Not smoking continues to consume my every waking thought.  The doctor who administered my acupuncture, Dr Zipp, called me yesterday to ask how I was doing (nice touch, don’t you think?) and offered a reinforcement treatment for free if I think I need it.  I’ll see how I fare over the weekend; in the meantime I will simply eat …

I’ve got several things to review at the moment, products and books, and tackled a tinned bubbly at sundown yesterday.  Available in packs of four 250ml cans, Eve Rose is handy for picnics and the like.  The product would probably have gone down a treat as an alternative to the beer sold at the Soccer World Cup.  I found it too sweet; think 5th Avenue Cold Duck without the candy floss undertone.  Still, it evoked nostalgia for the 70s, especially when served in old fashioned champagne glasses; which Supagran says were designed from a mold of Marie Antoinette’s breasts.  Not a well-stacked lass, was she?


My nostalgia is being coddled as I work my way through Sonia Cabano’s latest recipe book ‘easy, simple & delicious’, which I will review in a future post.  The clean, crisp way in which she deals with food is inspiring and sent me scurrying to my kitchen to use up my jar of preserved lemons.



Pack in layers:

2 cups brown & lentil rice

1 tbs Ras El Hanout

1 tsp crushed garlic

1 tbs crushed ginger

Pinch of saffron strands

2 sliced sweet potatoes

Handful of sliced spring onions

Chopped baby spinach

4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (sliced halfway to allow flavours to penetrate)

6 quarters of preserved lemon

1 green pepper, thinly sliced

Chopped fresh coriander

500 ml chicken stock

Bake at 180C for an hour.


36 Comments Add yours

  1. deepercolors says:

    Recipes sound wonderful, as usual 🙂

  2. slpmartin says:

    Glad to hear the nonsmoking effort is still a ‘no’…the champagne sound like the ‘stuff’ we had in undergraduate school when we couldn’t afford something else…but the meal sounds far better…may have to give it a try. Have a great day!

    1. theonlycin says:

      In hindsight I should have flung the drink into the casserole 😉

  3. deepercolors says:

    Duh. Just read entire note. Her recipes sound good too. :-]

    1. theonlycin says:

      This is my recipe, inspired by one in Sonia’s book 😀

  4. nrhatch says:

    So, do you feel the accupuncture is making it any easier? Doesn’t really sound it.

    Good luck toughing it out.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am sure the acupuncture has killed the chemical craving; my problem seems to be ingrained behavior … what you once termed ‘punctuation’. I need to address and change my routines.

  5. souldipper says:

    I’m having culinary cardiac arrest. Do you mean that in order to critique a cook book, you have to cook all those recipes? *Looking through Yellow Pages to find names of single, male recipe book critics*

    1. theonlycin says:

      No, I don’t cook the recipes, I just read the book from cover to cover 😀

  6. MissChris says:

    Phone the doc back Cindy – get your reinforcements!!
    That chicken looks devine – uncooked! One day when I grow up I am going to cook like you!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ve no time to phone today, Chris, I’m sure I’ll be fine as long as I keep busy.
      What are you talking about, you cook very well?

  7. lifeinarecipe says:

    The recipe looks like a great one to try. As for the boob glass…um I mean champagne glass, that was a piece of trivia I had never heard before. I imagine that the more you drink from the glass, the larger they look? I send you wishes of much strength to help you with your battle…may you beat the burning stick handily!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I find the boobs … erm … glasses … rather awkward to drink from.
      Thanks for your encouragement, Cindy.

  8. adeeyoyo says:

    Cin, I found that it was having to find something to do with my hands and also with my MOUTH. Hence I found gum the answer… for me. I hate to see someone chewing gum, but I only used it when I got d-e-s-p-e-r-a-t-e, lol, and it DID help tremendously! Also it didn’t help to have people ask how things were going 😡 Good luck, my friend!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks adee, Stimorol will probably sees a large increase in sales in the near future.

  9. Melanie says:

    I sometimes wonder which bit of whose anatomy was used to design the long thin champagne flutes? After all if Marie Antionette was used as the model for the wide glass, someone myst have been used for the other one?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh my hat!!! I never thought of that … you naughty thing! Bwahahaha!

      1. Madmom says:

        Some old bint with thin boobies.

  10. Supa says:

    I got a jar of preserved lemons with the pack I won from Verlaque, was this a tasty dish, worth doing?

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s very good Supa, but I would use just the lemon skins and discard the pulp in future.

  11. halfp1nt says:

    I’ll give the drink a miss then, I can’t stand sweet drinks.
    Try nibbling on sunflower seeds if the craving gets really bad; I found them a real help.

    1. theonlycin says:

      At this stage I am nibbling at the cord of my electric blender …

  12. granny1947 says:

    What time is lunch…I’ll be there!!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s happening …

  13. Jamie Dedes says:

    Love anything that even sniffs of Moroccan. Looks like it’s going to be yummy.

    Good luck with the “no smoking” and congrats on doing that.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Jamie, it’s rather hellish today.

  14. This sounds amazing. I love the whole chicken-lemon thing, and I might try this as an away-on-hols special with the troops.

    Hope things get easier soon…

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s a winner for the hols, because it requires so little fuss. Enjoy your time away.

  15. izziedarling says:

    Oh cin, hang in there however best you can. Can your doctor give you that pill, Chantix (sp)? It’s worked for several people I know. I am certainly thinking about you – maybe you should come to my house and cook. That would take your mind off everything. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s available in SA as Zyban and I tried it some years bac, but developed a violent allergy to it.
      Wouldn’t it be nice to hop on a plane and play in your kitchen 🙂

  16. buttercup600 says:

    The dish looks absolutely stunning…stay strong girlfriend…thinking of you xxxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Sweets 🙂

  17. gospelwriter says:

    The chicken and lemon preserves sounds/looks divine. The drink, if it’s sweet, wouldn’t be for me. Lots of chuckles about the Marie Antoinette glasses and the … erm. Where would we be if we couldn’t laugh? No advice for what might help, but thinking about you lots. Hugs!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hugs back at you and thanks 😀

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