Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Simple and homey...

I finally got myself into the kitchen. And even managed a couple of simple quick dishes that just hit the spot. Cause that was all I was in the mood for making today. Plus the lack of some key groceries combined with no gas in the car = don’t feel like going anywhere, and leads to cooking whatever is in the fridge… So I’m presenting a ridiculously simple dinner for your entertainment… Accompanied by horrible pictures, as usual -- I'm still working on my photo skills.

For the hubs: Chicken in whitish sauce.

2 chicken breasts
about a cup of sour cream (more won’t hurt)
1 and a half teaspoon of curry powder (other spices or poultry seasoning would do just fine)
3-4 cloves of garlic (I used 5, but hubs loooves garlic), squeezed
salt
pepper
optionally some onion

Fry half an onion, chopped, till translucent. Add chicken breasts and fry a bit on both sides. Mix all the other ingredients with sour cream in a separate bowl (spices, salt, pepper, and squeezed garlic).

Pour the mix over the chicken breasts. Add some water (about half a cup or so, just enough to cover the chicken in the sauce). Simmer for about 30 minutes (add water if necessary – something I always forget about till it’s too late). Optionally season with fresh herbs (dill, parsley, etc…)




I have to say, the chicken came out fantastic… The aroma… I was really impressed, and would really recommend this simple dish to any chicken lover out there…


And me, the hungry fishetarian had fish, of course.

2 tilapia fillets… (But any amount of any fish would do. I just happened to have thalapia in the freezer.)
One onion, cut to rings
Salt
Pepper
Juice from half a lemon
2 small bay leafs (or one really big one)
About a tablespoon of mayonnaise

Mix everything except the fillets and the mayonnaise in a bowl. Add the fish: make sure you dip it on both sides in the marinade, and then just leave it lying on top (or partially submerged) of it all for about 20 minutes.

Take a small baking dish. (Optional, for those who hate doing dishes) line it with foil. Put the fillets down. Poor the liquid part on top. Brush with some mayonnaise. Put the onion rings on top (discard the bay leaf).

Bake for about 20 minutes at 400F.



Yup… That’s it. That was our dinner. Quite homey, actually. I think it must have been the potatoes… Did I mention that I boiled some potatoes? I did. With parsley and all. Very wintery… For some reason as it gets colder outside I start eating more potatoes. They are just so cozy and warming, especially with a nice sauce on top…

(And just in case I haven’t mentioned it a hundred times before, potatoes to Russians are pretty much what rice is to Chinese, or pasta to Italians. Which is why they are such frequent guests on my blog… Cause I can’t imagine life without them… Cause if I could, it would be a really sad one… )

Posted by vasilisa @ 10:29 PM

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Both dishes look fantastic; I'm saving them so I can try them. Chicken and fish are staples around my house so I'm always looking for new recipes.

Thanks :D

Posted by Blogger Faith @ 11:56 PM #
 

Ummmm. I can smell the chicken now. And it looks so delicious. Wish I were there, but now I will have to make my own. I like the pictures.

Posted by Blogger Alexys Fairfield @ 3:05 AM #
 

I too, crave potatoes in the winter...mashed and creamy and swimming in butter!
hey, thanks for visiting me! hope you're feeling well lately!
Do try the recipes!

Cheers,Trupti

Posted by Anonymous Trupti @ 9:11 AM #
 

This is the time of year when I start craving potato soup - such terrific comfort food!

I am so impressed that you often prepare two different dishes; one for you, one for your husband. And then the little one has to be fed, too - you are really just amazing!

Posted by Blogger Kelley @ 9:44 AM #
 

Faith: Thanks! I think the chicken came out especially nice (even though I couldn't eat it, I smelled it, and sampled some sauce :-) )

Alexys: Thanks! I wish I could learn to take better pics... Just so I can make the food look more "professionally" cooked :-)

Trupti: Potatoes in winter are the best! And thank you, I'm feeling better (not quite there yet, but livable enough...)

Kelley: I really don't do it all that often :-( Or I'd be posting more. But I kind of have to, since I'm the only vegetarian/fishetarian, and the rest of them are such chicken lovers...

Posted by Blogger vasilisa @ 2:47 AM #
 

OOOOOOh. Do I have a Talapia recip for you! I just tried this and it's easy and fast and yum. (I random'y came across your blog just now and I couldn't resist leaving the recipe.)

Gourmet Talapia

3/4 c. grated parmesan cheese
1/2 c margarine or butter, softened
3 T mayonnaise
3T chopped green onion
2t chopped fresh chives
(I usually do one or the other onion things, depending on what I have)

mix all together

about a pound of Talapia (can be more)

brush fish with a little lemon juice and broil for about 5 minutes. remove from broiler, spread the above miture over the filets and broil for a few more minutes, until the topping is lightly browned and bubbly.

hope you like it!

Posted by Blogger OK.NOWwhat @ 8:23 PM #
 

ok.nowwhat: Welcome to my blog :-) And thanks, I definetly love trying new fish recipes... Especially ones that look easy :-)

Posted by Blogger vasilisa @ 11:14 PM #
 
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I'm a 29 year old mom of two! A toddler (kiddo one) and a new baby (kiddo junior). I am also the most horrible (as in I barely ever do it) cook that I have met in my life. This blog is a diary of my attempts to feed my hungry growing family

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