Hello Everyone! As of today I have been working 24 days straight – 3 Sundays of work, and another to look forward to this weekend. I cannot wait for a public holiday coming up next week, and then two Sundays off before I head back into another 2 Sundays of work towards the end of May. I know, I shouldn’t be complaining since I only work for about 2-3 hours on Sundays, but I guess it’s the fact that I have to get up early and do work in humid and ventilation-challenged areas makes it a depressing start to the ONLY weekend I have. Yeap, this is my life now. Anyway! Sorry to start off all moody and what nots; I have been feeling a little burnt out and just not in the mood these past couple of days – I’m hoping that I can change that with a little bit of rest… Hopefully.
Tonight’s recipe is one that I have been hesitant of sharing on my blog because it’s my Mom’s special barbecue marinade recipe. We finally came around to a decision to share it on the blog, and so I will be sharing her ever so deliciously finger-licking good marinade for a whole roast chicken. We usually fire up the barbecue for this recipe, but recently we have been roasting the meat in the oven for a healthier option to charcoal-barbecued chicken. You can also use this marinade for pork or lamb. I once brought some yummy pork bellies to a barbecue party that my colleague hosted a few months back. It was a great hit amongst my other colleagues and so I believe that they’ll be overly happy to know that I am posting the recipe for my Mom’s special barbecue marinade on the blog.
PREP TIME 20* MINS| COOKING TIME 1 HOUR 35 MINS| SERVES 6
*plus 4-6 hours of marination, or preferably overnight
Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix well until combined. Coat your chicken in the marinade and then leave in the fridge to marinate for about 4-6 hours (or preferably overnight). Remove chicken from the fridge 45-60 minutes before roasting to bring it back to room temperature.
Preheat oven to 230C (450F or gas mark 8). Line a baking tray with aluminium foil and place a rack above it.
Start by making a loop with the twine and fastening it around the stub of the neck. Bring it around the sides and tie a knot at the cavity, then pull it tight around the breast. Now, loop the twine around the drumsticks and tie another knot, tightening it until the legs cross.
Place the chicken on the rack and into the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes. The lower the heat down to 175C (350F or gas mark 4) and continue roasting for an hour and 20 minutes more until cooked all the way through.
Once done, remove the oven and set aside to rest for about 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
Hello Everyone! For this week of breakfast/brunch month, I have some simple brekky smoothies for you that you can easily prepare the night before, whizz it in the blender in the morning, and voilà; you’ve got a quick brekky that you can take with you to go if you really need to. I’ve never really been the type to make my own smoothies at home, not until my second year of uni back in 2012 when my flatmate at that time started making smoothies for the both of us on the weekends. She would always make the same banana and blueberry smoothie with full cream milk, old-fashioned rolled oats, and vanilla yoghurt. Ever since then, I would whip up this easy smoothie whenever I felt like it even after we went our separate ways. I’ve also made a strawberry smoothie with the same ingredients, just taking out the bananas and blueberries, and added mint into the mix; it was a really good smoothie too.
Anyway, I won’t be sharing those two recipes with you this week as I’ve got two completely different (maybe in some way a little bit similar) smoothies for today and Thursday. I decided try new smoothie recipes and for today’s post, I came across a recipe for a Blueberry and Oat Smoothie; now I know this is sounding a little similar to the smoothie that I mentioned above, and that I’m used to making, but what makes this different is the touch of ginger added. I don’t think I’ve had a smoothie with ginger in it before so I thought that I’d give this recipe a try; original recipe can be found over at Real Simple. All I’ve really done was change the quantities to serve 3-4 tall glasses, as well as reducing the amount of sugar.
PREP TIME 20 MINS| COOKING TIME —| SERVES 4
1 & 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 & 1/2 cup water
1 cup creamy vanilla yoghurt
1 cup ice
3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
4 tbsp brown sugar
3/4 tsp fresh ginger, grated
Add the oats and water to a blender and leave to soak until the oats have softened, about 15 minutes.
Add the ice, blueberries, yoghurt, brown sugar, and ginger to the blender. Blend until smooth and frothy, about 2-3 minutes.
Serve and enjoy!
I’ve read a few of the comments on the site where the original recipe was uploaded, and some said that the oats had a weird texture and made the smoothie grainy and starchy. Some didn’t like the addition of the ginger and made their stomachs upset. So I guess this smoothie is not for everyone, but if you think you’d enjoy all these flavour into one drink, then go ahead and give it a try because it’s definitely delicious! I personally thought that the oats were fine and still gave the smoothie a nice flavour and texture to it; I feel that without it, the smoothie would be quite loose. The ginger, though quite a strong flavour, paired well with the sweet blueberries and helped cut down the sweetness of the smoothie from the added sugar.
Hello Everyone! Yes I am aware that today should be a Muffin Making Monday post but Jialing and I decided to have a break from making muffins since we are both on Christmas/New Year break from work. We will be resuming our fortnightly muffin making next week, or the week after, depending on what we decide.
This is the last of the Festive Holiday Recipes that I will be posting, and quite possibly the last recipe for 2014! So after splurging on thankfully less than $200 (but over my budget of $100) on Boxing Day, I decided to buy a portion of Smoked Leg Ham to roast in the oven for a little Boxing Day treat. Seriously, we had NO savoury leftover food from our Noche Buena – even the 3.8kg turkey was shredded to the bone; and I was so looking forward to trying out a Massaman Curry by Jamie Oliver with the leftover turkey meat. Oh well, I guess a fresh-from-the-oven smoked leg ham can, will, and did make up for it!
I read up about studding cloves into the ham and what they actually do to the ham other than of course add flavour. Most articles/blogs that I’ve read say that it’s also decorative. One article I read though asks: to stud or not to stud? Apparently, there is a saying that all garnishes should be edible; and hence why studding cloves is a no because no one wants to crack a tooth by biting into a whole clove. But can’t they just take the time to remove the cloves after baking? An alternative would be to add ground cloves into your choice of glaze. I went for the decorative version. The cloves were a bit overpowering for me though.
Very simple really – I didn’t want to get all fancy with the ham since it’s already smoked with beechwood to add to its natural flavour. So I went with a very easy and classic pineapple glaze to dress the ham as it slowly baked in the oven. Now, many of you will agree with me that I probably “scored” the fat on the leg ham a little bit too aggressively – Oops!
PREP TIME 5 MINS| COOKING TIME 1 HOUR| SERVES 8-10
750g smoked leg ham portion
1 can (440g) pineapple slices in juice
1/3 cup brown sugar
Handful of whole cloves
Preheat oven to 180C.
Score the leg ham with a sharp knife in a diagonal pattern. Score again, diagonally, in the opposite direction to create a crossing pattern. Using the tip of your knife, poke a small hole in the middle of each segment and insert whole cloves.
Combine the brown sugar and pineapple juices into a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a full boil, stirring frequently. Once boiling, lower the heat and bring to a gentle simmer until the glazed is nice a thick.
Cover the leg ham with half of the glaze and place the leg ham fat side up on a wire rack in the oven with a drip tray below. Bake in the oven for 1 hour, basting the ham every 25 minutes with the leftover glaze and pan drippings. In the last 25 minutes of cooking, add the pineapple slices into the drip tray to cook.
Before I wrap up this post, I would like to thank each and every one of my friends who have been so kind to take the time to drop by and go through my blog. Thank you as well for always asking me how my blog is going, encouraging me everyday to continue doing what I do best. I would also like to thank my 110 followers and the whole wordpress community in general for being very nice, dropping, comments and likes since I started my blog earlier this year.
Have a safe and Happy New Year Everyone! See you in the New Year with many more kitchen adventures! I will also have some exciting news coming your way somewhere earlier next year!