Gingered Chicken Dumplings


A simple yet tasty chicken dish that can be made a few hours ahead.  Serve with cauliflower rice, vegetable noodles or stir fried vegetables.   You can steam these, pan fry them or bake them in the oven.   The best thing is that they can be made ahead so more time for you kicking back and enjoying that sofa!

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Chicken with Lemon, Cumin and Mint Kebabs

Tasty Chicken

Tasty Chicken

I found this recipe on Epicurious and was intrigued by the unusual flavour combinations, but from my time in the Middle East, could see how this would work as these flavours are used in this region.  I changed the amount of oil and used a different chicken cut to the original recipe as the Chief Taster is a fussy man.   I grilled the chicken but this would be great on the bbq too.   This is also very easy to do and would make a great quick supper dish when you really can’t be bothered to cook but want something tasty.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Moroccan Chicken with Artichokes and Olives

A large platful!

A large plateful!

When the Chief Taster had finished this dish he confessed that he was not ashamed to admit that he had licked the plate to enjoy the last drops of this sauce.   High praise indeed, although it’s not behaviour I encourage!  The aroma of the spices cooking in this dish are just lovely and warmed the kitchen with their intoxicating smell. Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Spicy Chicken and Peanut Stew


In Ghana there is a dish called Hkatenkwan which is known as chicken and ground nut stew.  This dish is based on this with a few changes with the method and I do not use palm oil (which is a main ingredient in Ghanian cooking).   The Chief Taster’s family are from Ghana and I am always interested when the family cook to taste the different spices.  (I will be in trouble with the aunts for not using palm oil..eeek!!).    This dish is spicy but also uses peanut butter, which gives a smooth taste.   There is a Ghanian soup which is similar, spicy and also uses peanut butter.  Absolutely delicious!   If you like satay, then you will like this. Spicy, creamy and nutty!  Serve with a side of cauliflower rice or just enjoy a bowl by itself. Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Chicken Baked with Feta Cheese and Peppers


Well, this was a first! In my many, many years of cooking for the Chief Taster I have never received this applause.  And believe me, I have cooked up some amazing dishes (he is so spoilt!).   I baked this for him on a Sunday, and he had this on a Monday (he heated it up).   I received a text excitedly describing the joys of this dish and how he could eat it again.   It must be good……… This is an easy dish to make and I suspect that it is the Feta cheese that brings the dish together.   I also suspect that this is now a regular on our weekly menu at the Chief Taster’s request…..who cares, as it is soooooo easy to make!  Not bad considering I am a veggie..! Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Turkey, Apple and Thyme Balls

Turkey balls of tastiness

Turkey balls of tastiness!

I think I need to start seeing a professional about my obsession with cooking food in ball shapes…. It’s just easy to make really…throw a few things together, put them in a ball shape and voila!  Something to have with a sauce or by themselves as a snack.  For this creation I was thinking about stuffing ball ingredients and threw them in a bowl, made some ball shapes and voila! Although I used turkey, pork would go with these flavours too.  Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Parmesan and Herb Crusted Turkey Breasts

Take that Colonel!

Take that Colonel!

I have tried this recipe with both Turkey breasts and steak slices, both worked out fine.  This just could not be more simple to make and the Chief Taster scoffed them down without inhaling.  Which I took as a good sign.. The most important thing about this recipe is to use that very dry Parmesan which you usually buy in a cardboard container.  Fresh does not work…at all…And hey, it’s a great alternative to breadcrumbs! Yummy, tell me more Diva…