Food · Recipes

Garlic Tomato Chicken with Grilled Veggies

While I love food with a lot of different spices & flavours, there are times when a simple meal, with few ingredients, is very satisfying. Mix tomatoes with some garlic and pan seared chicken breasts, and you have the best buttery, tomatoes and garlic flavours in this recipe! I added less tomato when I first prepared this dish so the tomatoes were charred when I reheated the leftovers. But, the charred tomato added such a wonderful flavour to the meal the next time I prepare it I will add more tomatoes and char it to begin with. This is an easy peasy summer recipe. You won’t have to spend too much time in the kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon butter, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 2 cups tomatoes cubed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic or 6 large cloves of garlic

Method

  • Lightly pound chicken breasts until they are all the same thickness. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  • Heat 2 teaspoons of oil and 2 teaspoons of butter in a skillet or pan over medium-high heat. Fry breasts on both sides until golden browned and completely cooked through (about 5-6 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of your fillets). Once cooked, transfer to a plate.
  • Heat remaining butter and oil in the pan. Fry garlic until fragrant (about one minute). Add the tomatoes and cook for two minutes, or until they just begin to soften. Turn off the heat.
  • Season with any extra salt and pepper, if needed. Add the chicken back into the pan, and spoon the pan juices and tomato/garlic mixture all over the chicken!
  • Perfect to serve with a salad, garlic bread, rice or pasta!
  • Another variation to this dish would be to add some Italian spices or veggies like mushrooms or brocoli.

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Grilled Veggies

Ingredients

  • 2 large potatoes.
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (or 3 teaspoons garlic powder)
  • 3 teaspoons salt (adjust to your tastes)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 200°C | 390°F.
  • Cut each potato in half lengthways, then cut each half in half lengthways again, and then cut each half in half lengthways again until you have 8 wedges. (Make sure they are about the same thickness and size).
  • In a small jug, combine the oil, garlic, salt and paprika. Place wedges onto the baking sheets. Pour the oil mixture over the potatoes and toss together to coat evenly. Arrange potato wedges in a single layer on a large baking tray, skin-sides-down. Bake for 35 minutes, turning wedges half way through baking time, until golden, crisp and cooked through when tested with a fork.
  • You can use the same method for carrots, mushrooms or any veggies that you want to use.

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Travel

Rome

Rome

She had always been fond of history, and in Rome was history in the stones of the street and the atoms of sunshine.

-Henry James

This quotes describes me to a T. We travelled to Rome from Venice and stayed near Roma Termini railway station. The Trevi fountain & Spanish steps were walking distance from there. Warning you guys well in advance that this is going to be a photo heavy post!

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The history of the Roman Empire started fascinating me after I picked up my first play of Shakespeare, Julius Caesar. My English teacher’s passionate “Et tu, Brute” is still a very vivid memory. If you ignore the hundreds of tourists buzzing around the city, Rome still has an old world charm, which makes it appear as if it is frozen in the times of the kings. The Colosseum – one of the major sites a tourist would have most definitely been to – looks as if it is work in progress, left to be finished another day, another era. The Colosseum is a 1st century AD amphitheater that was used for gladiator games and is surrounded by other historically rich sites like the Roman Forum and Palatine hill.. We spent almost all day looking around in wonder.

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The Trevi Fountain is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome. It is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world. The fountain has appeared in several notable films. We went there twice both in the morning and evening. The experience was unique at both times.

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An obligatory selfie moment captured 🙂

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The Pantheon is a former Roman temple, now a church dedicated to “St. Mary and the Martyrs”. The building is circular with a portico of large granite Corinthian column. A rectangular vestibule links the porch to the rotunda, which is under a coffered concrete dome, with a central opening (oculus) to the sky. Almost two thousand years after it was built, the Pantheon’s dome is still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome. The height to the oculus and the diameter of the interior circle are the same. It is one of the best-preserved of all Ancient Roman buildings, in large part because it has been in continuous use throughout its history.

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Ofcourse had to had to have pasta & wine in Rome. For some reason this was the only picture that was documented. Tried it at different places but didn’t find anything to write home about.

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The Scala Santa are a set of 28 white marble steps. The Holy Stairs, which long ago were encased in a protective framework of wooden steps, are in an edifice that incorporates part of the old, Papal Lateran Palace. The Holy Stairs lead to the Church of St. Lawrence, which was the personal chapel of the early Popes. They are currently closed and inaccessible to visitors. Replica stairs flank the original staircase for 5 staircases, and one of these is accessible to pilgrims to climb on their knees.

According to Roman Catholic tradition, the Holy Stairs are the steps leading up to the praetorium of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem on which Jesus Christ stepped on his way to trial during his Passion. The Stairs reputedly were brought to Rome by St. Helena in the fourth century. For centuries, the Scala Santa has attracted Christian pilgrims who wish to honor the Passion of Jesus Christ.

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The Spanish Steps are a set of steps climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, dominated by the Trinità dei Monti church at the top.

All in all had a great holiday. To me, burnt foreheads is a sign of a holiday well spent 🙂

fashion

My Love for Polka Dots

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There is something delightfully childlike about a good polka dot print. It reminds me of my innocent childhood days. But, there are ways to wear dots without looking like a child. I have been looking for something suitable ages. Keeping your outfit simple is the key.

When I saw this Avirate dress in Pantaloons, I was over the moon. I just knew it would be perfect. I’ve been seeing ruffle dresses all over the place. The ruffle details add the perfect feminine touch that can be worn for a more feminine look or a more edgy look with a leather jacket come colder months or for that matter even office appropriate with a good blazer & heels.

Paired it here with my favourite pearl bracelet & white sandals from Lifestyle.

Life

10 Things | This Or That

I have been seeing these posts all over the blogosphere. So, decided to give it a go myself…

Morning Workout or Evening Workout? Evening. I’m just not a morning person. Waking up early is very difficult.

Tea or Coffee? Coffee! Especially cold coffee and off late, filter coffee.

Facebook or Instagram? Instagram. I hardly browse through Facebook these days.

Night In or Night Out? Night Out. I love going out and spending time with friends /family.

Cook at Home or Takeout? Take out. Love cooking at home too, but not very often.

Mountains or Ocean? Ocean. Any water body for that matter. It really calms me. It’s my happy place. This is the one thing that I miss in Bangalore.

Pizza or Pasta? Pasta. Love the amazing flavours of pasta. Especially in my favourite restaurant Chianti

Reading or Writing? Reading. I always have a book on me. Currently going through a phase of Tess Gerritsen books. Just finished Call after midnight.

Fiction or Non-Fiction? Fiction. Reading is a getaway for me. So I prefer entering the fantasy world in books through fiction.

Museum or Concert? Concert. I still remember my first Bryan Adams concert with my bestie. The energy was electrifying.

In the theme of this or that, which look do you prefer? Same black dress different jackets!

Also, this post was inspired by Alicia’s 10 things post.

Food · Recipes

Stuffed Eggplant

I thought about starting this blog after being inspired by the various fashion bloggers that I follow. However, the lack of a photographer was a hindrance.

I love cooking and best part about documenting it is that I don’t need a photographer. I snap pictures on the go, edit and post them. There’s no planning required either. Dad wanted to try stuffed eggplant so with a bit of research came up with this recipe. He can’t eat too much spice so this is mild and tasty

Ingredients

  • 1 eggplant
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 50g pitted green olives, chopped
  • handful basil leaves, chopped
  • 125g grated mozzarella
  • handful fresh white breadcrumbs
  • parmesan to sprinkle on top
  • salt to taste

Method

  • Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Slice the eggplants in half lengthways, leaving the stem intact. Using a small knife, cut a border inside each eggplant about ½-1cm thick. Using a teaspoon, scoop out the eggplant flesh, so that you have 2 shells. Brush these with a little of the oil, season and place in a baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for 20 mins. Chop the flesh and place to one side.
  • Meanwhile, add the remaining oil to a non-stick frying pan. Tip in the onion and cook until soft. Add the chopped eggplant flesh and cook through. Tip in the garlic and tomatoes and cook for 3 mins more. Stir in olives, basil, mozzarella and seasoning.
  • When the eggplant shells are tender, remove from the oven and reduce heat to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Pile stuffing into shells, sprinkle with breadcrumbs and drizzle with a little more oil. Bake for 15-20 mins, until the cheese is gooey and the breadcrumbs are golden.

Beauty

Skin Routine (Night)

I have never really done much when it came to skin care most of my life. As I have always had oily skin I was under the impression that moisturizer would make it worse so I never used any moisturizer. My skin started changing a few months ago. Started getting adult acne, my cheeks got dry. This past winter has really done a number on my skin. That’s when I read Devyani’s review of the Innisfree range. Decided to try it. Started in December and I see quite an improvement in my skin. Another thing I’m trying to do is incorporate as many natural products as I can. It does take a bit of time & there are times I feel too lazy to do it but I’m trying to. These are the products I use every night.

Rose water Toner: Used to use rose water. When I was planning on replacing it came across this toner. Thought I’d try out something different. Skin feels good & it gets absorbed fast. I really love the smell of rose water.

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Innisfree Bija Trouble Lotion: Started with this lotion and I have noticed a real difference in my skin. It’s a watery moisturizing lotion and gets absorbed into the skin when massaged well. The breakouts have stopped. Once in a while get some during my period. But in the last 2 months not even that. The scars have somewhat faded. Don’t hate looking at myself in the mirror anymore.

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Olay eye cream: Started in December. The tube is not yet over but I haven’t really noticed any difference in my skin yet. Will continue and see.

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Innisfree Green Tea Sleeping pack: This sleeping pack is formulated with moisture from freshly squeezed green tea to firmly replenish moisture, creating a dewy and translucent complexion. Just started a few weeks back. Love the smell. It is very hydrating. My skin feels so soft in the mornings when I wake up.

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So there! Do let me know what you guys think if you try these out. They are available on Nykaa.

Food · Recipes

Grilled Chicken Salad

I have never been a fan of salads. Then, I tried the chicken salad at Smoke House Deli. It was yum. It had the usual salad stuff but also nuts, chicken. It looked simple enough so tried a version of it. Best thing about this salad is you can prepare it in a jiffy with ingredients already in your kitchen. I’m not very fond of cucumbers so didn’t add it. Next time, I’ll try olives, jalapenos, different meat like lamb, beef. Croutons for the crunch. The choice is endless. End result is a yummy appetizing meal.

Ingredients

8-10 cherry tomatoes (any combination), halved, or quartered if large

8-10 iceberg lettuce leaves

1 small onion

2 tsp ginger garlic paste

100 gms chicken cut into 1 inch pieces

5 -6 roasted almonds (coarsely crushed)

Dressing

3 tablespoons olive oil

5 small garlic cloves, thinly sliced lengthwise

Seasoning

Coarse salt

freshly ground pepper

Chilli flakes

Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS

Marinade the chicken with ginger garlic paste and salt & grill it.

Heat oil and garlic in a small saute pan over medium-low heat. Cook until garlic is golden, about 6 minutes. Switch off heat & add the chilli flakes. Transfer to a bowl, and let cool for 10 minutes.

Arrange lettuce,tomatoes, onions and chicken on a serving platter, and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with the garlic oil, and sprinkle with almonds & parmesan just before serving.

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