Thursday, 10 December 2015

Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry

½ lb beef strips
½ cup broccoli (blanched)
1 onion bulb and garlic (chopped)
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 ½ tablespoon soy sauce
½ cup beef broth/stock
2 tablespoons corn flour
2 tablespoons veg. oil
Crushed pepper to taste
Cooked white rice

Add the beef, 1 tablespoon corn starch and a ½ tablespoon soy sauce to a bowl and mix well. Set aside.

Add oil to a large wok, skillet, or pan with high sides. Add the onions and garlic, then add the beef. Make sure the meat is in a single layer and that the heat is in the highest setting.

Cook the the meat for about a minute on each side till it's brown all over.

Add the blanched broccoli to the meat. (To blanch broccoli, simply add it to boiling water for about a minute. Be careful not to over cook)

In a separate bowl, mix the beef stock, oyster sauce, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, crushed pepper and 1 tablespoon corn starch (see yellow bowl in ingredients picture). Add this mixture to the beef and broccoli and let it simmer for about a minute.

Serve over white rice.

N/B: If you don't eat beef, you can use chicken strips instead. :)

Monday, 23 November 2015

Butter Chicken

1 lb boneless/skinless chicken thigh
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup plain yoghurt
1 cup heavy cream
1 8oz. can tomato sauce
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon ginger powder
1 small onion (chopped)
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon turmeric
Salt and pepper to season
2 scotch bonnet peppers
Chopped cilantro

I forgot to picture the tomato puree :)

Mix the chicken, yogurt, garam masala, ginger, turmeric, salt and pepper together and set aside.

Add the oil and butter to a pan with high sides and heat till the butter melts. Then add the cumin, coriander and onions and fry till the onions become translucent.

Now add the chicken to the pan and cook. Flip and cook the other side too.

In a different skillet, add a tablespoon of oil and add the tomato sauce. Cook until it is reduced (about 5-7minutes). To add some spice, chop 2 hot pepper coarsely and add.

Now add the milk and the tomato (which should be pasty) to the chicken

Mix well and finish off with some chopped cilantro.

Serve over white rice or with naan bread

Monday, 19 October 2015

Chicken Salad Sandwich

3 chicken breasts (seasoned, cooked and shredded)
2 celery stalks (finely chopped)
1 small onion bulb (finely chopped)
2 large, firm tomatoes (cut in rounds)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon dijon mustard

Add the chicken, celery, onions, mayo and mustard to a bowl and mix thoroughly. Set aside in the refrigerator for about 30mins to 1hr.

I like to have my sandwiches on toasted bread so I popped mine in the oven for about 2mins.

Load the well-chilled chicken mix on your bread and top off with some tomatoes.

Bon appetite my friends…

N/B: Perfect way to use up left over chicken which is what I did actually that's why my ingredient pic looks small. But if you don't have left over chicken then follow the recipe.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Spring Rolls

1/2 lb ground chicken
1 small pack cole slaw mix
1/2 pack of bean sprouts
1 teaspoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
Green onions (chopped)
1 small bulb onions (chopped)
1 pack spring roll wrappers (25 count)
1 egg (beaten - to seal the roll)
Maggi, Salt and pepper to taste
Oil for deep frying

Add some oil to a pan and then add the onions. Add the chicken and cook till well done. Be sure to break the chicken apart while it's cooking. Season with maggi, salt and pepper.

Turn the chicken out into a plate and then add the vegetables and sauté for about 2 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Return the chicken to the pan. Add the soy sauce and oyster sauce and mix well. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

Spread the filling out on a tray and let it cool down well.

After the chicken/veggie mixture has cooled down, start filling and rolling. Here's a quick tutorial on how to roll.
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Brush the side labeled 4 in the diagram above with egg to seal

Fill and roll all 25 wrappers.

Fry the spring rolls in batches. Do not over crowd the pan.

Dry out on a paper towel after frying. It's still very hot so resist every temptation to start eating them.

Enjoy with your friends and loved ones :)

Some people like spring rolls with sweet and sour sauce, I like mine without…whatever floats your boat.

Note: If you can't find a pack of cole slaw mix in stores, simply shred some carrots and cabbage.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Grilled Salmon with Mango Salsa

Ingredients for the salsa:
2 mangoes
1 medium red bell pepper
2 jalapeños
1 large tomato
1 small bulb of onion
1 hand of cilantro
Jtablespoon honey
1 table spoon olive oil
Juice of 1 lime
Salt n Pepper to taste

Ingredients for the fish:
Salmon steaks
Olive oil
Salt, pepper and curry to taste.

Season and set aside. (Make sure to pat the fish dry with paper towels before seasoning).

Remove the bell pepper, jalapeño and tomato seeds. Chop all the ingredients finely.

Mix well and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Now add about 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a pan and sear each side for about 3 minutes each.

Plate and enjoy your delicious meal ;)

P.S: I'm not a big fan of uncooked onions so let's just pretend I forgot to add it to my salsa. Haha.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Nutella & Strawberry Crepes

1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup milk
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon sugar
A pinch of salt
1 Tablespoon melted butter
A dash of vanilla extract (optional)
Sliced strawberries
Whipped cream (for garnish - optional)

Add the first 7 ingredients to a blender and blend until the batter is smooth. You can whisk by hand but if you want a really smooth batter, then you wanna blend this.

Grease a non-stick pan with either butter, veg. oil, or oil spray and add a ladle full of batter. Spread throughout the pan the entire pan.

Flip after about 1 minute or till it browns underneath.

Transfer to a plate after frying. This batter gave me about 6 crepes.

Add some nutella to a heat proof bowl and microwave for 10-15seconds to soften it. Spread the nutella on the crepes, add some slices of strawberries and then roll.

Drizzle some nutella round d crepes. Add a dollop of whipped cream and then top off with a whole strawberry.