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The Joy of Cooking!

As you all know Andrew and I live in the country. 30 min away from the closest thing to civilization and over an hour to the big city it is easy to find yourself in need of something to do. I love art, movies and other hobbies but Andrew and I have really taken to cooking. For a newly wed couple (can we still call ourselves that at 1 year and a half?) we have an insane collection of cook books. We love trying out new recipes, morphing the ingredients and making it our own. Above all we love doing it on a budget!

One of our latest find was a cook book called “Ten Dollar Dinners” by Melissa d’Arabian star of the hit cooking show Ten Dollar Dinners on the Food Network. This book is honestly amazing and a must have for any kitchen. It teaches you how to develop a cheap but useful pantry, how to create amazing dinners from appetizer to dessert and all for $10!

Tonight was a quick and easy meal that was sooooooo good. I mean yes I made it… but I promise I am not being biased. We had Crispy Chicken a L’Orange, Rice, Easy Peasy Frozen Peas with Strawberry Pavlovas with Apricot Sauce for dessert!

Once the Rice is on the stove the rest is rather straight forward!

For the chicken, use skin on bone in chicken. add salt and pepper to a frying pan that holds 1 tablespoon of oil. Place the chicken skin down and let it get nice and crispy! Next time I am going to wait alittle longer for the perfect crispy skin.  While its plugging away combine 1/2 cup thawed orange juice concentrate and 1/4 cup of honey and bring it to a boil for about 5 min. By the time it is finished its ready to take the chicken out and throw it in the oven at 375. Before you do drizzle some of the orange sauce over the chicken and wait to enjoy!It takes about 25min to bake.

For the Easy Peasy Peas take 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, some salt, pepper, lemon zest and some lemon juice then add the peas! heat for 5 min and they are ready to go!

For dessert we had Strawberry Pavlovas with Apricot Sauce. These light and fluffy desserts are named after the famous ballerina Anna Pavlova. Not sure why but they tasted great! The base is your basic meringue that is baked for 40min then cooled for 20min. We topped it with whip cream, strawberries and then drizzled with apricot sauce (apricot jam with 2 tablespoons of hot water.. easy eh!!!).  It was great!

 

I can’t wait till Thursday when we try out afew more.

Posted October 2nd, 2012.

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