January 12, 2009

Roast chicken

I was home sick today with the flu, so I decided to cook a nice lunch to cheer myself up. This is the first time I've roasted a whole chicken, and it turned out very well. I'm quite proud of myself :). It's so simple, I don't know why I was so intimidated by it before...

Organic local chicken rubbed with olive oil, salt, black pepper, dried rosemary (didn't have fresh on hand), and stuffed with half a lemon and several garlic cloves. Roasted in the oven at 190 Celcius for 50-60 minutes.

Served with honey roast parsnips and sage & onion stuffing (instant Paxo stuffing from the UK, just like I remember from boarding school! Yum!) & Bisto chicken gravy. This is really a nostalgia-inducing dish for me, as it is quite British.

January 10, 2009

Lemon Cream Cheese Cupcakes

I made these from a recipe I found online - they came out great! They're not too colorful in the photo (the pale lemon didn't really come out that well), but they're really delicious and addictive: very fragrant and moist, with a creamy lemon frosting. I'll definitely be making these again.

Lemon cupcake recipe
Lemon cream cheese frosting