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Citrus Chicken with Chilli New Potatoes










For the citrus chicken

  • 4 chicken breast fillets
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest only
  • 1 lime, juice and zest only
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small bunch coriander, chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the chilli new potatoes

  • 1kg new potatoes
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp chilli paste, or 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 bag mixed green salad leaves, to serve




1. For the citrus chicken: lay the chicken fillets between 2 sheets of greaseproof paper and use a rolling pin or meat mallet to flatten them out to about 5mm thick.

2. In a large, shallow dish, mix together the lemon and lime juice and zest, olive oil, coriander and salt and freshly ground black pepper.

3. Add the chicken fillets and coat thoroughly in the marinade then cover and chill in the fridge for at least an hour, preferably overnight.

4. For the chilli new potatoes: parboil the potatoes in a large pan of boiling, salted water for 7-10 minutes. Drain well then cover with a clean, dry tea-towel to absorb any excess moisture. Set aside to cool slightly then cut into diagonal slices.

5. Melt the butter and oil together in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the chilli and the potato slices and fry for 10 minutes, turning halfway, until crisp and golden-brown.

6. To cook the chicken, preheat a griddle pan over a high heat (you could also cook the chicken over the hot coals of a barbecue).

7. Place the chicken fillets on the griddle pan and cook for 5 minutes on each side, or until charred on the outside and cooked through.

8. Serve the citrus chicken with the chilli new potatoes and green salad alongside.


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The lie of the land

On this auspicious day of 09.09.09 (depending upon which culture you follow) I’m going to come clean and make an announcement.  The photo projects that I mentioned?  One was really by the by – to actually enter a photo competition this year, rather than thinking about it so much that I missed the closing date.  I have that one ‘in hand’ as we speak – prints ordered and now I just have to pick what I think is the best and send it off.

More important however is the other photo project and here is why I should come clean about this – it’s going to take a whole lot more time than I anticipated.  I’m currently in the process of setting up an art and design venture with my two daughters, both of whom are talented at art but both of whom are earning their daily crusts in a strictly financial environment (not much of a creative outlet there then).  As three people who love creating things I thought it about time that we put our heads together and started taking our love of art, craft and design more seriously.  Post stroke I’ve concentrated on photography so that’s why I referred to a ‘photo project’  but our venture will be so much more than that.

I’m going to make a point of checking in here regularly, mainly because if I didn’t I’d start to miss you, and partly because being here is simply a welcome rest for my poor frazzled brain. (Things described on the web as ‘so easy to set up that they don’t need instructions’ ?  Clearly when the wizz kids wrote the code they hadn’t come across someone as computer illiterate as me).

So that’s the lie of the land around here.  When we’re ready to go public I’ll be celebrating our launch with some kind of promotion or prize / giveaway.   ‘Oh no! Not another blog giveaway‘ I hear you cry.  Oh yes, you better believe it!  Trust me, you won’t want to miss it.

Oh, and I should say that my other WordPress site of Voix Douce is still hanging around in the wings, ever faithfully dispensing pearls of wisdom (although, there again, not as often as I’d like).  I’m a bit like the Scarlet Pimpernel.  If I’m not here …you may find me there!

0071, Butter Cream


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Weird and Unusual

The Daily Telegraph today has a round-up of what they describe as the world’s weirdest animals.  Many of these I’ve seen before, some are entirely new to me, some are entirely new and pretty creepy.  I’m not going to put the pics of the creepier ones here – go on over and see them for yourself…starting with the ‘star-nosed mole’ from North America … a little chap who I’m afraid draws an immediate shiver from me (although I’m quite sure I don’t do much for him either)!


The Blobfish, which hovers just above the sea floor, gobbling edible matter that floats past it.

(I love the ‘face’ of these fish – they look distinctly fed up with their lot in life)!


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JK Wedding Entrance Dance

I saw a link to this video at my friend Bonnie’s site yesterday.  I  wanted to include this in my internet scrapbook because, well  – I love it!

This has to be a link because understandably embedding has been disabled – it’s a wedding video with a new and wonderful twist.  If you haven’t seen this already, I urge you to click on the YouTube link.  If you’re anything like me it’ll make your day …Definitely something to smile about.

I hope Jill and Kevin have a very long and happy future together.

JK Wedding

JK Wedding Entrance – YouTube Video


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On the Wish List

Am I going through some kind of mid-life crisis or something?  I’m not a ‘bike’ person at all but I came across this today and instantly thought ‘Oooo, I’d like one of those!’  I wouldn’t have any trouble parking it…but I’m just not sure where I’d put the groceries. (…A basket fitted to the front? ….Hanging off the handlebars?…)  😉

Piaggio Mp3


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Jersey Royals

jersey-royalsI bought my first batch of this year’s Jersey Royal Potatoes yesterday, from a little roadside stall that sells crops grown in their own south-facing cotils (a Jersey word for fields that slope on a hillside).   This shop was way out west in the wilds of St Ouens and trade was brisk, with bags of tatties being bought and taken away almost as soon as they were put out.

Jersey Royals are sold worldwide now and if you’ve tried them you’ll know that they are simply the best new potatoes you can buy.  Sadly however, unless you live in the UK you won’t have tasted what I’d call the ‘genuine’ article, i.e. those that are actually grown here in the island, because I do believe these are the finest tasting.  This is probably because of a combination of the Jersey soil which is traditionally fertilised by the addition of vraic (a Jersey word for seaweed) and the simple fact that like most veggies they are at their best when freshly dug.  Incidentally, here in the island harvesting is also often done by hand because those steep cotils are too difficult for modern machinery to cope with.

They are easy to prepare and cook:  Simply rub off the thin, flaky skin. Rinse and place in a pan of water that is already boiling (this seals in the flavour).  Boil gently for 12-15 minutes.  The length of time needed depends on the size of the potatoes.  Adding salt and even a sprig of fresh mint to the water is up to personal taste and preference.

These potatoes are tasty enough to enjoy just with a knob of butter melting over the top but if you’d like more recipe ideas, and for the history of this crop plus nutritional facts etc. please visit the official site here

You can also read more about my island home of Jersey by visiting my other site here.


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Robot fish

robot-fishI’ve said before that I’m interested in innovative new design and this morning in trawling (get the pun?!) through the news I came across this robot fish.

Designed by British scientists to be released into the sea off Northern Spain, they are equipped with chemical sensors to detect pollutants in the ocean.  They are 5 feet long and cost £20,000 ($29,000) each.

This is one of those articles where I found myself glancing at the date on the news page, just to be sure I wasn’t being taken in by an April Fools’ joke.  I must admit, I don’t understand why it has to look so convincingly like a new species of fish, despite the rather slim explanation that it is energy efficient – wouldn’t any plain lozenge shape be just as energy efficient?  I’m tempted to think that the scientists reasoned that if they were going to build this device, then why not get creative for once and tap into their usually hidden artistic side?  The trouble is, I wonder what will happen when it ends up in the nets of the local fishermen.  Will it be handed in, held to ransom or even sold to a private collector of art?

You can read the whole article at the REUTERS site here.

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