For some reason, certain early morning drivers feel the need to toot their horns at me. I do not know what it is about me that attracts their attention as I look like a bogan in my exercise clothes, sometimes wear EAR WARMERS....and I pick flowers from the side of the road. Nothing out of the ordinary there. Perhaps they are laughing at me, perhaps they are jealous of my ear warmers or perhaps they are jealous of my beautiful bouquet of flowering weeds.
Whatever it is, I do not like it. If they drive down a side street, I try to follow them so I can find where they live, knock on their door, ask what their problem is and discuss the incorrect use of a warning signal with them. Unfortunately I have never been able to find where these morons live.
I have a plan for my next walk. When someone toots at me....I am going to....get ready....shake my fist! That will stop them! Would you like a girl who walks stupidly fast in ear warmers, holding a bunch of weeds shaking her fist at you? You'd be scared, right?
I named the savoury lunch I prepared, Duesseldorf chicken, as the recipe I based this on was consumed quite a lot by me when I was in Duesseldorf, Germany. The original recipe involves cubes of fried pumpkin, feta cheese and walnuts mixed through pasta. Ewww pasta. As I no longer consume pasta and grains (except for cake) I altered the recipe, making it grain free. Yay!
Adapted from recipe by Mr S
Serves 3 - they're not big servings, butthey are filling!
You can freeze it to consume later, but it does not taste as nice after reheating and the feta will not hold its shape
What you need
- 1/2 a pumpkin, chopped into pieces
- 2 chicken thighs, chopped into pieces
- Olive oil (around a tablespoon)
- 3-4 tablespoons pesto (You can use any pesto you wish. I used a packaged basil, cashew and parmesan pesto but you can find the recipe HERE)
- Handful chopped walnuts
- Small block of feta cheese, cut into cubes
What you need to do
- Boil pumpkin until soft. Mash and keep warm.
- Add a little olive oil to a hot pan, add chicken to the pan and fry until cooked through.
- When chicken is cooked, add pesto, walnuts and feta to the pan and mix together.
- To serve, place mashed pumpkin onto a plate and top with the chicken pesto mixture.
- Make a salad: Boil, roast or fry cubes of pumpkin and add to the chicken mixture. Serve with salad leaves.
- I am thinking beetroot could go well with this recipe...though I imagine everything would turn purple.
- Wild garlic pesto is great with this recipe. Does anyone know if you can buy it in Australia?
A tasty, filling grain free recipe and if you make the pesto yourself, it is also very healthy. The saltiness/creaminess of the feta is very nice against the walnuts, and the walnuts provide a wonderful crunch. I bought all the ingredients from the market and they totalled $14! That is $4.60 per serve! Note that I did purchase the pesto; if you make it yourself the cost is likely to rise depending on what ingredients you need to purchase and the quality of these ingredients.