Saturday, 27 April 2013

Secret Gigs, All Night Fruit and Veg Raids and Melt-in-the-mouth Chicken

Wow it's been mad busy, but fun too with lots of cool weekends. One in London catching up with family and friends where we were treated to really good Persian take away food one day, and a BBQ with melt-in-the-mouth-chicken the next. Introduced to the seed of an idea for all-night joint adventures to Spitalfield's Market, where the London restaurants source fresh produce. It didn't take long for that one to germinate with me. I can't wait for a midnight market forage...

Another weekend began with a secret gig in a student house that was being filmed for SOFAR...(Song for a room) Where four bands, including nephews'  band, More Like Trees were performing. Next day spending time together with the family by the river. Returning to the house with lots of meal time around the big old table, and best of all a house full of more live music thanks to one of nephew's staying over...Perfect...excuse my blurry filming and rough audio...

In-between-times, having to miss an exhibition preview that I was involved with and  been asked to talk to local press about. But didn't really mind - (missing the talking to the press bit that is...I probably would have said something stupid and then regretted it forever.) I'll try and catch the exhibition next week and share it with you. 

...and  now I'm planning a quiet one. It's just me and 'A' this weekend...H is away. A hot bath and a good book are calling me...oh and slightly harrowing but compelling Icelandic film and Swedish drama series and A's awesome pizzas...

But before I's the scrumptious chicken recipe I managed to cadge in London...with a surprise ingredient.

Melt in the Mouth BBQ Chicken.


  • Chicken legs or portions on the bone
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • Enough yoghurt to cover the chicken
  • Sliced onions
  • Mayonnaise 
  • Saffron
  • Turmeric
  • Crushed garlic
  1. Place the chicken into a large vessel and cover with all the other ingredients. Marinate for as long as you can, preferably overnight.
  2. Barbecue and then serve with salads mint and cucumber yoghurt and nan bread. 
This is the most succulent barbecued chicken I've ever had. Yoghurt or buttermilk is the only thing that I think actually tenderises meat and somehow the mayonnaise helped even more. Of course you can spice it up to suit your taste. 

Hope you have a good one...


  1. It might have been a busy one but it looks like it was filled with fun! I don't know how I would feel about an interview either...!

    1. It was so good Karen. I'm always happier behind the camera than in front of it. It amazes me that there are so many performers in the family. I was really glad to escape the interview.

  2. What a wonderful weekend! Loved the boys' music - great combination of instruments. I'm used to seeing a cajon in the flamenco context but it works so well here too. A midnight trip to Spitalfields Market sounds like fun especially if you are with like-minded souls. Chicken recipe sounds good too - mayonnaise - who knew?!

    Thanks again for the card, book and kind words. Healing slowly here and Mother's Day on 12 May will be hard but I'm sure we'll all get through it together.

    1. Hi Caz. I've been thinking about you and Tom so much over the last week and hoping things were ok. I't so good you have the children to help things seem more normal, I hope they are doing well too.

      Thanks, it was a lovely weekend. they are releasing their album at the end of next month...they brought us a copy when they came. They are so busy these days it's lovely to catch up with them. The produce at Spitalfields is amazing but you have to buy in quantities that are too much for us so it'll be fun to share with friends and family.

      Take care,