Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Grilled chicken wrapped in prosciutto, roasted mediterranean veg and banana bread

I saw this recipe on Saturday kitchen over the weekend and decided to try it tonight since I already have a few of the ingredients. Two chicken breasts, halved so that they are thin and flat, sprinkle with rosemary and pepper, put a layer of cheese (I had some last bits of creamy Caerphilly which worked pretty well), top that with a layer of prosciutto (Italian dry-cured ham), thread a skewer through to hold it all together and then pan fry on both sides.

For veg: layer thin slices of alternating courgettes and aubergine (the recipe used tomatoes but I already had aubergine in the fridge) and drizzles of olive oil. Top with grated parmesan and chuck it in the overn for about 30 minutes. Instead of potatoes, we had corn on the cob instead. They were so sweet and utterly delicious with a smear of butter. We've not had corn on the cob for ages and it felt like a real treat.

After dinner (and after packing tomorrow's lunch), I made an experimental batch of banana bread. I want to make a batch to bring with us when we go down to Bedford for the weekend but since I've not made it for years I figured I should do it again just to make sure I've got it right. The smell of baking filled the entire house, absolutely gorgeous. I'm glad to report that it was good in both looks and taste. Pass. Liz and Hugh had some when they were in the house and Andy is bringing some into work tomorrow. Yes, I'm practically giving them away so that we don't have too much in the house, given that I'll be making it again on Friday.

I'm now feeling slightly guilty though, having had a rather sinful (if still balanced) dinner, a chocolate truffle with tea and then a slice of banana cake too. Heh.


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