Birthday Chicken

Yesterday was my birthday, and since I had the day off (no exams! :)) I decided to make dinner for my family and boyfriend. I wanted something that’s easy and delicious (since well, I’m still a beginner cook…) so I made the roast chicken my mom makes sometimes.


1 chicken, orange marmalade (the bitter kind!)

onions, sweet potatoes and apples

It’s so easy to make! You cut the sweet potatoes and onions into wedges, put the chicken in the pan and place the potatoes and onions around it. Then rub the chicken with some salt and pepper, and spread some on the veggies too.

Put it in the oven (about 210° C) for 40 minutes, then take it out, tilt the chicken to drain the juices and add the apple wedges to the pan. Then put it back into the oven for 15 minutes.

Take the pan out, spread marmalade over everything (I just used a spoon for this, and lots of marmalade! :)) and put it in the oven for 5 more minutes. Done!

So so good! :) Just had the leftovers… mmh

almost forgot to post the cake!


Bento Box Obsession

I have to admit I’m really lazy when it comes to food. When I’m hungry, I want food then and there and usually end up eating a bowl of cereal, when really I could have a delicious sandwich or a creative snack if I just took the 15 min it takes to make something like that! Don’t get me wrong, I love cereal, but I can’t go on eating it 2+ times a day.

Well, I have seen some very creative lunchboxes on different blogs (sometimes called “Bento boxes”), and I’m a little obsessed. I want a lunchbox! It would help me save money too since I spend a lot of my allowance on food (when I could be using it for fabric and such…).

My problem is that when my mom goes shopping and asks me what I want, I never know. So after looking through a ton of lunchbox photos here, and seeing bleubird vintage‘s pictures of her kid’s lunchboxes, I started a “Foods that I like” Catalog, with a list of easy snack recipes and a shopping list.

Here are some pictures from bleubird vintage:

Looks delicious! And this lunchbox is like one big tupperware… I’m thinking of ordering one, but only after my “test-phase”, in which I must succeed in making myself these types of lunches (just things that can go in a lunchbox), liking and eating them! I basically just want to get into the habit of making myself food. Real food, not cereal. Except for breakfast. And I need to know that I can do this before I buy a lunchbox, otherwise I’d just be wasting money!

These past few days I’ve been good! Here’s proof:

omnomnom, pita bread turkey sandwiches with honey mustard and cheese! Toasted this in the toaster oven, but a sandwichtoaster is already on my “to buy” list :)