Thursday, 8 January 2009

I'm Back!

Happy New Year all!

Now, before we get into the serious business of holiday snaps (and let me tell you - a lot of good food was eaten!), here is a quick post to reassure you that I have not forgotten about my poor little blog.

After a couple of weeks of eating lovely food in restaurants and other people's homes, it was as nice to get back to my own kitchen as it was to my own bed. I wanted to cook, but I knew that I was in no fit state to do anything difficult.

Fortunately on the plane on Monday night, the way was made clear. I saw an episode of Nigella Express which convinced me that coq au riesling was the only fit dish with which to get my groove back.

And what a delicious and simple dish it is! I used orzo for my "buttered noodles" and tossed through some dried dill instead of fresh (I love fresh dill but I am always bored with it before the bunch is finished).

Stay tuned for some of the good stuff from my travels...

20 comments:

kat said...

Welcome back. That dish looks like some mighty good winter fare

Esi said...

Welcome back!!

Joie de vivre said...

Welcome back! What a dish to get yourself back in the groove.

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Welcome back foodycat. And a big HAPPY NEW YEAR to you as well. Your wit and charm have been sorely missed these past few weeks. I sure hope you had a lovely time. But it is always wonderful to get back home, isn't it? Big hugs my friend.

264clarinet said...

Welcome back to Foodycat! Have you been to Yung Kee?

Dee said...

Ooh, thanks for the recipe! I cook so much chicken I'm constantly looking for new inspiration.

Stop teasing - show us the photos already :)

Heather said...

welcome back!! glad you had a nice holiday!

The Cat's Mother said...

Lovely to get home. I think the old brown rice and peas / corn with grated cheese and a tossed green salad is hard to beat as restorative meal.

Please no cane toad photos - they can go on another blog!

Foodycat said...

Kat - Thanks! It was. Not too rich but still very flavoursome.

Thanks Esi! Nice to be home.

Thanks Joie - it's so simple! I will definitely make it again.

Teresa - thank you for your very kind words!

264 - unfortunately not! I had the flu and couldn't face more food.

Dee - be patient! I am still getting them off the camera.

Thanks Heather!

Mother - so true! But tossing a salad was beyond me. Definitely no toad pictures. I can't bring myself to look at it!

Natashya said...

Welcome home! I love Nigella Express, this is one of the meals I really would like to make soon.

Peter M said...

Happy New Year and welcome back...good to see the wine's flowing.

Apples and Butter said...

Welcome back! It's good to take some time off, especially around the holidays. I think it helps keep the passion fresh!

Foodycat said...

Natashya - I think I might have to buy the book! Everything on that episode looked so delicious and achievable.

Peter - oh yes, the wine did flow!

Apples & Butter - I agree! Not cooking for a few weeks just makes me want to cook, no matter how wonderful the food I am eating is.

Leslie said...

Welcome home and happy new year!

Sam said...

This looks perfect for the freezing weather we're having at the moment!

I would love to know where you got the orzo from, I've been looking all over the place for that!

Foodycat said...

Thanks Leslie!

Sam - I know! They used to sell orzo at Tesco but it is harder to come by now. A friend bought it for me at a Turkish shop.

MrOrph said...

I am making this dish tonight!!!!

Foodycat said...

MrOrph - I think I am making it tonight again too!

Sarah said...

Welcome back and Happy New Year! This sounds like an intriguing twist on the coq au vin that I know. Yum!

Foodycat said...

Sarah - I made it again last night. It is so delicious!

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