4. Add the cheese you prefer and basil.  One of my guests couldn’t eat cheese (awful, I know!)  So I made a quick bechamel sauce (fancy word for white sauce).  I made my sauce by melting 1 1/2 tbsp (20 grams) butter in a saucepan.  I then added 2 tbsp (20 grams) of flour and mixed the two together to make a roux.  I slowly added 1 cup (about 200ml) milk while stirring over the heat.  This allowed the sauce to thicken up.  I seasoned the bechamel sauce with salt and added the chopped basil.IMG_1488
  5.  Then roll up the chicken.  Because I used a smaller piece of chicken, I needed the help of a few handy, dandy toothpicks to keep the roulade in tack!IMG_1489
  6. Allow the chicken to go for a dip in seasoned flour, egg and breadcrumbs.IMG_1499
  7. At this point, take any toothpicks out…. otherwise your guests might have an unpleasant surprise! Heat olive oil or butter in a frying pan.
  8. Fry them for 1-2 minutes on both sides to give the chicken a beautiful color 🙂IMG_1500
  9. Place the chicken in a baking dish lined with parchment paper… or simply butter the dish.  Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until the juices run clear.    IMG_1507
  10. Once they were cooked, I sliced the chicken and served them with mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables.  Too bad we were enjoying the food so much I forgot to take a picture!!!

Yum Yum.  I told you this Chicken Roulade is good. So good.  So amazingly good!

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O and here is what we had for dessert – Swan Cream puffs.  Would you like the recipe???

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