Expanding My Horizons In The Kitchen With Schwartz | AD

Spice a dish with love and it pleases every palate – Plautus.

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Schwartz who also gifted me their Cinnamon Powder. All views and opinions are my own.

I have just made a brand new dish that I’ve never tried before and I am so impressed that I feel like I can do anything in the kitchen now. Cooking, for me, has never been high on my list of things I want to thrive at; I am very much a shove it in the oven kinda girl. Nevertheless, when it comes to having to think of the age-old question “what to have for tea?”, it makes you want to expand your horizons and have something that is a little bit different.

That is why I am so glad (in hindsight) that Schwartz sent me their Cinnamon Powder. At first, I was completely out of my depth; I don’t think I’ve ever really tried cinnamon properly, even during the festive season. All I could think of were pancakes or sweet pastries. Me being me wanted to try something a little different, and so I found a recipe online that consisted of chicken thighs and cinnamon with almonds, peaches and balsamic vinegar. I created a very basic version of it and I am so proud of the result.

MAKE THIS DISH

All you need to create this dish are the following:

Schwartz cinnamon powder.

3-6 chicken thighs.

½ bag of rocket or green leaves of some kind.

1 peach.

3-6 cherry tomatoes.

Handful of almonds.

Balsamic Vinegar.

Butter.

Salt and pepper.

METHOD

Preheat oven at whatever temperature you normally cook your food in (Warren and I tend to spin the dial until about 2/3 the way round).

Spread butter and sprinkle cinnamon across the chicken thighs (unlike me who forgot to put the cinnamon on them until halfway through).

Cook the chicken thighs for approximately 40-45 minutes (they may take longer like mine did), occasionally turning them over so that they are cooked on both sides.

Meanwhile, chop the peach up and throw in a bowl with the rocket and almonds.

Add balsamic vinegar and toss until satisfied.

Place everything on the plate, add salt and pepper and chopped tomatoes on top of the chicken et voila! Super easy.

Having this mini challenge has proven a few things to me. I can truly expand my cooking horizons with new tastes, new textures and new spices – something that I wouldn’t have dreamed of a few years ago. I am willing to try out different meals and create something that I would have never thought of – I don’t think I’ve ever eaten almond slices or peach before. Finally, if I put my mind to it, I can pretty much create whatever I want in the kitchen. It doesn’t have to seem so daunting! This meal was so easy to create and so much healthier than throwing a pizza in the oven for twenty minutes. It’s made me feel fuller and better about my eating habits. All I needed was a little push in the right direction.

Are you ready to tackle the kitchen and create something a little different to the norm? I really recommend it – not only are you expanding you food palate, but you’ll feel so much pride and get so much enjoyment from it that you’ll wonder why you haven’t tried something new before.

Love, Faye xo

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