feeling italian

My new year is starting nicely. We are experiencing colder weather brought about by the northeast monsoon or the cold wind that blows into the country from Siberia. The cold breeze is a welcome relief from the usual summery weather and this will last until about February. So… what to do on a cold and misty day? ….. EAT OF COURSE !!!

I may not be as great as a chef but for my children i have the SUPERPOWER to create beautiful dishes that bring comfort and happiness in their every bite. Sharing with you two of our family’s favorite and enjoyable meals.

Italian Roasted Chicken with Baby Potatoes and Carrots
Italian roasted chicken is so easy to prepare. Marinate chicken thighs, baby potatoes and carrots with Italian seasoning, olive oil and salt and pepper. Pan fry chicken thighs til slightly brown on both sides and transfer to a baking tray lined with carrots and potatoes at the bottom. By doing so, the potatoes and carrots wouldn’t dry out when exposed to roasting as they will absorb all the juices of chicken upon roasting. Bake covered with foil and when done, bake uncovered for some minutes until skin becomes a bit crispy and golden. Believe me, they are absolutely delicious. The potatoes and carrots are sweet, soft and delightful.


Marinara Sauce
Marinara sauce is the most incredibly simple sauce to prepare needing only the most basic ingredients like garlic, onions, tomatoes and herbs. Just cook minced garlic and onion in olive oil, add diced tomatoes in can, season with salt and pepper with lots of Italian seasoning. Italian seasoning is readily available at the spice section at the supermarket or you may prepare the combination by yourself. It is a mixture of dried basil, rosemary, thyme, marjoram and oregano. I added some sugar to my sauce to give it a hint of sweetness complemented by the tangy, tarty and citrusy taste of tomatoes. For added texture i add fresh finely diced de-seeded tomatoes  Simmer for a while and the result is deep and luscious MARINARA SAUCE a perfect combination for my mac and cheese balls. I think this is one of the most versatile sauces. It could be a dipping sauce, a pasta sauce and a base sauce for any meat and seafood too.


Cooking may be a bit tiring but oh so worth it. After all, food is always the center of family gatherings. Happy tummy means happy kids.

Happy 5th day of 2017. I hope your new year is starting great.


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