Cook yourself a treat... and have more in store
THE temptation always exists if you live on your own – or have a rare night to yourself because the partner/kids/whoever are out for the evening – to reach for the phone and order a takeaway.
It doesn’t require much more effort to cook a bit of a treat for yourself, but it’s often difficult to split the quantities in a recipe designed for four or more.
An alternative is to prepare enough for four if that’s what the recipe calls for, and freeze three portions for later use. I do this with soups and stews, measuring the leftovers into one-meal portions so I don’t have to thaw the lot and refreeze. There’s nothing wrong with this, but each time you freeze and thaw there is a loss of quality and if you don’t follow basic food hygiene procedures the food could be contaminated if not reheated sufficiently. Remember that all food to be frozen should be cooled as rapidly as possible before placing in the freezer so the temperature in the freezer is not raised too much; thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat at a temperature above 60°C.
Chicken Florentine Serves one INGREDIENTS:
◗ 1 skinless chicken breast fillet ◗ 2 tbs plain flour ◗ 3 tbs olive oil ◗ 50g baby spinach leaves ◗ 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed ◗ 50g feta cheese ◗ steamed vegetables
METHOD: Preheat oven to 180°C. Split chicken in half through the centre, leaving halves attached. Cover with plastic wrap and pound lightly to flatten a little. Set aside.
Heat one tablespoon of oil in a frypan over low heat. Add spinach and garlic, cooking for 1-2 minutes or until spinach wilts. Place spinach mixture on chicken and crumble feta on spinach. Roll up and secure with toothpicks.
Coat chicken in flour and shake off excess. Add extra oil to frypan and heat over medium heat. Cook chicken on all sides until golden. Remove from frypan and place on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Cook at 180C for 15 minutes or until cooked through. Serve with steamed vegetables.
This chicken Florentine serves one, but quantities can easily be increased.