Actually, I was planning to prepare something else for Elly’s event but I did not have time to prepare it as I will be away for a few days.

I was planning «Torta Fragola» an Italian recipe for Strawberry cake which I hope to make and publish soon. This song is for all of you.

«Strawberries, cherries and an angel’s kiss in spring
My summer wine is really made from all these things
Take off your silver spurs and help me pass the time
And I will give to you…summer wine
Oh…summer wine ..»

As I did not have enough time to make this cake, my second choice is this fantastic chicken recipe «Chicken Espinosa» and I will give you some beat with a children’s” song Thomas the Train and have some fun and laughter listening to it, although I am sorry the quality of the video is very bad.

Chicken Espinosa

Sautéed with orange, lemon honey and walnuts

This is a recipe I found from a Greek site months ago, before I began blogging. I remembered it again after making my orange liqueur, with which I have been making lots of recipes..This recipe was described as a Mexican recipe but I made a Google search and found no such recipe with this name. The changes I made from the original recipe was to substitute the sesame oil and a vegetable oil with olive oil, I added the orange liqueur in mine and I lit the liqueur on fire for the first time, I was really scared at the beginning but everything went well.I also dredged the chicken in flour before sautéing and I didn’t use chicken fillets but I used skinned chicken breasts which I boiled with the bones and made the rice in its broth and I also added margarine in the rice.

It turned out to be one of those recipes you want to lick the plate as well.  This is one of the recipes I shall make over and over again.

This is my entry for the event Eat to the Beat, hosted by Elly’s of Elly Says Opa.


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 lemon (1/2 or juice and ½ for decoration)
  • 1 ½ orangescutintocubesand ½ cut in slices used for the decoration
  • 1 cup of walnuts
  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • 1 spoonful of thyme honey
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 shot of orange liqueur
  • Flour for dredging

Rice Pilaf:

  • 2 cups of parboiled long grained rice
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 sachet of Kozani saffron
  • 1 tablespoon margarine
  • salt


Reserve a few slices of oranges and lemons for decoration and from the remaining take the juice.

Wash chicken breasts and removes skin and bones which boil in four cups of water and after removing froth, add some salt.Boil for half an hour discard bones and skin and boil rice for 20 minutes.Add saffron half way through.  Drain if there is any water and add butter and place in mold.

Whist chicken bones are boiling for the broth, cut chicken breasts in thin slices, add salt and pepper and dredge in flour.Heat oil in a skillet and sauté chicken on both sides.Donotoverloadskillet.Removeinaplatteruntilallchickenissautéed.Emptyhotoilinametallicbowlorinanotherpanandjustkeep 2 – 3 spoonfulsofthehotoil.Place chicken in skillet again, pour the liqueur over it and light it.Do not panic, the flame will not last for long as alcohol evaporates.If you are scared, leave it until you feel more confident and again the alcohol will evaporate.Add the orange and lemon juices, the honey and the walnuts and stir for 2 – 3 minutes.  Add the cubed oranges, stir and serve immediately.

Place rice in the middle of a round platter, add chicken round the rice and decorate with the orange and lemon slices.


Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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  1. Ο/Η Cakelaw λέει:

    Yum Ivy – this looks great! I can’t wait to see the Torta Fragola – I am such a sweet tooth.

  2. Ο/Η Pixie λέει:

    I really love this event. It’s so wonderful to combine great food with feel good music. Your chicken dish sounds lovely, Ivy.

  3. Ο/Η Ivy λέει:

    Ηι cakelaw, I hope next week I’ll make it.

    Pixie, I love these events as well and this one was fun.

  4. Ο/Η Elly λέει:

    Ivy, your chicken looks delicious! Liqueur, honey AND walnuts? I’m sold :) Thanks so much for participating!

  5. Ο/Η Passionate baker...& beyond λέει:

    Ivy, this recipe is delicious to the core. Great great flavours…I love the addition of fruit. Just wanted to tell you that I kinda did the meme by combining it with a wierd meme. U have been tagged for a wierd meme dear Ivy. Whenever you get back from wherever you are off to; & only if you’re up to it! Now, I shall sit back & enjoy one of my fave songs…Summer Wine…brings back a flood of childhood memories!! Thanks & LOL

  6. Ο/Η Rosie λέει:

    Oooh Ivy this sounds very yummy indeed. I know only too well about licking plates when the food is so good heehee…

    Rosie x

  7. Ο/Η JennDZ - The Leftover Queen λέει:

    That looks awesome, Ivy! Good job on your event!

  8. Ο/Η Núria λέει:

    Hola Ivy! Your Chicken Espinosa looks AMAZING!!! So good! With that big flower casttle rice in the center. I could start eating it right now!!!

    I’m participating at Elly’s event too, hopefully will post about it tomorrow evening :D

  9. Ο/Η Ivy λέει:

    Just a quick thank you to all of you. Shall talk again in a few days.xoxoxoxo

  10. Ο/Η Heather λέει:

    That looks so good! I love sweetness with my meat. I bet the Bärenjäger would be great with it. And that pilaf looks beautiful too.

    Happy holiday to you!

  11. Ο/Η Cooking and the City λέει:

    Ivy your chicken dish looks delicious, but with those lovely flavours its to be expected! :-)

  12. Ο/Η Cynthia λέει:

    Ivy, I like the new look of your header!

    I love how you have presented the rice with the mould and the star in the middle :)

  13. Ο/Η Emiline λέει:

    Good job! This sounds delicious, and is perfect for the event.
    I ran out of time, unfortunately.

  14. Ο/Η Cakelaw λέει:

    Hi Ivy, You mentioned that you have never tried rhubarb. I have got you some rhubarb sauce to try -if you can tell me where to send it, it will wing its way to you.

  15. Ο/Η Ivy λέει:

    I’m back after a few days” rest but now I need to rest from «resting» (lol).
    Heather, I am so glad you have visited. Your honey liqueur (Bärenjäger) must be great with this recipe as well. Be careful if you set it on fire.
    Cooking and the city, I told you again that I love the title of your blog. Yes, it was great.
    Hi Cynthia, I am glad you liked the new header. I am still experimenting. You might see it change again.
    Hi Emiline, I think you still have time for the event.
    Cakelaw, this is so sweet of you. Thank you. We can exchange addresses by e-mail. Mine is recipesandadviceATgmailDOTcom

  16. Ο/Η Peter M λέει:

    Ivy, the dish is beautifully presented, good show!

  17. Ο/Η Pixie λέει:

    Ivy, just stopping by to let you know the green bit is known as wasabi! I had a good laugh reading your comment. My husband did the same thing first time he tried it. :)

  18. Ο/Η Ivy λέει:

    Thanks for letting me know Pixie. We are also having a nice laugh when we think about it.

  19. Ο/Η Poet1 λέει:

    Very delicious !!! Good morning !

  20. Ο/Η Ivy λέει:

    Good morning Poet1. Thanks for commenting. Will be glad to see you again.

  21. Ο/Η Núria λέει:

    Ai, ai, Ivy. I laughed so hard at your story with Wasabi at Pixie’s blog that I had to tell you :D Sorry, please don’t be angry with me… it’s only that I imagine the scene, Oh my God… how horrible!!!
    Poor thing!!!! That green stuff tastes so bad!!!!!! What an experience!!!

  22. Ο/Η Ivy λέει:

    Hi Nuria, darling, why should I be angry with you. I still laugh at what happened to me. Do you know SABENA? Not the Belgium airline but when I used to work for an airline we made our own explanations to what the initials meant.



  23. Ο/Η Pixie λέει:

    hey ivy, i’m missing your cooking- just checking up on you, hope you are well and just busy!

  24. Ο/Η Ivy λέει:

    Pixie, this is so sweet of you. These days I’m like crazy. Hopefully I might post something tonight, or else it will be on Friday. Thanks for checking up on me.


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