Saturday, December 26, 2015

Stir-fried Chicken

Stir-fried Chicken
Nowadays, kids can be really picky with food.  Gone were the days where kids ate anything they were given or not have anything at all (other hungry siblings would gladly eat up extra portions).  There was a stage where Big One got so picky that he refused to eat what I had already cooked, insisting on going to a particular food store for a particular dish.  After some ranting from an angry Mummy, and some crying from a stubborn kid, Big One reluctantly ate his meal at home.

This went on for quite some time and I got so tired of forcing Big One, it was like forcing him to eat poison that I personally cooked.  Enough was enough!  I embarked on a new plan - getting Big One to cook his own meals!  I figured out that

  1. Big One would know what exactly goes into cooking a meal
  2. Big One would also learn some life skills
This was one of the first dishes that Big One helped to cook.  From not knowing how to keep garlic pieces in the wok, he can now help to stir-fry stuff while I wash up some dishes without tossing the food everywhere.  If a little kid can cook this, anyone can too!

Onion, cut into wedges
Red pepper, cut into pieces
Chicken thigh, deboned and cut into pieces
Tomato sauce
Light Soya sauce
Dark soya sauce
Black pepper
Cornstarch + water

  1. Season chicken pieces with tomato sauce, light soya sauce, dark soya sauce, black pepper for at least 30mins.
  2. Heat up wok and add some oil.  When oil is hot, add in onions and fry until fragrant.
  3. Add in chicken and stir-fry until almost cooked, then add red pepper to the wok.
  4. Mix cornstarch with a little water and add to the wok while stirring its contents.  This helps to thicken the gravy.
  5. Once the gravy is thickened (thick enough to coat the chicken pieces just so slightly), its ready to serve!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Fried Cabbage

Fried Cabbage

This dish is one of those that remind me of home, something that is often cooked by my Mum.  Once again, all it takes is a few simple ingredients, a few minutes of cooking and you are done!

Cabbage, cut finely
Carrot, cut into thin strips
Garlic, minced
Light soya sauce
Cooking oil

  1. Heat up a little oil in a wok, then stir fry garlic until fragrant.
  2. Add in cabbage and carrot and stir fry for a few minutes.  (Add a little water to the wok and cover for quicker cooking)
  3. Add some light soya sauce and stir fry to mix in evenly and it's ready to serve!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Chicken Chop with Cashew Rice

I love a good chicken chop with a simple salad, but sometimes I need to have some rice.  Instead of the usual plain rice, I added in some butter and some cashew nuts to the rice cooker and cooked it exactly the same way.  I was feeling a little fancy too, so some fresh mushrooms for the chicken chop and some sliced onions (for a little kick) and green pepper for the salad.  Yummy!!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Healthy Sandwich

Healthy Sandwich
Healthy homemade meals don't have to be time consuming.  All you need is a few simple ingredients, a tiny bit of cooking and you are done!  For this sandwich,  I used 2 slices of my homemade Chocolate Walnut Bread, fried an egg, sliced some tomatoes and avocado and washed a few leaves of lettuce.  It takes just a few minutes to assemble and you have a very healthy meal :)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Baked Pita Chips

We usually make our own pizza dough but once in a while, we use store-bought pita bread as the base.  So after all that pizza making, what do you do with the leftover pita bread?  Cut them into wedges, spread them out on a tray, bake them at 200 degrees Celsius in the oven for a while, and you get healthy baked pita chips!

Pita Chips

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Chocolate Walnut Bread

Chocolate Walnut Bread
Ever since we got a bread machine, I've been playing with ingredients so that we're not eating the same old bread every single day.  Add in some cocoa powder and walnuts, and out comes a chocolate walnut bread :)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Chicken Chop

Chicken Chop

I love food that can be cooked in the oven!  You just dump them in the oven, and all the work that you need to do is to flip it over a few times while it cooks.  While waiting, you can cosy up with a good book or watch some television.  No slaving in the kitchen :p

chicken thigh, deboned, skin on
garlic, minced
plum sauce
light soya sauce
black pepper

  1. Season the chicken thigh with garlic, plum sauce, light soya sauce and black pepper for at least 1 hour.
  2. Place chicken thigh in pre-heated oven (160 degrees Celsius) and let cook for about 45 minutes.  Flip the chicken thighs every 15 minutes or so.
  3. Add some vegetables to complete the meal!