My Signature Thing

19 Mar

Everyone has one.
That dish. The one you know you can always knock up easily and successfully.
Your signature dish if you like?
The failsafe when all else fails….

Mine is the easiest in the whole world, it is easier than yours.
It doesn’t actually require you to do anything and you can use anything.

It doesn’t even have a name.
When I make it I just say to my husband, ‘shall I just do that thing?’

And now I share the recipe with you….

OK, are you ready?

You put some meat and things (maybe vegetables or fruit?) in an oven tray and bake for 45 minutes.

OK, did you get that?

By all means add in some seasoning, some garlic, some oil, whatever you like, but the main principle remains the same.

You put some meat and things in an oven tray and bake for 45 minutes. 

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Here is my favourite version of it:

  • Chicken Thighs
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Lemon Wedges
  • Onions
  • Paprika

As I say, put it all in an oven tray, go and watch TV for over half an hour or have a bath, come back and it should be ready. Whatever it is.

Here is a finished version:
This one is a bit sweet and sour and if you bake it long enough so it burns (depends on what you’re watching on TV) you have some crispy chicken skin to chew on. Not so great if using red meat however.

I like to think that if I had a little café this would be on the menu every day.
It’d be my go to dish and a bit different every day.
Not sure what I’d write on the board to describe it?

Why not make ‘that thing’ tonight?

You’re welcome.


21 Responses to “My Signature Thing”

  1. Jo Wadsworth 19/03/2012 at 1:59 pm #

    Careful now Alice, you’re in danger of revealing you can cook after all . . .

    I think that’s called a traybake.

    • Alice Can't Cook 21/03/2012 at 9:24 am #

      A traybake? A traybake?
      It’s my Signature Traybake!
      Hooray, it has a name…

  2. Jenny Eatwell 19/03/2012 at 2:38 pm #

    I love those kinds of dinners! LOL I like putting some halved new potatoes in the tray too, so that they can soak up some of the juices and get all crunchy on top and soft underneath. Yummo!

    • Alice Can't Cook 21/03/2012 at 9:25 am #

      Oooh potatoes! That is a good idea.
      It’d be nice with this one, I do like lemony potatoes.

  3. Tina@flourtrader 19/03/2012 at 3:34 pm #

    Your signature thing is definite proof that a great meal does not require that we spend hours in the kitchen. Delicious blend of flavors-yum!

    • Alice Can't Cook 21/03/2012 at 9:25 am #

      Thanks Tina, and that is very true. For some reason I try to complicate things all the time. Maybe that is why this one works for me!
      Thanks for reading xx

  4. Ashley 20/03/2012 at 6:55 pm #

    I LOVE this blog and obviously with your permission would love to add you to my blog roll.

    I adore this post, as I do this all the time, One tray, minimum of 4 ingredients – Voila, dinner is served! x

    • Alice Can't Cook 21/03/2012 at 9:30 am #

      Hi there Ashley, thanks for reading! What a fab comment, would love to be added to your roll.
      Am following your blog too – it looks gorgeous.

      It’s an easy dish for sure, which is why it is the only failsafe one in my repertoire. I love the idea of a four ingredient limit… might try that.
      Thanks againxxxx

  5. Poppy Stafford Brown 21/03/2012 at 5:14 pm #

    Hahahahahahahah… is all I can manage for every single one of your brilliant posts.

    • Alice Can't Cook 22/03/2012 at 10:04 am #

      Hi Poppy, how are you?
      Thanks for that – glad you liked. Thanks for reading as always

  6. Choclette 22/03/2012 at 3:28 pm #

    Love it, simple is always best and this looks like my kind of food – well maybe without the chicken! Good with halloumi though. Like the idea of your cafe too – as long as there was a veggie version.

    • Alice Can't Cook 26/03/2012 at 10:41 am #

      Oooh I wonder if you could do a halloumi traybake Choclette?
      If you’re a vegetarian then the recipe would just be put some vegetables and things in a tray… 🙂 Sounds super.
      Thanks for reading, maybe we’ll have that cafe one day.

  7. Alice 26/03/2012 at 8:14 pm #

    I love traybakes! My favourite is pork fillets with tinned pears, some veggies and potatoes. YUMMY.

    • Alice Can't Cook 27/03/2012 at 9:13 am #

      Hi Alice (great name)

      Pork and Pears? That sounds incredible, I am going to try that. Someone else mentioned potatoes, funny I never considered using them before but I will now.

      Great looking site you have – good luck with your impending event…
      Thanks for reading! xxx

  8. Rachel W 30/05/2012 at 11:13 am #

    I’m late to this one, but my favourite versions are even easier done in my remoska, one of the best inventions ever. 1. chicken, potatoes, white wine, parmesan. 2. fish and prawns, asparagus, tomatoes, chillies, lemon wedges. I’m going to try the pork and pears idea next!


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