It is no secret that I am a lover of all things food. When I am not physically eating something I am probably planning my next meal. Some might call it obsessed, I prefer passionate. Whatevs.
I was contacted by Tesco to cook a recipe from their Real Food website and talk about their Love Every Mouthful campaign. This campaign aims to encourage the nation to celebrate food, be creative with every day food and relish every mouthful! Sounds great right?
For this campaign Tesco conducted some research of the nations top family meals and discovered that Newcastle's favourite meal is the classic roast dinner. While this is a little unimaginative I can definitely see why, who doesn't love a roast?
We do tend to have a roast most Sundays, not only is it delicious but the leftovers tend to last us for a few days after, either going into a pie, filling sandwiches for lunch, or thrown in pasta. It is also that point in the week where me and Paul sit down at the table, no distractions, and talk. I can definitely see why roast dinner was voted #1.
In case you're interested, Newcastle's top 5 were;
1. Roast Dinner 16%
2. Steak 8%
3. Lasagne 7%
4. Spag Bol 7%
5. Pizza /Pasta Meatballs/ Casserole 4%
All a bit same-y and boring for me, I'd of liked to have seen some spice, stir-fry, chilli, tacos...
I opted to do a slightly different take on a roast dinner, a beautifully rich glazed chicken. The glaze is sticky and full of flavour. It is a very easy way to add a different dimension to a roast chicken. I really loved the smell the glaze gave, my whole house smelled wonderful while it was cooking.
I would say this is not a traditional roast chicken and I wouldn't serve it with gravy. It is a nice summery alternative to the usual though, served with roasted new potatoes and broccoli.
- 1 Medium (1.4kg) Chicken
- 6 1/2 tbsp Clear Honey
- 5 tbsp Soy Sauce
- Small piece Grated ginger
- 6 garlic cloves (crushed)
- 5 tbsp Rice wine
You can find the original recipe here.
I did not enjoy the lemon-y potatoes so decided not to include them here, they did not cook in the 30 minutes stated and the lemon was very overpowering. I would of much preferred some simple boiled new potatoes.
The Glazed Roast Chicken was juicy and packed with flavour. We had our Sunday roast with it, then used the rest in sandwiches and salads for lunches. Even Ruby the cat had a little bowl of it and it barely touched the sides! A big thumbs up from all of us.
For more information on Love Every Mouthful please visit www.tesco.com/LoveEveryMouthful or join in the conversation at #LoveEveryMouthful
Tesco provided the ingredients for the Glazed Roast Chicken