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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The Calgary Spring Clean to Support Women In Need Society

The Calgary Spring Clean is all about Supporting our Friends at WINS (Women In Need Society). On April 20th our friends at 1 800 GOT JUNK will be on site at The Boyce Theatre for GetRealLive Presents Peter Walsh! They will be collecting all items to be donated and taking these directly to Women In Need Society (WINS).Simply drive right up to the venue and 1 800 GOT JUNK will glady take ALL Your donations for WINS!

  • Bring a Bag of ‘Gently Used’ clothing items to be donated to WINS or
  • Make a Monetary Donation to WINS
  • You will be entered to WIN one of many great prizes such as
  • $3000 Make Over California Closets towards any space in your house
  • iPad MINI
  • 1 of 5 $100 Home Outfitters Gift Cards
  • $500 Home Depot Gift Card/ Staples Gift Cards and more!
PLUS Everyone at the Event is receiving

Sarah Wilson Author of I Quit Sugar on GetRealLive

‘I Quit Sugar’… Yes, this is something I can say with about 80% certainty… Why only 80%?  The answer is simple and it goes like this. I’m a busy mother of 3 and as much as I would love to feed my children, husband and myself perfectly 100% of the time ~ I don’t! 80% of the time I think I get it right and the other 20% is when I’m exhausted or simply can’t be bothered (anyone ever felt like that before?).

In saying ‘I Quit Sugar‘ for the most part I have and I feel wonderful. Where did this stem from and why did I start? Well, one of my besties, Jane Kennedy (amazing person and founder of A Girl and Her World) has been talking about sugar, fructose and a collage of other things that have, at times, totally confused me.

But the sugar thing caught my attention. For over 1 year I have been listening to Jane talk about her journey of living a sugar-free life. Finally, I started to listen and quietly did my own research. In doing so, I was introduced to a beautiful Aussie girl called Sarah Wilson. Sarah’s story resonated with me because she simply started to experiment with something and through her determination and questioning mind, she has created a movement. Yes, #IQS or #IQuitSugar started to roll off the tongues of people around the globe. Exciting, indeed.

As someone who loves to cook and be in the kitchen I started to play.

I was armed with Sarah’s book in one hand, my stick blender in another and my counter covered with new ingredients. Coconut flakes, coconut cream, cacao beans and chia seeds (who knew chia seeds actually existed I was only aware of the chia pet….). The rest is history and I am now on week 7 of no sugar and I have no plans to turn back.

Sarah is a journalist, tv host and blogger with an integrated voice across television, radio, magazines, newspapers and online. She is the former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine and was the host of the first series of MasterChef Australia, the highest rating show in Australian TV history. She has also been a commentator and fill-in host on Channel 7′s Sunday Night, The Morning Show and Sunrise, and The Ten Network’s Good News Week and The Project.

Sarah is an adept social commentator, following a career that’s spanned politics, health advocacy, restaurant reviewing, opinion writing and trend forecasting. She’s also a qualified Health Coach with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York. Sarah is the author of two best-selling ebooks: I Quit Sugar: an 8-week program. And most recently,  the recent follow-up, I Quit Sugar Cookbook.

I hope you enjoy our GetRealLive conversation with  Sarah Wilson, author of I Quit Sugar.  Sarah stopped by GetRealLive to talk about making this energizing change in life!

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Are Main Stream Artists Pushing Boundaries or Pushing Buttons; Art Vs Sexuality

After Beyonce’s Superbowl Performance many sang the pop star praises. Yet, it raised some concerns from conservatives groups in America pointing out that Beyonce is ‘over sexualizing her body’ and is ‘a poor role model for girls’. Another argument was that Beyonce performance is too arousing for  young boys potentially encouraging them towards Pornography. Dani Blum of Connecticut expressed her thoughts in an article found here saying she’ became disgusted at what she saw’. Yet ‘The Week’ said the performance was ‘far more exciting than the games lethargic first half”. The conversation was highlighted by Donald Trump from his appearance on The Howard Stern Show calling the performance ‘Suggestive’ and ‘Inappropriate’. It does seem a little ironic that this is coming from the man who heads  The Miss Universe Pageant, judging women while they parade around in bikinis.

GetRealLive shared the story our Tuedsay Feb 11th Show and one gentleman contacted us via Twitter post show saying he agreed with the Donald. This began the discussion of Art vs Sexuality and its place in the modern world. Art has always involved sex in some manner. Take for example, The Statue David; how it is received is really up to the viewer. Some may admire it as a work of art while another may potentially find it erotic or simply unnecessary. Nonetheless, judging by history sexuality expressed in art  is not going away anytime soon.

The listener called in on Thursday Feb 14th show to discuss his point and express his concern as a family man when it comes to watching these kinds of performances on the air. (You can listen to this show below on demand or click HERE).  What are we to do with this? Are main stream performers over sexualizing their bodies? Should Beyonce be singled out and finally, is this really different than any other artist from other generations?

GetRealLive is committed to sharing the stories and having the conversations that help build families and relationships. We would love to hear from you!

Below is Beyonce’s Performance at the Superbowl. What did you think!

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One Inch Short Of A Footlong: How Do You Measure Up?

A New Post By Scott Bakken of GetRealLive

After all these years of standing in line at Subway and ordering those footlongs, it has finally been revealed to us by that these famous sandwiches fell short of what we had believed they were all these years. After an Australian teenagers photo went viral of him measuring the beloved footlong at one inch less than previously believed, the lid was lifted on this fast food giant. With the power of his measuring tape, the teenager answered the question no one was asking.

Yet we were all shocked at what was discovered. All of these years, no one complained, and everyone smiled as they enjoyed their self-designed masterpiece and Jared himself was singing Subways praises all the way to the bank.  Now, our world is disgruntled and shocked at this astounding news, or are they? How could we have been so fooled! First of all leave it to a man to actually measure and point out the issue that size does indeed matter. There have even been lawsuits against the fast food restaurant with some crying ‘fraud’.  Women don’t seem to be bothered by this ‘missing inch’.

If people get this upset over a sandwich, what about in real life! We all just want to measure up and somehow we think we do. Just when we think all is fine, someone comes along and points out our shortfall. Highlighting what no one was looking for in the first place only to disrupt our state of peace and tranquility.

One can only be left with the question, ‘what is the standard’? What is too nice, too thin, too fat, and too successful? Where do we get these ideals from and whom are we really trying to impress? And why in the world does someone else’s opinion even matter to us?

There is an epidemic in our society. It has been diagnosed as ‘the one inch shortfall’ syndrome.  Treated by wasting our money on expensive product to impress the neighbor, only to find out they don’t really care and we are the ones stuck with the debt of it.  We work at talents that are not anywhere within our gifting only to just to satisfy a parents dream. Adorned with all the latest gadgets, accessories and toys because we are on a mission to prove that we can indeed roll with the best of them.

While we are trying to please everyone around us, have lost sight of what pleases us? What makes us happy? Gives us peace and drives our purpose? Maybe these are the questions we should be asking. This is also the attitude we should reciprocate to those around us.  Most likely people won’t measure up to what we think they should be and the ability to be in peaceful relationship with others exists in one’s ability to reconcile to this.

So, for this young Aussie left disappointed, hopefully he finds that extra inch to make himself happy. To the rest of us, maybe we should put away the measuring sticks and just keep enjoying what we were already were in the first place.


GetRealLive is BACK!! First episode of 2013 Here!

GetRealLive is BACK with All new Shows and Guests. This year promises to be bigger and better than last year! Join us for our premiere week of 2013 with fun and exciting news, great guests and all our favourite segments!

We kicked off the year with a big catch up! Susan is living in Australia and Scott hosts love from Calgary, Canada.

The Daily Buzz included a 5yr old being suspended from Kindergarden by taking her Hello Kitty Bubble Gun to school as it was deemed a ‘Terrorist Threat’. Prince Harry loves the war more than the tabloids and Justin Timerlake returns to music. Plus, the Inauguration of President Barack Obama brought out some inspiring performances by Top Celebrities. Scroll down to watch these soaring spectaculars!

Susan and Scott shared their New Years Resolution and they discovered the Top 10 resolutions of 2013. You will be surprised at what topped the list!!

Susan asked the question ‘What is considered dangerous now that we once did as kids that we would never do now’. People weighed in on Facebook and gave us some hilarious answer.

Our OMG! What? Segment belonged to Lance Armstrong and GetRealLive chatted all about this shocking confession!

Levi called in to talk about his resolution and shared the secret of how to get your Big Mac at McDonalds for half the cost!!! Get out your pens and write this down!!

Listen below on demand, Podcast or download from iTunes. For  all the ways to listen and find local times to listen LIVE in your area click HERE.



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GetRealLive Talked with Laura Schroff, Author of An Invisible Thread as seen on The Today Show and Dr. Phil

GetRealLive had an emotional and powerful show today with our guest Laura Schroff. This story will move you to tears of joy and inspire you that even the smallest act of kindness can make the biggest difference.

Plus The Daily Buzz, Twitter Time and of course The Biebs Tracker was all out in full force today!

Laura Schroff, New York Times bestselling author of An Invisible Thread, explores the role of destiny in our lives and the invisible threads that connect us all. Laura’s book brings to life the inspiring true story of an 11-year-old panhandler, a busy sales executive, and their unlikely meeting with destiny in 1986. Recently, Laura was featured on The Today Show, Dr. Phil and Rachel Ray with a story that had everyone in tears.

Since the launch in November 2011, An Invisible Thread has been on the New York Times bestseller list for a total of 24 weeks and is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including a Christopher Award, DreamCatcher Award, and the Local Hometown Hero Award presented by New York Congressman Steve Israel.

Laura is a former advertising executive who has worked with several major media companies, including Time Inc. and Condé Nast. Born and raised on Long Island, Laura was part of the advertising team that made USA Today a successful national newspaper. Before helping launch three of the most successful start-ups in Time Inc. history: InStyle, Teen PEOPLE, and PEOPLE StyleWatch—she was also the New York Division Manager at PEOPLE magazine. Laura has also been the New York Ad Manager at Ms. magazine and Associate Publisher at Brides. Laura loves spending time at her condo on Long Island and visiting with her family in New York and Florida. She lives in New York City with her feisty poodles, Coco and Emma.

Plus Andi Andrew Joined us from NYC to talk about today’s OMG! What?! The new app that allows people to sext and control the time frame for which the photo exists.

Listen LIVE below on demand, PODCAST or download from iTunes. Keep up with GetRealLive on Facebook and let us know what is happening in your world!

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GetRealLive chats with Darlene Zschech and Sidney Mohede LIVE from Indonesia

Darlene Zschech (@darlenezschech) a great friend of GetRealLive joined us LIVE from Jakarta, Indonesia to talk about Faith and Music. Gifted Singer and Artist Sidney Mohede (@sidmohede)  also joined the conversation as both of these artist take the stage at  Festival of Life (@FOL 2013) event with Joyce Meyer (@joycemeyer).

As a GetRealLive (@realliveshow) first this show featured a Live tweet chat in both English and Bahasa Indonesia, with help from our Indonesian co-host JoJo Kristianus.

This show was fun, exciting and inspiring. You can listen below on demand, Podcast or download from iTunes. Keep up with GetRealLive on Facebook and send your thoughts to events@getreallive.com. We love to hear from people!

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GetRealLive Year in Review Show

The Final episode of the year is here and GetRealLive recapped the top moments and stories of the year. All the stories that made us laugh, cry or left us scratching our heads. Susan and Scott talked through the highs and lows of the year; from the breastfeeding mom on Time Magazine, Kony 2012 , Whitney Houston and the invasion of One DirectionGetRealLive talked about it all.

Twitter time revealed the trendiest moments of the year. Scott and Susan also unveiled their Top OMG stories of 2012. Find out who left them saying OMG WHAT!

Plus Nicole Liboiron joined us with Notes From A Broad with her list of the Top 10 Most Inspirational People of 2012! GetRealLive has also included some videos below from some key moments of 2012 including our very own Live Events! In March 2012 Chef Andre Carthen of The Kathy Ireland Team joined us to talk healthy eating solutions for people on the go. In October 2012 ChangeTheAge was launched,  a health and wellness initiative all about living your best life. In August GetRealLive  partnered with Hope Global and Sevenly to raise $21, 000 for the purpose of building homes for orphans in Rwanda.

You can listen to the Recap show below on demand, Podcast or download from iTunes. Keep up with GetRealLive on Facebook as we are always on the move!!

Thanks to everyone who has tuned in this year! Our listeners are truly the best!!!  We will see you all in 2013 and until then stay away from The Mayans. Have a great holiday.

Susan, Scott and the GetRealLive Team

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GetRealLive host Celebrity Chef Curtis Stone

Don’t just cook to live – live to cook.”

Curtis Stone is a chef, author and TV personality. His philosophy is to cook as Mother Nature intended—buy local, seasonal and organic ingredients, keep recipes simple and allow the food to speak for itself.

Returning as host of Top Chef Masters for the fourth season, Curtis also will headline Bravo TV’s biggest show to date – a bold new culinary-adventure series Around the World in 80 Plates. The show follows 12 up-and-coming chefs racing across 10 countries in 44 days. Ultimately they will face-off in a kitchen takeover where they will not just recreate, but reinvent, the menus for Curtis and fellow world-renowned chefs.

It’s a world Curtis already knows well. Born in Melbourne, Australia, Curtis’s passion for food was inspired as a boy by his mother’s baking and his grandmother’s famous fudge. Mid-way through business school he left to don his first apron at the Savoy Hotel in Melbourne and later honed his skills in London under legendary three-star Michelin genius Marco Pierre White at Café Royal, Mirabelle and the revered Quo Vadis.

Curtis appeared in a number of cooking programs in the UK before hosting three seasons of Surfing the Menu in Australia—an instant international hit which caught the eye of US producers. This led to his own US series Take Home Chef on TLC in 2006, which has since been enjoyed in more than 70 countries.

A regular headliner at global food shows, Curtis was the first chef to debut his own product line Kitchen Solutions at prestigious US retailer Williams-Sonoma. Enthusiasts turn to these sleek, eco-driven products daily “for the total cooking experience,” says Curtis, “bringing confidence in the kitchen and happiness to the table.” Kitchen Solutions also is available at Curtis Stone ShopChefs CatalogDillard’sHSNBelk, plus other fine gourmet specialty retailers including The Rolling Pin and A Southern Season.

A gregarious host and entertaining guest, Curtis is a familiar face on dozens of shows including The Today ShowEllenConan,OprahThe TalkThe Biggest Loser and Celebrity Apprentice. A regular columnist for magazines worldwide, his fourth book,Relaxed Cooking with Curtis Stone, is packed with easy-to-make recipes for every meal of the day.

Inspiring home cooks is Curtis’ vision as he works selectively with grocery stores to improve fresh produce offerings, devise recipe cards and help families think seasonally, shaping the nation and their shopping habits. As he loves to point out: “when you walk down the street and someone comes up and says, ‘You know what? We never used to cook fish in our house. Since we’ve tried that salmon recipe we have it once a week.’ The feeling that gives you is worth a million other things.”

Curtis lives in Los Angeles with partner Lindsay Price and their son Hudson, born in November 2011.

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