Saturday, 19 March 2011

i'm down with the kids - a birthday meal for Jenny

roasted potatoes with lemon wedges

... another tough week in the big city... i really shouldn't complain but I think I'm getting old... well, I am getting old, being officially 40 now I suppose I can well and truly say I'm getting old... although we're all getting old anyway aren't we so I suppose the trick is to make sure I stop hanging around with people who are quite literally young enough to be my kids...?

... when did that happen...?

... seriously... some of the the kids in our office are in their early twenties yet when I look at them and spend time chatting to them I don't feel any older than any of them... I mean we all love the same music... we use ipods and ipads... we covet the same clothes none of us can afford... we go out for drinks after work... yet they are quite literally young enough to be my children... it is wrong!

... a few weeks ago I also made the most terrible gaff with Jack our ultra-cool office runner... he was listening to some dreadful, very loud 'urban' style music and as I walked past I asked him what he was listening to...

'its dub-step' he informed me...

... 'oh i love them' i said...

... it turns out dub-step is a genre of music... not a pop group...

... I took the shame

So its with great pleasure that I spend the end of the week with my dearest best friend Jenny, who whilst she looks not a day over 30, she is in fact older than me... (go I hope she doesn't read this post... I'm not sure even she will forgive me for that!)

I kind of invited myself over to her house for dinner... it was her birthday this week, so I thought I'd come over and cook for her, get drunk and spend the night in their spare room... we always have great fun cooking together and eating together... we do a lot of eating together...

fast, cheap and cheerful is always the way too, so it was out with the chicken thighs and a special roast potato and lemon dish which is sure to set sparks off in your mouth!

roasted chicken thighs

Roast Chicken Thighs with Fennel served with Roasted Lemon Potatoes

this potato dish uses a lot of lemons... you can reduce this if you like but I love the way they set the dish alight with sunshine... and the potatoes seem to soak up all the amazing lemony flavour... it is really heavenly!

8 chicken thighs
1 carrot - chopped
10 cloves of garlic - skin on
1 bulb of fennel - large slices
1 onion - large quarters
fresh rosemary, bay and thyme
a glass of white wine

a bag of potatoes (about 8-10) cut into wedges, skin on
5 lemons - cut into wedges

- really simple... bung all the chicken stuff into a roasting dish, (we used a large casserole pan with lid) pour over the wine, season and roast for 1 and a half hours on 180

- take the lid off and roast for a further 15 minutes until the skin gets some colour

- for the potatoes, par boil them first for about 6 minutes, then simply lay them all in a roasting tin with the lemons, drizzle with olive oil, season and roast till golden (about 1 hour on 200)

eat and of course, enjoy!

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