Cajun Chicken Pizza, with Cream Cheese & Apricots

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 in Chicken, Fastmeals

A few weeks ago, my family was in a small town in New Zealand called Westport. There, in one of the simpliest smallest cafes ever, we had a really great pizza for lunch. It was filled with fried chicken, apricot preserves and cream cheese. Yummmm.. I was very inspired after that meal and decided to create a similar version. This is the crispiest crust you’ll ever get at home. The first time we made it, it was too thick. We’ve perfected it now and are sharing it here. Serves 4. Ingredients For the crust 1.5 cups plain flour 1 heaping teaspoon baking powder 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 heaping tablespoon corn flour 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup water (or more if necessary) For the filling 500g chicken thigh fillets, boneless and skinless 125g cream...

Sausage Rolls

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 in Fastmeals, Meat

Our boy and I made this one afternoon. It was really easy and very delicious. It was a bigger success that we had expected! Serves 4. Ingredients 500g fresh sausages (the kind in a soft casing) 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons (or more) extra virgin olive oil 5 leaves of fresh basil 2 to 3 teaspoons Cajun seasonings (optional) 2 large sheets of frozen puff pastry 3 tablespoons melted butter Method Pre-heat oven to 200°C. Get any kind of fresh sausage that you like. You can use pork, chicken, beef.. it doesn’t matter. As long as it’s the soft kind that comes in a soft casing and not a hard solid casing. We used Chorizo sausages because they are really flavourful. And a little spicy. Cut the sausages at the joints. Squeeze the fresh sausage meat out...

Bruschetta.

Posted on Apr 16, 2010 in Fastmeals, Veggies

If you’ve baked your own baguettes, use them to make bruschetta. These were seriously good. And if you’re like me, and don’t like cold tomatoes on bread, you’ll love this. Don’t sweat over measurements of the ingredients. This is a dish where you can’t go wrong with too much or too little of anything. Ingredients 1 loaf of french baguette or any kind of long loaf bread you like (cuts into about 6 one-inch slices) 150g cherry tomatoes 1 large onion About 4 cloves of garlic About 3/4 C Extra Virgin olive oil (must be Extra Virgin!) Salt & pepper to taste (as usual, I just use Masterfoods Garlic Pepper seasonings) About 5 leaves of basil Method Cut the cherry tomatoes into quarters. Cut the onions into fine pieces. Chop the garlic into a fine mince. Slice up the...

Lemon Infused Spaghetti, with Sundried Tomatoes & Shrimp

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 in Fastmeals, Most Popular, Noodles

This is a pasta dish with a twist. It’s very easy to put together and is refreshing and light. I can eat plates of this at one go! Ingredients 1 box of spaghetti (500g), or any kind of pasta that you like 3 large lemons (rind only) 250g sundried tomatoes (marinated in oil) 300g shrimp (peeled and tails removed) 3 tablespoons garlic minced About 2 t salt + 1 t ground black pepper (or just use Masterfoods Garlic Pepper seasonings) 8 to 10 lugs of extra virgin olive oil (about 1/3 C) 2 tablespoons white wine Juice of 1 lemon Grated parmesan cheese to taste Mint and parsley to garnish Method Peel and wash 300g of shrimp. Add more if you like shrimp. I usually add LOTS. Add scallops too if you have some. Yum. Using a vegetable peeler,...

Roast Chicken Wings.

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 in Chicken, Fastmeals

These are a staple in our family and are super easy to whip up. Great for party, or for those days where you just want simple snack food and beer for dinner. Ingredients 1/2 kg of chicken wings/drumlets (we like to use the centre section and the drumlets only) 5 T BBQ sauce or Oyster Sauce 1 t Cajun seasonings (I just give a generously shake of this) 1 T Shaoxing Huatiao wine 1 T sesame seed oil 1 t honey (optional) Method Marinade the chicken wings in BBQ sauce. Mix thoroughly. Use enough BBQ or oyster sauce to coat the chicken evenly. Shake a good amount of cajun seasonings into the chicken mixture. Mix it up properly. Add the wine and sesame oil. And mix thoroughly again. Cover with cling wrap and store in fridge for at least...

Curry Fish Balls.

Posted on Feb 19, 2010 in Fastmeals, Seafood

These are super easy and a great snack. Ingredients 1/2 kg fishballs 1 litre water 2 T liquid chicken stock / 1 cube of chicken stock 1 T hoisin sauce 1 T curry powder (or more if you like) 1 T Shaoxing Huatiao wine Method Bring all the ingredients, except fish balls to a boil. You may skewer the fishballs beforehand. Place fishballs in the boiling liquid and leave to boil for 10 mins. The fish balls will look pale when they are hot and fat. When they’ve cooled down, the golden colour will get stronger. Serve with chilli sauce or peanut sauce, if you like. Or leave some of the curry sauce that they were cooked in for dipping, you can thicken it with cornstarch. Visit Main Blog – Story of...

Couscous

Posted on Feb 09, 2010 in Fastmeals, Rice

Serving couscous instead of our regular rice is a great way to spice your up meal. It’s easy and delicious.   Start off with making plain couscous:- 1 C couscous 1 1/4 C water 1 T chicken stock (liquid) or 1 cube of chicken stock 1 T butter Heat water, butter and stock till a rolling boil. Turn off fire. Stir in couscous. Cover tightly. Let it sit on the stove for 5-10 minutes. Uncover. Fluff with fork. Couscous is ready. Makes 2 1/2 cups. Dressing your couscous depends on what you like. Here’s what I do as a guideline: (1) Add chopped fresh herbs. I like basil or mint. You can also use flat parsley. (2) Add toasted nuts. I like almond flakes or pine nuts. I toast them in a dry pan for a few minutes, stirring...

Easy Chicken Claypot Rice

Posted on Jan 29, 2010 in Asian, Chicken, Fastmeals

This is easy and nutritious. And you can add any meat/veggies that you have on hand. It’s not going to taste like the ones we get at Chinatown hawker centre though. To get that kind of flavour, you need to add pork lard to your food. And I firmly hold my ground on not doing that in our home. But if you like, you can fry some fatty pork or bacon till the oils are released and stir that into the rice before serving. Then you’ll get first class flavour. =) Makes 4 rice bowls worth of claypot rice.   Ingredients 2 C rice 3 C chicken stock (or 3 C water + 1 chicken stock cube/1 T liquid chicken stock concentrate) 3 large pieces Chicken Thigh, cut into bite size cubes 2 C chinese cabbage, cut into bite...

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