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Moroccan Chicken Gourmand Style

This dish was created after a spice cupboard clear out, spices are fabulous but 9 times out of 10 after opening a jar it goes unused until expired and I realise I need it for a dish.  Don’t you wish that dried herbs and spices came in smaller jars?

I noticed that some of my herbs and spices were getting close to their best before date so figured I would throw them together and thus Moroccan Chicken Gourmand Style was born!

While I appreciate this was not cooked in the traditional Moroccan way and it was not served with any real Moroccan ingredients other than the spices, it tasted good and surely that’s all that counts!

This recipe will serve two people, just double the quantities if feeding more.


2 chicken breasts (make 3 slits so the spices can infuse into the meat)
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Ground Ginger
1/4 tsp Tumeric
2 Cardamon pods crushed
grating of Nutmeg
2 tablespoons fresh Parsley
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 peppers (Any colour)

Place the spices in a bowl with the oil and rub all over the chicken breasts, squeeze the lemon juice over and leave in the fridge for 4 hours for the flavours to infuse into the chicken.

placed the chicken breasts on a bed of chopped peppers in a Pyrex dish or suitable baking dish and cook for 25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

I served the Chicken and Peppers with a Lebanese style salad of chopped parsley, onion, tomato and cucumber and Sweet potato chips

The dish took 30 minutes including preparation time.

Al Sulttan

I last wrote about Al Sulttan in November of 2011, it’s one of my favourite restaurants to visit in Newcastle upon Tyne and now that I don’t live there anymore I miss my impromptu visits.

My last visit to Al Sulttan was a bit of a memorable occasion, I’d just found out that me and Mr Gourmand were going to have a baby and I was so nervous about telling him that the last thing on my mind was food.  Mr Gourmand had been looking forward to a meal at the restaurant all week as he had been working over 200 miles away and wanted some comfort food, I did secretly hope that some delicious food might soften the bombshell I was about to drop!

The restaurant itself is spacious with a good amount of seating downstairs and a function room upstairs that is regularly used for birthdays and weddings.

The buffet section is situated down the middle of the restaurant and the variety of food available is massive, the restaurant offers an a la carte menu but as the quality of the buffet is so good you rarely see anyone eating from the menu.

I like to start with similar things to what you see above, the food available does often change but you can always get homemade hummus, tabouleh salad and pickled vegetables.  The fried starters are always delicious and crisp on the outside and soft and flavourful on the inside.

I apologise in advance for the way the food is just slopped on my plate, by the time it got to the main courses I was having a case of eyes bigger than stomach and just piled the food on.

What excites me the most about the main courses on offer is the variety, you never know what will be on offer, there are particular meals (I have no idea of the name) that I get so excited about if I spot them under the silver lids.  There is always a selection for vegetarians although the meat eaters do get the bulk of the dishes.

There is nothing better than a cup of sweet mint tea (made with Lipton yellow label) after a super heavy indulgent meal, for some reason it allows me to pick my filled stomach off the floor and make my way home, without it I’m a complete mess!

The mint tea seems to aid digestion which obviously leaves room for homemade syrupy pistachio cake!

If like me you love really good quality food then you need to take a trip to the west road in Newcastle.

Al Sulttan – Newcastle upon Tyne

Al Sulttan Lebanese restaurant on Newcastle’s west road is probably one of my favourite restaurants in the whole of Tyne and Wear,  the reason I’ve never reviewed it before and I’m not going to on this occasion either is because I’ve never been able to tear myself away from the buffet and let’s be honest no one likes to look at a plate that has 15 different dishes slopped on it do they?

I managed to restrain myself on this occasion to take a picture of some of the meze dishes available in the buffet which features not only Lebanese dishes but indian too.  The picture above features, Hoummos, Tabbouleh, Fattoush, Olives, Labneh, Falafel, Vegetable Samosa and Onion Bhaji.

I will try and compose myself enough to have a meal from the menu rather than the buffet so I can do a proper review of the restaurant in the future!