Honey Lemon chicken with soya sauce

I saw this recipe in a local woman’s magazine. Thus I have no link to share.

Ingredients
– Chicken thighs
– Honey
– Lemon juice
– Soya sauce: Dark and light
– Pepper
– Crushed garlic
– Ground garlic and ginger paste
Steps
– Make deep cuts in the chicken pieces.
– Mix ginger and garlic with the chicken pieces.
– Marinate chicken in the sauces. I add 4 tbsp of light soya sauce to every tbsp of dark soya sauce. Lemon and honey to my whimsy taste ;p
Leave chicken marinated for at least an hour (overnight will be ideal)
– Heat oven at 220 deg C. Season with ground pepper and crushed garlic cloves.
– Bake for 45mins til chicken is cooked and skin is crispy yummy!

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Garlic soup

I came across this recipe when the boys were showing early signs of the flu bug. Since I had all and more ingredients, I quickly got set to work.

Oh I must add a note- my children are anti-soup (except for Princess who enjoys only potato leek soup- recipe coming soon ;)) That does not stop me from making this versatile and v v nutritious dish. Recent discussion in a local parenting forum taught me easier of making soup even without pre-made stock. Just throw in the bones with ingredients! How hassle-free is that! (except for the chopping and dicing ;o)

Back to this recipe, not sure if it had any great impact but I think I managed to prevent the flu bug from spreading with this and other effective natural remedies ;))

Ingredients
– Garlic (roasted or fresh) I also discovered how easily I can make my own garlic butter with roasted garlic!!
– Potatoes
– Carrots
– Leek/ onions (or both ;))
– Celery
– Peppercorns
– Thyme
– Stock
– EVOO/ butter

Steps
– Saute leek and potatoes (with fresh garlic) in oil/ butter, until softened.
– Add carrots and stock. Let ingredients simmer. Add the roasted garlic.
– Add pepper and thyme.
– When ingredients are cooked, cool the soup.
– Puree in blender.

chicken chops

The brood can easily finish few pieces of chicken chops at a go! And buying them from outside is rather costly for just one serving. So I set about looking for a recipe. Found one that requires marinate ingredients already in my fridge and it turned out excellent.

I also made the brown sauce/ gravy using basic ingredients found in the ready made sauce bottles. So many of these ready made sauces have too many undesirable preservatives and flavour enhancers which are totally unnecessary!

I use chicken thighs, breastmeat and fillets, preferably with the skin, to make the chicken chops.

Ingredients – Marinade

  • Worcestershire sauce
  • black pepper
  • soya sauce

Steps

  1. Marinated the chicken pieces in the above ingredients for a couple of hours.
  2. Bake in the oven for about 45 mins to an hour at 180 deg to 200 deg (time and temp depends on the amount and size of chicken pieces.
  3. Once chicken is cooked, I brown them on the pan just for the skin to  have some colour. Voila- yummy healthy chicken chops.

Ingredients – Sauce/ Gravy

  • juice/ gravy from the baked chicken
  • rice vinegar
  • corn syrup
  • water
  • brown sugar
  • tomato paste/ puree ( i used a bit of the sauce from  baked beans ;))
  • red wine (optional)
  • flour or cornstarch (optional)

Steps

  1. Dissolve brown sugar in the water. Let it simmer
  2. Add the gravy from chicken and remaining ingredients.
  3. tir until all mixed well. Continue to simmer til sauce thickens. (Flour or cornstarch can be added as thickener.)
  4. Serve over the chicken pieces.

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Mee Kuah

This is one dish that I can proudly declare to be handed down from my mum (Finally I can say I have hope in slowly following her footsteps in yummy cooking ;p) Of course, I have improvised the dish. It is one of Princess’ fave dishes and asks that I make it regularly (Dont you love it when your children ask more of your cooking? ;)) 

I look forward to the day when I can pass down this recipe to any of my brood and expect to taste their versions. The highlight of this dish are the garnishes. My mum even had an elaborate dish plate for the various garnish but fuss-free me opted for L&L compartment container 😉 And its always daddy who prepares the garnishes as the cucumber and omelette need precision cutting/ slicing which is simply beyond me ;p

I find this super  easy to make despite it looking elaborate ;>

Ingredients

  • Cabbage leaves
  • Minced mutton (chicken or beef can do as well)
  • Tomato puree
  • Chilli paste
  • Minced ginger and garlic 
  • Noodles- yellow egg noodles and white kuay teow are my choices

Garnishes

  • Omelette (sliced thinly)
  • Coriander and spring onion (chopped finely)
  • Cucumber (peeled and sliced thinly)
  • Lime
  • Fried shallots
Steps
  1. Boil cabbage leaves
  2. While waiting for cabbage to be cooked, heat oil. Saute ginger and garlic. 
  3. Add chilli paste and fry well
  4. Add tomato puree and mix thoroughly
  5. Add minced meat and stir well
  6. Add cabbage leaves and some water
  7. Leave to simmer
  8. Prepare garnishes

When serving, mix noodles with the gravy in separate pot. Add to plates and top with garnishes. You can add more gravy if preferred. ENJOY! ;D

Brown Jambalaya

This rice dish was part of a menu plan during CNY. It was only at the end  of cooking I realised that there were two types- Red Jambalaya and Brown Jambalaya 

I made the latter and definitely will make the former as it requires tomatoes (one of our staples) and tomato paste. According to Wikipedia, this is one true fusion dish with Spanish and French influence. I like this cos I can just throw in whatever ingredients I have in hand and need to use up quickly.

These are the ingredients I used: 

  • Onions, chopped (you need lots! I used about 6)
  • Garlic  and ginger, pounded (not required but I added out of habit 😉
  • Dried shrimp (another optional; I love the aroma of shrimp and garlic being fried)
  • Chicken stock (to cook rice and to add to the onions)
  • Red wine and Steak sauce
  • Rice (I used 3 cups)
  • Pepperoni
  • Picnic ham
  • Luncheon meat
  • Grated vegetables (carrots, celery and zucchini)

Steps:

Cook rice separately with stock. I will cook with the chicken rice paste in the future to add more flavour.

Heat oil. Saute garlic and ginger. Add dried shrimp. Stir til aromatic. 

Add chopped onions, with some water. Keep stirring til water is evaporated. 

I added chicken stock the second time round. Keep stirring til there is no more liquid. 

I added red wine for a final cooking of the onions. Keep stirring until onions have caramelised completely.

Add the meat pieces. Mix thoroughly with onions. Add vegetables.

Just a dash of steak sauce. Mix well. 

Then add rice to the mixture. Coat rice well with the mixture. I added iceberg lettuce and fried shallots for colour and texture ;D

Toasted Herb Rice

I have yet to make this, though its already noted in my menu planning calendar. 

  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 2 T. butter or margarine
  • 1 can condensed chicken broth, heated
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 4 green onions, chopped 1
  • t. dried basil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted

Place rice in an ovenproof Dutch oven. Cover with lid. Bake at 325 for 20 to 25 minutes or until rice is golden brown. add butter and stir until melted. Carefully stir in broth and 3/4 cup boiling water. Cover. Bake 30 more minutes or until water is absorbed and rice is tender. Stir in onions, basil and pine nuts; serve at once.
Source: Mildred Bickley

I got the recipe from the following group:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SimpleMeals/

My version will incorporate the following changes:
Instead of chicken broth, I will use my home-made chicken stock. All other seasoning will be just added to the rice cooker with the rice to cook OR saute the onions and pine nuts in butter and add them to the uncooked rice with the basil. 

Zucchini rice

This is one of my favourite dishes to cook and enjoy! I first got to know about this from the following site:

http://www.manjulaskitchen.com/2007/01/04/zucchini-rice

My version:

I add grated carrots, leek and celery, dried herbs (when available) and use vegetable stock to the cook rice. Its very yummy with the stock. 

I love cooking flavoured rice- such as pilau and herb rice. I find them very wholesome and fuss-free to make.