Best and Easiest Roast Chicken Recipe Ever

Best and Easiest Roast Chicken Recipe Ever

This roast chicken recipe is one of our family’s favourites! I make it nearly every other week and everyone, including fussy Luka and even fussier Daniella, enjoys it very much!  It’s extremely quick and easy to prepare (which is always important). You get the chicken, potatoes and vegetables ready in the same go. But most importantly it is so delicious!!! After trying various roast chicken recipes, this one is now my favourite. I highly recommend you to making it. I don’t think you can ever go wrong with roast chicken and vegetables if you make it this way!

Best and Easiest Roast Chicken Recipe Ever

To make my best and easiest Roast Chicken ever you will need:

  • Approx 2kg whole chicken
  • 5-6 potatoes
  • 4-5 carrots
  • Few sticks of celery
  • 1-2 onions
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • Courgette (not necessary)
  • Lemon
  • Rosemary
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation could not be easier! Continue reading Best and Easiest Roast Chicken Recipe Ever

Christmas, Hospitals and First Tooth!

Christmas, Hospitals and First Tooth!Where do I start. This Christmas was eventful – the least I can say. In my previous ‘Christmas Plans‘ post, I explained how we imagined it to be, but it’s not exactly how it went. “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
― says Allen Saunders.

First of all, we all got some silly terrible flu out of nowhere. Daniella was first. After giving her a bath Tuesday evening (22nd December), I realised she was pretty hot. I didn’t take much notice of it. Just put her to bed, kissed good night and thought she will sleep it off.

I was wrong.

At around midnight I went to check on her and found poor thing boiling hot. I gave Daniella some Calpol and set her to sleep, hoping all will be better in the morning.

That unfortunately didn’t happen. Daniella woke up with the temperature 38.9, feeling extremely poorly. I was struggling to get her temperature down. She has also completely lost her voice and started having a terrible cough. Throughout the day things did not get any better, temperature raised up to nearly 40 degrees and it was almost impossible to get it down. 🙁 Edward has also called from work to say, he was not feeling well.

The timing couldn’t be worse, as we still had to do our grocery shopping that Wednesday. Harry started feeling unwell too. That evening Edward, Daniella and Harry, all had temperature around 39. I was the only one standing, but was also not feeling great – blocked nose, sore throat, I was afraid it was only a matter of time to get temperature too.

Don’t ask me how did we managed to do our grocery shopping, somehow we did. It was the main thing- had to be done before Christmas.

Christmas, Hospitals and First Tooth!

The morning after, on Christmas Eve, things didn’t get any better. But we couldn’t just give up. 12 non meaty Christmas Eve dishes had to go on the table for that dinner as planned. I am not gonna lie, it wasn’t easy. Cooking while looking after ill children and while Edward was unwell was a mission. Continue reading Christmas, Hospitals and First Tooth!

Christmas Plans

Christmas Plans

You might be already fed up with my Christmas posts by now. Sorry if you are, but that’s how we live these days – it’s all about Christmas! Shopping, preparing, planning, decorating, etc… Getting busier as we get closer!

This Christmas we will have Edward’s family visiting- mum, dad and brother. They are coming from London and will be staying for a few days. We are all very excited, Edwards parents will be visiting for the first time since we reallocated. We hope they will enjoy it here. Lola and Lolo are missing their grandchildren and children are missing them. Daniella in particular. She keeps on asking me pretty much every two hours, if Lola and Lolo are coming today. 😀

Luka wont be with us during Christmas this year. She went to London on Saturday to see her dad and they will be flying to Lithuania tomorrow to enjoy celebrations with her Lithuanian grandparents. Luka was looking forward to this holiday for so long. She was hoping to see snow in Lithuania, but, to be honest, I don’t think it will happen – it’s far too warm this year!

Edward and I done one part of our Christmas shopping last weekend.  We got pretty much all the presents, that we needed to get (not for each other yet!!!), also some more Christmas decorations for the house along with Christmas crackers. In terms of food we bought nice cuts of beef and gammon for roasting – it will be served for Christmas dinner and some vegetables. We are still due for proper grocery shopping tomorrow or on Wednesday. Continue reading Christmas Plans

Do you Shop in Aldi?

Do you Shop in Aldi?We happened to live in 3 different places within the past 4 years. This is probably the biggest disadvantage while renting a house. No stability whatsoever. But my post is not about renting today. Grocery shopping- an every day thing. Why do we prefer Tesco over Asda, Sainsbury’s over Morrisons or the other way around? Should we be embarrassed shopping in Aldi or Lidl?

As a family we used to always shop in Tesco, Sainsbury’s or Asda. We never considered shopping in Lidl or Aldi- we had the impression of it being of a low quality grocery store. However, for the past few years Aldi was the closest food store for us. In fact it still is – the only shop within walking distance from our current house is Aldi. So is it good or bad?

I know a lot of people who wouldn’t shop in Aldi, just because it could mean they are budgeting. And who ever wants to admit they are short in cash??? We used to be one of those- shopping in Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrisons or Asda, just because of the name. However, having Aldi store just next door for the past few years changed our minds and saved us a lot of money.

So what is there, in Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s or other stores, that you cannot find in Aldi?

Pretty much nothing! Aldi, like any other grocery store, has got raw and processed meats, vegetables, dairy products, frozen foods, etc. Probably the only item, that I am missing in Aldi, is my favourite Quaker Oat So Simple Porridge, Golden Syrup Flavour. If they were selling this in Aldi, I would be 100% complete with my food shopping there. But it is not such a big issue. I just buy few packs at a time, in another store. Continue reading Do you Shop in Aldi?

Chicken in LEE KUM KEE Black Bean Garlic Sauce

Chicken in LEE KUM KEE Black Bean Garlic SauceTime is not my friend recently and I really don’t have the luxury to play in the kitchen for hours. I always get interrupted with Harry’s requests or Daniella’s and Luka’s needs. I only recently learned, that to keep my family fed and happy I don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen. There are so many things in the grocery store making cooking much easier! One of them is my new favourite LEE KUM KEE Black Bean Garlic Sauce.

We all love Chinese food. We often get take away (maybe a bit too often). And we all have our favourites: I love king prawns in black bean sauce (I am very much of a seafood person), Edward’s one is beef with ginger and spring onions or mixed seafood crispy fried noodles, Luka adores sweet and sour chicken. But we always like to taste each others dishes.

We are lucky enough to have Chinese supermarket not too far from our house. We like going there occasionally, as they have a big variety of seafoods, meats, noodles soup that we always buy- it’s really really tasty – much nicer than, for example, Maggi soup or any other cheap from Tesco or Asda supermarkets) and other lovely items that we love testing. So when we went there couple of weeks ago, LEE KUM KEE Black Bean Garlic Sauce somehow caught our attention. We bought it. Continue reading Chicken in LEE KUM KEE Black Bean Garlic Sauce