When I first made this sumptuous chicken dish, it was just for my husband and myself. What was I thinking? I like to spoil him every so often, but I mean come on, this was a lot of work for just the two of us? So I set out to make Chicken Marbella again as the main course for an evening with friends. I can’t tell you how much they all enjoyed it, it was definitely a crowd pleaser.
If you’ve been a regular reader on my blog, Safari of the Mind, you’ll know that Bert and I host an annual curry cook-off. I’ve blogged about the previous ones in the past. What started out as a one time event about 3 years ago, has now become a repeated and anticipated get-together during the winter doldrums. Our friends host a chili cook-off in the late Fall, so that concept perpetuated and the curry cook off idea was born.
Did anyone watch the Oscars last night? I must admit, I don’t really watch shows with commercial breaks, so I just watched bits and bobs of the Red Carpet, where my daughter and I were exchanging texts about everything, good, bad and ugly. 🙂 I’m sure glad I watched the beginning though. What about Justin Timberlake’s opening and his grand entrance? Gee, that guy can strut his stuff can’t he? An amazing dancer and singer, he had everyone in the aisle shaking, slinking and clapping to the music. Such a stunning performance! What a gaffe later on though, with the Best Picture Award? I mean seriously how could a mistake like that occur? But we aren’t going to dwell on that, but onto other events like baking this wonderful Chocolate Loaf Cake.
In keeping with the heart healthy theme for the month of February, here is another example of what I serve on the dinner table at least once or twice a week. An all vegetarian meal incorporating Indian spices and flavors. We enjoy all types of cuisines from around the world, but I’ll have to say we’re both partial to Indian cuisine. I try to add fish to our weekly menu too. There’s nothing quite like a fresh catch grilled, pan fried or barbecued.
So it must seem a bit hypocritical that I post pictures of this luscious dessert after preaching about heart healthy foods last week don’t you think? Yes, for the most part we still concentrate on keeping our tickers in check, but every so often these indulgences take over and there’s no stopping me. In my defense though I’ll have to say that some of these calorie laden desserts mostly surface in my kitchen when I am entertaining or in this case, we were invited to dinner, and I offered to bring dessert.
Along with celebrating Valentine’s Day, February is also designated Heart Health month. It’s a great way to love your heart and make positive changes to improve its health. Never forget that heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women.
Need a high-speed and nutritious meal for a weeknight supper? Here’s my simple version of a shrimp and veggie stir fry supper. Stir fry dishes are always my go to meal whenever I need something under 30 minutes. You can get as fancy as you want to, or just utilize the ingredients you have in the refrigerator before the expiry date. I had some medium size shrimp and tons of fresh vegetables, so I put the sous chef to work (aka my husband) and in no time we were sitting down to a delicious stir fry over jasmine rice. So here’s how I went about it.