For Blue Jelly Beans

“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”
― Julia Child

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I cook very good, /so they say :)/ but it’s not a passion that I have. When it comes to food I’m a very easy going person and I prefer plain meals that don’t involve turning the whole kitchen up-side-down and washing half of the dishes in the cupboards after the food has been prepared and eaten.

One of the reasons I love summer is that I can eat salads for 3-4 months and I don’t need a major cooking, unless is absolutely necessary. I like cooking for friends when they visit me, but to make a whole menu only for myself … not me. But I know many people who love the preparation of the meal, the tasting, the conversation about the steps in the recipe.

This post is for my blogging friend Giovanna from Blue Jelly Beans. I like visiting her blog and reading about the meals she offers, because it’s obvious, everything she does involves passion and creativity. So here are two of my favorite recipes that I’ve tried several times, I hope Giovanna will try them too and make nice posts with images and everything else beautiful that she does at her blog.

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Cider Chicken with Tagliatelle

The recipe is by Patrick Anthony, from the “Ready Steady Cook” book that I have/ a great book btw/

  • 400 g tagliatelle
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 400 g chicken breasts, skinless, cut into chunks
  • 210 ml dry cider
  • 1 1/2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 15 g butter
  • 1 large leek, halved lengthways and finely sliced across
  • 80 g mushrooms, sliced
  • 100 ml double cream
  • 1 tbsp chives, snipped to garnish

Cook tagliatelle to packet instructions.  Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and fry chicken for 8 minutes, turning occasionally, until golden all round.  Add cider and mustard.  Season and simmer for 5-7 minutes until slightly reduced.

Melt butter in a pan, add remaining oil and cook leek for 3 minutes.  Add mushrooms and cook for another 2 minutes. Add leek and mushrooms to chicken, stir in cream and simmer for 2 minutes.

Toss cider chicken with tagliatelle.  Garnish with chives. You can serve this meal with green salad and garlic and herb bread.

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Triple Chocolate Cheesecake

The recipe is by Nick Nairn, from “Ready Steady Cook”

For the biscuit base:

  • vegetable oil, for greasing
  • ½ tsp ground mixed spice
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 orange, grated zest only
  • 125 g plain chocolate digestive biscuits, crushed
  • 55 g butter, melted

For the cheesecake:

  • 125 g white chocolate
  • 225 g full-fat cream cheese
  • 142 ml carton double cream
  • 2 tbsp brandy
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • cocoa powder, to dust or do like I do, decorate with raspberries

Lightly oil 4 x 10 cm pastry cutter and put on an oiled baking sheet. For the base, mix the zest, spice, cinnamon and biscuits. Stir in melted butter and divide mixture between the 4 cutters. Press down with the back of a spoon. Chill.

For the cheesecake, melt chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Remove from heat. In a bowl beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in chocolate. Whip cream, brandy and sugar together and fold into cream cheese mixture. Spoon on to biscuit base and level with the back of a spoon. Chill until firm.

Dust with cocoa powder before serving or decorate with berries/ which is what I do/.

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Image found via Google search

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Bon Appétit!

Visit Giovanna’s blog bluejellybeans.wordpress.com, I’m sure there will be a delicious moment for each of you!

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21 Responses to “For Blue Jelly Beans”

  1. Mihir Vatsa Says:

    I am a total foodie but hate the idea of preparing a good meal in, like, one hour and eating it all up in five minutes. It’s inhuman. :(

  2. Tom Baker Says:

    Hello Blaga! Hope all is well. I must agree with you that everything Gi prepares is done with passion and loads of creativity and her photography is wonderful as well. I look forward to her preparations of the recipes you have provided.

  3. Bluejellybeans Says:

    My dear, dear Blaga, thank you very much! I’m so excited (and I just can’t hide it …♫), this is the first time someone dedicates a post to me and it could not be better.
    Tomorrow I’m going to the supermarket and buying all the ingredients to make these marvelous dishes you propose to me. They sound delicious!
    I enjoy very much reading your blog, your poetry and your thoughts on life. Again, thank you. You are the best!! :)

    • Broken Sparkles Says:

      I hope there will be many more posts dedicated to you and your recipes! I’m glad that you liked the post! Can’t wait to see how the meals will come up through your talent and creativity! Be well :)!

  4. Karmic Diva Says:

    That cheesecake looks so yummmeee!

  5. dragonkatet Says:

    Those both look delicious! I am not much of a chef/cook, either. I prefer things that are simple or fast, although sometimes I just like to experiment. Thanks for sharing. :)

  6. Just A Smidgen Says:

    I love Blue Jelly Beans:) I think you’ve got some awesome recipes here .. fit for many bloggers to try!! Yummy!!

  7. Triple Chocolate Cheesecake for Broken Sparkles | Blue jellybeans Says:

    […] This is the link to her post; there you will find the recipes. The cheesecake is amazing, it looks beautiful and it tastes even better! I have to make a confession though, I didn’t have one orange at home, but I did have mandarins, so I use two mandarins’ peel and the flavor was ah-mazing!!. I strongly suggest that you too give this recipe a try, it is very easy to make and best of all, it requires no oven! Ideal for these hot days we’re having lately… […]

  8. Tarta de queso de triple chocolate para Broken Sparkles | Blue jellybeans Says:

    […] Este es el link a su post, está en inglés por eso os dejo aquí la versión en español. La tarta de queso está buenísima, sólo cambié una cosita. En casa no tenía naranjas, solamente mandarinas, así que sustituí la piel de naranja por la piel de dos mandarinas y el sabor era increíble. Os sugiero que la probéis vosotros también porque resulta muy muy fácil de hacer y lo mejor de todo es que ¡no necesita de horno! Ideal para estos días tan calurosos que estamos teniendo… […]

  9. rumpydog Says:

    I am a friend of Blue Jellybeans, and I’m visiting to check out the recipe of that yummy cheesecake. Nice to meet you!


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