Our Family Table: Recipes and Lessons from a Life Abroad

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Carolina Bed and Breakfast CookbookIn 27 years overseas I could be said to have eaten my way around the world from the best restaurants in Paris to the smallest Hawker stall in Singapore.  Along the way I picked up tips and recipes which have been adapted and distilled into my own style, one which we share with our guests at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast as well as with our family and friends. In this cookbook, I am sharing it with you as well.

OUR FAMILY TABLE: RECIPES & LESSONS FROM A LIFE ABROAD is a beautifully crafted book filled with more than 100 easy-to-prepare recipes for everything from entertaining to family meals. Enjoy recipes such as Peach Soup (pg. 10), French Eggs in Puff Pastry (pg. 43), Carolina Stuffed Mushrooms (pg. 56),  Greek Lemon Chicken (pg. 81), and Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti (pg. 94).

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Quote from Introduction:  Food doesn’t need to be complex or elevated to be good.  It shouldn’t be scary to cook a meal. .. The fun of creating a great dish and sharing it with others is something everyone should experience.  The recipes in this book are ones I cook on a regular basis.  They are a distillation of all the things I have learned, tasted, seen and done.  When I need to I can, and will, spend three days preparing a special meal.  But that is not this cookbook!  This cookbook is for the everyday cook and for the weekend cook.

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Featured Recipes from the Book

Pimiento Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppadews

Stuffed Peppadew Recipe

4 oz goat cheese softened
1 red pepper
2-3 slices of crisp bacon chopped very finely
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh basil
24 or more peppadew peppers

Preheat oven grill to high.

Place red pepper on a foil lined baking sheet and grill until charred on all sides.  Cool in a plastic bag for five-ten minutes then peel and chop.

Mix together  with the goat cheese and bacon.  Season with salt to taste.

Put mixture in a gallon size Ziploc bag with a small hole in the end and pipe into peppadews.

Place in refrigerator to firm up before serving.

Note:  you can use jarred roasted red peppers for this but I find the flavor of a freshly roasted pepper to be worth the extra work.


Greek Lemon Chicken

Serves 4

Asheville B&B Greek Lemon ChickenI have a real beef  with most chicken sold in the USA.  Who decided that all chicken breasts should be skinless?  And why can’t we buy a leg and thigh joint in one piece? The quality of your ingredients matter.  Try and buy free-range or organic chicken.  Bigger is definitely not better! This recipe can be made with a skinless chicken breast but the meat will be moister and the flavor better if the skin is on it.  This may mean you have to buy the whole breast and bone it yourself.  Use a sharp knife and scrape the meat away from the bone.

TIP: If you can’t find the feta in oil, make a mixture of ½ cup good olive oil and 1 tablespoon each of dried herbs (oregano, basil and thyme).  Give the cheese a good toss in the oil and proceed with the recipe.

2 whole boneless chicken breasts , cut in half
2 cups fresh breadcrumbs made from a crusty white bread
¼ cup chopped spring onions
2 cloves of garlic, minced
I jar of  feta in oil (275 grams) or 1 cup cheese
4 lemons
Salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 350°F and lightly oil a medium-size baking dish.

Cut a deep pocket in the side of each breast half, being careful not to cut through to the other side.

Drain the feta and reserve the oil.  Crumble the feta into a bowl and add the breadcrumbs, spring onion, and the grated zest and juice of one lemon.  Add about 2 to 3 tablespoons of the reserved oil and herbs to the breadcrumb mixture.  Mix it all together.  If it seems dry add a little more oil.

Firmly press the stuffing into the pockets of the chicken breast halves.  Arrange the stuffed breasts, skin sides up, in the baking dish (If you have extra stuffing, place it under the chicken).  Mix together the grated juice and zest from the remaining 3 chickens with ¼ cup of the herbed oi from the cheese.  Brush 1/3 of this over the chicken breasts.

Bake for 45 minutes or until browned and cooked through, basting the chicken twice more with the remaining oil during the cooking process.