You Win Some…

You lose some…

That should be on a big sign on my kitchen door.

The last couple of days have seen my mood go from disappointment to nostalgia lol

Monday i made Nigella’s Chicken Cutlets, which were disappointing 😦 A shame, because if you Google them you’ll hear everybody raving about them. I don’t know what went wrong. Too much Thyme? Too much Celery Salt? The coating had an almost bitterness to it *sighs* I will try them again, but adjust the seasoning.


  • 4 chicken breast filet (boneless/skinless)
  • 284 ml buttermilk (1 pot)
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • 15ml (tablespoon) Worcestershire sauce
  • 75g breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs
  • 25 g of Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 4 tbsp Oil for frying
  • 4 x 15 ml (tablespoon) fresh chopped parsley
  1. Bash the chicken breasts between 2 pieces of cling film using a rolling pin until they are thin, but still whole.
  2. Whisk the buttermilk (i used low fat plain yoghurt) with the Worcestershire sauce in a shallow bowl (or put in a freezer bag and mix). Then add the flattened chicken to the bowl (or into the freezer bag) and leave for at least 30 minutes preferably overnight.
  3. Mix the breadcrumbs, celery salt, cayenne pepper, thyme and Parmesan and in a wide shallow dish. Then lift out the buttermilky chicken and press into the breadcrumb mixture one at time and lay them aside onto a wire rack or plate. Pat the crumbs in nicely over the chicken to make sure you get a good coating.
  4. Heat the oil and fry bigger pieces for about 3 minutes per side and smaller pieces for about 2 minutes per side.
  5. As you remove the cooked chicken, blot them on kitchen paper.


I served them with veg and *drumroll* Nigella’s Rapid Roastini (the things that look like potato in the picture). These are in fact…Gnocchi, which you fry in olive oil, straight from the packet….WOW! They’re lovely and made up for the chicken not being great.
For dessert i did an apple crumble…but…i decided (don’t ask me why *shakes head* never again!!!!) to use Aunt Bessies ready made crumble mix…for speed and ease… BIG MISTAKE! Even The Hubster, who is a HUGE crumble fan thought it was horrible 😦
Then yesterday i did Nigellas/Ed’s Mothers Meatloaf. The Fam all thought it was great, but to me, it was like a big burger lol. Here in the UK we don’t seem to be that big on Meatloaf (or is that just my area of the UK), so I’m wondering how this version compares to a typical American Meatloaf? Anyway, it went down well and did at least look quite spectacular.
I served it with a buttery mash potato and gravy 🙂
For dessert i made A Birds Trifle. In the 1970’s & 80’s Birds Trifle was really popular, i didn’t even know they still made it. It was something we had in our house on a weekly basis (along with Instant Whip and Angel Delight lol). I thought my kids would love it….turns out it was only me and The Hubster who loved it and we ended up eating the whole thing between us lol
I didn’t even have a nice pretty bowl to put it in lol
Nostalgia over for another few years 😉
What dessert do you remember fondly from your childhood?

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