Citrus Chicken Drumsticks

Citrus Chicken Drumsticks | notenoughcinnamon.com

I usually eat a lot of chicken breast (in various forms!), especially for lunch, because it’s convenient, very easy to cook and a great source of lean protein but my favorite chicken cut is actually the drumsticks. I LOVE dark meat. Juicy, moist dark meat.  Yum! And look at this beautiful golden brown crispy skin… Isn’t it salivating?

For this Citrus Chicken Drumsticks recipe, I marinated the chicken in orange, lemon and lime juice with a touch of honey and garlic. I then popped everything in the oven for 50 minutes and tada…I had myself some luscious drumsticks. And trust me, you don’t want to toss the sauce that comes with the chicken because that’s probably the best part of the dish! Enjoy :)

Citrus Chicken Drumsticks | notenoughcinnamon.com

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Spring Risotto

Spring Risotto | notenoughcinnamon.com

Happy belated Easter! Solal and I don’t really celebrate Easter but we LOVE what comes with it: the extra-long weekend! 4-day weekends are the best! And you know what’s even better? We’re doing it all over again next weekend for Anzac Day! Except it’ll only be three days, but hey, I can’t really complain about that. It’s better than nothing, right?

Winter is coming to Westeros Australia (#gameofthronesrocks) but we certainly couldn’t tell this weekend. The weather was glorious and felt just like spring. Hence this Spring risotto, made with asparagus and green peas!

Spring Risotto | notenoughcinnamon.com

Now, if you think making risotto is complicated and a lot of work, well…you’re mistaken! True, it’s not a 5-minute meal but it’s pretty easy! And I should add…so worth the effort! Remember this post I made a few months ago on how to make a creamy restaurant-like risotto? It’s basically the same technique and recipe I used for this Spring Risotto except I added asparagus and green peas instead of mushrooms.

The key for a delectable risotto is to follow these 5 golden rules:
- Have all the ingredients ready when you begin. No chopping or measuring while making your risotto.
- Never leave your risotto unattended. Treat it like your 2 year-old.
- Add stock one cup at a time. You don’t want to drown your risotto.
- Keep stirring. You can take a few breaks, just don’t go do a load of laundry, alright?
- Serve your risotto straight away. Leftovers will taste good but a lot less creamy.

Have fun in the kitchen!

Spring Risotto | notenoughcinnamon.com

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What’s new on Not Enough Cinnamon

About - Recipes

A new ‘About’ page

I’ve been meaning to update my About page for months and it’s now done! Not Enough Cinnamon has come a long way since I started it a year and a half ago and I felt my About page wasn’t reflecting anymore what this blog is about. If you haven’t already, go ahead and check my updated About page! Bonus: you’ll learn fun facts about me, including who Napoleon is (nope, not the French emperor).

A new recipe index under construction

I’m cooking you up a beautiful and easy to navigate visual index – or should I say my developer-boyfriend is (thanks <3). In fact, we are making you a brand new website. But it takes time, and he doesn’t have a lot. Please bear with me while I try to speed up the process with homemade chocolate mousse and other goodies. In the meantime, you have three easy options to browse Not Enough Cinnamon’s recipes. See them here.

A new ‘Work with me’ page

Chances are, you won’t care about this new page at all. But if you’re a PR representative or a company interested in working with Not Enough Cinnamon, come this way.

And an old news…

Oh and I’m also writing an eCookbook! About French food! I told you that a million times already, right? ;) Can’t help myself, I way too excited about it!
WHAT? You didn’t know?! Learn more about it here!

Baked Fish with Olives and Lemon

Baked Fish with Olives and Lemon | notenoughcinnamon.com

When I stumbled upon this Baked Fish with Olives and Lemon on Real Simple, I knew I had to try it ASAP because it has everything I like in a recipe. It’s made with basic ingredients: white fish, olives, lemon and wine; it’s quick and easy: 30 minutes total and very little prep work; and it’s healthy. A winner in my book!

I’m in the recipe-testing phase of my eCookbook so let me just say that I’ve been devouring tasting a LOT of delicious food lately and a nice light meal was exactly what I needed. I had my fish with a simple salad but I’m sure it would be delicious with roasted asparagus and rice on the side.

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Leek and Parmesan Frittata

Leek and Parmesan Frittata | notenoughcinnamon.com

Last week, I was working on a leek recipe for my cookbook and was left with a lot of leftovers on my hands. I froze half to make vegetable broth and soup later this winter, and used the other half to make this simple frittata. Have you ever tried to make frittata? They’re the perfect way to clean your fridge as you can throw in pretty much anything. Anything edible, that is.

I have been afraid of making frittata for a very long time because the idea of popping my skillet in the oven really made me uncomfortable. Even though my skillet is clearly labeled ‘oven safe’, I wasn’t 100% sure it wouldn’t melt on me or worst, explode. Don’t laugh. Ok, you can, I know it’s ridiculous. Now I overcame my fears and this tasty frittata came to the world. Enjoy!

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Vegetarian Spaghetti alla Philly (aka super creamy tomato sauce)

Vegetarian Spaghetti alla Philly (aka super creamy tomato sauce)

Right now, the only thing that really matters to me is getting this gigantic bowl of pasta in my belly. RIGHT NOW. Maybe I should just stop typing this post and go eat dinner instead. Note to self: working on your blog posts with an empty stomach is not a good idea. But it happens to me all the time. For some reason, I’m always hungry when editing my photos and writing posts. Or if I’m not, well, looking at food and talking about food will just make me hungry anywat #lifeasafoodblogger

Vegetarian Spaghetti alla Philly (aka super creamy tomato sauce)

If you like super quick-easy-delicious dinners (and who doesn’t?!)  then this super creamy tomato sauce is exactly what you need. Because really, you can’t beat a 2-ingredient sauce ready in 5 minutes. FIVE MINUTES. Cook some pasta to go with it, or make zucchini pasta and bam, you’re done.

And then, there’s the taste. It’s like an old favorite, only creamier. nom nom. Cream cheese has this fabulous faculty of making everything taste better and this pasta dish is no exception! The original recipe called for ground beef but I simply decided to leave it out because I didn’t have any on hands. I’m sure it would add extra flavor and be even more delicious. Next time!

Vegetarian Spaghetti alla Philly (aka super creamy tomato sauce)

Some of you already joined the Et Voila! Cookbook Team on Facebook and I couldn’t be happier. This really means a lot so thank you :)
If you missed my last post, here’s the deal. I’m writing a e-Cookbook called Et Voila! featuring easy, unfussy and delicious classic French recipes (you can learn more about it here). I would love to have your input on the ebook’s recipes, pictures, design and more so I’ve created an Et Voila! Cookbook Team group on Facebook that you can all join. I’ll be posting e-cookbook updates, sneak peeks and other fun behind the scene stuff. All the members will benefit from an exclusive discount when the book launches. Will you join us? I would love to see you there!

Et Voila! Facebook Team

There are three easy ways you can join the community:

1. Follow this link and click on the Join group button and I will accept you very quickly.

2. Search for the “Et Voila! Cookbook Team” directly via your Facebook search bar.

3. Send me an email at marie@notenoughcinnamon.com and I will send you an invite to join the group.

And now…the recipe!

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An exciting announcement!

Et Voila! Classic French Recipes Made Easy | Ebook by NotEnoughCinnamon.com

Can you guess what this big news is about? I’ve been itching to tell you all about it for days! I am writing an ebook called Et Voila! featuring easy, unfussy and delicious classic French recipes! And I’m super excited about it!

A few years ago, before I started cooking a bit more, I thought traditional French recipes were a hassle to make. You know, the kind that only talented chefs or well seasoned home cooks could master. And then one day, I made a beef Bourguignon and I honestly couldn’t believe how divine it tasted, given how little prep and skills it required. I started playing a little more with French classics and quickly realized that a lot of them are in fact very easy to cook. Seriously. And you know how this girl loves easy recipes, right? That’s why I decided to write an ebook about my French cuisine favorites that you can make at home. All the recipes you’ll find in this ebook are exclusively made from ingredients you can find at any well-stocked supermarket and require very basic cooking skills. French cooking doesn’t have to be complicated!

Et Voila! Facebook Team

You know what would be awesome? You and me, building this ebook together. I would love to have your input on the ebook’s recipes, pictures, design and more. I’ve created an Et Voila! Cookbook Team group on Facebook that you can all join. I’ll be posting e-cookbook updates, sneak peaks and other fun behind the scene stuff. I would be so happy to see you there! Oh and did I mention that all the members will benefit from an exclusive discount when the book launches? That’s right!

There are three easy ways you can join the community:

1. Follow this link and click on the Join group button and I will accept you very quickly.

2. Search for the “Et Voila! Cookbook Team” directly via your Facebook search bar.

3. Send me an email at marie@notenoughcinnamon.com with ‘Cookbook Team’ as subject and I will send you an invite to join the group.

Can’t wait to see you there! :)

Grilled Haloumi, Avocado and Pomegranate Molasses Tartine

Grilled Haloumi, Avocado and Pomegranate Molasses Tartine | NotEnoughCinnamon.com

Since I made these stuffed mushrooms  a couple weeks ago, haloumi has been on my mind a lot. I kept coming back to it, as if my brain was sending me a clear message: I WANT MORE GRILLED HALOUMI! Ok brain, got it. Here’s more haloumi for you. With avocado and pomegranate molasses.

Grilled Haloumi, Avocado and Pomegranate Molasses Tartine | NotEnoughCinnamon.com

Does it sound like a weird combination to you? Because, really, I think it’s delicious. I already loved the idea when it came up in my head but when I took my first bite, well…I loved it even more. Would you give it a try? If you’re confused about the tartine thing, it’s just a fancy (and french) way to say open-faced sandwich. So if we summarize this recipe, we have: a toasted slice of crusty bread (yum), spread with mashed avocado (yum) and topped with grilled haloumi cheese (yum). The pomegranate molasses is like the cherry on the cake, but really, if that scares you, just leave it out. Just know that you’re missing out on something BIG. ;)

Have a delicious weekend, friends!

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Quick and Easy Chocolate Granola (with a secret ingredient!)

Quick and Easy Chocolate Granola (with a secret ingredient!) | notenoughcinnamon.com

Post titles like this one are fun, I like them. Secret ingredient… doesn’t it sound mysterious? It makes me want to know instantly what it is. But I also hate these titles, in a way. It’s not even close to being a true secret ingredient duh. I’m not Coca Cola and anyway, I’ll just give you the recipe in a few seconds. Now tell me, is this secret ingredient the reason you’re here? Or is it because you just want a quick and easy recipe for homemade granola? Whatever the reason, stick with me, you’re at the right place. Or you can scroll down directly to the recipe. But really, stay. I like talking with you.

Quick and Easy Chocolate Granola (with a secret ingredient!) | notenoughcinnamon.com

So this granola is made with {drum rolls}….sweetened condensed milk! You know why it’s great? Because you’ll only need 5 ingredients to make this delicious chocolate granola. Thanks to the sweetened condensed milk, no need to use sugar, honey, maple syrup or oil. You will only need the basics: oats, cacao powder (or cocoa), nuts and vanilla extract. You mix everything in a large bowl, pop it in the oven and 25 minutes later you have a crunchy chocolaty granola. That will be gone in a day.

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Italian Meatball Tomato Soup

Italian Meatball Tomato Soup | NotEnoughCinnamon.com

Ever since I know I’m going back to Europe in June for an entire month, I’ve been dreaming about Italy day in and day out. Last January, I was on my own and only went to France – mostly in Paris, plus a few days in Normandie. But this time, my boyfriend is coming with me and…we are going to Rome too! And that’s making me ridiculously happy. I have an inexplicable love for Italy in general and Rome in particular. I’ve always considered this city as my second home – even if it would be more accurate to call it third home, now that I’m officially calling Australia home sweet home. Anyway, the idea of walking down the streets of Rome eating a cinnamon-banana-yogurt gelato is enough to make me forget that it’s been raining non-stop for a week here in Sydney. Ok and this soup you see right here has helped a lot too.

Italian Meatball Tomato Soup | NotEnoughCinnamon.com

You see, this Italian Meatball Tomato Soup is very comforting. I mean, if there was such a thing as a ‘comfort soup association’, this hearty and warming soup would be their favorite. I just know it. Filthy weather? Comforting soup to the rescue!
Reason #2 I love this soup? It’s Italy in a bowl. Tomatoes, parmesan, basil, pesto… No, really, it doesn’t get any better than that.

Italian Meatball Tomato Soup | NotEnoughCinnamon.com

Today I’m guest posting on my friend Julia’s blog, A Cedar Spoon. Head over there to see the recipe!

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