Simple Roast Chicken & Spuds-2

My parents are really crazy. They’re always talking about food. And music. And wine.

And I know my mum has this food blog, so I thought I’d sneak in and tell you a bit about the food that I like to eat. Just to give you a different perspective…

Breakfast

This may be TMI (too much information) but ages ago I had some problems with being a bit ‘blocked up’. So I started having prunes every morning. A habit I’m still loving.

Some mornings I just have toast with Kerrygold Irish butter. Actually I think my mum changed her mind about letting me eat gluten. For ages she used to give me this gluten-free bread which was OK but I’m much happier when there’s real sourdough in the house.

Other mornings it’s yoghurt. Even though my mum makes her own yoghurt, like any self-respecting kid, I’d prefer flavoured yoghurt with cartoon characters on the label. Between you and me I’m surprised she buys it for me.

Last week we had some friends stay and their little girl, Sofia had this really yummy muesli. So Mamma and I made our own muesli on the weekend and it’s my new favourite breakkie! Especially with the sultanas, dates and prunes (yep still lovin’ the prunes).

If there’s black pudding or bacon or sausages, I make a bee line for the pork products! Every now and then I’ll have some eggs (scrambled are my favourite) but I’m not ready to have them every morning like my folks.

OMG and we had the best breakfast the other day… Potato rosti. So so good! Almost as good as potato chips (my all time favourite food after dark chocolate).

Lunch

Most days we have leftovers from dinner which is fine by me. Especially leftover pasta or potatoes.

On other days I have cheese on toast sometimes with some calabrese salami (so good!). My favourite cheeses are Parmesan, Manchego (from Spain) and Ossu Iraty (from the Pyrennees).

And I’ve recently been enjoying cheesey chickpeas and these beans with rosemary.

I think my mamma wishes I could eat canned fish like her sardines, tuna or salmon. But the last few times I ate fish it made me sick – hopefully something I’ll grow out of.

If I’m still hungry I love eating peanut butter on a spoon.

Afternoon Tea

My mamma is working on a new sugar-free baking book at the moment which is awesome because it means there are always tasty treats in the afternoon. I especially love her brownies but this moist chocolate & zucchini cake is really good too (even though it contains vegetables).

Since it’s Summer here at the moment ice blocks made with pureed fruit are one high rotation. The mango ones are my faves but the watermelon and the cherry and yoghurt were pretty tasty too.

Dinner

In the last month we’ve started having family dinner all together. It’s way more fun and I’m finding I’m getting to eat a wider variety of foods. Mamma and Dadda always make me have ‘one little taste’ of everything on my plate.

Luckily there’s still always something on the table that I love to eat like spuds or pasta or sweet potatoes or fried rice or tortillas. So I’m not forced to eat the kale or cauliflower or sauerkraut or broccoli or other crazy veggies my mamma loves.

What Finbar Eats

My little brother Finbar is still a baby. He can’t tell you what he eats so I’ll fill you in.

Mostly it’s the same as me but he just uses his hands and makes a really big mess. Like food goes everywhere. Although now he’s nearly one he’s getting more in his mouth and less on the floor.

Mum usually gives him some fruit at the end of each meal. Blueberries are his favourite but he also loves raspberries, strawberries, mango, watermelon, pears, peaches, kiwi fruit, oranges. Yeah he pretty much eats all fruit, so my folks are always calling him our ‘little fruitarian’.

Anyway I’d better get back to playing with my Lego before anyone notices I’ve been using the computer.

Love,
Fergal
xoxo

ps. Did you enjoy reading this?
I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below… If enough people like it I might risk breaking into Mamma’s studio again 😉

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Simple Roast Chicken & Spuds

Fast Roast Rosemary Chicken & Veg

Tray bakes like this are brilliant for family dinners because you just pop everything in the oven and let dinner practically cook itself. Especially great on those evenings where there are a lot of demands on the cook’s attention! They’re also great because you can load up the plates of any little (or large) carb-lovers in the house and save the other parts for the low-carb fans.

enough for: 2 adults
takes: 40 minutes
6-8 new potatoes
450g (1lb) chicken thigh fillets
2-4 sprigs rosemary or thyme
2 handfuls snowpeas (mangetout), sliced
mayo, pesto or hummus to serve

1. Scrub and halve potatoes and pop in a pan of water. Simmer until just cooked, about 15 minutes.

2. Preheat your oven to 250C (480F).

3. Drain spuds and place in a roasting pan with the chicken and rosemary / thyme. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle over some salt.

4. Roast spuds and chicken for 15 minutes.

5. Add snow peas and cook until everything is well browned and the chicken is no longer pink in the middle. Serve in the middle of the table for everyone to help themselves with your sauce of choice on the side.

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Variations

lower carb – replace spuds with 1-2 heads broccoli or 1/2 cauliflower chopped into florettes (no need to boil first).

lemony – halve a lemon and roast with the chicken and veg. Squeeze over the lemony juices before serving.

vegetarian – replace chicken with a truckload of veggies! I’m thinking mushrooms, eggplant (aubergine), capsicum (bell peppers), zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower. Just make sure they’re chopped small enough so they’ll cook quickly. I’d serve with some roast almonds or other nuts for extra protein.

garlicky – pop a few unpeeled cloves of garlic in with the chicken.

carb-lovers / more substantial – increase the spuds or serve with crusty bread and butter.

different meat – also brilliant with good quality sausages

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