Roasted Chicken, originally uploaded by Lameen.

The excitement of constantly checking the post to see if my package from arrived with my teal coloured Le Creuset pan was becoming obsessive, but as soon as it came, I ripped through the pack gently and voila, lifted out a piece of culinary art. By the weekend – it came mid-week, I as scanning cookbooks for tips, but just thought go ahead try something, so I did.

I seasoned about 10 pieces of chicken with French herbs, 4 cloves of fresh garlic – the ones with the shoots attached at the top, some salt and black pepper and left for about 5 hours in the fridge. Got out my pan, washed it and when I was ready, placed enough olive oil in the pan to cover the base, turned the oven on to 180C and the stove to about medium to hot. I fried the chicken until browned, sprinkled with green paprika and juice of half a lemon and one onion roughly chopped and placed in the oven for about 30 minutes and that was it.

So what did I like about this experience ? Well ! the chicken cooked so quickly and the texture and the succulency of the chicken…. hmmmmm. I got the pan for about $70 – it was on sale, but it was so worth it, just for what it can do.