September 10, 2018

Monthly Mystery Munchies #35: Quick and Easy Roast Chicken

Category: Food

5 months later, folks!

Thanks to my partner in crime, Gen from Eat, Play, Clove,here I am with our MMM#35 re-debuting back into the blogosphere.  We went way back, Gen and I. At her suggestion, we agreed on “Roast Anything” as the theme for this month.  

Nothing too complicated this time; my life is complicated enough (stories for many more blog posts in the time to come)

The theme also gave me a chance to resurrect one of my old recipes which I haven’t done in a long, long time: Roast Chicken – juicy, succulent, flavourful and flesh dropping-off the bones.

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This is one easy recipe to try. It takes only 15 minutes to prep, half an hour to marinate and then you leave it in the oven for a good 1 hour (thereabouts) to roast till its cooked. If you so prefer, make that special Chicken Rice with it.

Mind you, not just chicken and rice. I’m referring to the type of Chicken Rice we usually get in back in Asia – complete with chicken soup,  rice cooked in chicken broth and accompanied by really, really good chilli sauce. It used to be my go-to food for lunch or dinner when I was still living in Singapore. There are always only a few good chicken rice go-to stalls as well. Not all chicken rice are made equal! 

For now, let’s stick to just the Roasted Chicken recipe. Make sure you have some spices handy: 

Easy & Quick Roasted Chicken
Serves 6
Succulent, flavourful and flesh-dropping-off-the bone type of recipe. You'll love this recipe for its quick and easy preparation.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 8 pieces chicken legs
  2. 2 inch ginger, pounded
  3. 2 tbsp sweet soya (black) sauce
  4. 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  5. 3 tbsp honey
  6. 1 tspn salt
  7. 1 tspn ground white paper
  8. 2 tspn ALL SPICE powder
  9. 2 tspn tumeric powder
  10. 1.5 tspn cumin powder
  11. 1 inch ginger sliced
  12. Tumeric Leaves (optional)
Sides/Garnishes
  1. Cucumber, sliced
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  2. Combine pounded ginger, soy sauces, honey, salt, white pepper, All Spice powder, tumeric and cumin and rub it all over the chicken. Leave it to marinade for min. 15 minutes.
  3. Prepare aluminum foil – put in the marinated chicken and spread the sliced ginger on top of the chicken. Lay the tumeric leaves over the chicken (if using)
  4. Crimp the aluminum foil together end-to-end loosely. Put in the oven for 30-40minutes
  5. After which, open up the aluminium foil a little bit and roast for 5-10 minutes till golden brown and the skin becomes crispier. (Leave it too long or the chicken will get dry)
  6. Once the skin is brown enough, keep the aluminum foil loosely crimped together to keep it moist
  7. Serve with salad or rice on the side.
Notes
  1. An easy dish to make to satisfy even the pickiest pallete.
Adapted from Grubbs 'n Critters
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There is nothing not to like about this chicken. For me, it’s like food for the soul. The family loves it. What’s great about this is I’ve got Gen to thank for cheering me on and nudging me to re-create a dish which I have otherwise neglect. 

Let’s pop over to check what’s on her plate at Gen’s #35 Monthly Mystery Munchies. I think I have an inkling just what it might be! 😉  

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Monthly Mystery Munchies features every first Friday of the month in collaboration with Gen, Author of Eat, Play, Clove. (I had to postpone this fom last Friday because I have been quite a lot out of whack in the recent months) Stay tuned with next month’s edition from the Grubbs ‘n Critters’ Kitchen!

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April 6, 2018

Monthly Mystery Munchies #34: Savoury Cake

You read that right: Savoury. Cake.

Whoever says cake has to be sweet? Because if you are anything like my mother-in-law, baking a sweet cake would just be a waste of sugar, butter, flour and eggs as she doesn’t like sweet stuff. Typically cakes. Which automatically means that a typically sweet, spongy, creamy birthday cake would be lost on her.

So how?

That’s when we thought about making a cake savoury. She loves cheese – lots of it, though cheese cake is a no-no. We somehow have to use real, hardcore cheese. Ironically,  that has actually inspired the theme for this month’s mystery munchies where the challenge is to use berries and pistachios. 

All wrapped up in filo, glazed with butter and blueberry sauce
Right out from the oven!

Sold yet? No? you will be after this because what you see in the above picture is only half complete.

What you don’t see is the soft, gooey Camembert cheese sprinkled with crushed pistachios underneath layers and layers of filo delicately brought together with melted butter.  It is then topped again with blueberry sauce before crinkling the filo together at the top, drizzle it with more blueberry sauce and pistachios.

You cannot go wrong with this. It’s fail-proof  and I  highly recommend it:

Savoury Cake: Camembert in Filo topped with Blueberry Sauce & Pistachios
Serves 5
Cheesy, savoury, nutty and gooey alternative to sweet cakes!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 block of Camembert cheese
  2. 5-8 sheets of filos
  3. Melted butter
  4. One cup of blueberries
  5. 1/3 cup sugar and some water
  6. 100g crushed pistachios
Instructions
  1. Mix fresh blueberries with sugar and water in a hot pan. Reduce the mixture into a sauce. Cool and set aside.
  2. Layer 5-8 sheets of filo one on top of the other with melted butter in between each sheets
  3. Place the camembert in the middle of the filo sheets
  4. Glaze the top of the cheese with blueberry sauce and top with the nuts
  5. Cover the cheese by crinkling the filo sheets together.
  6. Spread melted butter around the filo
  7. Top it wth the leftover sauce and sprinkle more pistachios
  8. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the filo turns brown
  9. Serve hot!
Notes
  1. Feel free to layer with more cheese on top or substitute with a different type of cheese such as brie.
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This has been the easiest and fastest, no-fuss birthday cake I have ever made. For cheese lovers, I bet this is must be a real treat and there is room to wriggle by adding another layer of cheese on top of it with all sorts of nuts to go with it.

A great substitute for those who are adverse to sweet cakes.

This has once again been a good exercise to stretch the creativity of what’s possible with simple ingredients such as berries and pistachios. Knowing Gen’s affinity for berries and nuts herself (pun on nuts intended!).  I have no doubt that Gen would double the pleasure with her berry-nutty creation for this month.

Let’s pop over to check what’s on her plate at Gen’s #34 Monthly Mystery Munchies  she’ll be making with this crazy, little twist. 

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Monthly Mystery Munchies features every first Friday of the month in collaboration with Gen, Author of Eat, Play, Clove. Stay tuned with next month’s edition from the Grubbs ‘n Critters’ Kitchen!

 

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March 2, 2018

Monthly Mystery Munchies #33: B&B Sliders with Caramelised Onions

When my pal from the other side of the world suggested beef and bacon for this month’s theme, I said why yes! Of course, we can! I mean I just made it the week before the theme was revealed.  It was just the perfect thing to do.

Only, I was bummed out that I did not take any photos as I did not think it was anything “theme-worthy”. Then Gen suggested this and I thought what the hell! So beef and bacon it shall be. 

Since we are pretty much a pork-free household, my natural instinct is to substitute the bacon with turkey bacon instead. I’m sure Gen doesn’t mind with my choice of substitute and with that I decided on something super simple in the form of sliders.

Yep. Sliders. The burger-like sort of meal…mini sandwiches so to speak. The kind that can be served as snacks, as a prelude to dinner or dinner itself. I call it the B&B sliders.

What’s in a bun?
There’s more to the buns than the bun itself

B and B. That’s Beef and Bacon (turkey) for you.

The only extra ingredient I added into this slider was a generous serving of caramelised onions. Sweet, yummy and mojofied onions caramelised and sandwiched in between soft buns, deliciously seasoned beef, turkey bacon and cheddar cheese.

Ready to roll? Here’s the recipe:

B&B Sliders with Caramelised Onions
Serves 8
The Bs and Cs of mini sandwiches made with beef, (turkey) bacon and buns. Stuffed with cheddar and caramelised-onions.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  2. 1 tbsp brown sugar
  3. 1 tbsp butter
  4. 500g-800g minced beef
  5. 2-3 tbsp taco seasoning
  6. 1 tbsp dried sage
  7. 2 tspn dried oregano
  8. Salt and Pepper to taste
  9. Turkry bacon
  10. 8 soft buns
  11. Cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat up pan and melt butter
  2. Add in onions with sugar. Saute and let it caramelise for about 5 minutes. Set aside
  3. Mix the minced beef with taco seasoning, oregano, sage, salt and pepper
  4. Flatten the meat into a flat pan and shove it into the oven for about 10 minutes to brown.
  5. Once browned, set aside.
  6. Slice the buns into 2 halves. Assemble the bottom half into a baking tray.
  7. Place the baked minced beef on top of it and layer the turkey bacon
  8. Continue to grill till the bacon strips turn a little brown and let the juice seep through the meat
  9. Remove the bacon and fry in the pan without oil. This makes the bacon crispy to be used as toppings
  10. To complete the assembly, spread cheddar and caramelised onions on top of the meat
  11. Cover with the other half of the bun
  12. Grill the bun into the oven for another 5-10 minutes before serving
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This takes no time at all. Perfect for when you don’t have the time to serve elaborate meal for the family, but need something filling. Also perfect for when you have unexpected guests and you don’t know what else you can make on a fly. 

Need I say more? This has once again been a real pleasure to make. So satisfying to layer it all up, one at a time!

Let that juice seep in
Layer the cheddar
Cover it with caramelised onions and bacon
Slice it through

Just when I thought I’ll be running out of ideas, Gen is there to give me a big nudge. Never mind the simple ingredients, MMM is brilliant, I tell you! 

Now that that’s done, click away and come with me to check out what our South African Cheftress is up to with her beef and bacon. She’ll whet your appetite with her #33 Monthly Mystery Munchies for sure and offer you with additional idea as to what you can make for dinner for the weekend, too.   

If you please, I’m bringing along my B&B Sliders to  to #FiestaFriday so make sure you make it there for more bites, too.

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Monthly Mystery Munchies features every first Friday of the month in collaboration with Gen, Author of Eat, Play, Clove. Stay tuned with next month’s edition from the Grubbs ‘n Critters’ Kitchen!

 

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