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A change of direction

So my last post was almost two years ago and my goodness a lot has happened since then. The biggest change is that Mr Gem and I are now the proud owners of a bouncy, noisy 5 month old boy! He has absolutely changed our lives for all of the good reasons and only a couple of the not so good – mostly sleep! 

Adjusting to parenthood has meant that our diet has suffered a bit of a hit – although to be fair when I was pregnant I mostly ate beige carbs so it’s been a while since I dusted off the cook books. But now that the boy is in more of a routine and we are about to embark on the exciting journey of weaning it’s time to start cooking healthy tasty food that we can enjoy as a family. 

Anyway, I’ve rambled on enough for now so let’s get on with my first new dish:
Chicken with Feta and Sundried Tomatoes with Balsamic Glazed Tomatoes and Roast New Potatoes 

Perhaps a little easy, but it’s all a balancing act with getting the boy bathed and bedded whilst the low maintenance parts of the meal can be cooking – plus it’s Tuesday who eats gourmet on a Tuesday?! It was very tasty though and perfect for a busy midweek tea. 

I took inspiration for this recipe from BBC Food but I added the sundried tomatoes to go with the feta. 

To begin with halve and quarter the new potatoes, season and then coat with oil from the sundried tomato jar and give it a good mix with your fingers. Spread out on a baking tray and stick in the oven (180 degrees ish) for 30 – 45 mins. 

Season the chicken breasts and coat with oil,  put in a frying pan for 4 or 5 mins on one side. Whilst it’s frying on one side, chop feta and sundried tomatoes and mix together. Turn the chicken over and top with the feta and sundried tomato mix. Transfer to a baking tray and pop in the oven for 15 mins or so till the chicken is cooked through. 

When the chicken is in the oven season the cherry tomatoes and coat in oil and pop them in the oven for 10 minutes. After 10 mins add a splash of balsamic and pop back into the oven.

And that’s, it simple but so tasty and satisfying. Enjoy with a glass of wine and celebrate another day surviving on less than 5 hours sleep, enduring the noise of soft play or getting through a trying day at the office. 



Mum, wife, marketing bod. Wine, fizz, gin, chocolate and book lover. Secret eater and snack hider. Home cook and amateur blogger. Embracing the new challenge of cooking new and tasty dishes whilst getting a boisterous baby boy bathed and bedded and keeping a hangry tired husband distracted til tea time!

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