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Roast chicken breast

Roast chicken breast – my favourite

roast chicken breastThis was one of the first recipes that I created and it started out as an American recipe for 6 people. Needless to say like all of my recipes this version is now a recipe for one person.

Roast chicken breast is still one of my favourites because it tastes great with layers of flavour. The chicken seasoning adds a lot to the layers so try very hard not to skip that stage.

Roast chicken breast recipe

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How to choose a new recipe

More recipes are now available in more places than ever. While potentially a good thing it does make it even more difficult for members of the My Inherited Kitchen community to know which new recipe to select. A bit like choosing which tea to buy in a supermarket – the curse of too much choice.

Based on my somewhat variable experiences here are the My Inherited Kitchen step by step guidelines to help you quickly say yes or no to a new recipe.

  1. Does it have a picture?    If not don’t even try it.  You need something to compare your finished dish to and give you a few hints while you are making it.
  2. Do you like the picture?  If no it may be an automatic reject but you may wish to take into account that not everyone can take good pictures of food.  Needless to say some of my recipe pictures fall into this category.
  3. How long is the list of ingredients?  If it’s more than 20 it is an automatic no. It’s a good indicator of a complex dish for chefs not My Inherited Kitchen fans. As a guide the average My Inherited Kitchen list of ingredients is 8 and the maximum that will fit on my recipe sheet is 14.
  4. Are there more than four ingredients that you have never heard of? If you don’t want to spend your time trying to find out what they are and where you could buy them it’s a definite no.
  5. Is there an ingredient that you don’t like? Why punish yourself?
  6. Do you have the kitchen gadgets needed to make it? It would have to score well on other counts to convince me. Unless of course I was looking for an excuse to buy that kitchen tool anyway. (Warning: It’s very easy to fall into the buy more gadgets trap – as I’ve just demonstrated).
  7. Are they using cooking terms that you don’t understand?  Of course you have to learn about new things but if there is too much cooking code and shorthand – pass. Why make things hard when there are other options.
  8. How many people is the recipe for? This can be the killer question. There are very few recipes for 1 compared to 2, 4 or 6 people. Calculating one sixth of an ingredient is fraught with problems. You have to be good a maths and splitting an egg can be really tricky. The more people that the recipe is created for the greater the likelihood that it just won’t for work one. (This is why every My Inherited Kitchen recipe is just for one person).

Please let me know if you have other suggestions to add to the list for selecting a new recipe.  It would also be good to hear about any sources of good recipes for one in addition to My Inherited Kitchen. Particularly if you had tried it and really like it.

What to have for dinner after you’ve had a big lunch

You are too full for a big meal but you do need something. In the My Inherited Kitchen world the solution is summed up in one word – dessert.

If you just want something light get a fresh fruit tub from a supermarket and do not feel guilty adding some ice cream. The next step up is what some of my friends call my school dinners obsession. In M&S you can get individual pudding for: Syrup sponge, bread and butter pudding, raspberry jam sponge and of course my favourite sticky ginger sponge pudding. They last for a month in a cupboard and take 40 seconds to cook in the microwave.  Of course to make it a real school dinners favourite a dessert needs custard. The contents of a tin of custard in the microwave for two minutes is all it takes. The total cost will be less than two pounds.

If you have a bit more time

My school certainly did not serve apple strudel for dessert so I’m making up for it now. This is one of the few times I recommend that you buy something that according to the box serves 6. Frozen strudel in apple and other varieties come in 350mm boxes and are available in Waitrose, Tesco and M&S as well as some others.

The first thing to do when you get it home, before you put it into the freezer, is to cut it into portions. The box says 6 portions but I think that it’s only 4. Anyway, you decide. Use a bread knife to slice the portions and then put them back in box so that you still have the cooking instructions.

They take around 35 minutes to cook but are my favourite dessert dish for dinner after a big lunch. Sometimes I can even resist the temptation to add ice cream or custard. Sometimes.

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