Valentines Day

It's been a long time since I've made a post. I've been making food but I just haven't had the time to photograph it and write up a post! Since the last time I've finished university, started a full time job and continue to push myself to accomplish more.

My current job has strange hours and requires some traveling, so last week I was an hour outside of the city and working 11 hour days. I worked until 8pm on Valentines Day (plus travel time) so we made dinner and celebrated love the day before. Besides, you don't need a special day to tell someone you love them so it worked out well!

So I knew I needed chicken and rosemary and prosciutto but I didn't fully read the Pinterest recipe, just the little blurb that someone repinned it with so I bought a bunch of unnecessary ingredients but used them anyway and I'll be damned, it was delicious.

Look at that! I didn't even have to touch the raw chicken but it all wrapped together so nicely, it looked like something created by an iron chef. And the end result? Well shucks! I didn't even dry out the chicken. All I did was bake it for 40 minutes at 375*F and it was magical. The green beans were incredible, too. They were mimicked after some I had this summer at a restaurant here. They were steamed and then soaked with lemon juice and chili powder and a few cashews. Delightful! 

 (Please excuse the terrible photo of the finished product. The lighting was god awful and I haven't picked up my camera in months!)

Anyway, let's cut to the chase and give you the recipe!


teaspoon of minced garlic
1/4 cup of oil
1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice
1/4 cup red onion
1/4 cup apple juice
fresh rosemary sprigs
prosciutto slices (as many as you feel necessary!)
salt and pepper for taste

In a large bowl, add the garlic, oil, lemon juice, chopped red onion, apple juice and a handful of rosemary then let the chicken marinade in the bowl for 30-40 minutes. Then remove it and wrap it in prosciutto with a rosemary sprig. Bake in the oven at 375*F for 40 minutes.

Then eat it! Pretty much the easiest thing ever, am I right? I steamed my beans and cooked the potatoes (they were soaked in lemon juice and rosemary as well) in a pan while the chicken cooked and then we feasted! The chocolate dipped strawberries involved melting chocolate wafers, dipping and then cooling them in the fridge all afternoon. This was maybe one of the most simple meals I've put together in a long time but it was delicious and looked like it took a while!

Either way, all the celebrating is done for me for a while. Andrew and I celebrated our four year anniversary a few weeks ago,  I turned 24 last week which involved eating 12 cupcakes and all night laser quest and Valentines day just passed. Life has been pretty busy and doesn't look like it will be slowing down any time soon, but I guess that's part of being young and embracing what life throws your way!

Until next time, my friends: happy making!

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