Chicken Chow Mein

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post as I have been a quite busy not blog related but I have managed some recipes to sure be easy and yummy.

Like anyone else I am a big fan of fast food and takeaway McDonalds, Pizza hut, KFC you name it. I am a big fan of Chinese food but not a big fan of the hefty price tag associated with it and not mentioning the salt content. To satisfy my Chinese food craving I tried to find a recipe for a chow mein which was simple, easy and would not break the bank. And I was not disappointed with the recipe I found from the Chinese chef Ken Hom  . I adapted by adding the recipe with some shreds of chorizo and the chilli giving some added heat to the dish.

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Method:

  1. Add the shreds of the chicken to the marinade of 20mins.
  2. Cook the noodles according to the packet instructions and soak in cold water so it stopped cooking further
  3. In a wok or bigger pan add some vegetable oil and cook the chicken for 2-5 minutes till it’s cooked. Then set aside.
  4. Pan fry the spring onions, pepper, onion, chorizo, green beans and bean sprouts for a couple of minutes. Then set aside.
  5. Drain the noodles from the water and fry the noodles for a few minutes. Add the remaining cooked chicken and vegetables and add the marinade to the pan.

Serve.

How do you cook your chow mein, I would like to hear your tips?

Note: I cooked the noodles and vegetables in batches especially if cooking for more than one person, unless you have a good wok.

 

Grilled Sardines with Spicy Potatoes

Grilled Sardines with Spicy Potatoes

Hi Everyone,

It’s been a while since my last post and have been ignoring my blog!!! 😦

A few days before the New Year and like every other person on the face of the earth I decided on some New Year resolutions. Losing weight, getting more exercise blah blah but one resolution was to post more on to my blog.

My first recipe for 2014 is the Grilled Sardines with Spicy Potatoes. The recipe is very simple and does not require much ingredients and effort and perfect for the mid-week.

I have been looking to incorporate some fish into my daily meals mainly oily meals due to the benefit of the fish on type 2 diabetes and reducing heart disease. Sardines are very cheap and you can get them at almost at any supermarket, although just before the New Year and after Christmas I found it hard to find in my normal supermarket but is abundant right now.

Method:

Fish Marinade

  • In a bowl mix the turmeric powder, chilli powder and garam masala and salt with a dash of water to a smooth paste.
  • Pour the marinade over the sardines and let it marinade between 30mins to 3 hours depending how much time you have. I marinated for about 45 minutes.
  • Pre heat the grill to high and place them on a baking tray and grill them for 20 minutes. 10minutes on each side.

Spicy Potatoes

  • Heat the oil in a non-stick pan and add the cumin seeds when the oil is hot. The cumin seeds will sizzle once added, add the potatoes to the pan and keep stirring.
  • Once the potatoes are part cooked, check by sticking a fork then add the onion. After a few minutes add the spices and let it cook for a few minutes.
  • Add about 200ml of water and let it cook for 5-8 minutes on a low heat.
  • Then add a dash of soy sauce and sugar, mix all together and turn the heat off in 2 minutes.

Serve.

I would love to hear of ways you cook the fish and if anyone has ideas how to strip the bones especially the minute ones within the flesh?

N.B. The fish has a lot of bones so be careful when eating. That’s the only thing I did not like about the fish but it was very tasty 🙂Image

Spicy Bacon Omelette

I tried this recipe yesterday as I wanted something different for my lunch.

Rather than just fry some bacon and eggs I combined them together with addition of chilli flakes.

Ingredients:
2 rashers of bacon
2 eggs (free range preferably)
1 onion or even a half would do.
chilli flakes or dried chillies or chilli powder or paprika powder
salt to taste
olive oil or vegetable oil for frying

Method
1. Cut the bacon into small bite size pieces, I like my pieces to be a bit large so if you prefer very small pieces cut them accordingly.
2. Heat about 2 tbsp of oil in a pan and fry the bacon and onion till almost cooked.
3. Beat two eggs in a bowl and add the chilli flakes to it. If you prefer more spice and have access to a dry chilli you can add this to step 1.
4. Pour the eggs to the onion, chilli and bacon and cook the eggs.
5. You can flip the eggs but there is a good chance it will break like mine. Alternatively you can put it in a grill for a few minutes till the eggs are thoroughly cooked.
Serve on its own or some bread.