citrus roast chicken | recipe

I love these Autumn days.
Cool, sunny weather encourages us to get outside and stroll barefoot on the grass and then head back into the warm comfort of the kitchen when the temperature & sun goes down.

Ive gotten the slow-cooker out of storage and have been making a few more roasts in the oven. I love autumn food!

Here is a perfect roast chicken with a zesty difference,
perfect for Sunday roast!

recipe via Etsy

whole roasted citrus chicken
whole roasted citrus chicken

Citrus-Roasted Chicken

1 whole chicken
1.5 tablespoons sea salt
2 teaspoons mild paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper
Zest of two Meyer lemons
Zest of one orange


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine the sea salt, paprika, black pepper and citrus zests. Use your fingers to break up the zest and incorporate with the dry spices.

Rinse and dry the chicken. Apply the rub. You may have some leftover, depending on the size of the chicken. Carefully place the chicken in a roasting pan.



Quarter the lemons and oranges. Nestle some in the cavity of the bird, and tuck the rest into the roasting pan. If desired, truss the legs together with kitchen twine. It’s not necessary, but it’s a nice touch and keeps everything secure.

Let the bird sit on the counter, coming to room temperature, for about an hour. (The bird will cook more evenly if it goes into the oven from room temperature than from cold.)


Roast the chicken at 400 degrees for about an hour. It should be done when a thermometer registers 165 degrees at the thickest part of the thigh.

Remove the chicken from the oven, and allow it to rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.

All photos from Kimberley Hasselbrink

hiding the eggs

Right up until my younger brother moved out of home and interstate (about 5 years ago at the age of 25), every Easter Mum would hide chocolate eggs around the backyard for us to find on Easter Sunday morning. It never gets old no matter how old you do!

Easter is my favourite holiday; we get 4 days off work, there are hot-cross buns and an abundance of chocolate, it usually rains but there is always one perfect day of sun to picnic by the water. New movies come out at the theater and it’s just a great time to spend with loved ones; relaxing & eating!

This year will be a little different; my brother in still away and my Mum & Stepdad are also away on a working holiday around Australia. So for the long Easter weekend Jay, Harley & I will just chill out on our own. Maybe I’ll hide doggy easter egg treats (not chocolate of course!) around the house for Harley to find…

In the meantime, I found some gorgeous little Etsy things for all the other kids out there!


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travel treasures

Travel is the common theme of these sweet treasures I found on Etsy.

Luggage tag [via]

Vintage Camper Birdhouse [via]

Leather duffle [via]

Toiletry Case [via]

Ceramic travel mug [via]

Paper Plane Necklace [via]

Adventure map [via]

I’m going on a little weekend adventure with my BFF Gracie next month, so until then, the adventures will remain in my daydreams…

get a little bloody

This Etsy shop from San Francisco (in your neck of the woods Dogsear!) makes the coolest soaps.

Whether you’re in the States and getting ready for Halloween or if you just obsessed with the gruesome (like me), it’s all in good clean fun!

Bloody Brain Soap $5.50
Vampire Teeth Soap $4.50
Glitter Sugar Scull Soap $4.50
Bloody Mary Shotglass Soap $5

all via Brookies Bath on Etsy