Friday, 18 January 2013

Roasted Chicken Wing with Preserved Red Bean Curd

When I first saw this dish in Helena's Kitchen, I told myself I must make this dish one day. I like to use preserved red bean curd in marinating, it make the dish smell good and I simply love the taste. Maybe because I am a hakka (well, maybe still but I forgot how to speak most of the hakka dialect), I was brought up eating hakka fried pork (客家炸肉). Hakka fried pork is made by marinating the pork in preserved red bean curd before frying it, it taste so nice with the aroma. Then now, I learn how to make roasted chicken wing with preserved red bean curd, and I love it too, it is finger licking good! I have slightly tweaked the recipe, for original recipe please hop over to Helena's Kitchen.

Roasted Chicken Wing with Preserved Red Bean Curd
Recipe adapted from (Helena's Kitchen)

12 chicken wings

2 preserved red bean curd
2tbsp preserved red bean curd juice
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp honey
1 1/2 tbsp fish sauce

1) Mash up the preserved red bean curd with the juice and mix all the ingredients for marinate in a bowl.
2) Clean and pat dry the chicken wings, put it into the mixing bowl with marinate, make sure each chicken wing is coated with the marinate. Put it into fridge and marinate for at least an hour. (I marinate for about 2 hour)
3) Preheat oven to 200 degC. Line the chicken wings on a baking tray and roast it for about 20 minutes, turn  the chicken wing to the other side and baste with the reserved sauce, roast for another 15-20 minutes or until it is cooked.
4) Remove from oven and serve warm.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Chocolate Chip Muffins

I seldom make muffins as I always can't bake a good muffins. After reading through the mini cookbooks that Mui sent me few weeks ago, I decided to give it a try again. The mini cookbooks contains many easy to follow cupcakes and muffins recipes, with easily available ingredients. I have marked up some of them and going to try them out very soon (hopefully), hehe... As I have some left over chocolate chips sitting in my pantry, I decided to bake chocolate chip muffins as my first attempt from the cookbooks. I have used a mixture of white and dark chocolate chips since I have not enough dark chocolate chips, the result turned out as good. It is yummy and with the chocolatey flavour. 

Chocolate Chip Muffins (Recipe adapted from Cupcakes and Muffins Mini Cookbooks)
300g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
120g brown sugar
100g chocolate chips
2 eggs, beaten
180 ml milk
110g butter, melted

1) Preheat oven to 180 degC. Line muffin tin with paper liners.
2) Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add brown sugar and chocolate chips and mix well. Set aside.
3) In a mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk and melted butter. Add flour mixture and mix quickly until well blended.
4) Spoon batter into prepared muffin tin, fill each cup to about three quarters full. Bake for about 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of cakes comes out clean.
5) Leave to cool on a wire rack before serving.

By replacing the choc chips with dried cranberries, I got the cranberies muffins! They are equally good.

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Lovely Gift by a Lovely Friend

Happy New Year to all! Wish you have a wonderful year ahead!

Time flew by so quickly and I am just realised I haven't been updating my blog since Winter Solstice! Baby Jun went to nursery settling in time the week before Christmas and brought home some winter bug virus. He was sicked, then me, then the dad.. we all got infected. We spent our Christmas having diarrhea and vomiting. And now, the dad and him are having chicken pox! Sigh, what a great way to welcome the new year! I had chicken pox before so I am survive this time otherwise I will be exhausted. Baby Jun has been feeling uncomfortable since the chicken pox appear on his body, the ear, the eye lid, the tongue.. he does not able to sleep through the night and keep waking up due to the discomfort. The only way to make him happy is to bring him to bath with chamomile water.

See the above photo, that was a parcel I received last week, sent all the way from Malaysia by Mui's My Little Favourite DIY. There are cupcake/muffin cases, cutters and a mini cookbooks. Thank you very much Mui, you are very thoughtful! Some weeks before Christmas, Mui sent an email to me and told me she will be sending me a small Christmas gift and hopefully it will be arrived in time. Somehow the parcel got delayed due to the festive holidays season, but it was still in time for my birthday! The parcel arrive 2 days before my birthday. Thanks Mui, you are too good to me! Mui is a real kind and helpful person, we only know each other few months ago through blogging and she makes me feel like we already knew each other for long! As a thank you, I have baked some chocolate chip muffins for you, hope you like it! I will share the recipe on another post, please stay tune!

Chocolate Chip Muffins (recipe adapted from the mini cookbooks gifted by Mui)