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Urban Food Diary with Chef Zinzie: Lemon and Herb Chicken with New Potatoes

Bon Appetit!!!


Hey Guys.. The Urban Food Diary is back with your weekly dosage of simple home cooking, recipes you can try this week.

*Brekkie: Pancakes*
*Side Dish: Couscous salad*
*Lazy Dinner: Lemon and herb chicken with new potatoes*

Here is something the kids will love for either breakfast or dessert


You will need:
-1 cup flour
-1tbspn sugar
-1/2 cup milk
-1/2 cup melted butter
-dessicated coconut


-Mix all ingredients in no particular order leaving some cinnamon and dessicated coconut and
-Use a non stick pan
-Pour about a tablespoon  of your batter onto your pan and spread it around
-flip over
-fold or roll
*Chefs Tip : Sprinkle  cinnamon, dessicated coconut and drizzle 🍯 honey or chocolate sauce
*Chefs Tip : Serve with fresh strawberries or sliced bananas

Yes guys I know we’ve all made pancakes but the emphasis really is on making them light, developing a great flavor profile, and plating/presenting them well.

Couscous Salad

You can replace the couscous with millet (inyawuthi);just boil it till  soft
Quick and easy saturday lunch idea

You will need:
-Shimeji mushrooms (use button mushrooms if you can’t find these)
-Assorted diced peppers
-A balsamic reduction (or a salad dressing of your choice)
-Pomegrenate rubies
-Watercress or Parsley or Rosemary or Thyme
-Diced tomatoes
-A clove of garlic
-Sliced red onion
-Fetta cheese (Optional)

-Boil some water and soak couscous by adding just enough water to cover it
-Sauté your mushrooms, crushed garlic and diced peppers in the butter and season with salt and pepper
-In a bowl combine all the ingredients including the pomegranate, mushroom, couscous, olives, diced tomatoes and watercress and toss toss toss till everything is properly combined
-Drizzle your balsamic reduction and add your crumbed fetta
VOILA Saturday lunch done..

You can serve this at room temperature as either a side dish or the main, plenty of healthy veges, delicious and easy to make

Lemon and herb chicken with New Potatoes
The one pan plan

You will need :

-Baby potatoes
-Defrosted Chicken cuts
-Olive Oil
-White wine vinegar
-Himalayan or Coarse salt (freshly ground)
-Freshly ground pepper (it just tastes better)
-Grated ginger
-Crushed garlic (or not lol)
-Fresh lemon
-Fresh herbs ( I’d recommend rosemary, thyme, parsley or watercress)


-Parboil the baby potatoes in salted water

-Marinate the chicken (parboiled) in the olive oil, vinegar, crushed garlic , salt pepper and chopped herbs and grated ginger

-Add all the ingredients to a baking sheet, add salt, pepper,olive oil and your herb to the baby  potatoes as well

– Season your Avocado with the Himalayan salt and ground pepper and add a dash of lemon

Bon Appetit!!!