Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Yummy Chicken Bake (and a bit more of the jumper)

Whoops!  Two weeks on the trot I am showing you a baked chicken dish.  I will endeavour to try out something a bit different next week, but I can't really apologise for sharing this one, as it's delicious (and also VERY easy).  One of Miss U-t-B's friends was here for this, and she had seconds, then thirds!

Start with a couple of onions

Chop and fry in a little oil

Chop 4 celery sticks 
(Professed celery haters like this dish in spite of the inclusion of these!)

Chop a green pepper and add to the pile

Shred 6 cooked chicken breasts 
(I used fewer, and once again, leftovers would work)

Mix 2 small cartons of natural yogurt 
(I only had a large one, so I used half) and 4 tablespoons of mayonnaise

Stir the cooked onion, the raw vegetables and the chicken into the sauce and place in an ovenproof dish

Top with 6oz/150g of grated cheddar

And sprinkle with a large packet of plain crisps which you've crushed lightly

Bake for 40 minutes at 180 degrees/160 Fan oven/Gas Mark 4

And the result?



PS Served with boiled rice and green salad

Back to the jumper (see yesterday's post).

It was like a scene from one of my favourite childhood stories in my sewing room late last Saturday night (only without anyone spying on me, or a little pointy hat).

Maybe you recall this book...

Photo from Arran Alexander - source of many vintage Ladybird books

Filled with enthusiasm for both my 'Pin to Reality' idea and the task of recycling that pretty Primark jumper, I set to with scissors and needle once more.  This time the inspirational photo was this one...

Heather Bailey's 'Bitty Booties' (which is a trademark, one I'll warrant will make fans of 'Little Britain' chortle somewhat...)

I downloaded the pattern (you can get it here), printed it off and snipped away, using one of the sleeves from the jumper.

A bit of blanket stitching later, this is what I had before me...

Snuggly cosy cuteness!
Baby Dylan was over for a while on Sunday so I had to slip them on him to check the size (which professes to be 3-6 months).  He didn't seem to mind the roses! (But he was in a very cheery, smiley mood so maybe he was just humouring me...)

Completing the bootees as the clock chimed one, I headed to bed and lay wondering how many different items I could squeeze out of the one jumper.  I came up with the number ten, as a bit of a challenge to myself.  Keep reading this week if you want to see if I managed!

(Oh! It's 'Blogtober'.  Frustrated not to be able to join in with 'Stoptober' - even though the ad says 'anyone can join in' - I will try and do the daily post thingy instead.  I like a bit of joining in  now and then...)


  1. Those little booties are the sweetest thing have seen in a long time. You are so clever and inventive.

  2. Oh adorable booties ! I see more recipes using mayo these days. I used to make a cheesy tuna, egg & sweetcorn recipe my friend at college made - it had crisps all over the top & very yummy !

  3. Am definitely going to try the chicken dish Alix, but will have to tweak it a little to suit my Weight Watcher requirements! Thinking 0% Greek Yoghurt and lightest Mayo ...

    Love the bootees, they're absolutely gorgeous and look like you paid a fortune for them at a specialist baby boutique ... adorable!

    Love your posts, very inspirational! xxx

  4. Love the bootees they are so cute, I'm tempted to see if they can be done in bigger sizes :-)Kay

  5. The chicken dish sound delish but it's the bootees that are the winner. They are sooo cute! M x

  6. Those little boots are just adorable...what next I wonder! Ada :)

  7. The bootees are just gorgeous. I still have "The Elves and the Shoemaker" Ladybird book - it was one of my favourites!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  8. Thanks for sharing the chicken bake recipe - it looks a good straightforward one - once the chopping is done, just bung it in the oven and let the heat work its magic - my kind of recipe and shall be trying this!
    The bootees are a masterpiece - they are so cute Alix!!!(can just imagine you beavering away at night time like the little elves....)
    Gill xx

  9. The booties are too cute for words, I wish I knew someone with a baby.

  10. Mmmmm, the chicken dish looks a winner - definitely one to try on my darlings.

    I had to pause to savour the image of 'The Elves and the Shoemaker' Ladybird book - such a blast from my childhood, I can almost smell and feel the book now. And I loved the story too. The little bootees you made are simply gorgeous. You really are rather clever with a needle, Alix!


  11. PS I meant to say "The Elves and the Shoemaker" was my all time favourite Ladybird book... wish I'd kept mine and my Whymsies and my etc etc etc...

  12. Love your booties. Can you imagine the price in a desgner children's boutique? And they wouldn't be half as well made. All these wonderful creations from one cast-off jumper but it needed a big dollop of your creativity. Carol xx