Chicken is one of the meats that I am encouraged to eat as it it low fat, hopefully helping my liver on the road to recovery, but I am not meant to eat the skin as that is fatty. So often a recipe ends up putting all the flavours onto the skin, which is no good to me. Not to be undone I have come across this method of cutting the meat and getting the spices down into the bird. It works really well in the taste department, though does slightly spoil the look of the roast bird when it comes out, as the breast is not a beautiful smooth golden spherical shape but rather a series of parallel slits
1 large (or medium) sized chicken
Freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon of wholegrain mustard
1 to 3 teaspoons of Spice mix depending on how spicy you want it. I made a Turkish spice mix for a
change, details given below, but any spice mix can be used
Turkish Spice mix -
To make this I used the following (It is given as a ratio so you can add as much spice mixture to the chicken as you want – I used the ratio 2 parts equals half a teaspoon and if dried/powdered spices are used any remaining can be stored for another time)
2 parts tarragon
2 parts oregano
2 parts chopped fresh chilli (or powder)
1 part coriander
1 part cumin
1 part cinnamon
Mix these together thoroughly in a bowl with a teaspoon
It tastes good both hot or cold. (if not on a low fat diet you can use the juices that come from it to fry some vegetables along with the onion rings that come from the backing tray as they hold a lot of spicy flavours)
The other day I noticed this lovely peacock butterfly. When I came near it closed it's wings as can be seen here. As soon as I moved on it opened the wings back up again. Was it just being shy or recent research documented on he web seems to suggest that a butterfly closes it wings to signify “move off and leave me alone”. http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/13573037.
After a few minutes wait the butterfly opened it wings back up again as can be seen here.
Regardless butterflies make fantastic subjects for images and some more recent shots can be seen here
To keep to my low fat diet I don't have any form of butter or spread on my toast in the morning, so what I do have has to taste that extra special. Well here is a recipe for a marmalade, that meets these requirements, making around 5-6 jars of marmalade.
1 Large or (two small) oranges, grapefruit and lemons, and 3Ils of sugar (1.3kg).
In our latest study on David we looked at life for David now he is settled in as King of all Israel.
Firstly he felt that he should sort out the Ark and get it moved into his new capital city. This seemed a good idea at the time but all did not go well as we can see here in 2 Samuel 6
Because David does not do things correctly Uzzah dies. As we can see for the passage eventually David does do things correctly and the Ark is moved. We had a great debate about the required sacrifice every 6 steps, when it was finally moved correctly. Certainly everyone at the time would have known what was going on.
The second so called good idea that David has is to build a temple for the Ark as can be seen in 2 Samuel 7 This would have looked splendid in his new capital city and it would seem to be the obvious thing to do now the Ark is present in the city. But this was not the case. In fact God had much greater plans for David building a living everlasting “House” rather than a temple. Starting with David and ending with Jesus. This house is still around today as Jesus conquered death when he rose again.
As Paul says in the beginning of his letter to the Ephesians
Long before God laid down earth's foundations, He had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago He decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ.
What a fantastic thing to remember.
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