Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sad to say...

I know it’s been a long time since I put in an appearance around here, but my dad died on December 8, and I was back in England until just before Christmas. Dad had not been in the best of health for some time, but the last six months of his life were extremely worrisome.

And the sad news doesn’t end there, I’m afraid. The day after I arrived back in England, Mick phoned to say his mum was seriously ill in hospital, and three days later she died. So we both lost our one remaining parent within a week of each other. Needless to say, Christmas and New Year were a very subdued affair around here. In many ways 2009 was not a good year for us, and it ended in the worst possible way.

Since then, I just haven’t felt like blogging, to tell the truth, I haven’t felt like doing much of anything. But, that’s going to change, and I will be catching up with y’all real soon, in the meantime here’s a recipe.

Chicken and Bacon with a Mushroom and Tomato Sauce

There is some chicken under there somewhere - trust me!


4 slices thick bacon, chopped into 1-inch pieces
½ tablespoon olive oil
2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
Black pepper to taste
1 beefsteak tomato, seeds removed and coarsely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon dried basil
4 ounces mushrooms, sliced
½ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
Chopped parsley to garnish

  • Pre-heat oven to 350F
  • Cook bacon in a large skillet over a medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan and set aside to drain on paper towel. Drain all fat from pan but do not wipe clean.
  • In same skillet, heat olive oil over a medium heat. Add chicken and a generous grind of black pepper and brown for about 3 or 4 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a greased 11x7-inch baking dish and bake uncovered for 20 minutes.
  • Add mushrooms to the same skillet and sauté over a medium heat for 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, garlic, basil and another dash of black pepper and sauté for a further minute. Stir in the bacon.
  • Remove chicken from oven, spoon tomato/mushroom mixture over the chicken and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Return dish to oven to bake for a further 10 minutes.
  • Serve with egg noodles, pasta, or rice.


Pam said...

I am so very sorry for your loss and for your husband's loss. I am sending good thoughts your way Jan.

The chicken dish looks really delicious and beautiful.

Lisa said...

I am so sad for you and Mick. Prayers are going your way. I am glad you are back. Great dish.

Lynda said...

I'm so sorry for your losses, Jan. I'll keep you and Mick in my prayers. Three years ago, my mother passed away in December and my father-in-law in January. It was such a hard time to go through.It does get easier with time, but life is different without them. They are very missed.

Your chicken looks delicious and I hope you can pick up your blogging-you've been missed!

George Gaston said...

Jan, my condolences to you & Mick. The holiday season is a difficult time to lose loved ones.

Your chicken dish looks so delicious. I love the ease and the combination of flavors & ingredients. This is definitely a keeper. Many thanks...

Beth said...

I'm so sorry to hear that Jan. Hope you didn't get caught up in all the bad snow while you were over here on top of everything else! Hopefully 2010 will be a better year

Raquel said...

Jan, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Know that someone in Missouri thinks of you often, quite fondly. Glad you are back. Dish sounds delish.

Sook said...

My prayers are with you. The dish looks beautiful. Great picture, too!

Jan said...

Hi Jan I'm really sorry to hear this. I lost my dad just before Christmas 4 years ago and I'm still not over it at all. It's very sad. Please take care - a big hug to you and Mick xoxo

Sophie said...

Dear Jan,

Welcome back but I will have to say sorry for your loss & your husband 's loss,....We will be thinking of you!!!

That is so sad. Think about the good times you had with your father & his mothe!. Remember those days!

BTW, this chicken dish looks just gorgeous & so tasty, Jan!!

Jason said...

Oh Jan, I'm so sorry!!! I'm glad your getting back into your blogging though, I missed you :) I hope you can get your mind off everything by puttering around the kitchen, that's what I do when life is tough.
Cheers and a hug from afar!

ps...the recipe does look pretty darn good!