Monday, April 30, 2012

Moroccan Lemon Chicken - Next Life I'm Coming Back with Me as My Wife

Next life I want to come back with me as my wife.  Why? Well for a start, it's a dang good restaurant here at the Beach House and I am the chief cook and bottle washer.  This is a low budget and fabulous meal that serves 4. I popped this one up on Face Book last week and there were recipe requests, so here it is. I call this cooking with cans.  You can have most of this stuff in your pantry and freezer, even the garlic and onion.  Just waiting for one of those times when you have no inspiration at all and the thought of providing yet another meal for your hungry family, is enough to make you want to jump ship.  The only thing you need to buy in fresh is the coriander and hey, if you  forget that, you will be forgiven, cause it wont matter if you leave it out.  Come to think of it, I don't think it was even in the original recipe.

This slow cooker arrived at the Beach House last week and  it has liberated me.  Don't know about you, but I can't seem to get my act together in the mornings.  Something about naughty little kiddos dragging the chain.  So I usually find myself putting the food in this thing the night before, switching it on in the morning and not thinking about dinner again until it's ready to serve.  Heaven!!!!!!

This recipe comes out of a fabulous book called Northern Beaches Cooks, put together by a group of mum's and dads just like the recipes are easy, doable and very fabulous.   I see myself as a Northern Beaches Cook and this recipe book is so me.  I cook lots out of it.  

I'm trying to get more of these types of spices into our weekly diet, as they are intense with antioxidants and other goodness, which is what I am after in my week day wonder type meals.  We seem to lose it a bit on the weekends, but I figure I at least want to eat well mid week.  

You can see I did actually put this one together in the morning as Mr Beach House, God love him, did the school run that day.  This day it was PJs until school pick up. Sooooooo nice!!!!!

We are having the left overs from this tonight, made into soup, after a bleak day on the beaches out amongst it.   

When family day falls on a cold day in Sydney you have to go with it.  Being together out in the wilderness, means we love each other a little more now than we did this morning.  We ate our sandwiches in the rain and had a laugh, which has set me up nicely for yet another week as the CEO of the Beach House.  I told Mr Beach House on the drive home, I need more excitement in my life.  Wonder what I'll come up with!!!!!!  Baby land is over for me and I want more now!!!!!

Nothing like a gourmet sanga by the grey sea, to add excitement to ones life!!!!!!! Hmmm I need to get out more!!!!

Moroccan Lemon Chicken
serves 4

1 tablespoon each of ground paprika, ground turmeric, ground cumin
10 chicken drumsticks
 tablespoons olive oil (only if cooking in a conventional oven)
1 onion sliced
2 cloves garlic crushed
1x 400g can chopped peeled tomatoes
2 cups chicken stock
1 preserved lemon cut into strips
 10 black pitted olives
salt and pepper to taste 
1 bunch flat leaf parsley or coriander chopped 
Couscous or quinoa to serve serve

If cooking in the slow cooker put all ingredients in except the parsley or coriander and cook on high for 6 hours. Add the parsley just before serving.  

Left overs tip:  Remove the chicken from the bones and break up. Reheat and serve as a soup.  Add a cup of water or two and salt to taste, if needed.  So yummy

To cook in a conventional oven
Preheat oven to 180C or 350 .
Place spices in a plastic bag.  Add chicken and toss to coat.
Heat oil in a large pan over a low heat add chicken cook until browned.  Put into your casserole dish.
Add onion and garlic to pan and cook for 3-5 minutes.  Put into casserole.  Deglaze pan with chicken stock and pour into casserole dish.
Add remaining ingredients except parsley or coriander and to casserole.  Bake for 45 minutes.  Turn chicken and cook for a further 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked.

15 minutes before serving add parsley or coriander.

Serve with cous cous. or quinoa.

Serves four.  Use the left over sauce and any chicken to make a fabulous soup by adding 1-2 cups of water to it.  I love a meal that does for 2 nights.......Doesn't take much to please me people!!!!!!

Recipe Source Northern Beaches Cooks with amendments that work for me

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  1. I will certainly try this recipe. This is my sort of cooking. I find the simple things are often the best. Leahx

  2. This sounds absolutely delicious. Thank you for sharing, I am always looking for good slow cooker recipes. x

  3. sounds lovely! i like recipes i don' have to think about too much.

  4. Yum! I'm not a great cook but this looks like something I could attempt, thanks Carolyn! :) xo K

  5. I adore Moroccan chicken, but have never tried a recipe like this before. It's definitely getting added to my weekly meal plan!

  6. Phwaoooar now this looks good.
    Hope you have been well hun, I have missed reading your blog, but I have lots of lovely posts to catch up on.
    We need to get that next catch up organised asap. :)
    I'll give you a buzz tomorrow. xxx

  7. I know what I'm making tomorrow. Thanks

  8. Love Moroccan food and always looking out for an excuse to use the slow cooker.

  9. The flavors in this are amazing! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  10. I love Moroccan food. My blog partner/daughter and I rode our bicycles from the top to the bottom of Morocco a few years ago (enroute to Senegal from Paris), and I fell in love with their food. I will try this.

  11. this is getting unbelievable

  12. Yes, you put me to utter shame. My poor husband is grateful if I splash out and get a bbq chook these days. God only knows how grim it will get when I have a newborn! Thoroughly enjoying your styling/craft posts too. You are making me feel very inadequate and envious!

    1. Oh sweet girl I had a freezer full of food when I had my last. I found a great local catering company that made very nice home style meals. I used them for three months and never cooked a meal for that time. It cost me a little more but at least there was food on the table by dinner time.


  13. Carolyn I am salivating over here. I just smell how aromatic that delicious dish must be. I thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful post. I would love it if you could share this wonderful post at our WIW linky party. I hope you can join us.


  14. I love the spices in this and the crockpot! Always looking for different cultures food to spice up our dining. I would love it if you would share this on my foodie friday linky today.

    1. So glad you shared this on Foodie Friday, hope to see you next week.

  15. This recipe looks really delicious!

    There is a link party going on in my blog today. I would LOVE for you to share this :)


  16. I'm always looking for new ways to prepare chicken and this looks great. I also love the fact that it a slow cooker meal ....I use mine a LOT here in Phoenix during our sizzling hot summers! Thanks, it looks like something my family will really like! :)

  17. I love cooking in a slow cooker and am always looking for a new recipe. This one looks terrific!

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    - The Tablescaper

  18. I'm definitely going to try this! It looks scrumptious. Thanks for sharing.

  19. My hubby loves this recipe... and it fills the house with the most gorgeous scents:)

  20. Delicious! Indian spices!


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