Good Morning Beach Cottage peeps, how the devil are you? Well I am all good, we are having lovely weather here in Sydney…the sun is out, the sky is blue and the ocean is very inviting.
So, it’s about time we had a bit of a Beach Cottage Too Easy Recipe, yah? This has to be the ultimate in Dump & Go all-in-one cooking…you literally shove all this in, scrunch it up and throw it somewhere to get it some heat.
This recipe is in various guises all over the internet..I got it from the budget cooking forum I used to be belong to…it was actually posted in reply to a question from someone on the forum as what to take food-wise for a camping holiday where the budget was low and the food all needed to be catered…this recipe was one of the replies, coming from a lady with an RV who used it all the time around the camp fire…
…you often see this ‘in-a-bag’ recipe without any carb in it, hence you have to bother with cooking rice or some other, what I liked about this one is that if you don’t want to do anything else, you don’t have to
I found this recipe about 12 years ago and I have been using it ever since, indeed I have taken it camping myself and there is nothing like it…we have cooked it all over the place…on one of those disposable barbecues on Tankerton beach in Kent, tucked up behind the breakers, with friends for lunch in the garden of this old place under the fig tree on a warm Australian day and we have taken these Chicken Packets with us on days out to find new beaches and thrown them on the bbq.
The Beach Cottage Crew used to love love love this when they were littlies…I dunno quite what it is about the little packets, I guess it’s like getting a parcel or a present, you are eager to unwrap it….
this though, is a different kind of gift, when you open it you are rewarded with the most amazing herbal fragrance
Now they are older though it’s working equally well, for a few reasons…I make these up in the morning or the night before, stash them in the fridge and then open the oven and throw them in with abandon at various times of the evening when various members of this old cottage are in and out from sport…everything is in the bag, done and very much dusted, all one tired taxi-driver Beach Cottage mum has to do is provide a plate and at a push open a bag of salad, though even that is not mandatory.
The other great thing about these is said teenagers above can very easily do this themselves, even the male ones…you see the trouble I am finding now as they are growing taller than me, is that because I have always fed them stuff I like and absolutely refused to go down that fussy eater road (mostly full of garlic, lemon, wine and other various delicious things like that), it means that now, I do actually, have fussy eaters… shove a frozen pizza in the oven and Make It Yourself? No thanks. Baked Beans on Toast? Purrrrlease.
I think that is the proverbial shooting oneself in the foot.
So making up these if I am actually not going to be around and the Beach Cottage Crew have to fend for themselves, is all so very easy…
As you read through this, you may think that your life is too short to make a bag out of foil.
You would be wrong. This is hardly taxing and once it is done, that’s it…you just add, dump & go.
Beach Cottage All-in-One Chicken, White Wine & Herb Packets
1 carrot thinly sliced
1 piece chicken
1 small clove garlic finely chopped
1 – 2 tbsp butter
handful mushrooms sliced
3/4 cup white wine
squeeze lemon juice
salt & pepper
herbs (whatever you have works, I like Italian Parsley, a dash of Rosemary and Sage)
1 – 2 potatoes finely sliced
1. make up your foil bag by taking a piece of foil about 60cm long and folding the top to bottom edges together
now double this up so you have a fold on the ‘bottom’ of the ‘bag’
fold the sides of the foil in to make a tight seal
(you should have a 3 sided foil ‘bag’)
2. now fill your bag with all the ingredients, lastly pouring over the wine
3. cook in the oven 190C for 30-40 minutes (check your chicken)
4. dump straight on the plate & eat from the bag
Beach Cottage Recipe Notes*
ok the combos are endless on this…very finely sliced onion tastes delicious, replace the chicken with fish (& test the cooking time), use different vegetables (just ensure the size you slice them works with the amount of cooking time…) *use store-cupboard dried herbs / garlic powder if you don’t have fresh herbs *if your bag looks a bit suspect the first time you make this put a baking dish under it in the oven to catch any wine * you can throw these in the crockpot for a few hours on high *great for having friends over… a packet each, a bit different but too easy *make up a larger bag to serve more *use any combo of herbs
I hope you like it Beach Cottage ladies, it’s so tasty….best thing is it ticks the mummy and the foodie boxes…tasty, easy, simple ingredients that make you look like a Goddess when really you have been doing not much…plus suits a busy lifesytle whether you are out at work or day or a mum-on-the-run just beautifully
and that is the way I like it
It’s the muts nuts, yee will think that too I believe!
What are your Too Easy recipes, I am looking for recipes to try???…comment me
Bye for now