27 July 2011

Chicken involtini, a 9-year old can do it

Recently, the BF got me hooked on a new cooking show the likes of which I had never seen before.

Let me restate that, just to let it sink in properly. The BF. got ME. Hooked on a cooking show. What kind of cooking show could that possibly be, to draw my very own BF in so much he looked up the episodes on Youtube because he couldn't wait for the next day's episode? Why, Junior Masterchef Australia of course! 12 contestants, aged 9-12, in the most positive-spirited, up-beat, cheerful cooking competition ever to have hit the international networks! I loved watching it, and last Tuesday, the finale was aired (finally!) and one of my favourite contestants won. And I say this, knowing in the back of my head that I really, really loved all of those kids and would have wanted all of them to win. Because watching them cook... Was a delight!

And it made me jealous. So, very, very jealous. There were kids not older than 9 that knew things about cooking that I couldn't even dare dream of. I wanted to try all those recipes, taste their food, make it myself... It made me crave all sorts of new kitchen appliances and accessories so I could give all that cooking a go.. I'm beginning to think I should start a wishlist for all the cool kitchen things I want to have. (First on the list: more cabinet space. Also, tarte tatin tins. Because, well, try to say 'tarte tatin tin' thrice in a row! Awesome! Plus: candy thermometer. Can you say caramels? Ooohh... )

I figured I had to start off with something not as daunting as some of those things those kids made. So for tonight, I made a chicken involtini with tomato sauce and tagliatelle for dinner. Does that sound fancy, or what!? Get your twine out, you can be making this too! I adapted the following recipe a bit, by using mozarella instead of provolone, because I'm a mozarella kinda gal. Also, because my local grocery shop doesn't have provolone. Or any other kind of crazy dairy product. Like condensed milk. Seriously, how is a girl to cook ridiculous things like sea-salt caramels without condensed milk? I'm looking at you, grocery shop chain owner!

Chicken involtini (source)
For 2:

2 chicken breasts
thinly sliced mozarella
whole fresh basil leaves
garlic powder
olive oil

Roll out a large piece of plastic wrap and put a chicken breast on one side, and fold the other side over the top, keeping about 1 inch of room free for the chicken to expand when you're pounding it out. With a kitchen mallet, small pan, or a rolling pin (if you're like me), pound out the chicken breast until it is 1/4 inch thick. Make sure it really is on the thin side, because you'll need to be able to roll it up later. (don't forget the other chicken breast!)

Season the chicken on both sides with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Then place some slices of prosciutto on top, followed by a layer of thinly sliced mozarella and the whole basil leaves. Roll up the chicken breasts, starting at a smaller end, and tie the rolls up with kitchen twine.

Grab your grill pan, or if you have one, pop these babies onto the grill! (make sure you heat it first, though.) Grill the chicken until golden on all sides.

Remove the twine before serving. I had these with a simple tomato sauce and tagliatelle. Hmmm...

16 July 2011

I'm a winner!

How about that! The lovely Sarah from The Student Knitter held a giveaway to celebrate her 2-year anniversary of blogging and I won one of the items: a set of 6 really wonderful buttons!

These buttons are made by Etsy-seller Retronana who not only sells these lovely buttons, but also a ton of other lovely, lovely stuff! (she's currently on holiday and has closed up shop until she's back, but check out this post on Sarah's blog for some examples)

The buttons I won are HUGE. See, that's a pound lying next to it. (a pound? yes, a pound. I was out of euro's!) Right now, they're propped up on my desk, right underneath my monitor, so I can look at them all day long. I haven't found the perfect project to use them for yet, and I won't, not until my thesis is all done, but I can't wait to start browsing Ravelry for the perfect project!

Thank you Sarah for the lovely giveaway!

1 July 2011

*whoooosh* fly-by-post!

Just a quick note today, because I've got someone you need to go and visit!

Blogging buddy Sarah from The Student Knitter is celebrating her 2 year blogging anniversary (aka: Bloggiversary The Second) and she's giving away lots of amazing things! Now, I would appreciate it if you would go over there and tell her that it's her blogbirthday and that we should be giving her things, not the other way around, but if you like this arrangement better, just head over there, check out the awesome stuff she's giving away, and leave some comments!