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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Italian Herb Roast Chicken And A Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! Goodbye to 2012 and Hello to 2013! Thank you for all your visits, support and encouragement for the past year. I have gained many new friends in bloggerland! I really appreciate each and every visit and all your comments, thank you for taking the time to stop by! Here's wishing the very best of 2013 to all of you!


How was your countdown to 2013? My family had a quiet dinner at home, made a roast chicken, a side potato dish and a simple salad, finished off with ice cream and some fruits for dessert. And a little wish that 2013 will be a better year, with less violence around the world ; less poverty, more compassion ; less selfishness, more thoughtfulness; less greed, more generosity; less demanding, more understanding; less hatred , more love; less impatience, more tolerance;  less cristicism, more encouragement; less tears, more smiles; the list goes on.... 



I'm writing this at exactly 12 midnight now, some quiet time alone, the family has retire for the night, and I can hear the crackles of the fireworks right now, from somewhere out there, where the New Year is being welcome with some display of fireworks. 

And I can't help feeling grateful that my loved ones are together, under one roof. 

And my handphone is beeping now, with messages from my sisters (I have five wonderful sisters) wishing me A Blessed and Wonderful New Year.  I'm blessed.

Cheers to a better and wonderful year! 

Happy New Year to all!


Italian Herb Roast Chicken
1 whole chicken
2-3 tablespoons Italian Herb Seasoning
salt to taste
generous sprinkling of coarse black pepper powder
1 tablespoon butter
some olive oil
1 head of garlic, unpeeled

Preheat oven to 200C. Pat chicken dry, and rub with the herb seasoning, salt to taste, a generous sprinkling of coarse black pepper all over. Dot with some butter all over skin of chicken. Drizzle some olive oil on baking tray lined with aluminium foil (for easy cleaning later). Place chicken, breast side up in baking tray. Separate garlic, but leave unpeeled and scatter garlic cloves in baking tray.
Bake in preheated oven for about an hour until brown all over, depending on the size of the chicken. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.
(Drizzle chicken with the oil accumulated in the baking tray after the first 30 minutes of baking, and every 10-15 minutes after that).

40 comments:

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    1. Hi Torviewtoronto,
      Thank you! Happy New Year!

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  2. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!
    The roast chicken looks fingerlicking!

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    1. Hi Angie,
      Thank you for your lovely comment, always!
      Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  3. That is one good looking chicken!Wishing you the best for 2013.
    Rita

    I really have a hard time with your comment verification.

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    1. Hi Rita,
      A simple roast chicken, but so tasty!
      Thank you for your kind wishes, Happy New Year to you too!
      I apologize for the comment verification, but have been receiving many spam mails lately, in fact I had two today!
      I might just remove the word verification soon, I must admit, I never did like this feature! :)
      Thank you for stopping by! Wish you a wonderful and blessed 2013!

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  4. Se ve irresistible muy rico..¡¡Feliz Año Nuevo lleno de paz y amor!!…abrazos y abrazos.

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    1. Hi Rosita,
      Thank you for your lovely comment! Happy New Year!

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    1. Hi Vivian,
      Happy New Year to you and your family!

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    1. Hi yummychunklet,
      Happy New Year to you too!

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  7. Hi Joyce
    This herb roast chicken bet it must be super delicious. Happy new year to you.

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    1. Hi Mel,
      This is just a simple roast chicken, but so delicious! There are no leftovers!
      Happy New Year to you too!

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    1. Hi Julie,
      Thank you and wish you all the best in 2013!
      Happy New Year!

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  9. Hi Joyce! May all your wishes for 2013 come true! Cheers!

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    1. Hi C&S,
      I sure hope so! Thank you!
      Cheers to you! Happy New Year!

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  10. What a lovely roast chicken, Joyce! Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

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  11. Happy New Year, Joyce! The roast chicken looks good, all golden and crispy. It must have been delicious with the potatoes and salad :)

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    1. Hi Phong Hong,
      Yes, the chicken is delicious, roast chicken is our favourite "celebration dish"! Simple but so full of flavour!
      Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  12. Ya.. Happy New Year. Biar panjang umur, mudah jerki, peng ann peng ann selalu. May Lord Buddha bless you and everyone in the family with good health and happiness always. Be safe and keep well. Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu.

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    1. Hi W'sB,
      Lovely wishes! May good health be with you and everyone too! Peng an, peng an, be happy always! Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu!

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  13. Delicious and lavish looking chicken roast.Looks delicious. A Very Happy 2013 . Hope you have a rocking year.
    Deepa

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    1. Hi HR,
      Thank you! Wish you the very best in 2013!

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  14. Joyce , we had dinner at 8 and I was fast asleep before 11 pm :D Now , I'm spreading New Year's germs ( I'm a bit sick ) er cheers online ! lol .... What scrumptious herb roast chicken you got there ! I bet the whole family really had a great time devouring it :D Looking at it makes my stomach grumbles !

    Btw , I wish you and your family all the best in 2013 !!! Here's to more drool-worthy posts in the year ahead - Cheers !!!!!

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    1. Hi Anne,
      How are you now? Hope you are feeling much better! To be sick on New Year's day! If you are nearby, I'll gladly invite you over!
      Thanks for your kind wishes! Wish you a wonderful year ahead, and yes, definitely more delicious posts from everyone! Cheers!

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  15. Eileen, Hundred Eighty DegreesTuesday, January 01, 2013

    Hi Joyce, lovely roasted chicken! Happy New Year to you and family: )

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    1. Hi Eileen,
      Happy New Year to you and your family too! Wish you a wonderful year ahead!

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  16. Hi Joyce, Happy New Year to you. Glad to have "known" you in 2012, hoping to learn more from you in 2013 ;)

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    1. Hi Yen,
      I'm glad to have "known" you too!
      Happy New Year to you and your family!
      Wish you all the best in 2013!

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  17. Joyce,
    This looks like a small roasted turkey:p
    So nicely roasted and I bet it is crispy outside and juicy inside.
    Happy New Year to you and your love ones:)
    mui

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    1. Hi mui mui,
      Yes, it looks like a "mini turkey"! hehe!
      The skin is very crispy, especially the wings!
      Happy New Year to you too! Wish you a great 2013!

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  18. Many thanks my deerest friend for your wishes!
    I wish you a very happy new year for your family and much success in your delicious cuisine!!!
    Many kisses

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    1. Hi magda,
      Thank you for stopping by!
      Happy New Year to you and your family!
      Wish you a Blessed and Wonderful 2013!

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  19. this looks wonderful! Cheers to a better year and a better world!!

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    1. Hi Lena,
      Yes, Cheers to a better year and better world!
      Clink, clink! (Champagne glass clinking, yours, mine and all our blogging friends the world over!)

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  20. It sounds like a wonderful evening and delicious dinner you had with your family! Happy New Year to you and your family, Joyce. I love your wishes for the new year.

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  21. Hi Susan,
    We had a quiet, enjoyable dinner, thanks!
    Happy New Year to you and your family too!
    All the best in 2013!

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