Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Home Cooking - Chicken, Carrots, |Cumara and Cheese

This post is brought to you by the letter C ^^!
Of all the characters in Sesame Street, Cookie Monster was my favourite ^^! Even though I did not really watch much of Sesame Street (I was brought up on anime hee hee). So I was sad when they had to change him to something else but the memories of the coolest song on Sesame Street stays with me (link). Looking back at this video just then, it is actually kinda creepy with his eyes going all over the place and a few others details... but we are drifting here.

Hahah I see laziness in my photo presentation -_-"

I am sorry to disappoint but there are no cookies in this meal haha even though I should have made some as I really feel like cookies now hee hee. This meal, however contains lots of other yummy foods starting with C so Here Comes the Food.

Honey Soy Chicken
I do not have exact measurements for this as I did it impromtu but generaly just get a nice amount of chicken wings (I used 2kgs) into a nice big mixing bowl. Add a generous amount of reduced salt soy sauce and big ooze of honey. I also crushed and added a few of cloves of garlic. A pinch of salt and pepper and then allow to marinade for a few hours or overnight.

Since I did not marinade my chicken wings for long enough (in a rush to get dinner done) the flavours didnt penetrate into the meat very well but the skin contained juicy mouthfuls of honey soy. Chicken wings are cheap and easy to just bake away in the oven at 180 degrees C for about an hour. Make sure to turn and flip them though as some may be closer to the heat and burn.

Roasted Kumara and Carrots with Honey and Five-spice
This recipe I found in a magazine but forgot which one :S
3 small (750g) kumara
1 bunch (500g) baby carrots
1/2 c (120g) honey
2 tbsp peanut oil
1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder

Cut kumara into eighths lengthways and peel and trim carrots leaving a little bit of the stalk attached. Mix all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and toss to ensure all pieces of vegetables are coated in the sauce. Bake at 150 degrees C for an hour and then at 250 degrees C for 15 mins or until browned.

I did not follow the recipe exactly but it still turned out pretty good with a sweet honey glazed taste. I knew I don't have any five-spice at home but I planned to substitute it with powdered cinnamon but I must have ran out of it as there was none at home :( I just added a bit more honey and sprinkled some salt and pepper on top. But adding the five-spice or cinnamon would produce a better dish with more depths of flavours so next time I shall make sure I am fully stocked hee hee.

For dessert nothing is better than some nice cheese and grapes ^^! Ash Brie is brie, which is awesome, with a ash coating which gives it a subtle mushroom taste. I cannot really taste the nutty character but the mushroom is a bit more obvious to me. Match up this bad boy with some grapes and yayyyy! Swirls of flavour in the mouth!

Mmmmmmmmmm chheeseee

I had a total Ratatouille moment when I ate this combination hee hee (awesome movie!)



D said...


Clumbsy Cookie said...

Nice meal! I want cookies now too, but let me tell you thosehoney carrots would be great too! Do you think we can use them to make cookies? Lol!

Anonymous said...

D - Yes most excellent :)

Clumbsy Cookie - Hee hee thhhxxx ^^! With your skills I think we can turn anything into cookies ;)