Friday, 23 April 2010

Miss Dahl.

I have recently found a love for model-turned-cook Sophie Dahl. Her 6-part series on BBC2 has just finished but her recipes will live on with her latest book, Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights. It is written in five parts, Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer and, my personal favourite, Puddings. Each season consisting of Breakfasts, Lunch and Supper, using seasonal fruits, vegetables and meats.



My favourite savoury recipe is 'Chicken stew with green olives'

Serves 4:
Ingredients: Olive oil, 4 Chicken breasts, cut to strips, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 fennel bulb (but as I am not a lover of fennel, i substituted with asparagus), 250ml white wine, 400g chopped tomatoes, 250ml chicken stock, 150g green olives (if you don't like olives, like many do, this can be substituted with capers, or peppers- if necessary), and a handful of chopped basil.

In a large pan, heat 3 tablespoons of the oil and add the chicken, cooking for 15 minutes until browned. Remove from the pan and keep to one side.
In the same pan, sweat the garlic and fennel-or asparagus- in a little more oil for a few minutes. Pour the wine over, add the tomatoes, and cook for another 10 minutes on low. Put the chicken back into the pan and cook on medium for 20-30 minutes, adding the stock little by little. Put the olives-or your alternative- and basil in at the end for a few minutes and serve with a small portion of rice.
Enjoy!

Jenni xxx

Monday, 12 April 2010

Welcome.

Well hello.
My name is Jenni Whitaker, and I am a lover of food, history and fashion. I welcome you to my blog with open arms but please, don't make judgements yet as I am still trying to figure blogger out!

I have been brought up by my mother- a Finnish woman, who has taught me independence, and my father- a very English man, who has taught me everything from how to play football to the league of nations, in a quite conservative family.

I've cooked since before I could walk and have suffered cracked heads and bloody fingers for it, but yet I still carry on as it is one of my loves and I may not be too good, but I'm the one eating it!

After years of nannies and au pairs, aged 10 my older sisters and I were left to conquer the house between the hours of 8am-7pm. My favourite chore has always been 'Kitchen Duty' which comes around every third week. I cook the basics, but when in the mood can turn quite adventurous! I love food from all over the world starting with what I've been taught, English and Scandinavian and reaching around the earth to more oriental and asian and back around to the delicacies of the mediterranean.

Please follow my blog to learn new exciting recipes and to fall in love with food.
Enjoy whats to come!

Jenni xxx