• Lauren-Nicole

grilled chicken, sweet fennel, spicy arugula & fresh spinach salad

You can't pick your family... Luckily though you can pick your ingredients, & that seems to make up for it all.

Comfort food, I could go for some of that. Something that makes me feel good on the inside & good about myself. It's not about eating the most unhealthy thing you can find when you're upset, it's about eating something that makes your taste buds dance & scream with joy.



Hot, grilled chicken & wilting spinach leaves with a citrus dressing do that for me. That does it for me every time. Bread-pudding does that for me too. A giant bowl of gluten free pasta & tuna with a mustard & lemon dressing does it too.

I love food. If food was a person I'd have a love affair with it. A deeply sensual one. Enough about my out-in-the open for it though. I am actually sharing that chicken salad I mentioned before. The grilled chicken & beet-root salad with a citrus dressing. It's even got fennel. I didn't used to like fennel, I hated the idea if a vegetable that tasted like black licorice. I grew to love it though, I think it's how amazingly crunchy it is that does it for me. The same goes for foods I don't like though. I can love the flavor, but never eat it because the texture is weird. Same goes here except in reverse, I would more than happily eat it even though the flavor doesn't thrill me simply because the texture is so amazing. When you get right down to it though, that licorice flavor that I hate so much in candy form compliments the grilled chicken, sweet beet-root & spicy rocket so well. What can I say, not everything I do makes sense. I don't even make sense to myself half the time. C'est la vie.


WARNING: this recipe was made for a dinner party of 10 & there were leftovers!

Ingredients, dressing: - 6 tbs sesame oil - 2 tbs apple cider vinegar - 1/2 tbs balsamic vinegar - 1 orange, juiced - 1 tsp dijon mustard - 2 tbs chives - 1 tbs soya sauce


Directions, dressing: 1. combine all ingredients & use a hand blender to emulsify the oil.


Ingredients, salad base: - 6 small beet-roots - 500g baby spinach - 100g rocket - 200g mixed greens - 200g fennel


Directions, salad base: 1. wrap the beets in foil & bake in the oven until soft, around 30-40 minutes. 2. once the beet-roots have cooked & cooled, peel them, slice them thinly. 3. thoroughly wash all leaves, mix & place in a large serving bowl layering them with the beet-root slices as you go. Set aside a couple beets to decorate the top of the salad. 4. slice the fennel & decoratively adorn the top of the salad. 5. set the salad & dressing aside until the chicken has cooked.


Ingredients, chicken: - 5 chicken breasts - salt & pepper - cajun spices - 2 tbs olive oil


Directions, chicken: 1. generously season the chicken & place it in an oven safe dish. put your oven on the grill setting & cook the chicken until it's done all the way through. Make sure to flip the breasts once they start turning golden. 2. whilst the chicken is still hot, slice it & put it on top of the salad. 3. pour on the dressing & serve.


By the way...

If you're interested in the type of stuff I keep stocked in my kitchen or the equipment that I use regularly... here's a pretty comprehensive list.


Tools/ Equipment/ Machinery/ Ingredients:

Machinery:

Electric Scale - Etekcity - http://amzn.to/2xkKpQk

Hand Mixer - Kenwood - http://amzn.to/2xkjowh

Stand Mixer - Kenwood - http://amzn.to/2yqXPiH

Candy Thermometer - Etekcity - http://amzn.to/2xklw7k

Food Processor - Cuisinart - http://amzn.to/2xkkZqK

Blender - Kenwood - http://amzn.to/2xXQgwU

Tools:

Silicone Spatula - Zyliss - http://amzn.to/2y3Srkw

Chef's Knife 8" - Miyabi - http://amzn.to/2fUtyRK

Pots & Pans:

Cast Iron Skillet 12" - Lodge - http://amzn.to/2fMHb1x Cast Iron Pot 5.5 Quart - La Cocotte Staub - http://amzn.to/2fUqxAG

Cast Iron Grill Skillet 10.5" - Lodge - http://amzn.to/2z2GPwi

Cake tins & Pie Plates:

Bunt Pan - Nordic Ware - http://amzn.to/2xjGB1N

Square Cake Tin - Patisse - http://amzn.to/2xkn5Ce

Springform cake tin 22cm (9”) - Farberware - http://amzn.to/2xkdQ4T

Ceramic Pie Plate- Emile Henry - http://amzn.to/2gex5qR

Cupcake Tin - Wilton - http://amzn.to/2xkp4GG

Tart Tin Loose Bottom 9.5” - Patisse - http://amzn.to/2xje3u2

Decorating Equipment:

Non-Slip Pipping Bags - Pastry Gear - http://amzn.to/2fLxAZ0

Pipping Tips - Wilton - http://amzn.to/2yJVPy1

Food Gels - Wilton - http://amzn.to/2kpOCky

Fondant Smoother - Wilton - http://amzn.to/2xkyZRl

Fondant Modelling Tools - Happisland - http://amzn.to/2xjOWSV Fondant Rolling Pin - Wilton - http://amzn.to/2xkbLe5

Fondant Rolling Mat - The Mat - http://amzn.to/2y2bg76

Ingredients:

Active Dry Yeast - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2gcC2R4

Almond Flour - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2xkP3xI

Arrow root - Bob’s Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2ycT0WF

Baking Powder - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2xkJz5U

Bicarbonate of Soda - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2yL7Lj4

Brown Rice Flour - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2z1MUt1

Buckwheat Flour - Anthony’s Organic - http://amzn.to/2xjRS6T

Cocoa Powder - Valrhona - https://amzn.to/2ouIwlr Coconut Flour - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2xkAHNX

Flaxseed Meel - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2ybK0Rm

Millet flour - Bob’s Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2iBZqYw

Oat Flour - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2fNUuyZ

Potato Starch - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2yKpYgH

Quinoa Flour - Amisa Organic - https://amzn.to/2oyWVg9 Sorghum Flour - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2yClSf5 Sweet White Rice Flour - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2y2xmXK

Tapioca Starch - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2xjv879

Vanilla Extract Organic - Simply Organic - http://amzn.to/2xXdt2e

Vanilla Beans - Vanilla Products - http://amzn.to/2yLMqWQ

White Flour GF - Dove's Farm - http://amzn.to/2z1b5I1​

Xanthan Gum - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2zoYxuC

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