Jamie Oliver’s Cypriot Chicken

What a glorious day it is today; perfect weather to be cooking up summery food; no more pies and puddings.

I was flicking through my ever growing selection of cookery books and found this delightful recipe for Cypriot Chicken by Jamie Oliver taken from his 30 Minute Meals book. It was surprisingly quite simple. Although I’d never made it before, it turned out lovely.

Jamie Oliver pan fried his chicken completely but just to ensure it was cooked through I finished mine off in the oven. Plus my chicken breasts were larger than his so they took longer to cook.

It was really tasty and had the flavours of being on holiday. Yummy! A really summery dish for a gloriously sunny day – give this one a try.


Cypriot Stuffed Chicken


Small Bunch of Flat Leaf Parsley
Small Bunch of Fresh Basil
1 Jar of Sun-dried Tomatoes in Oil
Feta Cheese
Lemon Zest
4 Chicken Breasts
Fresh Rosemary


I chopped the herbs, sun dried tomatoes, garlic, feta and lemon zest.


Then I mixed them all together and stuffed into the chicken.


I pan fried them in a hot pan to gain some colour and finished in a hot oven, to ensure they were cooked through.

I served it with Nigella Lawson’s New Orleans Coleslaw from her Nigella Express cook book. Find the recipe here.


It was such a cracking meal, a real summery dish…more to come. Roll on summer!!!! 🙂
Have a good weekend everyone.



Pasta and Meat Sauce

There’s nothing more comforting to me than a big bowl of pasta after a long day. Lovely served hot with garlic bread or delicious with a simple side salad.

I’m not professing this dish matches how the Italians make it, but it’s great as a quick supper. This is one of my favourite Italian dishes due to its simplicity and comfort factor. There is no comparison but it reminds me of some fabulous pasta and meat sauce I ate whilst I was in Italy last summer, sublime. This is my attempt at recreating that…….trying to anyway!! 😃

Pasta and Meat Sauce

Pasta and Meat Sauce

Serves 4


500g Good Quality Beef Mince

1 Onion, peeled and chopped

2 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped

2 Tins Chopped Tomatoes

Handful of Fresh Basil Leaves, chopped

300g Tagliatelle


Heat a large, heavy based frying pan. Add some oil and fry the onion for a few minutes. Add the garlic and meat and cook until the meat is slightly coloured. Add the tomatoes and simmer for 20mins. Season generously with salt and black pepper.

Meat Sauce Simmering

Meat Sauce Simmering

Cook the pasta in boiling, salty water.

When the pasta is cooked add the basil leaves to the meat sauce and stir through. Serve the pasta and meat sauce and top with grated Parmesan. Buon appetito! 😃