Chicken Florentine Crepes

I developed this recipe to stretch the chicken I had to feed extra visitors. It has become a favourite meal at my place. This is an easy meal that is light and delicious. Serve one crepe as entree or two crepes for a main meal.


Makes 6 crepes


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  •  500 grams chicken breast fillets, thinly sliced
  • 200 grams mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 200 grams baby spinach
  • 2 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • ½ cup cream
  • ½ cup grated cheese


  •  Heat a fry pan over medium-high heat and add butter. Cook chicken, in batches, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Transfer to a plate.
  • Add mushrooms to the pan. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until tender. Return chicken to pan. Add onion, garlic, cream and stock. Reduce heat to low. Simmer for 4 to 5 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • Add spinach and stir through.
  • Season with salt and pepper to your taste.

Ingredients – crepes

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 eggs
  • cooking spray

Preparation – crepes

  • Sift flour into a bowl. Whisk milk and eggs together in a jug. Add milk mixture to flour. Whisk until well combined.
  • Spray a medium, non-stick frying pan with oil. Heat over medium heat. Pour 1/4 cup batter into pan. Swirl to cover base. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until light golden. Turn over and cook for 1 minute. Transfer to a plate. Cover to keep warm. Repeat with remaining batter.


  • Reserve 1/3 cup of sauce (without chicken pieces).
  • Add ¼ cup of filling in the middle of a crepe and roll up.
  • Place in a flameproof, ovenproof greased dish.
  • Repeat with remaining crepes and filling.
  • Spoon over reserved sauce.
  • Top with grated cheese.
  • Cook in a 180 degree oven for 20 minutes and then place under the grill until the cheese is browned.

Serve with a salad.


Mandarin Cake

Citrus fruit is in plentiful supply at the moment. This cake is quick to make and is very moist and delicious. You can use oranges instead, it’s just as delicious.

slice of cake

Ingredients – cake

  • 6 seedless mandarins ( or 2 seedless oranges)
  • 1 1/2 cups self raising flour
  • 185 grams melted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Ingredients – icing

  • 1/3 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cup icing sugar sifted
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest


  • Fill a container with mandarins and water and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Pour out the water and microwave for another 5 minutes.
  • Place mandarins in a food processor and blend until they are pureed.
  • Pour in the melted butter, with the food processor running add the eggs one at a time.
  • Add the sugar and vanilla and blitz again to incorporate.
  • In a separate bowl stir the flour into the wet mixture.
  • Bake in a slow oven (160 degrees C) between 40-60 minutes (depending on the size of the pan).
  • Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes and turn onto a cooling rack.
  • Combine the icing ingredients and ice cake when cool.
  • Sprinkle with coconut (optional).