I have my two boys (my brother and nephew) visiting for the school holidays….all the way from the Eastern Cape.  Now my challenge is to cook them delicious meals everyday as they are at home all by themselves during the day.  Both of them have a huge appetite.

Having them helps because I have not one but two more that willing guinea pigs to try out my dishes.  So, with them around I remembered Sam Linsell’s cookbook, Drizzle and Dip which I got as one of the prizes from Dinner Divas.  I’ve already tried the pan-fried calamari recipe from the cookbook so I wanted to try out something else, preferably something meaty.  We are a family of meat lovers!

Don’t know about you but I don’t like the idea of going shopping everytime I want to try out a new recipe.  So I looked for a recipe that requires ingredients I already had in my fridge and cupboard.  I looked at the ingredient list for the Chicken, Sausage & PotatoTray Bake recipe and compared to the items I had at home……

Olive oil√ chicken √ pork sausage √ chicken stock √ thyme √ dry white wine √ potatoes √ marmalade (its not “fresh-cut” marmalade as described in the recipe but marmalade is marmalade, therefore..)√

All was needed was to just follow the recipe and prepare the dish.

Let me first tell you a bit about Sam, she’s one of those bloggers I tend to bump into whenever there’s a foodie event (quite a socialite), she’s a very pretty lady, brilliant food stylist and an awesome blogger.   I love her styling! She’s got that modern rustic vibe going on and I’m totally in love with it!  Plus, she takes amazing pictures.  You get hungry from just looking at them.

The recipes in the book are fairly easy and she has also included recipes from her family for an example, the Crunchies recipe by her grandma.  I’m not an Oats fan but I bought a small packet just to prepare them…..Grandma Betty’s recipe better be good! LOL! I’m sure it is….

My boys loved this recipe and I’m sure they are gonna love the Crunchies after I bake them tonight.  Drizzle and Dip cookbook is available in all good book stores and selected Woolworths stores.  Check out Sam’s blog, Drizzle and Dip…..

Chicken, Sausage & Potato Tray Bake

With marmalade & thyme

Serves: 4

3T olive oil

8 chicken pieces (bone in, with or without skin)

Salt

Freshly ground black pepper

½ cup dry white wine

400ml chicken stock

3T fine-cut marmalade

1½T chopped thyme

250g chipolata pork (or ordinary pork) sausages

500g new potatoes

Method: 

  1.  Preheat the oven to 200۫C. Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick pan.
  2. Season the chicken pieces and fry until golden brown on both sides.
  3. Transfer to a roasting pan deep enough to hold the liquid.
  4. Add the wine and stock to a pot, along with the marmalade and thyme, and heat through.
  5. Scatter the sausage and potatoes among the chicken pieces, pour over the liquid and bake uncovered for 45 minutes.

 

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