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Sunday Chicken Rice Mix Delight

Chicken Rice Mix Delight

 

This lovely and mouth-watering meal was prepared by none other than my loving husband, oh am so blessed. A sunday meal that left me wanting more on my plate, even though I was pretty much full already. There is something genuinely divine about the meals my husband cooks, (wish he would do it more often, hey a gal can dream heh).

Maybe its the reason why there are more male chefs than women, don’t get me wrong, am a good cook, well according to my husband and our guests, so he is never being biased. I love trying new stuff and enjoying myself while at it. Probably that’s it, that it’s naturally expected for women to be cooks, and in that notion we become familiar and it becomes about getting it over and done with as opposed to being creative and artsy about the meal.

Being a home maker is no joke, and then add being a mum on top of that and the whole being-artsy-with-food-factor gets replaced by its-food-its-on-the-table eat it, at least it’s not burned today. Oh how I pray never to get to that place where what I put on the table, especially for my husband, seizes to be of much importance and keenness.

So to the recipe, boy that plate had so much, her goes nothing;

Rice

1 cup rice

2 tbsp of Oil

Salt to taste

2 cups Boiled water

Wash your rice and let it sit in water for around 30 minutes and drain

Put oil on cooking pot,(you can add cumin seeds at this point, he didn’t) once hot add in your rice. Make sure the oil does not splash on you

Add salt, mix well than add your water and let it simmer

When the water has evaporated a bit, cover the rice and lower the heat and let it cook with the steam

Once ready turn off heat and leave cover on

French Beans

1 cup french beans cut into small pieces

1/2 cup of carrots cut into same sizes as the french beans

1 Onion

2 large tomatoes

1/2 tsp Coriander Powder

Beef Stock

Salt and Pepper

Oil

Place oil into pan and add in your cut up onions, let them saute then add your diced tomatoes

Add the coriander powder and salt and pepper

Cover the pan and ensure heat is on medium low so that the tomatoes cook with the steam as well

Leave them for 2-3 minutes then add the french beans and carrots

Add 1 cup of warm beef stock and cover. Keep checking and adding stock or hot water so that the meal doesn’t stick

This cooks for 30 minutes. Allow it to form a thick stew

Potatoes

2 cups of cubed potatoes

Oil

Paprika

Salt

Par boil the potatoes (meaning don’t let them cook completely) in salty water

Heat oil on a pan, once hot you can pan fry them in two bunches

Lower the heat to medium once they have browned, to allow the inside to cook, remove and place in a container that has paper towel at the bottom.

Once all done sprinkle with paprika and mix well

Kachumbari (salsa dressing)

3 ripe tomatoes

1 large onion

salt

Ketchup

Peel and dice the onions into small pieces

Place them in a container add water and 1/2 tsp of salt (this helps remove the oniony taste)

Dice the tomatoes into small pieces. Let the onions sit for 5 or so minutes

Mix onions and tomatoes in a bowl and add the ketchup. You may not need to add salt, but taste just to make sure

You can add coriander or chilli to this mix
Last Step, Chicken

500 gms of chicken cut into cubes

Oil

Salt

Boil the chicken in salt water

Heat oil on pan

Don’t let the chicken get cooked, so drain water and dry completely

Then place the pieces onto the hot oil, let them brown and then turn. Switch the heat to medium low so that you can allow the chicken to get cooked inside.

Drain onto a paper towel

Serve all the above side dishes and enjoy (oh am tired of typing, so you had better enjoy this meal)!

 

 

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Posted by on October 4, 2012 in Chicken

 

Chwan Chicken

Szechwan Chicken, Green Banana’s and Curry Cabbage

Cooked up something different and interesting the other day, we enjoyed it tremendously. The szchewan chicken, I still don’t know how to pronounce it, so we called it chwan with my husband. There was a few things I did not have so, I guess its appropriate to call it Chwan because it missed the Sze, ha! The recipe came from http://www.pikachakula.com, look it up and also try my recipe below, you shall definitely enjoy it.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 kg Chicken
  • 2 tsp corn flour ( I like limiting my meals to processed stuff, original recipe uses 2 tbsps)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp five spice powder (I didn’t have this used a bit of paprika, tandoori, coriander powder)
  • 2 tsps of oil
  • 1 tsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 2 spring onions

For The Sauce :

  • I cup chicken stock (used knorr chicken cubes. Put one in a cup and add hot water, stir)
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp soya sauce
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp five spice powder (same as above)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp of corn flour – in one tbsp stock/ water

Method:

  1. Coat chicken in corn flour, salt and five-spice powder. Brush off excess.
  2. Stir-fry the chicken until lightly coloured. Remove from pan. Pour off all but 2 tsp of oil.
  3. Add garlic and ginger. Cook for 30 seconds before adding onions and all the sauce ingredients (mix all sauce ingredients together).
  4. Bring to a boil, return chicken to pan, heat through and serve.
Green Bananas
– 8 large green bananas
– 6 tbsps oil
First peel the bananas and boil in salty water. I added a bit of vinegar for taste.
Ensure you remove the bananas before they are well done. Drain and add cold water to ensure they don’t keep on cooking, least they become mushy
Cut up the bananas into quaters for easy frying on pan
Heat oil on pan and add in your bananas, keep the heat on medium so the bananas don’t burn
Cook them in bunches, avoid overcrowding the pan.
Curry Cabbage
2 tsp of oil
1 finely chopped onion
2 large tomatoes
2 large carrots grated
2 cups of Cabbage
2 tsps Curry Powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
Coriander
Heat the oil in a pan and add the onions. Cook until they become transparent then add the curry powder and black pepper
After a minute add the tomatoes, allow them to cook until they are broken and form a thick paste
Add the cabbage and the grated carrots, cover with a lid and let the cabbage cook on steam
You can allow them to cook as much or as less as you wish, depending on whether you want them crunchy or well done.
Once done drizzle cut coriander, mix and turn off the heat.
Serve and enjoy with a glass of cold juice!

 

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2012 in Chicken

 
 
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