As we were doing a little research on which dishes the UK has to offer, we wanted to see, if we could find something that would not just be British, but also have the potential for Nico to eat, since Toddlerland’s menu is not as diverse as one would hope. So after Valerie had chatted with a few ladies across the “pond” she found out that the Sunday roast is a big favourite in our Queen’s home country and that the choice of meat for it is pretty much open. We decided on a nicely roasted chicken, since they are fairly easy to find for a good price, Nico loves his “poc-poc” and it just tastes so good!
So the final menu was: Rotisserie-roasted chicken with herb-roasted potatoes and sauteed mixed vegetables, and I wanted to add some nice scones as dessert, since I had found a very easy looking recipe for them, so we were all set.
Step 1: Get the chicken on the spit. Chicken are fickle creatures and rarely listen, no matter which state they are in, but this one was nicely cooperative and also let me tie it up to avoid any parts touching the heating element. Since the handling of raw meat is not very high on the to-do list of a toddler, we figured to bring Nico in for the seasoning, since he loves to help us with anything related to little containers and opening and closing them and all of that, so this time we could channel this into something really useful, lol.
For the seasoning we decided to go simple, just salt, pepper, parsley, oregano and basil, no measurements or anything, just going with what felt like the right amount, which is how we mostly cook.
Other than obviously the potatoes, we had decided on carrots, peas and leeks for our vegetables thought that we could just cut them and roast them, I thought that we should peel them and Nico was so insistent on peeling them as well, so that we decided on peeling them, since Nico knows that he is not allowed to touch the peeler, he helps by having his hand on my arm. Since they would take the longest to be cooked, we threw them into the pan right away and seasoned them with salt, pepper, onion salt, basil, parsley, paprika and oregano and left them to their fate for the time being.
I cut the carrots, which were pretty much frozen solid, courtesy of the back of our fridge that seems to be having an identity crisis and thinks it’s a freezer, the leeks we had bought pre-cut and the peas in a pod turned out to be so tiny that we had to supplement them with a can of peas to get enough. We just added a little margarine to make sure, that it wouldn’t stick and also let it be. (Val here: I also added some parsley and basil to them)
While this was going, I went for my scones recipe and it was a recipe for disaster, since despite adding more and more flour the dough ended up resembling more the consistency of extremely sticky and goopy wall putty, which led to me 86ing (restaurant jargon for taking off the menu) it, sadly, but hey, can’t win them all.
After all was said and done, Valerie set the table for our Sunday night dinner together with my mother-in-law and her boyfriend and it did not just look good, but also was a big success taste-wise and that Nico loved both the chicken and the potatoes was just an added bonus!
Technically we would have wanted for Nico to colour his placemat prior to the dinner, but somehow it didn’t quite work out, so he did it after. Just in case that you are wondering what he drew into his plate – it’s pancakes
Please check out our partner blogs and their UK ideas: Adventures In Mommydom, Creative Family Fun, Glittering Muffins, Juggling with Kids, Kitchen Counter Chronicles, Make, Do & Friends, Mom 2 Posh Little Divas, Mummymummymum, Rainy Day Mum, Red Ted Art, The Educators’ Spin On It and The Outlaw Mom!
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