Peachy Goodness!

Cooking for me is rarely boring; there are times I invite people only so that I may get myself into a spastic cooking monster mode. But someone in our blogging community decided to help spice it up even more.. with a CHALLENGE!

Ms Kari, blogger of Chef and Steward wanted to share one of her personal challenges she was taking up, a rather simple challenge… wait I’m lying… it ISN’T simple. I thought it would be, but for a working woman… the challenge IS a challenge. It is called the Fresh Mystery Basket Challenge; where in you need to cook something fresh with an ingredient that’s foreign to you. (click on the link for details on the rules)

Cooking foreign ingredients wasn’t the tough bit for me; it was shopping for them… DAILY! focussing on the FRESH aspect. No doubt it was fun, made me exercise my creative juices and come up with recipes using things I never used.

So DAY 1

  • I did the groceries required for the week; that wasn’t a hassle, listing them would be boring (yay! 1 point to me)
  • My 3 Fresh items were: Chicken breasts, Boston Lettuce and Alfalfa (score! another point for me)
  • Oooo and the ingredient I never used before: Alfalfa (Yay! thats an extra point)
  • And totally new recipe.. why ofcourse, most of my recipes on my blog are formulated when I walk through grocery stores, so this was created the same way! (yay another point to me; pat on my back! and if you were wondering.. yes i was a teachers pet :P hehe )
So, as I walked past the alfalfa; I thought, how pretty.. wait wonder what it tastes like?.. and the next thing I knew it magically appeared in my basket; seems like my mind reacted to the mystery box challenge without me realizing it.
It may have been a small touch to the salad, but the crunchy sprouts worked absolutely perfectly; it tucked itself so snugly between the textures, tying the chicken and peach together.
Ooo also grilling peaches and using it in a Salad was new to me.. I hope to get an extra point for that (hint! hint! Kari)

So here’s a simple 30 minute recipe; Kid you not.. Easy! and peachy!

Grilled Peach and Chicken Salad

Serves 2-3
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 large Juicy Peach
  • 3-4 Chicken Breasts
  • Sprinkle of Blue Goats Cheese
  • Heaped Handful ofof Alfalfa
  • 2 handfuls of Boston Lettuce
  • 2 medium Dill Pickle (sliced)

Dressing

  • 2 heaped teaspoons Coarse Dijon Mustard
  • 1½ tablespoon Honey
  • Juice of 1 Lemon

Directions

Grill the chicken for roughly 15-20 minutes till well done (you don't want salmonella, make sure its cooked well; different grills cook differently)
Slice up the dill pickles vertically
Cut up the Chicken breast roughly; toss loosely with the Boston Lettune, Alfalfa and dill pickles
Prepare the dressing mixing all ingredients well
Grill those peachy peaches; this needs to be the last step before serving with the dressing since you want to sink your teeth into warm juicy peaches.
Grill them for about 10 minutes, till you see the top caramelizing/browning up.
Sprinkle with blue goats cheese and serve!

Enjoy!

Eaternally Yours,

Drina C.

8 thoughts on “Peachy Goodness!

  1. Peaches, blue and grilled chicken – mmm, love the sound of that. Saw some lovely looking donut peaches at Choithram’s the other day. Might take it around to a friend’s place today! Along with the slab of wagyu beef I just bought for today’s mystery basket. Hmmm, what to do with that?

    • mmm wagyu beef, some of the best meat really; cant go wrong with juicy steak, maybe with a jus of spiced peach reduction? just thinking out loud.

    • Thanks Kari! Immensely flattered that you would like to feature the salad on your blag :) I think I am going to try and keep this as a 2 day a week personal challenge henceforth; had so much fun :)

  2. What a fun challenge that is and the salad you’ve come up with looks absolutely gorgeous! Beautiful photos too (I’m sure you’ll be doing reall well in the Donna Hay challenge..:) Alfalfa is actually something that I eat on a regular basis but yes, it’s lovely!

    • Thanks Simone! I am quite looking forward to the Donna Hay challenge. I am trying really hard to work/improve on my food photography skills and this challenge will only take me further… cheers for the support! :)

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