Made In The UK

I have turned back the clock in my house this week. I feel it is apt since this country seems to be going backwards…..Anyway.

It is officially 1976 in my house and I am revelling in such classics as Chicken Kiev and Crumble.

I have never made a Kiev before but then watched Tom Kerridge make his version and I was inspired. My love affair with Lidl is, as always burning brightly and all the ingredients were brought for under £6.

To prep the chicken breast fillets cut a pocket into the thick end of the fillets then fill a disposable piping bag with garlic and parsley butter and inject the butter into pocket.

Place breadcrumbs and 2 whisked eggs into two bowls. Dip the fillets into the egg then breadcrumbs and repeat so each fillet has a really good coating. Put the fillets in the fridge for at least 20 mins then gently fry in butter so they are golden brown on each side. I finished off the cooking in the oven set at 180C for 10 mins. Serve with steamed broccoli and a glass of Liebfraumilch!

I leave you with my crumble recipe and a few photos including one of the kids happy to be delivering said crumble to their uncle.



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Plum and Mango Crumble

Ok so this is not your usual combination for an autumn crumble but bear with me. Its good! Its surprisingly good, I wish I had added some gratings of fresh coconut to the crumble mixture and next time I will. I had promised the kids a crumble but there were no cooking apples in the grocery so instead picked up plums and a mango and a lime. I served it with fresh cream which I felt would suit better then a vanilla custard. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Serves 4


  • A punnet of plums (not too ripe they need to hold their shape)
  • A lime
  • A mango (again not a super ripe one)
  • knob of butter
  • 100g rolled oats
  • 50g of butter
  • 50g plain flour
  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • pinch of salt


Turn the oven on to 180C and then take a saucepan and gently melt the knob of butter in it. Chop in half and de stone the plums, peel and chop up the mango. Don’t chop the mango too small. Add to the gently simmering butter. Then zest and squeeze the lime in. Cook for about 10 mins until the fruit is shiny and beginning to colour a little.  Set aside.

In a bowl add the oats, butter, flour and salt and sugar then rub together with your fingertips until the butter is dispersed through the mix.

In a heatproof bowl add the fruit and then top with the crumble mix.

Place in the oven and cook for about 20mins until the top is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling.

Serve with fresh cream or ice cream.