Chicken Drumsticks in Mustard and Honey Marinade

Chicken, a member of the poultry family that includes turkey, duckling and goose, is one of Britain’s most bought meat products with an estimated 2.2 million birds eaten every day! That’s nearly half of all the meat consumed in the UK according to The British Poultry Council. So, once known as a predominantly red meat eating country, chicken looks set to have become the nation’s firm favourite for sandwiches, salads, starters and main meals.

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Ingredients

Serves 4

900g chicken drumsticks

1-2 tsp crunchy coarse mustard

3 tbsp runny honey

Method

  • In a medium sized bowl, mix the honey and mustard together. Add the chicken drumsticks and swish the honey mustard mixture about so that the entire drumsticks are coated in the googey goodness. Set aside in the fridge to allow the marinade to work its magic into the chicken, preferably overnight if time permits.
  • Grease a 2 litres ovenproof dish and place the prepared chicken drumsticks in it, cover with either foil or the dish’s lid if it has one and put in a pre-heated oven at gas mark 4, 180°C electric.
  • Cook for about 45-50 minutes until the meat is tender. Take the dish from the oven and remove the foil or lid, putting the uncovered dish back into the oven and cook until the chicken drumsticks’ skins become golden and caramelised in appearance.

Dawn: You can check the drumsticks are cooked by sticking a fork into the meatiest, thickest part of one or two and if the juices run clear, then they are cooked. 

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Sunshine Smiles Chicken Casserole

Now that Autumn has turned her come-hither look upon all she surveys, turning Summer’s once lush and green glories to tantalising burnt umbers, ravishing reds, vivid vermilions, opulent oranges and golden yellows, we start to think about warming evening meals to fill our hearts with joy. This chicken casserole dish is an excellent heartening meal that accompanied with seasonal vegetables makes for a wonderful comfort food experience that’s guaranteed to bring sunshine smiles to your home.

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Ingredients

Serves 4

4 chicken breasts

2 tsp cooking oil

25g flour (any kind)

400g can of tomatoes or fresh ones, washed and roughly chopped

1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped

1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed

300ml stock (chicken or vegetable will be fine)

200g mushrooms, washed and sliced

1 tbsp mixed herbs

Method

  • Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 5, 190°C electric.
  • Put half the cooking oil in a frying pan and warm, then add the chicken breasts, skin side down and gently brown. Turn the chicken breasts over once brown and brown the other side. Set aside in a casserole dish.
  • Add the remaining cooking oil and warm. Once warmed, add the onion and garlic, and gently cook until the onion becomes transparent and soft. Add the flour and cook for a minute. This helps create a thickened stock later on in the cooking.
  • Slowly add the stock and stir until the flour and stock are combined. Add the tomatoes, mushrooms and mixed herbs, and stir.

Dawn: As a wee optional flavour enhancer you may decide to add at this point a splash of brandy and then simply cook the alcohol off for a few minutes. 

  • Add this mixture to the chicken breasts in the casserole dish making sure they are covered.
  • Cover the casserole dish and place in the oven.

Dawn: I like to season with salt and pepper a wee way into the actual cooking so that the real, true flavours of the food are realised first.

  • Cook for about 1.5-2 hours. Test at about 1.5 hours to determine if the chicken is tender. If not, return to the oven and cook until mouthwateringly tender and to your preference.
  • You may decide that the sauce the chicken is cooking in is too thick in which case simply add a drop or two of hot water and mix well.
  • Serve with boiled potatoes, carrots and green vegetables.

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Foraged Plum Crumble with Almonds and Cinnamon

With the closing of summertime comes an abundance of readily available crops for the diligent forager to harvest. From apples to blackberries through to damsons and sloes, food found in Britain’s great and glorious countryside is pure happiness to collect.

Dawn: And eat! I simply adore foraging! I adore the outdoors…the being with one with the greatest female of all time: Mother Nature. And I adore the ability to feed oneself for only the effort of hand-picking our lush and plentiful earth’s fruits. So what recipe am I bringing you? A lovely and heart-warming wild plums crumble – with a twist.

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Ingredients

Serves 4

For the plum filling:

900g Plums, pitted and halved (shop bought is fine, too)

1tbsp Dark muscovado sugar (brown or granulated sugar is fine)

3tbsp Water

For the crumble topping:

75g Plain flour

25g Porridge oats

20g Low fat spread (or butter)

25g Dark muscovado sugar (again, brown or granulated sugar will work, too)

15g Flaked almonds

1tsp Ground cinnamon

Method

  • Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 5, 190°C electric.
  • Grease a 1 litre ovenproof dish and place the prepared plums in it, adding the muscovado sugar and water. Stir these ingredients together and put the dish into the hot oven.
  • Leave the plums to partially cook for about 10 minutes.
  • While the plums are baking, make the crumble by putting the flour, porridge oats and butter into a bowl. Using your fingertips, rub these ingredients together until they resemble fine breadcrumbs then stir in the flaked almonds, sugar and cinnamon. Gently stir the ingredients together being mindful of retaining the almonds in tact.

Dawn: I like the almonds being whole flakes as they give an extra nutty taste and crunchy texture to the dish when you are eating.

  • Take the plums from the oven and spoon the crumble mixture over them making sure its coverage is even.
  • Pop the dish back into the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes.

Dawn: Bake until the crumble has turned a nice golden brown colour and the luscious plums have sneaked a peek out from under their crumble overcoat. Serve immediately either with fresh cream or custard. I’ve used reduced fat crème fraîche which has a rather bitter taste whilst holding the consistency of thick fresh cream which I particularly like. And, what’s more, this beautiful baking recipe has cost pennies to make! 

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