Sunday, March 21, 2010

Flea Market Finds, Chicken Wellingtons + Ugly Progress

On a wet and cold Autumn morning we decided to go to the local flea market and have a wander. You never know what you will find. This morning I fell in love with this dresser. Isn't it just beautiful? I love the legs !! If you have been following my blog for a little while you will know that I am planning a shabby bedroom makeover and this dresser will be perfect for it. I will start sanding it this week and then will give it a bit of shabby loving.

I also found this lovely wrought iron towel rack which will be perfect for quilt displays - It too will receive a shabby makeover. I bought both for the grand sum of $100 which I think was fantastic.

If you want to see some more of this week's flea market finds in blog land POP ON OVER HERE.



I also found these this week at Spotlight. I am going to make new curtains as part of the makeover and these tie backs will be perfect.

I thought I would share my Chicken Wellington recipe with you today - They are a family favourite and are very easy to make. I use puff pastry sheets for this as they make it very easy. Slice your chicken breast in half through the fat part of the breast to make 2 thinner breasts. Cut your pastry sheet in half and lay a breast on each half. Place a small piece of bacon (1/3 of a rasher without the rind) and a sprinkle of cheese on the breast. Fold up both ends of the pastry and then tuck the ends under pressing to make it stick. Prick with a fork and place on baking paper on a baking tray in a 180 degree celcious oven for around 40 minutes.



Serve with my vegetable bake (back a few posts) and a nice gravy or pepper sauce which we love. This is a delcious hearty meal and a great budget buster - I made 8 Wellingtons from 1kg of breasts.


If you do not allow the pastry to completely defrost you can wrap each Wellington in glad wrap and then freeze until you are ready for them. Don't they look delicious?



It is still raining here this afternoon so we are about to watch some DVD's and maybe even light our first fire for 2010 and I will do some more work on my "Ugly Swap" item which is progressing slowly.
I hope that you have had a wonderful weekend !!



HUGS,



23 comments:

yardage girl said...

Nice finds and thanks for the recipe - looks yummo! First fire of the season - yay! I'm so looking forward to winter this year - summer was too hot - even in Melbourne. Nic

Deb said...

Thanks for sharing that simple idea for chicken breasts Fiona. You can count on me trying that one. I love your new blog look and wow your finds for your shabby bedroom, mmmmm if you decide they're not right send them in this direction.
hugs Deb

Vickie said...

oh what marvellous finds lucky girl...hmm that recipe sounds delicious.....first fire of the season hmmmphh..we have one fire year here and that is outside on the evening of the 1st July for Territory Day-cracker night,cheers Vickie

Allie said...

Wow - you got some WONDERFUL finds there, and a bargain price! Can't wait to see how they come out after the makeover. Love the tassel.

Sweet Cinnamon Stitches said...

Luv your recipes Fiona...will be trying that one during the week. Nice market finds.
Jane.

Jo in TAS said...

What a Bargain!!
I'm afraid we're still eating all things zucchini, I'm so over it but DH insists we waste none! There's more zucchina bread in the oven and next to go in is zucchini slice. Yuk!

Jude said...

Oh dear I always put on weight when I visit your blog Fiona but enjoy doing so. Fantastic finds at the jumble sale as well. Very lucky.

Dawn said...

Lovely jumble finds....the new room will gorgeously shabby when you finish....YummYumm I loorve chicken....
Hugs Dawn x x

Margaret said...

The dresser and towel rack are equally good buys, looking forward to seeing the shabby look

Megan said...

what a wonderful dresser! i agree that those legs are just fabulous.

clare's craftroom said...

Wow that dresser is fantastic and what a bargain ! I'm looking forward to seeing it shabbied !

Teresa said...

Those are great finds! I especially love the towelrack/quilt rack.

Kerri said...

Nice buys. And what a bargain. Looking forward to seeing the makeover.

kathyros said...

Love the towel rack, so jealous. will be perfect for quilt display

Cubby House Crafts said...

Thankyou so much Fiona for your recipes...We had your vegies and Chicken Wellington for dinner tonight, and even the kids said it was awesome! I have put it on my recent blog post with a link to you!

prashant said...

- you got some WONDERFUL finds there, and a bargain price! Can't wait to see how they come out after the makeover. Love the tassel.
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Sophie Isobel Designs said...

Fabulous finds! Love the dresser, how gorgeous! Thanks so much for playing along!
Sophie x

Rina ... also Chester or Daisysmum. said...

Thanks for the recipe, it looks yummy. You ladies are very creative.

Cath Ü said...

Just wanted to let you know I made your chicken wellington and it was delicious... we are having it again...

Thank you for that ..

Cath's Blog

cath Ü

teresa said...

Finally got around to trying your Chicken wellington Fiona and the baked veges and just had to tell you it was a HIT! The boys want to know when I'm making it again. Thanks so much for such a quick, easy and delicious recipe xx

helbel19 said...

I also made the Chicken Wellington and veges last night and it was fantastic, had left overs today for lunch terrific. Great shopping too, will be interested to see what you do with them.

Helen

Jilly said...

Thank you Jen, I have c/p it to my cooking book!!
oxoxo

Betty Tompsett said...

Hello Fee, Betty from Port MACQUARIE, It takes me a while to check out your yum recipe of Chicken Wellington! Thank you for sharing your idea and will try and make and also freeze these for my Budget is very careful these days! Hugs Bet