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Friday, October 15, 2010

Sort of a recipe

Posted by PicasaI accidentally created a new recipe the other day.  It was so nice that we have had it twice since.  It barely deserves to be called a recipe, but it was so nice that I am going to put in here anyway.  And I went to the trouble of taking photos!

I often bake large chicken fillets in the oven with variations of teriyaki type sauces.  Nothing original there.  But the other day I had some blood oranges and decided to see what blood orange juice and soy sauce did together.

Forgive the pun, but they are BLOODY MARVELLOUS together!

Of course you can only buy blood oranges for a brief season, though you can get blood orange juice sometimes in bottles.  It is expensive though.  I expect that ordinary orange juice would be yummy too.

I juiced a blood orange.  It gave about 1/4 cup of juice.  Fish out the pips if you can be bothered - I did get rid of most of them.  Then add soy sauce to taste - the first time I added another 1/4 cup of kejaps manis, which is the thick sweet Indonesian style soy sauce that we love in our family.  That rather overpowered the juice, so the second time I used slightly less than 1/4 cup of ordinary soy sauce and that was better.

I used two large chicken fillets to feed four of us, accompanied with a big salad and bread rolls.  Cooked vegetables would also be nice, and the carbohydrate of your choice - rice, noodles, potatoes, couscous, whatever.

They take about 45 minutes in a moderate oven, turning them halfway through and basting.  Serve sliced nicely and with the sauce spooned over them (a couple of spoonfuls each).

I used my wooden juice pokey thing because it makes me feel like Nigella.  It is of course entirely possible to juice an orange in a far more boring and utilitarian way.  Also, the wood stains when you use it with blood oranges!

Bobby also fancies himself as Nigella.  Wrong gender, mate!  And wrong in so many other ways!

The dog loves nothing more than home cooked chicken, in any guise.  So when I am cooking it she hangs around in the kitchen looking hungry and adorable.  She usually gets a mouthful when it is being served..


Sue said...

Sounds scrumptious. Those strong flavours could also work well with turkey meat, our new bargainaceous healthy regular buy. Must try it! With gluten free soy sauce and either rice or quinoa (a good gf alternative to couscous or bulghar wheat). Thanks for that great idea!

see you there! said...

Sounds really tasty. Blood oranges have a short season here as well but their juice is beautiful.


freebird said...

Sounds good and easy. I like good and I like easy. I'll have to try it and see how it does.