Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple." - Woody Guthrie

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Hooray for Hollywood ...

I can be quite sniffy when it comes to the TV I watch.  At first I thought Paul Hollywood's Bread would be of no interest to me, but of course darling it is on the BBC.  Second episode, call me a late adopter, I was hooked.  So this week I made his Tortilla Towers but with 'all purpose' flour, don't you just love that description, instead of masa harina.  As a result I have fallen in love again with chicken thighs, which led me back to an old recipe torn from a magazine for Marinated Chicken with Pasta, something we used to enjoy on a regular basis a few years back.  

30ml (2tbs) olive oil
30ml (2tbs) lemon juice
15ml (1tbs) harissa (from a jar)
30ml (2tbs) honey
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 boned chicken thighs per person (skinless)
2 garlic cloves
90ml (6tbs) olive oil
500g (1lb 2oz) spaghetti (I use half a packet spaghetti between 3)
finely grated rind of 1 lemon
handful fresh parsley, chopped

1. Mix together the olive oil, lemon juice, harissa, hone and seasoning.  Coat the chicken with the mixture.  Cover and leave to marinate overnight or for at least 30 minutes.
2. Cook the garlic slowly in the olive oil until slightly brown.
3. Cook the chicken under a hot grill or on the barbecue until the juices run clear. (I cook the chicken thighs in  a roasting dish in a preheated oven at Gas mark 4 for 35 minutes). Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti until al dente.
4. Drain the pasta, reheat the garlic and oil mixture and add the lemon rind and parsley.  Toss the pasta in the oil mixture.  Serve with the chicken and pan juices.

Happy Eating xxx


  1. That sounds delicious! I'm hooked on the Paul Hollywood series too!

  2. I watched the first one, saw the book and bought it. I am working my way through it happily. Dont those blue eyes twinkle!

  3. I'm now back to baking at least once a week - often several times, and each time I try something a bit different. I had heard about PH from a younger, smitten friend and so sat down to watch Bread with mixed feelings - but I too am now hooked!(Him being a Scouser makes me homesick, but I can live with that!) Your chicken and pasta dish sounds delicious - one to try, for sure!

  4. I haven't baked anything, but just the sight of Mr Hollywood kneading dough makes me go weak at the knees ;) ... Sarah x

  5. He makes everything look so easy doesnt he? I think he is as gorgeous as the bread he makes!

  6. I haven't seen the programme but I'm glad you are enjoying it and it prompted you into recipe sharing. I think my lot would like this.
    Lisa x

  7. I too thought this was not for me - I took against the man in the first GBBO. But this really is a good programme and he is actually a fine teacher. I may even get around one day to the sourdough.

    Thanks for recipe - might have to check out the freezer...

  8. Happy baking to you all and if you try the recipe, enjoy.