I know more people are turning to cooking, but there are some restrictions as to quantities we are permitted to buy and also prices are quite high.

These ingredients are still readily available, not too expensive and most enjoyable to eat!

INGREDIENTS

SERVES 4

8 free-range chicken drumsticks, with skin
90 gram green preserved olives
250 gram cherry tomatoes
Generous drizzle of virgin olive oil
Salt & pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
Handful of fresh basil laves

METHOD

Preheat oven to 180oC.

Arrange the drumsticks, olives and tomatoes in a large baking pan. Drizzle on olive oil and a sprinkle of salt, black pepper and lemon juice over the drumsticks. Add the basil after about 10 minutes cooking time.

Bake for 45-50 minutes or until chicken is golden, basting once or wice with the pan juices. To test when cooked, pierce a drumstick with a fork and it is ready if juices run clear.

Serve with a tossed green salad and preferred vegetables.

NOTE* At this time of year it can be a challenge to find basil, but most supermarkets sell bunches or small pots of live herb.  I also like to sometimes substitute black olives for green.

Serve with your favourite Yarra Valley white wine or a light red.

Ann Creber The Good Life on 3MDR 97.1 FM