This recipe could not be any easier. It’s great for a mid week dinner. I found this recipe in Tyler Florence’s Ultimate. You cannot go past this recipe for a quick and delicious dinner.
- 1.8 kg chicken wings
- extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 125g unsalted butter, softened
- 2 tspn Thai red curry paste
- zest and juice of 1 lime
- 1 tbls honey
- splash of soy sauce
- Preheat the oven to 220deg Celcius (425f)
- Wash the wings then pat dry.
- Put the wings in a bowl and drizzle well with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Spread the wings out on a baking tray and roast for 25-30 minutes or until the skin is crisp and brown.
- Meanwhile, combine the butter, red curry paste, lime zest and juice, honey and soy sauce into a blender.
- Season with with salt and blend to mix then transfer to a bowl.
- When the wings come out of the oven, place them into the bowl with the butter and give it a toss.
Apritadang Manok (Chicken Casserole)
This week’s Filipino dish is apritandang Manok or Filipino Chicken Casserole. Again, there are many versions of this dish that can be found all over the Philippines. This dish originated from the Spanish when they ruled the country. I enjoy cooking this dish as with most of my recipes it’s simple and very tasty.
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 1 small chicken cut into serving pieces
- 2 crushed garlic cloves
- 1 diced large onion
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbs black pepper
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 2 large cubed potatoes
- 1 green cubed capsicum
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan and brown the chicken lightly. Then remove and set aside.
- Add garlic and stir-fry until golden. Then stir-fry the onions until translucent.
- Return the chicken and add the tomatoes, bay leaves, water, salt & pepper. Simmer for 20 minutes over low heat.
- Add the potatoes and simmer for 15 minutes or until nearly cooked.
- Add the capsicum and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Serve hot with plan steamed rice.
Today was my last day at work at ANZ. It was sad to leave the many friends I’ve made but I’m sure I will see them again.
2 days ago, Hubby sent me beautiful flowers celebrating my last week of work.
Yesterday Little one came and joined me in the office for a couple of hours. She loved playing with the calculator and any other toys she found on my colleagues desks. hehehe….
To say I didn’t do any work today is an understatement. To be honest, all I did was eat. We went out for breakfast at Torts Famous. We all had the steak and egg tort. It was steak, eggs, cheese and onions in a wrap.
Since I was leaving, I had to pay departure tax – in the form of morning tea. I didn’t want to bring in the usual party pies and sausage rolls and Krispy Kreme doughnuts. I decided to make Nachos. It was quick and very easy to prepare and it went down a treat. I topped the chips with salsa ( one hot and one mild), sour cream, mozzarella cheese ( I chose mozzarella for the stringiness) and guacamole, which I made. See recipe below.
I also baked a honey chocolate cake. I found the recipe in Nigella Lawson’s Feast. It’s very chocolatey, sweet and sticky… yum!
My friend LL made some fudge for me to share with the team. Thanks LL!
- 2 ripe avocados
- juice of 1 small lime
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 4 spring onions, finely chopped
- 1 hot green chilli, seeded and chopped
- 2 ripe tomatoes, skinned an finely chopped
- salt and pepper
- Cut the avocados in half and remove the peel and stones. Scoop out the flesh.
- Put the avocado in a bowl with the lime juice and mash coursely.
- Sir in the garlic, spring onions, chilli and tomatoes
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Should be eaten within a few hours of making.
For afternoon tea, my friend AL treated me to a lovely cup of hot chocolate at Koko Black. I love this place. Their hot chocolates are to die for. I love to sit on the top floor in the nice comfy couches or on a seat next to the window and look down into the Royal Arcade.
At the end of the day, I was presented with a card with the signatures of all my colleagues and gifts. I got a nice white platter from Maxwell and Williams and a Recipe Journal. I am sure I will use both.
For the past few days, Hubby and I have been sick. We’ve both been hit with a tummy virus… not fun at all 😦 I just hope that Little One doesn’t get it too.
Since we were both feeling under the weather, I thought we could do with some nourishing comfort food. I had already made my own chicken stock the day before so I decided to cook up minestrone. The base recipe I used was Neil Perry’s from his book “The food I love”. But me, being me, I couldn’t but help put my own touch to it. The original recipe called for water but I decided to give it that extra lift and used my chicken stock (easily made from chicken bones, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, bay leaves, salt and pepper and simmered for 4 hours). Neil’s version also didn’t have any pasta but I added macaroni. When I first made this, I thought it didn’t have that full tomato flavour that I like in minestrones so at the end of the long simmer, I added tomato sauce. Now don’t laugh… this really works!
This is best served in a bowl sitting under a thick doona, in from of the TV snuggling with your loved one… and oh, with soft fresh bread.
- 1 can of cannellini beans, drained
- olive oil
- 2 rashes of bacon, diced
- 1 onion
- 2 garlic cloves smashed
- 3 celery stalks finely diced
- 2 carrots, peeled and finely diced
- sea salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
- 12 green beans, cut into 1cm pieces
- 400g can chopped tomatoes
- 2 litres of chicken stock
- 2 bay leaves
- 75grams macaroni pasta
- handful of parsley leaves, chopped
- 3-4 tablespoons of tomato sauce(or ketchup)
- Heat the olive oil in a deep saucepan and sweat the bacon.
- Add the onion, garlic, celery, carrot and salt. Sauté for about 7-8 minutes
- Add the tomato paste and beans and cook a further 2-3 minutes
- Add the tomatoes, parsley, bay leaves and the stock.
- Bring to the boil and let simmer for 40 to 50 minutes.
- Add the pasta, stir and cook for 9 minutes
- Add the cannellini beans and simmer for another 5 minutes
- Check the season, adding more salt and pepper if necessary and add the tomato sauce.
- To serve, remove the bay leaves and pour into bowls.
- Grate parmesan on top and serve with crusty bread
Mince Pork With Chokos
My mum grows chokos in her back yard. The Choko is a vegetable that belongs to the same family as melons, cucumbers and pumpkins. Filipinos call this vegetable sayote. My mum gave me a couple and I cooked it up with Mince pork. To be honest, I don’t know the Filipino name for this but it’s a quick and tasty dish. Little one loves his dish and eats all that is in her bowl. As usual, best served with steamed rice.
- 2 chokos, peeled and sliced thinly
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 500grams pork mince
- vegetable oil
- salt and pepper
- Sauté the onion and garlic in a pan of hot oil
- Add the chokos and cook for a few minutes
- Add the pork mince and cook till brown
- Add about 1/4 cup of water and let simmer for 5 minutes
- Season to taste
- Serve with rice