The Best Guacamole Recipe

Hey friends, after some fun banter on Instagram about food with crushsocial and boldbrandfast and avocadoshirtco I decided I would repost this recipe. This recipe comes from my brother, Robert, who is an incredible cook.

He makes this for every family gathering and it’s a dish that everyone loves and always wants more of. It is always gobbled up quickly and everyone knows it’s a ‘first in, best dressed’ situation when it hits the table. This recipe serves four, however based on experience, both my brother  and I would suggest you double or even triple the batch when entertaining. Trust us, it’s so good, there won’t be any left. Read More

Winter Stew


Needing a little something to take the winter chill away and to please any palate? Allow us to introduce our winter stew. Yes, it has been a crowd pleaser for both young and old (oh and Bentley, our dog, loves the leftovers). This stew is beyond easy and it is very more(ish) so relax and let the dish speak for itself whilst allowing you to show off your culinary skills.


Winter Beef Stew


Beef Cubed – I use Chuck or Casserole or even better go to your butcher and get the already cut pieces – tell the butcher you’re making a stew and they will sort you out! Now, depending on how many you are cooking for will determine how much you need. I usually make for 8 so I would suggest at least 2 kilos.

Beef Stock – 4 cups/1 litre

Onions – have fun with your onions. Use 1 brown (chopped) and then add either pearl or shallots whole to increase the flavour. Throw in at least 3-4.

Garlic – It’s winter so be generous. Chase the flu bugs away with this perfect bulb. Smash and chop 2-3 and then add 3 whole cloves

Potatoes – Wash and quarter. I like using white potatoes but I’m not precious. I also like my potatoes to look like potatoes so I choose not to chop them to small

Carrots – 4

Celery – 2-3 stalks (preferably with leaves)

Frozen Corn & Peas

Flour + Dry Mustard (if you have) + Worcestershire + Coconut Oil + A splash of Red Wine + Salt & Pepper to taste


Chop your brown onion & garlic and sauté in 1-2 tbsps of Coconut Oil. Add your cubed beef and brown on a high heat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. You want you meat & onions to absorb the salt, Once the beef is browned and the onions are softened add 3 tbsps of flour to coat your beef plus 1-2 tsp of dry mustard (if you have). This will turn the beef and onions rather grainy and a quite dry. You will wonder if you’ve made a mistake, don’t worry, this is exactly how we want it. Now add your beef stock (all of it). Stir and make sure you get anything that was stuck to the bottom of the pan off. You want this flavour to invade. Once you have this to a rolling boil add you potatoes and allow these ingredients some ‘getting acquainted’ time. Cover and let them simmer away for approx 20mins.

Now add your carrots (I like mine roughly chopped giving enough to dig a fork into) your additional pearl or shallots, celery and corn. You can also add your Worcestershire Sauce and a splash of red wine with a sip for yourself if it’s beyond 5pm :). Stir and make sure nothing is sticking to the base of the pan. Have a taste and if you need to add more Salt & Pepper please do so. Cover and let it simmer away making sure all your veggies are cooking and your meat is becoming more tender by the minute. In the last 10minutes of cooking I suggest you add your frozen peas. I don’t like to add these to early as they can get mushy and it’s just a preference of mine that I choose to wait on. In saying that, adding them earlier if it’s easier for you is totally fine.

If your stew has not thickened during the cooking process to your liking then by all means, add some more flour. Do this little by little as you don’t want it to thicken too much on you. Keep tasting and making sure the flavours are pleasing your palate. Always remember that each bite builds on the latter. Additionally, when cooking stove top I let my meat tell me when it’s done. This stew can be rushed and cooked in 1 hour or it can be brought along throughout the day lending itself to beautiful tender pieces that will melt in your mouth. It is a recipe that adapts well to your schedule.

Recipe Adaptations:

Use Lamb if you’d like | Add Pumpkin or other Veggies that you love | Use the slow cooker but make sure you brown your meat in a pan first as the slow cooker won’t do that for you | Use a pressure cooker | Swap the Beef for Chicken and the broth for Chicken Broth and add Mushrooms

Kimchee Fried Rice


As most of you know our family loves food…. We love to cook, create, eat and entertain. In our home, there is truly nothing like a table full of people, enjoying food, laughing and all the while creating incredible memories in our home.

This past weekend, my teenage daughter had a group of friends over for a relaxing, poolside day. We all know teenagers know how to eat and let me tell you, they did not disappoint. I made them our GetRealLive famous Chicken Burgers that have been generously shared with us by our great friend, Barry Crocker. His Chicken burgers are the best and the teenagers agreed. One of them actually asked me if I was a chef…. love that compliment 🙂

Anyway… moving on!! Today’s post has been spurred on by something I shared on Instagram & Facebook yesterday. I posted a picture of our Kimchee Fried Rice that I made for lunch. Now, having never made this before I was a big worried that it wouldn’t work out. And, to be honest this was inspired by the fact that I had nothing left in the cupboard after 2 weeks of school holidays. After multiple days of my daughters entertaining plus kids and families coming and going, Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard was truly bare… When the cupboard is bare, there is nothing better than dazzling your family with a creative Fried Rice and that’s exactly what I did. So, as with any recipe we share through this site, this has been ‘Tried and True’ in one of our GetRealLive kitchen’s and in this case, it was mine.  My hubby and children gobbled it up and, in fact, both my son and daughter have taken leftovers for lunch at school. Two meals solved in one go….. YES!

Here we go…..

Kimchee Fried Rice


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons sesame oil (or if you want to be a little extravagant you can use 2 tablespoons of butter… this suggestion from my beautiful sister-in-law, Angie)

1/2 yellow onion, chopped
2 small garlic clove, minced or chopped (whatever is easiest… this meal is all about the easy!)
A pinch of coarse salt (if you like…. in our kitchen I use pink Himalayan Salt but for this recipe I skip the salt because Kimchee is salty enough. I’ve included it tho because for some palates you might need a dash to make it great. Personal taste here!)
1 cup sour kimchi (use old Kimchee if you have it’s best and I like the big pieces of it so I don’t chop it up. If you want smaller pieces then by all means chop it up. If you’re buying Kimchee for the first time ask your Asian/Korean grocer for Mat Kimchee)
1 teaspoon/a Splash of soy sauce

1 tablespoon of sesame seeds (not needed but I add these only because I love them!)

1 cup day-old cooked rice, at room temperature (If you have, if not, just pop some rice in the rice cooker and use fresh….that’s what I do but it’s a great dish to use up left over rice as well)
1 very good egg
1 scallion, white and light green parts only, very thinly sliced (you can either cook these through or I use them more as a sprinkle on top before serving)
1 generous pinch coarse Korean chili powder


Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring now and then, until the onions begin to soften and become just brown. Turn up the heat to high and add the kimchi and cook for approx 5 minutes. Cook until the Kimchee starts to crisp on the edges basically like it’s being fried. Add the soy sauce and rice and stir thoroughly to combine. Cook until the rice is warmed through and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. To serve I like shallow individual serving bowls

This is so yum and the flavours will permeate through your house. It’s a super quick meal that is absolutely moorish! NOTE: Kimchee is spicy and can be an acquired taste. In saying that, some of the heat seems to be taken out during the cooking process additionally, the strong flavour that may need some getting used to softens whilst cooking. For those who are familiar with Kimchee and have come to love it like my family (obviously my hubby, being Korean, grew up on this…. but I’ve acquired a taste as have our children) then go for it… You will love this dish and it’s seriously easy.

Now…. if you want to dress the dish up a bit and add a bit of SWAG to it (according to my  kids SWAG is…. Swhat We Asians Got!) you can add the Fried Egg on top…

If you have removed your rice from your pan you can simply wipe the pan clean and use it for your egg. Cook your egg as per usual (a fried egg) and cook just until the yoke is done, you want some of the gooey, runny yoke to melt through the rice adding to the flavour and texture of the dish. So, take your rice and delicately place your egg on top, sprinkle with your green onions/shallots even drizzle a tiny bit of sesame oil over the top and a dash of red pepper if you want and go ahead and savour the goodness you have created!

Enjoy….. Now that I have written this out, my mouth is watering and I’m ready for more…. A perfect 1 dish meal that is ready in under 10mins.

Susan xx

Split Pea & Ham Soup Recipe

Surprisingly this is a family favorite. I know, I can hardly believe it. My kids love it, my hubby devours it and…..get this, we’ve had kids over just hanging out and I’ve served it and they LOVE IT. Crazy as it is, this green number serves as a crowd pleaser, it’s budget friendly and is a huge tummy filler. Plus… as an added bonus, it pretty much cooks itself.

Split Pea and Ham Soup

2 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Chopped Brown Onions
Left over Ham ~ whatever you can salvage. I usually try and get as close to 2 cups as possible and I cube it small {the size of your ring finger, finger nail ~ how’s that for sharing a family recipe. Couldn’t think of any other way to give the size}

500 grams or 1 bag of split peas

8 cups water
2 tsps Chicken Stock {I prefer the powdered but if you’re going to use liquid substitute one of the cups of water with stock}
1 tsp of dried thyme {if you have, if not don’t worry not necessary}

Saute your onions in Olive Oil. Add Ham. Add Peas. Pour water over. Add stock {in whatever form} and that’s it. Let it cook away, stirring every once in awhile. Cook for about 2.5 hours. Your house will smell divine and you will have enough for 6 healthy servings. Serve with a crusty, whole wheat seed roll and you have a meal that everyone will enjoy.

Note: you can add carrots and celery to the mix if you want. I do most times however when cooking it the other day I was out so didn’t bother.



The Perfect Poached Egg

{Image by Brown Eyed Baker}

Are you an egg lover? Is an egg something you enjoy once, twice or even three times a week?

The egg is an interesting food, it really covers a lot ground. Served on it’s own it can be fried, scrambled, made into an omelet, soft boiled, hard boiled, pickled or my favourite…. poached.

The egg is also used in so many other dishes it can be used whole or broken down into the white and yolk and used for totally different purposes. All parts of the egg can be eaten, however the shell is usually discarded.

My quest for the perfect poached egg started long ago. I’m sure I have frustrated many a wait staff with my request whilst ordering the poached egg I desired. On occasion, in some of the finer restaurants, I have been successful and have enjoyed an amazing, gastronomical treat. On other occasions I have been extremely disappointed when served a less than perfect poach.

I finally decided it was time for me to take matters into my own hands. I needed to conquer this cooking style and develop my own ‘Perfect Poached Egg’.

After many Google searches, reading cooking websites all in an effort to understand this inexpensive super food that is so rich with nutritional value it was time to put my research and taste-buds to work.

I pulled out a medium sized pot, grabbed a carton of eggs from the fridge and three eggs, from the counter, that I had let come to room temperature. I filled the pot with water, brought it to a boil and the fun began.

After a few failed attempts I persevered and finally created the ‘Perfect Poached Egg’. I have since shared the experience with my husband, my children and I even taught my own mother how to make this culinary treat.

I am now ready and willing to cook a poached egg for any palate, whether you like your poached egg {like mine} whites all cooked but yolk super runny or like my husband yolk slightly firm I am pleased to say Bon Appetite.

The Perfect Poached Egg

  • Bring a medium size pot of water to a full boil
  • Add 2 tsp of white vinegar
  • Using a long skinny dessert spoon begin stirring the boiling water counter clockwise {you want a strong stir happening}
  • Using a refrigerated egg, crack egg into a shallow bowl {a ramekin would be perfect}
  • Once your water is swirling pour your egg, slowly and carefully into the water.
  • Once the egg is in, keep stirring the water. Don’t worry if the egg looks like the whites are separating, keep stirring. {Note: if your yolk breaks whilst pouring it into the water. stop and start over….. it isn’t working}
  • Keep the water swirling but as you can see the egg forming you can slow down but do NOT let the water stop moving the egg could stick to the bottom on the pan which would cause it to break.
  • Using a large strainer spoon pull out some of the excess whites that are floating in the water.
  • Cooking time is about 2 minutes for runny and 2.5mins for harder yolks. Using your strainer spoon you can carefully bring the egg to the surface to check doneness. If the poaching is not to your liking simply place it back in the water for a further 15-20 seconds.

Once ready use your strainer spoon and gently shake off excess water. Place your Perfect Poached Egg on your toast, English muffin or however you desire.


Susan xo

Angry Mussels in White Wine

{photo credit BBC Good Food}

This post and recipe comes from my eldest brother, Robert. He is an incredible cook and those who know him and who have had the opportunity to sit at his table and  enjoy some of the incredible morsels he has created, know exactly what I’m talking about…. If you’d like to check some of his food out visit ‘Taylor Made Supper Club‘. Needless to say, after tasting his Mussels and having the pleasure of enjoying them more than once I simply had to have the recipe to share…. I hope you enjoy…

Thank You for sharing Robert….

Angry Mussels in White Wine (Adapted from JCT Kitchen)


1lb mussels
1 cup dry white wine
1″ thick slab of bacon, diced (or equivalent in sliced bacon)
1/2 red onion
3 green onions
1 seranno chili or a good pinch of crushed red pepper
some good crusty bread


Get your bacon in a good pan and render it down. Once rendered, remove it and place it on a paper towel. Use the smokey rendered fat and sautee some aromatics (garlic, red onions and the whites of some scallions/green onion). Once the flavours start to saturate, add some crushed red pepper flakes and a little bit of cayenne to spice it up. Now, turn up the heat, toss your mussels in and a good glut of dry white wine. Pop the lid on and simmer for about 5 minutes. Then, remove to a bowl, toss in the bacon, topp with green onion tops and get out your crusty bread to dip in and enjoy all the juices that have developed.  The liquid that cooks out of the mussels mixed with the wine, bacon, chilis and all that other good stuff makes for some seriously awesome flavor.

Use the method above or, keep it simple and just sautee, steam and eat. Way too easy.

Best Lasagna Recipe


{photo directly from my oven}


Over the past few weeks, I have made meals for a few friends who have either been under the weather or just on the run and crazy busy.

I find Lasagna an easy meal to make for friends for a number of reasons: 1) Most kids like Lasagna 2) It’s an easy meal to transport 3) You can jazz it up by adding spinach, grated carrots and other ‘hidden’ veggies 4) Couple it with a salad, some garlic bread and the meal is ready to go.

For whatever reason, our famous Sohn Lasagna is something people seem to love. The recipe has been requested time after time so tonight I finally found a moment to pull it all together. This recipe is familyroom tried and true, it has passed even the toughest of palates so relax and know that it won’t disappoint..

Best Lasagna Recipe

Oven Temp: 375 ~ Cooking Time: 1 hour ~ Pan Size: 9X13 inch ~ Serves 12-14

Meat Sauce:

2lbs ground beef

4 cloves of chopped garlic

½-1 tsp oregano

1 Tbsp salt

2-15oz cans diced tomatoes

2-6oz cans tomato paste

1 cup chopped onions

Or….. If you’re pressed for time, you can cheat and buy a store prepared sauce. If you do this I would buy the roasted garlic meat sauce and as natural as possible.

Cottage Cheese Mixture:

3 cups dry cottage cheese {if you can’t find dry put your wet cottage cheeze in a strainer and let it drain}

3 beaten eggs

2 tsp salt {you can leave this out if you want. I usually do}

½ tsp pepper

2 Tbsp parsley flakes or preferably fresh parsley chopped

½ cup parmesan cheeze {the finer the better}

1 bag shredded mozzarella cheese


Fry ground beef and drain grease {IMPORTANT}.

Add other ingredients and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.

Combine cottage cheeze mixture, except mozzarella

In a greased baking pan place a layer of noodles + ½ the cottage cheeze mixture followed by a layer of mozzarella then the meat mixture {this is where I add my own flavour to the mix…. I add spinach, eggplant, zucchini or whatever you want. Alternatively, you can grate veggies and add them to your meat sauce if you have a ‘picky’ eater. This is an excellent dish to ‘hide’ a lot of goodness. Get creative and make this your own}.

Repeat beginning again with the layer of noodles, cottage cheeze mixture, mozzarella and finish with the meat mixture and mozzarella and any left over parmesan to sprinkle.

Bake. Recommended baking time is 1 hour however I usually take it out after 50 minutes. The last 10minutes seems to brown it up just a little too much. This is best cooked ahead of time and then reheated. For some reason it holds together better that way.

This recipe freezes well. If you slice it up and put it in zip lock bags it works really well for kids lunches {if microwave is available}. I take it out of the bag in the morning, place it in a glass container, pop it in their lunch bags. The Lasagna coupled with a piece of fruit a veggie and maybe a cookie and your child has a perfect, very filling hot lunch.

Susan xo

A Warm Bowl of Goodness – Porridge

Well friends, I’ve just read an article that says Western Canadians can expect one of the top three coldest winters in the last 20 years. As someone who moved from the sunny shores of Australia to Canada, I can assure you, that the article was not read with joy nor excitement.

As I wrote in an earlier article, the seasons of life, whether in nature or personally, will come and go and I realize that there is nothing neither I nor you can do to change what lies ahead. Rather, we need to prepare and equip ourselves for what is predicted to be a long and very cold winter.
With that in mind I am reminded about the breakfast I prepared for our family this morning. I like to send my kids off to school well fed, with something stuck on their ribs. Studies prove that children who have a good breakfast are able to learn better, to focus more and to simply manage their day better. Studies also show that less and less children are arriving at school well fed. Schools and communities are now offering breakfast programs because the need for breakfast is so important.
Getting up in the morning is a struggle for most people, we seem to be over charged and under rested, it’s just a symptom of the society we are living in. I have made a choice to make sure I get up earlier than my children every morning. I do this for a number of reasons:
1). The morning is my favorite time of the day. I love the quiet of the morning and it allows me time to focus for my day and prepare.
2).  I love making sure my children have a good breakfast and that pack them a healthy lunch.
It takes planning and discipline. Discipline because many days {especially cold winter mornings} hitting the snooze button feels like the right thing to do yet it never is. Today, as I rose from my warm, comfy bed, I could feel the chill in the air. I knew today was a day for a warm bowl of goodness. Yes, today kicked off what will be many mornings where my children will be greeted with a warm bowl of porridge. Porridge that is lightly sprinkled with brown sugar and finished off with a splash of warm milk. This coupled with a slice of buttered toast, in my books, is the best way to start a chilly fall or cold winters day.
Porridge is a wonderful meal that can be made ever so simply or, if you want to jazz it up you can do so with flax, fiber, raisins, cranberries, nuts or anything else that works for your family. It may seem like a lot of work in the morning but really it only takes a few minutes longer than preparing a bowl of cereal. Also, if you’re clever you can learn how to make crock pot porridge {I’ve never mastered this} which means it cooks over night and is ready to go when you wake up.
A warm bowl of goodness is the perfect way to send your children off to school when there’s a chill in the air. Not only is it good for their growing bodies, it helps in so many other ways and it’s budget friendly. Make a little extra and treat yourself…. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
As we all prepare for the cold winter mornings ahead, make sure you add Oats to your shopping list.

Jamie Oliver’s Killer Jerk Chicken

I understand that getting dinner on the table can be a challenge. Especially when you’re working, looking after kids and trying to find that balance that allows you not only the time to create something nutritious for your family but the head space and the energy to pull it all together. In an effort to help I am pulling together a few thoughts, ideas, and workable solutions to help bring that balance into play.

As many of you know, I’m passionate about seeing individuals and families thrive rather than strive so today marks Day 1 of a number of posts where I will tackle ‘WorkPlace & Family Balance‘ and hopefully provide solutions for busy people who desire to find, create and live balanced lives. Endeavouring to do so ultimately offers the best to your family, your workplace and allows you space to create quality and quantity time. I’m excited because this is a space that I love to occupy.

ONE CHALLENGE we all face is food. With the rise in obesity, the lure of take away and the absence of time it can ~ and for all of us has been challenging. Today, I’m going to share a solution from our home which comes in the form of a recipe. Every recipe, thought and idea I share here are all ‘Tried and True‘ through our personal test situations. (I promise to share some of the disasters too!) Here we go… If you’re interested to follow on Twitter or Instagram you can check out everything that is offer.

The other day my beautiful 8 year old daughter, Ella, and I found ourself glued to the TV watching the Food Network and another edition of Jamie Olivers 30-Minute Meals. On this particular episode, Jamie was making his Killer Jerk Chicken. A few things I loved about this show:

    1. Nothing was pre-prepared for Jamie, he had to open every packet, get everything from his fridge, turn on and preheat his own oven, boil his own water {you know how on some cooking shows everything is usually ready and waiting and the chef just goes to work and makes it look like it’s 30mins… when in actual fact our ‘at-home-experience’ turns out to be more than a 1hr endeavour}. I loved this!
    2. Although there were a number of ingredients, most we all probably have in our pantry’s with the exception perhaps the chilli’s, black beans and fresh herbs. I like these recipes.
    3. I made the Jerk Sauce in the morning and it took only minutes, popped it in the fridge and it was ready and waiting for the dinner prep.
    4. Cooking times were exact so I was able to tell my family ‘Dinner will be ready in 6 minutes’ all based on the oven setting. Sometimes cooking times can vary. I like when they work according to the recipe/chef.

So, here you go…

Jamie Oliver’s Killer Jerk Chicken Recipe with Rice & Black Beans & Cinnamon + Grilled Corn.

On the show Jamie included a salad which I will do next time, just didn’t have the head space to make it last night. In saying that, I have included the recipe for you). Now go, create and gather your family around the table and enjoy!


30 Minutes Preparation30 Minutes Cooking. Serves: 6. (Note: This recipe is actually for 4, but I simply added 2 extra thighs and made it serve 6 without adjusting anything. It works!)



  • 6 x 180g chicken breasts {Jamie uses skin on. I used thighs and skin off}
  • 1 tablespoon runny honey
  • a few sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • a few sprigs of fresh coriander


  • 5 large corn on the cob, husks removed {I used medium cobs}


  • 2 spring onions
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 250g long-grain rice
  • 600ml organic chicken stock
  • 1 x 400g carton of black beans


  • 4 spring onions
  • a small bunch of fresh thyme
  • 3 fresh bay leaves
  • ground cloves
  • ground nutmeg
  • ground allspice
  • 6 tablespoons golden rum (if you don’t have rum just buy the tiny bottle from the liquor store it’s exactly 6 tbsps)
  • 6 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon runny honey
  • 1 Scotch bonnet chilli {I used a Jalapeño instead}
  • 4 cloves of garlic


  • olive oil
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt & black pepper


  • 1 x 250g pot of natural yoghurt
  • a few sprigs of fresh coriander
  • 1 lime


TO START: Get all your ingredients and equipment ready. Fill and boil the kettle. Put a large griddle pan and a large saucepan on a high heat. Turn the oven on to 220°C/425°F/gas 7.

CHICKEN: Put the chicken breasts on a plastic board and halve each one, leaving them joined at the top of the breast. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt & pepper, then rub all over both sides of the chicken. Put into the hot griddle pan, skin side down, and leave to cook. Clear away the board and wash the knife and your hands.

CORN: Put the corn into the saucepan with a good pinch of salt and cover with boiling water. Put the lid on.

JERK SAUCE: Trim and roughly chop the onions and put into the liquidizer with the leaves from most of the bunch of thyme, 3 bay leaves (stalks removed), a large pinch each of ground cloves, nutmeg and allspice, 6 tablespoons each of rum and vinegar, 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 teaspoons of salt.Remove the stalks and seeds from the Scotch bonnet chilli {I used a Jalapeno for extra zing} and add the chilli to the liquidizer, then quickly crush in 4 unpeeled cloves of garlic and blitz with the lid on until you have a really smooth paste. Add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil to loosen, if needed.

CHICKEN: The undersides should be golden now, so turn the chicken over. Pour the jerk sauce into a snug-fitting baking dish and use tongs to lay the chicken on top, skin side up {if you have skin on}. Drizzle over 1 tablespoon of runny honey and scatter over a few sprigs of rosemary and the remaining thyme sprigs {I rub these with olive oil to keep them moist whilst cooking}. Put on the top shelf of the oven and cook for 15minutes, or until cooked through. Carefully pour away the oil from the griddle pan and wipe clean with kitchen paper, then put back on a high heat.

RICE & BEANS: Put a large wide saucepan with a lid on a medium heat. Trim and finely slice the spring onions and put in the saucepan with the cinnamon stick, a good lug of olive oil and a big pinch of salt & pepper. Stir and let soften for a minute or so, then add the rice and chicken stock. Drain and rinse the beans, then add to the pan. Stir gently. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a medium heat. Pop the lid on and leave for 12 minutes. OR, you can do what I did to save time and stress… I popped it all in my rice cooker {if you have one} and let it do the work. Saved time and turned out beautiful!

YOGHURT: Tip the yoghurt into a small serving bowl. Finely chop a few sprigs of coriander and add to the bowl with a pinch of salt and a good lug of extra virgin olive oil. Finely grate over the zest of 1/2 the lime and squeeze in the juice. Stir in, then take to the table with the other lime half for squeezing over.

CORN: Use tongs to move the corn to the hot griddle pan and drizzle over a little olive oil {I added a bit of salt too} . Cook and turn frequently until charred. Once ready, put on a platter and take to the table.

TO SERVE: Take the chicken out of the oven, sprinkle over some coriander leaves and take straight to the table – I cooked it in an oven-proof pan so it looked amazing and went straight from oven to table. I used a cutting board and put my rice (from the rice cooker) on the board and then the corn and it looked beautiful. When serving, spoon over the jerk sauce from the bottom of the baking dish.

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Margarita Chicken

A few months ago (whilst still living in Canada) my mum and I were having a nice, relaxing evening, we were enjoying a glass of wine with some yummy food. It was one of those nights where we decided to eat ‘tapas’ style. One of our dishes was another of Chef Andre’s scrumptious creations ‘Margarita Prawns‘. Needless to say, as with anything Chef Andre makes, the prawns were absolutely divine. The next night, we were having people over and with the ingredients we used for the prawns still in my fridge and bursting with flavour, we decided to play around with this tasty recipe and change it up a bit for a bit of variety. This resulted in ‘Margarita Chicken’ and it was equally as good as the prawns and enjoyed by everyone.

So, as with anything great we manage to prepare, we wanted to share. These recipes are great for summer or those cool, crisp fall nights I am now enjoying in Australia. So, Northern Hemisphere friends take this recipe and dine Al fresco whilst we in the Southern Hemisphere will enjoy under our deck heathers.

Enjoy friends (picture beside is the actual pic of the prawns we made).

Margarita Chicken


1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp tequila
1 tbsp olive oil
1 lime (for zest and juice)
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 lb large shrimp, shelled and deveined


In a large bowl, combine cilantro, garlic, tequila, oil, lime zest, lime juice, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper.
Add the shrimp, tossing to coat.
Set aside to marinate for at least 30 minutes at room temperature or for up to 4 hours in the refrigerator.
Preheat grill.
Grill the shrimp 6 inches from the heat, turning once, for 3 minutes, or until just opaque.

Serves 4.