Lockdown Larder – Day 53

Chicken Schnitzel, blueberry & lemon cake – and pancakes!   Sunday afternoon I felt like baking. I found some blueberries in the freezer, and had plenty of lemons, and so they called to be made into a cake. Bill Granger had a recipe I’d never tried: Blueberry Tea Cake. https://foodthatserves.com/tag/cream-cheese-icing/ I made one change to … Continue reading Lockdown Larder – Day 53

Lockdown Larder – Day 46

Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken! Sunday ended up being the dinner we planned for Saturday. Ever since the son told me about the AMAZING popcorn chicken he ate at Mr Go’s café / restaurant in Wellington, I had to try it for myself. And yes, it was beyond delicious. We started experimenting to make it at home, … Continue reading Lockdown Larder – Day 46

Lockdown Larder – Day 43 (Thursday)

A lesson in sub-standard haloumi, a chicken fajita salad, and dessert pizza   Tonight, for once, we planned dinner around the dessert course. We rarely have a dessert, so this was a new departure for us. We would try to make a dessert calzone, and so it was important to have a light main course, … Continue reading Lockdown Larder – Day 43 (Thursday)

Lockdown Larder – Day 41 (Tuesday)

Leftover roast chicken + curry paste = delicious quick dinner   It was another busy day at my desk, an afternoon filled with meetings, and the increasing need for a quick to prep and eat meal. The leftovers from Monday’s roast chicken were perfect for a speedy curry, along with a generous portion of mushrooms, … Continue reading Lockdown Larder – Day 41 (Tuesday)

Lockdown Larder – Day 38 (Saturday)

Fusion Kebabs!   We have yoghurt! And chicken thighs! And salad! And fresh garlic! The groceries arrived today, with everything I ordered. I have filled the gaps in the larder and the freezer, and it was a delight to pick and choose what arrived, while we decided what we would have for dinner. The Chicken … Continue reading Lockdown Larder – Day 38 (Saturday)

Lockdown Larder – Day 33

Curry Night! Mango Chicken with Nadia Lim’s flatbreads   Thanks to the groceries arriving, we had all the ingredients for the Mango Chicken Curry recipe that I found. When we get Indian Takeaways, this is my current favourite, and I had high hopes for recreating the dish. To go with it, along with plain basmati … Continue reading Lockdown Larder – Day 33

Lockdown Larder – Day 28 (Wednesday)

Steak & Garlic Mushroom Pie with Tri-Colour Mash   After yesterday’s fry-fest, I wanted veggies tonight. We’re running low on fresh veg though, so I had to use what was left. I found a family-sized steak & garlic mushroom pie in the freezer, and we had that with what I proudly call tri-colour mash. Mashed … Continue reading Lockdown Larder – Day 28 (Wednesday)

Lockdown Larder – Day 25 (Sunday)

Bacon-wrapped cream-cheese-stuffed chicken breast   This was based on several recipes I’d seen online, adapted to the ingredients in my fridge. Starting point was 3 x large chicken breasts, a pack of streaky bacon, and a packet of locally made cream cheese with chilli flakes and garlic. I slit the breast pieces open, as though … Continue reading Lockdown Larder – Day 25 (Sunday)

Lockdown Larder – Day 19 (Monday)

When you want a takeaway for dinner but everywhere is closed… If today was a normal day. I’d have called it a takeaway night. You know when you’ve had enough of cooking elaborate food and just want to eat something? That was tonight. There was no outstanding reason. I didn’t sleep well last night, which … Continue reading Lockdown Larder – Day 19 (Monday)

Lockdown Larder – Day 18

Sunday Roast Chicken & veg - with soft no-knead bread rolls   Tonight’s dinner was a small, organic free-range chicken from Bostock Brothers, courtesy of yesterday’s delivery of groceries. https://bostocksorganic.co.nz/ The chicken was roasted with a fresh lemon quartered inside it, and another tray of the roasted medley of vegetables that were so successful a … Continue reading Lockdown Larder – Day 18