Coronation Chicken


Posted by Roth McCoy | Posted in Recipes with Meat | Posted on 04-07-2014

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A Moist and Tender Chicken Dish, in a Lightly Spiced Curry Sauce

Coronation Chicken is an extremely versatile dish and can be made with just a subtle hint of spices, or a stronger ‘kick’ if desired – it is entirely up to you!
This dish first came to fame at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, but an earlier version was made as far back as 1935, for the jubilee year of King George V. The basis of the dish is cold cooked chicken breast with a creamy mayonnaise sauce and curry paste, but we have added a few little ‘delights’ to really make this dish sing. In this case, apricots and sultanas are the fruity addition, but you can use peaches or mango as well. Usually served with a saffron rice, this can either be mixed into the chicken, or served on the side as a separate dish, but you can also use any leftover rice from the previous day (as long as it has been refrigerated overnight).
Easily transportable and ideal for picnics, it can be prepared up to 2 days in advance and stored in an airtight container ready to take on your day out. The longer the dish is kept refrigerated, the more the flavour of the sauce develops. The beauty of this dish is that it really does go with everything – other meats, seafood or side dishes. Soft and tender chicken in this delightful sauce will really please your friends, family or guests.

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Jamaican Jerk Pasties


Posted by Roth McCoy | Posted in Finger Food, Recipes with Meat | Posted on 01-07-2014

Lean Minced Beef with Caribbean Spices, Encased in a Rich and Crisp Puff Pastry

A lovely taste of the Caribbean, these pasties will make you think of tropical beaches and warm summer breezes when on your picnic.
Jerk seasoning is a spice mix which contains cinnamon, nutmeg, chilli, thyme (main ingredients) but all Jamaicans have their own version. Nowadays, you can buy excellent Jerk spice mixes and rubs from most supermarkets as it has become very popular to use as a mix and also as a marinade for barbecued meats. It can be used with any meat, or even fish, but pork, beef and chicken particularly benefit from its flavour.
One of the things you don’t want to worry about when planning a picnic is whether your food will ‘travel’ and still be in one piece at the end of the journey. These pasties are very hardy and can withstand any bumpy journey! They can also be made in advance, so you have an instant dish ready to go. They can also be frozen for up to one month.
Your picnics won’t be bland with these delicious pasties – you can make them full size like we have, or lots of ‘mini’ ones for snacks – not just great for picnics, but super party snack as well.

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Mexican Picnic Food Ideas : Corn tortilla roll-ups


Posted by Roth McCoy | Posted in World Recipes | Posted on 15-02-2013

Corn tortilla roll-ups

Corn Tortilla roll-ups are the best picnic recipe. Tortillas are the staple food of Mexico and roll-ups are made as a snack. They are healthy and fill your belly, whether you eat them as snack or as a meal. It’s a whole new take on a lunch time. Corn tortillas are easily available at the grocery and are also very easy  to make at home. In my experience, the homemade tortillas are more flavorful than store-bought. Homemade tortillas can stay fresh up to 1 week in an airtight container. Tortillas can be made in different flavors, such as sun-dried tomato or baby spinach. As for the cheese cream spread, you can also add chopped onion and chopped cilantro. I did not add these below, so adjust quantities to your taste. For extra flavor, add Mexican shredded cheese.


Preparation time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serves: 2 people

Corn tortilla roll-ups Ready

Corn tortilla roll-ups

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Kala Chana Usal – A Great picnic snack


Posted by Roth McCoy | Posted in healthy recipes, Vegetarian Food Ideas, World Recipes | Posted on 15-01-2013

Indian Picnic Food Ideas : Kala chana” – black chickpeas

Kala chana usal is a famous Maharashtrian snack. “Kala chana” are black chickpeas.

This can be the best picnic recipe. Much like a stir fry, in Maharashtra it is served for breakfast and also as a snack during evening tea.

Mostly, people in Maharashtra prepare this dish during fasting days. Here, the dish is cooked with lots of sesame seeds and has a unique taste that makes it loved by everyone. It’s best served with dry coconut and some chopped cilantro, and sometimes also with Indian puffed fried bread that is known as puri. If you’re taking this recipe for a picnic, you can also take some puris along with this dish. Read the rest of this entry »

Hearty Italian Fettuccine Picnic Quiche


Posted by Mia | Posted in Finger Food | Posted on 12-11-2012

If you’re looking for a hearty, filling quiche, try this Italian-style fettuccine filled quiche. This one is stuffed with sausage, vegetables, cheese, pasta, and will please diners even with the healthiest appetites. The flavor combinations are amazing, whether served hot or cold.


Fettuchini Quiche

Fettuccine Quiche


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