Friday 29 November 2013

Much to Celebrate and a Taco Chicken Tip!

Yes, there is no denying it.
This month it is
50 years since President Kennedy was killed,
50 years since C.S. Lewis who wrote the Narnia books died (he died the same day as Kennedy - which is probably why nobody remembers) 
50 years since Dr Who was first aired and
50 years since I was born in a hospital in New Jersey!
It sounds very grown up - being 50... Hope it isn't compulsory...!
I am truly blessed with all the celebrations in my honor with lots of attention from dear friends, visits from Norway, meals out and a fun party last weekend!

So far, turning 50 has been nothing but FUN!
Over to the Spicy Chicken Tip:
Due to my illness this summer, I am 'using up' holidays from the previous holiday year (our holiday year runs from 1 October - 30 September) by having every Friday off. It feels like a real luxery - I could get used to this!
So, sitting this morning with a cup of coffee reading blogs, I came across Trine's Matblogg with a recipe for making your own taco spices. Taco is much loved in this house and by putting together the spices yourself it isn't just cheaper, but you are also in control of how much sugar and salt you consume!
Homemade taco spice:
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 1/2 teaspoons chiliflakes 
2 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons cumin
2 tablespoons paprika powder (I use the hot smokey variety)
2 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 1/2 tablespoons seasalt
1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
Be aware that spices can vary in strength, so start out carefully.
Despite liking taco, I got fed up with the usual taco recipes with minced meat, cheese, etc, etc. Instead, I often roast chicken with the spices.

Here is my simple Taco Chicken recipe:
take one raw chicken
place it in a roasting bag
add a couple of tablespoons of taco spices
close the bag
shake vigoursly to spread the spices
roast the chicken in the oven for the time suggested on the roasting bag pack
One VERY succulent, juicy, spicy taco flavoured chicken!

Well, I'd better get a move on. First Sunday of Advent is coming up and Our Young Man is expecting an advent calendar - as usual! I have got 19 out of the 24 surprises ready.
Only 5 more to go... It is getting hard being inventive and keeping the price down!
Besides he said - no chocolate...!
Any suggestions...?


  1. Trines Matblogg er til stor inspirasjon her hos oss også.... Jeg var aldri flink til å finne på ting i mine jenters advemtskalender og er veldig glad for at det nå er historie. Det eneste forslaget jeg har er å kjøpe et par Flax lodd og håpe på den store gevinsten for ham. Ha en superfin helg som 50-åring og velkommen etter. Livet er godt etter 50 også.....

  2. Happy birthday! I've still got a few months left before I join the club :). Have a lovely weekend.

  3. Gratulerer med vel overstått!! 50 er et bra tall!! AnneK:-)

  4. Litt Gratulerer med dagen som var :)

    Den kyllingen hørtes god ut!

  5. Hipp hurra og gratulerer med dagen!!!
    Adventskalendere er jeg heldigvis ferdig med.... barnebarna får av foreldre, men mine 3 søte små (42, 39 og 25) får hver sin Flaxkalender. Og må dele med hverandre med gevinst over kr 1000 ;) Det har ikke vært noe problem de årene de har blitt gitt hittil :)