Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

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Being a reluctant cook, I like dishes that are very easy and that can feed a bunch of guests simply and without too much extra preparation. Chicken cacciatore is one of those dishes. It’s delicious, simple and tastes even better the next day. I also like to keep the extra sauce and use in pastas for quick dinners for the family at the end of the day, especially when you just can’t be bothered chopping anything but don’t want Pizza hut either.

You will need:

Chicken pieces – I’ve used breast pieces and drumsticks with the bones still in them (about 14 pieces in all).

1 onion chopped

3 sticks of celery

3 cloves of garlic

Some slices of prosciutto

About one third of a capsicum sliced or diced

8 button mushrooms sliced

2 cans of chopped tomatoes

1/2 cup of white wine

1/2 cup of chicken stock

A slosh of white wine vinegar

1 tablespoon of sugar

Salt and pepper to taste

Tomato paste

A small handful of pitted Kalamata olives

What to do:

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Set the oven to 180 degrees.

In a large frypan, brown your chicken pieces.

Set them aside in a large baking dish and cover.

In the same frypan, saute your chopped onion and then add the celery.

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Add the garlic, prosciutto and capsicum and fry further on a low heat.

Pour in the canned tomatoes, mushrooms, vinegar, sugar, stock and salt and pepper and simmer for 15 – 20 mins.

Finally add your Kalamata olives and tomato paste and simmer for a further 5 mins before pouring the sauce over the chicken pieces in the baking dish.

Cover the dish with foil and bake for about 45 mins till the chicken is cooked right through and falling off the bone.

Garnish with chopped parsley and serve with crusty bread.

Image courtesy of Culinary Ginger

 

 

 

 

 

Cardboard Box Display Case DIY

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This sweet little project has been getting a lot of traffic on my Pinterest board recently so I thought I’d share it on the website in case you haven’t seen it yet. Yes, it’s pretty cute and a great and inexpensive way to display all those light-ish trinkets.

Simply select a few empty boxes (I grabbed mine from Bunnings), back with some cute and colourful fabric, assemble in a random pattern and staple together. For a final touch, bind together with a ribbon or shredded length of fabric which helps to keep all the boxes nicely together and creates something to hang the boxes with.

 

Kensington Arts and Craft Market

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Someone posted something the other day on Instagram that really resonated with me. A Melbourne-based bespoke furniture maker had seen a cabinet out on the lawn waiting to be picked up by the council for the tip and had crunched some numbers: yes – the cabinet cost about a fifth of what a handmade piece would cost, but the point was the cheaper cabinet was now out on the strip, whereas the well-made cabinet would still be in your lounge and as sturdy and attractive as the day it arrived. This, in the long run, saves you thousands of dollars and reduces the amount of landfill we seem to be quite good at adding to. What am I getting at here? I think good quality and exceptional design cannot be underestimated and I reckon there are more and more people choosing to buy handcrafted gifts, clothes, furniture and homewares then ever before.

 

Hence, the success of local markets showcasing local, handmade stuff that is not only expertly crafted, but beautifully and uniquely designed. Kensington Arts and Craft market is one of those wonderful attractions that help promote the people responsible for creating all these awesome things and it now has enough stallholders to become a regular fixture on your calendar.

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Melina Caccetta, founder and coordinator of the market says, ‘ . . . the market provides artists with a wonderful platform to display their produce, perform and be an integral part of the community.’

 

The market is there not just to help artists promote their wares, but to create a buzz and a sense of community in the Flemington/Kensington area – a wonderful day out for locals to enjoy food, craft, art and entertainment. And if you don’t live in the area? One of the great things about the market’s proximity to the city and PT is that anyone can come from just about anywhere to enjoy this market. And with such a thriving and diverse immediate community, all are welcome.

 

So what will you find at the Kensington Arts and Craft Market? ‘With over 70 specialty stalls, this boutique market offers the public an eclectic mix of treasures from fresh produce, designer fashion and jewellery and an array of visual art creations, all encompassed within an environment filled with live music and buskers,’ says Melina. And its position within the Kensington Primary School provides a safe place for children to play so that their parents can enjoy a stress-free shopping experience.

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You know what? With all that on offer, I don’t think I’ll ever have a need for Highpoint again!

 

You can see what it’s all about this month: June 22

Where: Kensington Primary School (entry via Epsom Rd or McCracken St, Kensington)

What time: 10am – 3pm

Go to www.kensingtonartsandcraftmarket.com.aufor more info