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Summer Diary: Marrakesh

By on September 28, 2018

As I was going through my phone deleting & reorganising photos, I came across my Marrakesh photos and I was instantly reminded of the bittersweet feeling I had. As some of you know, if you’ve have watched my Marrakesh experience video I shared a few experiences during the first few days of our stay & although unfortunate & deeply disturbing at the time it didn’t stop us from making the most out of our stay taking photos along the way. I also realised that I hadn’t shared a blog post about the trip so here goes…

A few friends reached out shortly after the experience and asked for some tips and advice as they were planning on visiting and this is the notes I shared:

Relaxing poolside at our Riyad (Chayma) after the most relaxing Hammam session.

Visit the markets in the old town called Medina (just make sure you’re wearing appropriate clothing)  they also have a secret garden which is super pretty and ysl garden.

Do a Hammam at Les Bains de Marrakech Morocco (it’s amazing)  is really relaxing and good for a skin, although a little on the pricier side but if you want to treat yourself I’d certainly recommend. You can also do Hammam for as little as £2 in the old town.

If you can depending on your hotel you can book yourself into a day resort like move pick hotel or hotel Pullman palmeria resort.

Try to spend as much time in the new town as well and make sure you book activities beforehand like quad biking and atlas mountain (if you’d like to visit the waterfall).

Use taxis if you don’t have transport organised and negotiate price.

Places we ate:

Lunch – Terrace De Spices (old town) you can smoke really nice rooftop.

L’addresse really good lunch spot (and ice cream)

Cafe del la poste – sit outside if you can really beautiful and the food is good.

Cafe De La Poste gave me the post 1920’s vibe.

Dinner –

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Restaurant Azar

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Dar Moha – riad but so beautiful and romantic perfect for your dinner date (tables are by the pool).

A lot of the new town has the best and modern restaurants so try and got there for dinner most times.

Club – triple 55 club  they also have a shisha rooftop bar next door by the pool and it’s really pretty

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Dinner | Lunch

One-Pan Baked Chicken & Potatoes.

By on September 25, 2018

This recipe is for the days when I wish to spend no longer than an hour in the kitchen . I’m sure you have those days too, particularly when the plan is to lounge around in your PJs all day in front of the TV, submerge yourself in a good book (as I have of lately) or simply want to savour every hour of your Sunday before as Monday begins.

One Pan Baked Chicken!

I cheated slightly with this recipe by using these oven ready roast potato wedges. However, you may make yours from scratch 😉 

what you’ll need:

  1. A fairly decent sized baking dish, don’t be like me and use a small/medium pan. The bigger the better to give the meat and potatoes enough room to crisp. 
  2. Chicken legs, 6 pieces
  3. Pack of oven ready potato wedges, like this
  4. Seasoning:
  • 2 maggie seasoning cubes
  • salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 chopped chilli
  • 1 chopped spring onion
  • 2 spring onions
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Dried Herbs (either thyme or rosemary)  
  • 1 lemon

Wash your chicken in lemon water (1 lemon), pat dry and place in baking dish. Season with all the ingredients listed above. mix well then the oven ready potatoes. You may roast this separately if you wish, just follow packet instuctions. 

Place the chicken and potatoes in a preheated overn for 35-40 minutes. Turn chicken halfway through cooking. 

Once cooked served with roasted veggies of your choice.

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Dinner | Lunch | Rice

Quick & Easy Dinner | Smokey Honey & Garlic Chicken with Tilda Peri Peri Rice | ad

By on June 4, 2018

For me, the best meals are those that require little effort but still provide optimum flavour. My smokey honey & garlic baked chicken thighs served alongside Tilda’s new Peri Peri rice is the perfect combination and ideal for a fuss free lunch or dinner.

The honey and garlic marinade is remixed with a bit of smokiness and heat to compliment Tilda’s Peri Peri rice. The new limited edition rice, now available in most supermarkets until autumn, is one of my favourites. Not only does it taste good it also requires little time to prep with just 2 minutes in the microwave or stir fried for 3-4 minutes.

For this recipe I made little changes to the rice and kept chicken marinade simple (see below).

6 Chicken thighs (skin on)

Dry Rub Seasoning:

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon White pepper

½ teaspoon chilli flakes

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon smoked Paprikapaprika

1 x bouillon chicken cube

1 x tablespoon honey

1 lemon

Extra virgin olive oil

Method:

Pre-heat your oven to  190 C / Gas 5.

Wash the chicken in lemon water (use half a lemon for this) rinse and pat dry. Make small incisions in the chicken by piercing lightly with a knife. Mix all the dry seasoning in a bowl and season both sides of the chicken.

Drizzle olive oil over the seasoned chicken, for optimum flavour leave to marinate overnight or for up to 2 hours (can be done night before and left to marinate in the fridge until ready to cook, no more than 48 hours).

Heat some oil in a pan, I also like to add a teaspoon of clarified butter which is perfect for giving the chicken skin a golden colour and crispier skin.

Fry the chicken on both sides 3-4 minutes on each side then transfer the pan to the oven or place chicken in baking tray.

Bake for 35-40 minutes.

For the Tilda Peri Peri rice, simply microwave for two minutes or heat in a pan. As the rice is packed with different flavours from smoked paprika to garlic and peppers it requires little seasoning. Best served on a platter with a smokey sauce or relish alongside salad or coleslaw. Perfect for when friends come around or simple family dinner.

For more information on the new Tilda peri Peri Peri rice along with recipe inspiration visit www.tilda.com  

 

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