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Coronation Chicken- Hail Britannia

As HRM Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee is just around the corner on June 5th, I thought an easy version of this classic dish would be in order. Coronation Chicken is commonly served at luncheons at Buckingham Palace.


500g (1 1/4 lb) Roasted White Meat Chicken, diced
50g (2 oz) Mayonnaise
50g (2 oz) Crème Fraiche or Soured Cream
2 Tbsp minced Green Onion, green parts only.
3 Tbsp fresh Lemon Juice
75g (3 oz) Mango Chutney, or if you prefer to be more traditional, substitute Apricot jam.
1 tsp Curry Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Lemon Zest

Roast the chicken breasts and allow to cool. Remove skin and then strip chicken from the bone and dice into 1cm/1/2inch pieces.
Combine all other ingredients. Mix well and pour over chicken and mix thoroughly. Allow to cool in refrigerator and then allow to warm, just enough to take off the chill, prior to serving. Dressing the plate with a bit of watercress is traditional.

Visiting London, here are some tips....

Having lived in London, I am often asked for tips when people are visiting. Since London 2012 is just around the corner, I thought an update would be in order.
Here are some great restaurants, some top sights and a few basic things to remember about London. While this list is not means exhaustive, I can guarantee a wonderful trip  if you visit just a few of these sites and restaurants.

Sights and Tips
If you are interested in history, do not miss Hampton Court. It was recently the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII, so they have many things going on. You will need a full day, but it is worth it. If you buy this all inclusive ticket you can see all five palaces, including the Tower of London and the Banqueting house (amazing). Well worth the money.
If you want to go a bit off the track the Royal Mews (carriages and royal coaches) and the Queen’s Gallery are very good. Both are next to BuckinghamPalace. You can see the Changing of the Guar…

Jonah's, Whale's Beach NSW

As I travel so frequently, I am asked why I don't post more about my adventures. Well, that is a great suggestion, so I will start including some of my favorites places and restaurants to start the ball rolling.

Here is one of my favorites places in Australia. It is called Jonah's and it is in an idyllic spot called Whale's Beach just north of Sydney. If you want to really enjoy the trip to Jonah's, then go by seaplane from Rose Bay like we did. Very cool indeed.

The menu is heavy on stunning seafood and the desserts are to die for. This seared Barrimundi with Prawns, was flawless.

And to round it off, we shared a Raspberry Soufflé. I am not normally a big fan of soufflés, as I have had so many which were sub par, but this one was off the charts.

Jonah's also has wonderful accommodation and is the only Relais & Chateaux hotel in Sydney. Well worth a visit and many thanks to our friends that treated us to this fantastic experience.