Awesome



Awesome is a misused  and overused word second only to iconic in its power to annoy me.

But some things actually are awesome.

Six gold medals in one day.

Katherine Copeland and Sophie Hosking
Kat Copeland and Sophie Hosking
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Dani King, Laura Trott, and Joanna Rowsell
Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanne Rowsell
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Greg Rutherford celebrates winning gold in the men's long jump final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at London 2012
Greg Rutherford
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Keep on Mo-vin: Mo Farah celebrates his 10,000m victory at London 2012
Mo Farah
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Great Britain's men's coxless four rowers celebrate their gold
Andrew Triggs Hodge, Pete Reed, Tom James and Alex Gregory

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FLYING THE FLAG ... Jessica Ennis savours the moment
Jessic Ennis - Seven kinds of awesome
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 There was awesome chicken too.



 This is pollo alla diavolo. It's from a  little book called The Mediterranean Health Diet  and I have been making it for years. It's one of our favourite ways to eat chicken breasts. Juicy, lemony and peppery and awesome.
I make it on a ridged cast iron griddle.

4  skinless chicken breasts 
6 tbsp of lemon juice (about 1½ lemons)
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp black peppercorns, roughly crushed in a mortar
sea salt

Flatten the chicken by bashing it with a rolling pin in a plastic bag or between sheets of cling film.
Marinate it in the lemon juice, olive oil and the peppercorns for at least two hours.
Get a griddle really hot then take the chicken out of the marinade and throw sea salt liberally over it on both sides. 
Grill for about 8-10 minutes on both sides.


By the way, the population of  the USA is 5 times that of the UK. Shouldn't they have 5 times the amount of gold medals as us? And as for China, their population is something like 20 times that of the UK. I think we are actually top of the table don't you? :-)

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  1. I have to say I'm not a full-on Olympic watcher...simply because I'm not particularly into watching much sport. But this has been exceptional. Awesome is right, and I've been so proud and thrilled for the individuals...also been great to hear the parents' interviews, so much pride and love.
    I do so hope the funding will continue to support our budding sports -people, we need to sustain the effort.

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  2. I couldn't agree more , totally totally amazing. I'm not a 'sporty' person either but yesterday my emotions were all over the place as I got completely sucked in, shouting at the telly, crying at the telly you name it. Proud to be British :-). Oh and the chicken looks yummy too .

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  3. What a truly astonishing day of British excellence, utterly inspiring, and inducing much shouting at the tv and joining in with the medal ceremony tears. xxx

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  4. Awesome, it's getting better and better.

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  5. It has been totally unbelievable hasn't it? I have sat in awe.... Well done us!

    The conversation re population sizes and medals is one that has been had here many times over the last few days.

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  6. I enjoyed Victoria Pendleton's keirin gold best of all. I loved watching her tenacity and strength of will. I found my self watching the heat and found it enthralling enough to watch the final. I never knew that watching people peddle round and round could be so exciting. Yesterday I enjoyed the Mo Farah race best and the long jump. I love long distance events. We seem to be very good at rowing and cycling. I saw that we lost the football on penalties, so nothing changes there!

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  7. I am lovin' the Olympics :)

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  8. http://www.medalspercapita.com/ Good old Kiwis

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    1. Excellent, thanks for that! I see we are still ahead of the uS and China. Well done NZ for beating Australia :D

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    2. And everyone else!

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  9. Yes, come on New Zealand.....have to also support them as my son and his family live there!

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  10. This morning we do have the most medals per capita of population. That honour usually goes to Jamaica (and may yet, as they do well in athletics which is only just starting). I do think that is the BEST Olympic statistic - and I adore a good Olympic statistic.

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  11. I think you'd have tp have a heart pf stone not to be totally awed by the performances of our competitors. I've been totally frustrated not to be able to watch the dressage online because our connection isn't fast enough - perhaps they'll show some if we keep doing well ? Chicken looks great

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  12. Mrsbrispie3:03 pm BST

    It was absolutely awesome! I was hooked on the oylmpics yesterday, right through from the rowing at Eton Dorney to the Mo Farrah and his amazing finish. We watched, half thinking in true British fashion that none of them could do it, cheering at the tv and crying with them when we realised they got gold! All the while I knitted my first olympian from the Knitlympics book. Might have to alter her to be a Jess Ennis! Thanks Sue for your wonderful recipe/s and posts.

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  13. My home country (Croatia) beat my adopted country (GB) in the gold medals per capita table.

    However, I'm sure that GB must be well in the lead of the "medals (gold or otherwise) per hours of sunshine" table !

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    1. Well done Sandra Perkovic -discus gold medallist!

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  14. I'm watching Andy Murray playing Roger Federer and Murray is on top form - it's so exciting I can hardly look... of course it can go either way at this point. I might just sing "Rule Britannia" or something if Murray wins! Where on earth did the word "awesome" come from? It sounds very biblical to me: "... and an angel appeared, and they were full of awe!"
    Well done Britain for all the gold medals!

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    1. Watching the tennis too. Can hardly breathe.

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  15. You are so right - I'm SO glad that the Brits are really stepping up to the mark and people are showing what they can actually do - it makes me very proud to be British. Your chicken sounds delish - I think I'm going to give that a go tomorrow!!!

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  16. Awesome performances indeed Sue, exhausting just watching it all this weekend though we did attempt to row/pedal/run along in front of the TV to share in that Brit-Cheer! I confess to a few tears of emotion as I arrived at the stunning Greenwich Park Eventing X-country course with my girls, a childhood dream come true(ashamed to admit I broke my bed after jumping on it with joy when I secured the tickets last year) May I please steal your fab doughnut idea for the closing ceremony? All that jumping and cheering must have burnt off loads of calories ;O)

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    1. It just doesn't stop does it? Enjoy your doughnuts ;-)

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  17. I have to say it is all bloody wonderful stuff. Plus it has kept my mind off the constant rain.

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  18. Sorry to be so pedantic but when you say "Grill chicken for 8-10 minutes on both sides" - do you mean about 20 mintues in total or do you mean 10 minutes in total having turned it as you go along?

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    1. I mean 20 mins in total. The original recipe says 8-10 mins per side which is clearer. The cooking time will depend on the thickness of your chicken and the heat of your grill. Cook for as long as it takes for any pinkness to disappear. I check for this by cutting into the chicken pieces. You could also cook it under a grill but it won't have that crustiness which is so delicious.

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  19. Anonymous7:47 pm BST

    Don't be daft - how could the population of countries make a difference to the amount of medals, there are only so many runners in a race, only so many in a team of rowers etc. etc. Do you think China should have 20 teams of rowers competing compared to our one?

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    1. Don't be daft, I was joking, hence the smiley.

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  20. I don't like to think how many hours I've spent in front of the telly this week. I've been trying to find tasks to carry out at the same time (crocheting, ironing, sorting through recipes etc) to assuage my guilt, but there are moments when you can't risk looking away even for a second. Tonight's 100m final was a prime example - all over in under 10 seconds. Unbelievable!

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  21. lol, hi there, og i really like your olympic maths.

    ok, so this chicken, does it taste lemony and all that? i've yet to bother with such recipes as i think that the marinating won't amount to much. i end up making sauces instead.

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    1. Yes, it tastes lemony and very peppery.

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  22. It's been absolutely amazing hasn't it? I don't even enjoy watching sport but I've loved every minute of this. Great family viewing xx

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