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Introducing… Jamie's Hit 'n’ Run Traybaked Chicken!

24 July 2014, by Forrest Chase


Are you sick and tired of your go-to soups and casserole winter warming solutions? Well fret not. Woolworths has teamed up with Jamie Oliver to bring you fresh winter dishes using Australian produce at affordable prices. It was hard to pick just one of the yummy recipes to feature, so this is just one of many delicious treats Woolworths and Jamie can help you deliver. Introducing… Jamie's Hit 'n’ Run Traybaked Chicken!

What will you need to serve four empty belly’s?

  • 4 large ripe tomatoes
  • 2 red onions
  • 1 red capsicum
  • 1 yellow capsicum
  • 6 skinless, boneless free-range chicken thighs
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • ½ a bunch of fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil and last but not least…
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar.

All of which you’ll find at Woolworths (City Central?) of course!

Now how to turn those ingredients into a scrumptious feast…

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Quarter the tomatoes and place them in a large baking dish or roasting tray (roughly 25cm x 30cm). Peel the onions and cut into large wedges, then de seed and roughly chop the capsicums. Add all these to the tray along with the chicken thighs.
  2. Squash the unpeeled garlic cloves with the back of your knife and add to the tray, then pick over the thyme leaves and sprinkle over the paprika. Add the oil, balsamic and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Toss everything together really well to coat, then spread across the tray, making sure the chicken isn't covered by the vegetables. Roast for around 1 hour, or until the chicken is golden and cooked through, turning and basting it a couple of times during cooking with the juices from the tray.
  3. Serve the traybake with a lovely green salad on the side. You could also buddy it up with a little rice, polenta or a loaf of crusty bread to mop up the juices YUM!

A little tip from Jamie…Roasting garlic cloves whole in their skins makes them really sweet – don't waste that lovely soft flesh, squeeze it out and enjoy it!

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Tags: Food

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The Black Bag Edit

07 July 2014, by Forrest Chase



There is nothing like a new classic black bag to update your look this Winter. We all know we have one, but when was the last time you updated your classic black bag? If you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry! We have you covered with our quick Black bag edit from a select range of stores at Forrest Chase. No matter the purpose you’re bound to find something you love which is on trend and affordable!

To start we have the Witchery Bridgette Backpack. Not only are backpacks on trend but this one is marked down! Originally $149.95 it’s now $99.95 so get in quick!

Need the space but a backpack isn’t what you’re after? Maybe the Portmans Frankie Punched Tote ($59.95) is more to your liking? The classic tote shape with texture to add some edge.

Feast your eyes on the Nine West Trenleigh Mini ($99.95) – our third pick in the edit. It’s sneaky added leopard texture gives it a little punch, for the ladies who like to stand out from the crowd.

On the other end of the scale is the more minimalistic Innovare Made In Italy Tote Bag from Myer. Classy and sophisticated, this one will set you back $439 but the style is timeless.

Paying homage to the classic Chloe handbag is the Aaron Bag from Novo Shoes ($79.95)…style at a tenth of the price.

Need space for your laptop? Fossil has a range of handbags for the working girl, including the Sydney Work Bag ($449).

Last but not least the Sportsgirl Quincy Satchel ($39.95). Perfect for everyday use and whilst compact, it’s not too small!

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Tags: Fashion, Mum, Portmans

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Stay stylish this winter

10 June 2014, by Forrest Chase

Stay stylish

Winter gets a bad rep, but if there’s one thing to look forward to, it’s the chance to freshen up your wardrobe! This season, the look is all about confidence, in an understated way. We have put together the key items for you to pull this trend off.


Stay stylish

Image sources: Swing Back Coat, $399.95 from Witchery; Modern High Rise Jeans, $79.00 (on sale) from Levi's; Miss Shop Felt Trilby Hat,$39.95 from Myer; Sydney Satchel, $299.00 from Fossil; Marc by Marc Jacobs The Amy Watch, $297.00 from Myer; Hayleylee boot, $179.00 from Nine West.

Whether it’s dinner with friends, or a date night out, a chic jean and boot combo can do you no wrong. You aren’t complete without a timeless black coat, and this luxurious Witchery swing coat is more than just eye candy, it’ll keep the cold at bay. Once you’re all rugged up against the cold weather, keep a stylish edge to your look and add a watch by Marc Jacobs available at Myer.

Remember that the sun still shines, even while it’s chilly– so don’t forget to cover your bases with this trendy Miss Shop felt hat from Myer. To top it off, you’ll need to update your shoulder bag to something that can fit an umbrella and a pair of gloves, and this Fossil bag does just the trick.

With these little comforts keeping you warm and stylish, the chilly season will do nothing to dampen your spirits!

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AW14 Looks for the season

10 June 2014, by Forrest Chase

2014 Homewares

Image sources (L-R): The Car coat, $169.95 from Portmans; Glamazon long sleeve bodycon dress, $65.00 from Live; Basque Annabella Trench, $179.00 from Myer.


2014 Homewares

Image Sources: Two button knit gloves, $19.95 from Portmans; Cocoon cardi, $129.95 from Witchery; Tokito Chiffon shirt, $59.95 from Myer; Kate Wide Brim Panama Mushroom hat, $39.95 from Sportsgirl; Basque 'Fran' Tote bag, $119.00 from Myer.


2014 Homewares

Image Sources: Textured flip skirt, $59.95 from Sportsgirl; Faux fur jacket, $299.95 from Witchery; Modern Rise Demi Curve skinny jeans, $129.95 from Levi's; Chunky Knit scarf, $39.95 from Witchery; Hilary boots, $89.95 from Novo.


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