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Stuffed Roast Chicken

So….i’ve been on quite a cooking spree – I love the feeling it gives me and putting together a whole bunch of random stuff together to give a final amazing, tasty and semi-healthy meal. Also the great cheer I get from willing eaters 🙂

So….here goes. Stuffed roast chicken. Here is the basic recipe that a friend of mine sent over, but I added quite a bit more for flavoring.

Chicken:

2 tablespoons plain yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons olive oil
1.5kg whole chicken

Stuffing:
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 small onion chopped finely
1/2 cup (100g) White calrose rice (or another short grain rice)
1 cup (250ml) chicken stock
2 tablespoons silvered almonds, toasted
2 tablespoons raisins, chopped finely
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley

1) whisk yogurt, honey and oil in a small bowl until combined
2) wash the chicken under cold water, pat dry, tuck wings under the chicken, fill cavity with stuffing, secure with toothpicks, tie legs together using kitchen string, place the chicken in oiled wire rack over baking dish, brush the chicken with some of the yogurt mixture, bake uncovered, in moderate oven for 30 minutes.
3) brush chicken with yogurt mixture, cover with foil, bake for 1 hour, brushing chicken with he yogurt mixture once more during cooking. Remove foil towards end of cooking time to allow chicken skin to brown.

Stuffing:
Heat oil in small saucepan, cook onion, stirring until browned lightly. Add rice, stir until rice is coated in onion mixture, stir in stock, bring to boil, simmer, covered for 12 minutes. Remove from heat; stand, covered, 10 minutes. Stir in the remaining ingredients.

I added:

Garlic (and lot’s of it) – at least 3 cloves to the stuffing mixture, I also added rosemary and some chili for a kick. I seasoned it with salt and pepper. I also made ‘stuffing muffins’ with the leftover stuffing which consisted of me making little balls out of the stuffing, dipping it in egg white then breadcrumbs then putting it in the oven for 20 mins on a greased baking tray. They were delicious.
Enjoy! 🙂

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Winehouse, Amy

I am truly truly saddened by the news of Amy Winehouse passing. Many aren’t surprised, and I guess I’m not either, but considering we’ve seen her struggle, her ups and downs, other legends leaving us at a young age due to drugs, fame and the cost of talent; couldn’t someone do something?? I guess not. I guess it’s ultimately that person’s will and wish to get healthy and happy; and fate. I guess everything happens for a reason and when it’s your time, it’s your time. May she rest in eternal peace.

My all time fav Amy song was “Take the Box”

Amy Winehouse \’Take the Box\’

Your neighbours were screaming
I don’t have a key for downstairs, so I punched all the buzzers hoping you wouldn’t be there
So now my head’s hurting
You say I always get my own way
But you were in the shower when I got there, I’d have wanted to stay, but I got nothing to say

Cause you were so beautiful before today
But then I heard what you got to say… man that was ugly

The Moschino bra you bought me last Christmas
Put it in the box, put it in the box
Frank’s in there and I don’t care
Put it in the box, put it in the box
Just take it
Take the box

Take the box

I came home this evening and nothing felt like how it should be
I feel like writing you a letter but that is not me… you know me
Feel so f*cking angry; don’t wanna be reminded of you
But when I left my sh*t in your kitchen, I said goodbye to your bedroom it smelled of you

Mr False Pretence, you don’t make sense
I just don’t know you
But you make me cry, where’s my kiss goodbye?
I think I love you

The Moschino bra you bought me last Christmas
Put it in the box, put it in the box
Frank’s in there and I don’t care
Put it in the box, put it in the box
Now take it
Take the box
Just take it, take it
Take the box
And now just take the box
Take the box

Take the box

News read: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3711373/Amy-Winehouse-found-dead.html

Script

 

“Word of blessing of Henok, wherewith he blessed the chosen and righteous who would be alive in the day of tribulation for the removal of all wrongdoers and backsliders.”

 

 

 

 

All human beings are bornfree and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

 

 

 

الضالع

I’m obsessed with the idea and the use of different scripts. It’s just amazing to me. This is my surname in Arabic (apparently)

All that made me think of Angelina’s script and the meaning is beautiful. Her tattoo’s are stunning , and I don’t say that a lot! I love that she has the coordinates for all her babies as a tribute to them

“May your enemies run far away from you.
If you acquire riches, may they remain yours always.
Your beauty will be that of Apsara.
Wherever you may go, many will attend, serve and protect you, surrounding you on all sides. ”

the one on her forearm is written in Arabic, meaning “determination” or “strength of will”

 

“Don’t let me go yet”

I’d fight battles with the sun to rest against you tonight
To feel your breath on my pillow
Those songbirds outside your window
Are dropping feathers like I dropped words
I’m cold from all that came out wrong
I sleep alone now
Even when I don’t
I sleep backbone to floorboards
Cause they’re softer than regret
Don’t let me go
Don’t let me go yet

“Yarn” by Andrea Gibson