Archive for October, 2009

Wonderful Tasting Chicken Pasta

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Just 'invented' a particularly wonderful tasting chicken pasta recipe that's extremely simple and quick to make! In fact it was so delicious tonight that I've decided to put it on here and list exactly what went into it 🙂

Ingredients

Some pasta from a 500g pack of Morrisons Organic Pasta (how much is up to you, usually approx 100g per person)

2 x sprays of Fry Light Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 x 400g tin Heinz Classic Cream of Tomato soup

2 pinches of Schwartz Basil

5 taps of Saxa Ground Black Pepper

Half the breast from a Morrisons cooked chicken with stuffing

Tablespoon or two of Morrisons Organic Cream

How To Cook:

1) add pasta to a pan of cold water, spray in oil (helps stop pasta sticking together)

2) bring to boil and cook pasta for 10minutes

3) drain pasta. Add tin of tomato soup. Simmer the soup for 30 seconds, add the basil and pepper. Stir.

4) Simmer for 2 mins, then add the chicken breast (tear into sizable chunks) and stir in.

5) Simmer for another minute and add the cream. Simmer for a further 5 mins.

6) Serve! YUM!

Comments

Yeah I know it's pretty obvious, but am I not a genius for using a tin of soup instead of a jar of pasta sauce, eh?! also the reason this is on here is cos tonight this stuff tasted better than anything I can remember that's resulted from a pasta sauce jar!

Morrisons Fan

Yes, as you can see I'm somewhat a fan of Morrisons stuff. I should start with their pasta – I don't know why, but Morrisons Organic Pasta (it comes in shells and twirls) tastes better than ordinary pasta, I don't know why, but it just does! try it if you don't believe me.

Their cooked chicken is also very nice and their beef(esp their Prime Sirloin) lamb and pork is known to be the best of any supermarket (I know someone who works for a government food agency and they tell me this too). Sainsbury's SO Organic meat is also pretty good. I'm not a hugely taken by Morrisons eggs, they're alright, but I get organic free-range farm eggs from a newsagent which are actually cheaper and better. Also Co-op bacon and sausages top the bunch for me.

Anyways hope you enjoy the recipe if you try it out.

The Lost Symbol

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

The Lost Symbol By Dan Brown

The third in the series of Dan Brown's ultra best sellers starring the mystery solving symbologist Robert Langdon. This one starts with Langdon being called to Washington DC and the severed hand of his friend Peter Solomon being discovered. A pursuit of who/what/how happened around the US captial city, largely concerning the masons <gasp> and the symbology involving them.

I did enjoy this book, it's quite page turner, like the previous books, it also gives an incredible insight to the masons and their esoteric order. The bad guy Malakh is also pretty cool at times, as some kind of tattooed maniac, intent on bringing down the masonic order. The book is quite a bit longer than the other two and doesn't quite match them in my view – it is very enjoyable, but does go on a bit. Mind you, Angels and Demons was cracking and The Da Vinci Code, well, maybe you pretend you're some special kind of literary critic who didn't like it, but that thing was staggeringly good and one tough act to follow.

No Identifiable Remains

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

No Identifiable Remains By John Tagholm

The story starts with a Channel Tunnel train crash! the Eurostar ploughs into a petrol tanker and half the coaches get destroyed in the explosion. Oliver Dreyfuss is on-board – a young, good looking expert chef with a hot career woman wife and promising restaurant owner, BUT all is not quite so rosey in the real world of Dreyfuss. Through (fate and) luck alone, Dreyfuss survives and wanders to the nearest town in a daze before the emergency services arrive. He has to make a decision to wander into the French sunset and start a new life or go back to his old one – he decides on option numero uno! From there we meet the new woman in his life, the real side of his insanely jealous career wife and other colourful characters.

This book was written by the brother of Wilton legend Roger Tagholm and hence why I ended up reading it. It is an entertaining and thrilling story, mixing emotions of past and present marvellously well, throwing the reader into vivid scenes of rural France and visiting the alpine region for a  terrible tragedy amongst other things. There are some rather graphic and shocking descriptions of Dreyfuss' 'ex'-wife's affair in there too! The end is also rather brilliant, despite me shouting OH NOOO very loudly during reading.


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