Sunday, December 25, 2011

Roast Chicken with Home Made Thai Sauce 泰式酱烤鸡扒

Merry Christmas everyone! I cooked this for our simple Christmas eve dinner last night. We don't celebrate Christmas, but we do spent time at home enjoying our home cooked meal with nice cold drinks and dessert. This is so called precious family time, don't you think so? :)

Oppss, by the way, my roasted chicken was not browned properly. Hai...the old table top oven not performing well. But, it tasted good though, haha...
Roasted Chicken with Home Made Thai Sauce 泰式酱烤鸡扒
Serves 2

2 chicken thighs, deboned
some baby capsicums, seeded and sliced
1 carrot, peeled and cut into thick strips
2 potatoes, peeled and sliced
1 tomato, diced
half broccoli, cut into florets

Chicken Marinades:
1 tbsp of light soy sauce
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and grated
dashes of black pepper powder

Thai Sauce:
1 and a half tbsp of Thai chili sauce
1 tbsp of sugar
5 coves of shallots, peeled and sliced
1/4 of ginger flower, chopped
1/2 lemon, juiced

1. Marinate chicken for 3 hours, leave it in the fridge.
2. Boil potato and carrot for 5 minutes, drained. Blanch the broccoli and drain. Set it aside.
3. In a baking tray, arrange the potato, carrot, tomato, capsicum at the base. Top it with the 2 chicken thighs.
4. Preheat oven at 180 deg C. Roast the chicken for 50 minutes under 180 deg C follow by last 10 minutes under 200 deg C, or until the skin is browned.
5. While the chicken is roasting in progress, prepare the Thai sauce by mixing up all the required ingredients.
6. Serve the roasted chicken with Thai sauce, roasted vegetables and blanched broccoli.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Chocolate Bread Loaf

 I rely on the Tesco bread maker for my bread making. I’m kind of lazy to spend time in making buns, so I only make bread loaf most of the time. I have failed many times though. The dough prepared in bread maker does not raise perfectly. It happened to this chocolate bread dough as well. When the bread maker beeping to trigger the dough is done, the dough size did not doubled. I sensed something was not right and felt very disappointed. It was almost 10pm, nothing much I could do. So, I got an idea. I covered up the bread loaf pan with cling wrap and I left the dough in bread maker for over-night.

The next morning at 5am, after feeding my baby, I ran down stair to check the dough. Aha…it raised. Then, I just removed the cling wrap, and let the bread maker proceeded with the baking process while I continued my sleep. When I woke up, the bread loaf was done and cooled. Here it is, my ugly looking bread. It's rough, but not hard, still edible.

Chocolate Bread Loaf

200ml fresh milk (chocolate flavored)
330gm of bread flour
1.5 tsp of yeast
25gm butter
4 tbsp of fine sugar
1/2 tsp of salt

1. Put all the ingredients into bread maker follow the sequence of liquid, semi liquid, and dry ingredients.
2. Select "dough" program.
3. When the dough is ready, proceed for baking. Remark: I continue to let it proof for another 8 hours as the dough has not doubled in size.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tomato Salad 番茄沙拉

This tomato salad was introduced by Chef James from Taiwan. It is very simple to prepare. Tomato is well known for its nutritional value as natural medicine to bring down the blood pressure. Hence, this salad is good for those who has high blood pressure.

I served this salad with home roasted chicken. It’s yummy!

Tomato Salad 番茄沙拉
Serves 2-3

2 tomatoes
mint leaves, chopped
1 tbsp of rice wine
1 tbsp or less of sugar
a pinch of sugar
cold water

1. Bring a pot of water to a boiling point. Boil the tomatoes for 1 minute. Drain and soak it in the cold water. Peel the skin and dice it.
2. Mix up the diced tomato with rice wine, sugar, salt and mint leaves.
3. Store in fridge and serve cold.


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