Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Train Crash, Matt’s Convalescence, The Legion

Swedish train crashHere’s an odd story, a cleaner in Sweden stole a train and drove it 1.6 Kms before crashing it into an apartment block. She was the only person hurt. They have no apparent motive – I guess she just fancied trying to drive one, they say at the end of the article that its not that difficult but can’t understand how she got the keys to the train.

Tuesday, we didn’t do a darned thing – Matt was looking after his eye which is improving somewhat although he looks as though someone socked him. He has to take it fairly easy for about a week to be sure it doesn’t start bleeding or anything. His eye was pouring in the morning, worse than before he had the operation, however, that slowed down considerably by the afternoon.

Friends phoned to ask us to go with them to the Legion on Sunday for rolled ribs. We said yes, so she got us some tickets. Then I remembered Sunday evening is Downton Abbey, wail, now what do I do. We do have a VCR recorder, but I haven’t used it in so long I have totally forgotten how to. Will have to get out the book of words. I think I still have a blank cassette. I don’t think its re-run anywhere.

This is a take on Chicken Cordon Bleu.

Ham and Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Ham Cheese ChickenFrom EatingWell: Fall 2004, The Essential EatingWell Cookbook (2004)

Making a pocket in the chicken breast to hold the stuffing is easy with a good, sharp, thin-bladed knife. Browning the chicken in a skillet before baking gives it a beautiful golden color, and finishing in the oven ensures that it cooks evenly throughout.

4 servings

  • 1/4 cup grated Swiss, Monterey Jack or part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped ham
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, (1-1 1/4 pounds total)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup plain dry breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Use a baking sheet with sides and lightly coat it with cooking spray.
  2. Mix cheese, ham, mustard and pepper in a small bowl.
  3. Cut a horizontal slit along the thin, long edge of a chicken breast half, nearly through to the opposite side. Open up the breast and place one-fourth of the filling in the center. Close the breast over the filling, pressing the edges firmly together to seal. Repeat with the remaining chicken breasts and filling.
  4. Lightly beat egg white with a fork in a medium bowl. Place breadcrumbs in a shallow glass dish. Hold each chicken breast half together and dip in egg white, then dredge in breadcrumbs. (Discard leftovers.)
  5. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken breasts; cook until browned on one side, about 2 minutes. Place the chicken, browned-side up, on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until the chicken is no longer pink in the center or until an instant-read thermometer registers 170°F, about 20 minutes.

Have a great day



  1. Hmm, driving a train would be fun--not that I fancy snatching the keys and taking off or anything.

    Hope Matt's feeling better soon!

    1. Me too Sia, I would like to drive a train.

      Slowly but surely I hope.

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    1. Half an hour ago I would have said yes, right now his incision is bleeding. Probably nothing much but....