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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Sticky Chicken with Sesame and Chilli

Today I thought I'd award myself with a 'ME' day.
Never heard of it? 
Well they are very rare, priceless and a bit of a phenomenon... they don't happen very often. So what do you do with a 'ME' day? 
Flick a duster around? 
Re-organise your drawers? 

I decided that for my 'ME' day, I'd only do what I wanted to do and not listen to that horrible, guilty, negative voice that would choose some of the most boring chores it could find. I decided that I'd paint and try out a new recipe.

I feel I have been in a rut with my cooking lately, relying on old favourites or easy quick meals with summer upon us (other than when I have guests of course). 
So I decided to browse through one of my daughter's recipe books. 
My choice was 'What Katie Ate' by Katie Quinn Davies, which contains fantastic recipes and brilliant photographs all taken by Katie herself. 
She's a blogger too.
If you'd like to check out Katie's blog then click here...I can highly recommend it.

So what to choose first from the 'What Katie Ate' recipe book?
I decided to go with a great mid-week, easy-peasy, 'throw-it-all-in-the-baking-dish' meal (
they're Katie's words not mine) I just love her ethos don't you? 

Sticky Chicken with Sesame and Chilli
Katie said that she thought I'd have most of the ingredients in my fridge or cupboard and she wasn't wrong. There were quite a few ingredients but it was so simple to pull together and so tasty. There were four very clean plates at the end of dinner which is always a winner for me.

Mmm...can you smell that? 

I'm afraid there isn't a final photograph...possibly the worst thing I could forget, but we were so keen to eat and I get quite a lot of hassle if I stop to photograph the food. I've over done this on numerous occasions that the starving masses have lost patience with me. 
(In fact to highlight this... my son has just come to check what I'm up to and said... I'd prefer you to cook some Mum, instead of talking about it' (typical)
See what I'm up against! 

I think I'll be working through this great recipe book in the coming weeks. 
But don't take my word for it or my photographs (they don't do it justice) 
Go and take a look for yourself. 
Click here to read Katie's blog and see her recipe book for yourself.

I'm off now to finish my painting and then there's that book waiting.
Enjoy your day whatever you get up to... hopefully you're indulging too. 


  1. Back in Tx a ME day consisted of a leisurely browse around Hobby Lobby...no one bugging me 'Can we go NOW'....... Then i 'd take myself out to lunch and then an afternoon matinee to a movie only i wanted to see.........A really relaxing day.........Hugs! deb

    1. That sounds good to me Deb,
      Next time you're having a 'ME' day...give a shout if you need company and I'll be right over ;D

  2. I follow her blog!!! She also takes amazing photos!! This recipe sounds so good, and looks amazing, I bet you had some happy people in your house after this one!! I would love that cookbook!!

    1. Well fancy that Laurie...great minds obviously think alike ;D
      Yes certainly happy bunnies here when this meal was produced. Tasty, easy, quick(ish) to prepare and all done in the oven for you...winner.
      It's a lovely book with lots of fantastic photos but also interesting to read too.
      I love the story of how she changed her direction to what she was passionate about.
      Enjoy your day xoxo

  3. Any recipe with sesame and chilli in it grabs my attention straight away! I bet it was nice....

    1. Mark, I'm sure you would love this recipe. It's a winner in my book ;D
      It's sticky, tasty and for a mid week meal just perfect.
      If you try it let me know if you agree.

      p.s. My tatties were delish and my courgettes are coming along great.
      It's amazing how quick they're growing.
      It's the first time I've tried growing them but it certainly won't be my last.

  4. I'm loving the idea of a me day! Looks yummy Neesie, what a wonderful recipe and cookbook. Of course the sweetpeas & honeysuckle from the garden made my heart leap and go ohhhh I'm missing a British summer. Enjoy I'm hoping you had some volunteers for the washing up as I doubt you had any left-overs?!
    Wren x

    1. Ahh...and the British summer misses you Wren ;D
      Looking out of the winter at the moment it doesn't look like summer though...more November..ish! (Misty and drizzly)
      The recipe is a super quick easy dish. I even had to restrain my son from licking his plate clean. It may have been to get out of doing the dishes as...our dishwasher is out of action at the moment but I won't dip to those measures!
      Have a wonderful weekend...enjoy!

  5. LOL! I'm often forgetting to take pictures. What you did show us looked delish! Even if I don't eat meat, it still looks good. :)
    I hope we get to see pics of what you are painting--hint! hint! ;)

    1. Whoops sorry Rita...I'll have to remember to post a vegetarian recipe next time ;D
      You hopefully have seen the painting now as I've already posted it.
      I also apologise for being a little late in my reply to your comment...heaven knows what I've been up to.
      I hope your weekend is going well...enjoy

  6. Glad you got some pics as it looks like a meal we would like. I'll have to check the cookbook, haven't heard of it.


    1. I hadn't heard of the recipe book either Darla until my daughter brought it out of her collection. There are a lot of great looking recipes in there so I'll be working my way through it ;D
      Have a great weekend whatever your cooking! (hehe) and thanks for popping by my place xoxo

  7. Looks yummy. Sorry haven't been by for a visit and chat lately, it seems your email notifications are going into the spam folder. And now blogger doesn't want to deliver email notifications anymore...sigh. What's blog hopper to do?! Bloglovin can't seem to find you either. Are you on bloglovin? Off now to try and get caught up with you. Hugs


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