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~ Henry Van Dyke

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Simple moments in the kitchen...

"I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all."

~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

Tasha Tudor illustration

Today I made a recipe from a fellow blogger with a few changes. The changes started as I was not able to get all the ingredients but grew to changing it to make it a simple dish for us. I love taking fresh ingredients and making a nice warm meal for us to enjoy as soon as Jos comes through the door each night. Cooking is enjoyable and rewarding. I hope you will enjoy my version of this dish...

Crunchy chicken casserole

2 boneless chicken breasts, cut in cubes
2 onions
3 celery stocks, diced
handful of smoked almonds, chopped
1 green chili, chopped finely
200ml Creme Fraiche
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
green or black olives (either kind taste great in this dish)
1 cup of (old Dutch) grated cheese (use any cheese you prefer)
salt and pepper
2 cups potato chips

Preboil the celery. Cook the chicken and onions until brown. Add the celery, almonds, chili, tomatoes, olives, creme fraiche and mayonnaise. Mix in half of the cheese. Salt and pepper to taste. Pour mixture in a greased baking dish and sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top. Crush the potato chips and place on top of the mixture. Bake in a 175C/350F oven for about 35 minutes. This dish serves 2 to 4 portions.

This is simple to make and has a slight Mexican taste to it. Cooking does not have to be difficult to be really good. I hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.


Celestial Charms said...

Wow, this looks yummy.

Nancy said...

You told me about this dish. It sounds good. I know you were a little worried having not made it before. Glad you were happy with it.
Love Mom

Ginny said...

Sounds good. I have rediscovered my love of cooking over the past year. It has been a challenge to cook for my very picky son-in-law-to-be. Hooray, we discovered another main dish he likes just tonight! I have also begun making bread again; artisan breads, to be precise. I should blog about that.

Tracy said...

Soooo delicious...thank you, Heidi! It's been snowing lots here, so always on the look out for comfort food this winter. Happy Weekend :o) ((HUGS))

onlymehere said...

Sigh, I wish I liked to cook bz this looks delicious! I just can't seem to get into the cooking mode any more.

Sonja said...

Mooi en lekker!

DonnaTN said...

This looks delicious! I wonder if tortilla chips would work instead of potato chips. I definitely will have to try this one!

angelasweby said...

This sounds and looks really delicious. A hearty warming meal.
Hugs Angela

Simple Home said...

It looks and sounds very tasty Heidi!

Caroline said...

That looks completely gorgeous, I could make that with the left over turkey that is still in the freezer from Christmas. In fact... I think I will tonight.
I will send you an e-mail soon, so that we can confirm time and place to meet up soon. I am really looking forward to it, but got a caught up a bit with life these past few weeks.
Sorry for my tardy reply, but you will hear from me soon'
xox Caroline

Amy Marie said...

Looks so yummy Heidi! Might have to use that!

Rhondi said...

That looks like a nice easy recipe. I think I'll try it sometime soon.