Greek Chicken and Cauliflower Stew

This Greek chicken stew is a nice variation on the previous French recipe. However, the fresh herbs (in this case, parsley) are essential, as is the feta cheese, but these ingredients should be available in most supermarkets in Britain and the United States.

The dried thyme is an optional ingredient, and can be replaced with either dried oregano or dried basil, if that is all you have available.

The olives are also an optional ingredient, and do not necessarily have to be added.

Provençal Chicken Stew

This is a very easily made Provençal chicken stew that offers a lovely dash of Gallic panache for very little investment in time and money.

It can be made just using dried herbs alone, but fresh herbs, if available, would of course improve the flavour greatly. I usually add a sprig of rosemary and some lavender, and a couple of sage leaves as well, for good measure.

Some fresh vegetables (e.g. a bell pepper) can also be added, if desired.

Black Pepper Chicken Recipe

This is a simple Oriental chicken dish that you can whip up in about half an hour. Works as a great complement to the Japanese Okra Salad, or on its own with boiled or steamed rice.

Amatriciana Sauce Recipe

Pasta is one of the most economical and easily cooked dishes that you can cook for yourself.

Japanese Okra Salad

Japanese meals are about the cheapest, most easily made, and most nutritious that you can make. This Okra Salad is a perfect accompaniment that you can whip up in a few minutes to go along with a standard meat dish like Chicken Teriyaki or Japanese Ginger Pork, or it can just be eaten with boiled rice as a light meal.


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