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Chicken Adobo a la London

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I was happy how this recipe turned out. It was really good. Perfect for parties, bring it out in the garden for an additional summer barbecue fare.

Chicken Adobo a la London

Ingredients

2 lbs chicken pieces of thighs and legs
3 pieces dried bay leaves, I used those fresh from my garden
3 tbsp soy sauce
6 tbsp vinegar
3 -6 cloves garlic, chopped finely
1 cup water
2 tbsp cooking oil
1 tsp Demerara Sugar
1 tsp whole peppercorn
Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In a little container,  mix together the soy sauce and garlic.
  2. In a separate large glass container, a lidded Pyrex glass, arrange the chicken pieces and then pour over them the soy sauce mix to marinate for at least three hours or overnight in the fridge.
  3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan.
  4. Fry the marinated chicken pieces and garlic slivers in the oil.  Cook the  the chicken until golden brown on all sides.  Be careful with the frying as bazookas of hot oil and liquid sometimes will shoot out. 🙂 Ouch
  5. I transferred the cook chicken pieces into a casserole pan and then poured into it the remaining marinade, also adding the cup of water and vinegar. (My mother had told me never to stir the adobo before the vinegary sauce has started to boil. – No idea why!)
  6. Add the bay leaves and whole peppercorn, put the lid on the casserole and simmer for half an hour or until chicken is cooked.
  7. Sprinkle in the sugar.
  8. Check that the sauce is to your liking.  Add more vinegar if not rightly sour, add soy sauce if it is still bland and if preferred season with a dash of salt.
  9. Serve Immediately with freshly boiled rice.

Optional!  To make the Chicken Adobo that little bit more special:

From Step 8, continue cooking a little longer.

  • Minced a couple of garlic cloves
  • Heat a little oil and saute the garlic.
  • Take out the chicken pieces from the casserole, leaving the sauce to simmer until it reduces.
  • Fry the chicken pieces in the garlic until they start to sizzle.
  • Arrange neatly in a serving platter and pour sauce over the pieces.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Lost in Space Reboot 2018 – Review

 

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Lost in Space Reboot 2018 – Review

Referring to my previous post announcing the return of the classic 1960s TV sci fi series, here is my take on Lost in Space – Review,

Jean & I binged watched all the episodes over two nights. In our humble opinion Netflix have done well with this reboot. I watched the original series when a youngster. It was good to hear the original & iconic theme music, especially when the Robinson family’s spacecraft Jupiter 2 took to the skies.

In these introduction episodes, there are a  few changes from  the original plot and storyline as of course can be expected as reboots usually vary a little bit from the original.

The Robinson family are part of other  colonists, including other families too, each with their own Jupiter designated spacecraft. The Jupiters’ are docked in the much larger  mother ship called ‘The Resolution’, which has a mysterious and  secret faster than normal human technology space drive.

This mysterious drive is the key to the unfolding story.

The Resolution is taking the colonists to a nearby exo planet near the star Alpha Centauri.

A catastrophe occurs and the family have to flee the mother ship in their Jupiter(2) & land on an unknown planet which can sustain life.

Quite a few media critics who saw the first two episodes on preview,  were lukewarm in their comments .

As I have found with other reboot  TV series such as the excellent ‘Star Trek Discovery’, the whole series has to be watched to get a truer opinion. At the end of its first run after initial criticisms, ‘Discovery’ won over the majority of it’s critics and die hard Star Trek fans. The characters are seen to evolve over the series as does the story line.

The (different from the original) bickering and a touch dysfunctional Robinson family finally  come together in adversity as these critics would have seen had they kept with the series.

Jean & I liked the evolving characters and exciting story, there was some funny humour and excellent CGI, overall a good reboot. We hope it will return for series two.

We currently await to see if Lost In Space will be renewed by Netfix for a second series. The viewing figures are apparently good  and we should know soon.

Jean said that this reboot gives a different connotation to:

Danger, Will Robinson!

All in all, we highly recommend this series for an exciting watch for the whole family!
 

Stop Press!

Netflix recently confirmed that there will be a second series, possibly airing later in 2019 or early 2020. 🙂

 

 

Beef Goulash Recipe

Beef Goulash, photo by JMorton

I think the best way to eat beef is by slow cooking it in stew or casserole to make every sinew mouth-wateringly soft especially when using cheap cuts of meat.

Goulash is a Hungarian national dish. This dish is a history in itself.

During the 9th century, goulash or rather gulyas was a staple of Hungarian herdsmen, looking after the cattle.  They used to eat cuts of beef boiled with vegetables.  The word gulyas actually means herdsmen.

Then came the 15th century and the invasion of the Ottoman Turks.  The Turks introduced paprika to Hungary.

Hungary loved paprika.

They embraced paprika into their cuisine in such a big way.   Gulyas got the paprika treatment, which we know now as goulash.

To cook an authentic goulash, be generous with the paprika.

Recipe to follow and the postulant cook is experimenting!

 

 

 

TONYMOLY Pureness 100 Mask Sheet (Variety Set – 10 Sheets) Review


TONYMOLY Pureness 100 Mask Sheet (Variety Set – 10 Sheets) Review

I was intrigued with all the face masks being use in Asian dramas, especially with Kdramas (Korean Dramas).  It made me want to try them too.

Where can I get them?  There is only one place really,  Good old Amazon.

So I ordered a set of TONYMOLY Pureness 100 Mask Sheet (Variety Set – 10 Sheets).

They are manufactured in South Korea, where they seemed to have mastered this kind of beauty treatment.

It arrived quickly but due to the busy Christmas season, I put the mask set away.

And yesterday, I remembered them.

They come in a variety of usefulness in skin care.

There was the snail mask, which is apparently good fro skin damage care,  but I think I will pass on that and let Peter, the hubby, enjoy their goodness.  🙂 🙂 🙂

After cleansing my face, I put the mask on.  I chose the Pearl Mask sheet which is apparently a brightening one.

I left this wet, gloopy cold cotton sheet on my face for half an hour, in which I looked like Michael Myers.

It itched a little bit with a little needle like stabbing, I don’t know if it was more psychological as I  was anticipating some side effect as I have a rather sensitive skin. 🙂

When I removed it, I was very pleasantly surprised.  My tired faced looked so much brighter and much more supple and it lasted well.

I think I would start using them more regularly.  Love them.

I noticed too that they have been reduced at Amazon by two pounds off the original price.  Get to order some more.

Ted Baker Samsung Galaxy 8


Ted Baker Samsung Galaxy 8


I have just upgraded or rather renewed by contract with Carphone warehouse of my iPhone to Samsung Galaxy 8. I have to admit I have gotten used with the ease of iPhone that it took a little while (very little) to get familiar with an android. The last phone I had which was an android was a Blackberry, many years ago.

My daughter-in-law, Stacey said that she heard positive reviews of Samsung G8, but she also heard that it is rather delicate and the glass face is prone to break at the slightess drop. I was rather worried about that, but I can’t really change it because the receipt had been printed and I don’t think I could go through doing the whole administration once again. OMG, it was such a palaver. I had to give my telephone number several times as well as my date of birth and go through the terms and conditions as well. It was like signing for the official secret act.

Anyway, as the phone is allegedly delicate, I daren’t use it much until I got a lovely phone cover.

I went to Amazon.co.uk and had a look. There are so much to choose from.

But as a homage to the Chinese New Year, I choose a Ted Baker case with beautiful dainty flowers in Chinese design.

The case was delivered within three days, good one Amazon, and I was really pleased with the case.  The inside case has a little mirror, which is ideal for taking selfie.  You can look at it and prepare your beautifulest smile.

The Samsung galaxy 8 slotted easily into the case, which is now holding it securely.  The flip cover has magnetic clasp that hold the two flaps flat together when open to answer the phone.

Happy the cover and really beautiful too.

 

KFC Colonel’s Club Card Review

Colonels Club card, iphone photo by PH Morton

KFC Colonel’s Club Card Review

The idea for a Colonel’s club for deep fried chicken lovers, such as I, was just brilliant.

At last my devotion and patronage to the Colonel Sanders “finger lickin’ good” chicken are recognised and validated.  🙂 🙂 🙂  I am now in the Colonnel’s club.  yehey.

But so far, I find that being a member is not what it is all cracked up to be.

To date, I don’t  appear to be getting the full membership benefit at the Golders Green branch of KFC.

For the last two visits I made this month alone, claiming the free coffee upon presentation of the Colonel’s club card was more trouble than it’s worth.

It was such a palaver.  I ordered a KFC family meal and a free coffee, through the Colonel’s club card. The cash machine/card reader stated that I was entitled to a free coffee but it spewed receipt billing me for it.  It took three customer service clerks came to look at what was happening but they did not really know what to make of it.  However on principle, I am not willing to pay for a coffee that is supposed to be free despite the embarrassment from annoyed customers waiting for their turn.

As I was not budging, in the end they had to give me the coffee after consultation with their higher management. 🙁

Today, I presented the same card at the same branch of KFC in Golders Green.  They said their machine is offline so sorry for the inconvenience.   I was very disappointed but what can I do?

As I was waiting for my order to arrive, another customer was having a little contretemps with the KFC customer service clerk.  She was waving her smartphone to the clerk showing the mobile apps for her free chicken wings but wasn’t getting it as the cash machine said ‘NO’.  The irate customer said, “Forget it,  keep your blood chicken wings!!!”

I think the Colonel should retrain his foot soldiers on how the club works.  It is disappointing for us members; it feels like we are not fully assimilated into the glory of Colonel Sander’s club.  What is the point of it then?!!!

Kitchin N1 – Buffet Restaurant – Review

KitchinN1, photo by iPhone by JMorton

As it was going to be my birthday soon, we decided to have our family  birthday celebration dinner this weekend, because it would be impossible to get together on a weekday due to work and school commitments.

We decided this time to go farther afield to Kings Cross not too far on the Tube. as we have been to most of restaurants in our locality in North West London.

So our Stacey searched for a restaurant that would cater to our different tastes in food.

Not too spicy for Nathan’s sake being only 8 years old.

Not pasta for Peter as not partial to Italian food.

Steak for James.

More adventurous recipes for Stacey who likes to try different cuisine.

As for me, the birthday girl, I’ll eat anything, the more the better as long as it is vegetable, seafood, pork, beef, lamb, chicken, duck and the occasional venison.  No other animals please.

Inside KitchinN1 Restaurant, photo by JMorton

Buffet, photo by JMorton

Kitchin N1 – Buffet Restaurant – Review

Kitchin NI in Kings Cross was the ideal choice.  It is an eat all you can buffet restaurant, serving Chinese, Italian, Indian, Thai and a little Indonesian (I love the Nasi Goreng).

We got there just before the opening time for dinner at 5:00pm.  There was already a queue forming.  Thank goodness, Stacey booked us a table.

When we were shown to our table, there was a flyer, giving a mini-etiquette on how to go about the eat all you can buffet.  It reminded the diner not to overload the plates as one is more than welcome to go back for more, no matter how many times during the course.

Without much preamble, I sauntered into the buffet area, selected and filled my plate with different meats cooked a la Indian style.

Peter, Stacey, James and a very starving Nathan followed suit.

I have to say, I enjoyed my Indian meal.  It was very tasty.

I went back for more and this time I tried the Chinese.  I am afraid I was not very impressed with the Peking duck.  The duck was cold and their crunch and crispness had been replaced by dryness and toughness.  It wasn’t tasty.

Thank goodness for the Nasi Goreng though, it was delicious and Stacey agreed.  This Indonesian rice dish was appetising and went well with the sweet chilli chicken.

Stacey told me that it was meant to be seafood night today and she said she saw plenty of huge prawns at the farthest table near the salad dishes.

I had a look but the prawn was in the lightest of pink, almost white, and looked rather cold.  If a seafood is cold, I am not interested.  And I was not interested.

I heard from Peter who partook a few that it was not that good. He commented that the prawns tasted watery like they just have been defrosted.

Nathan was happy with his meal.  He was delighted with the chocolate fountain and the dipped marshmallows, he looked so cute with all the chocolate drips in his mouth and chin, just how a child should look after a good meal.

All in all, we did enjoy the food but Peter said he was not happy with the first plate he picked, it was barely clean and the next one had water still running on it.  He was unlucky, my plate was alright.

The service was good too, they removed the used plates immediately preventing unsightly dirty dishes whilst we were having our next course.

At nearly 18 pounds for an evening meal rate each, one should be really hungry to get a real value for money.  I think we did as evidenced by bulging stomach complete with stomach ache.

Ha ha ha  Happy Birthday to Me.

Next stop is Bang Bang for my actual Birthday!  Yey

Mussels with Malunggay and Potato Viand

mussels, photo by Ruben Ortega

Mussels with Malunggay and Potato Viand

This recipe is perfect for all kinds of weather but more so during the colder times.  It is healthy as well.  It is rich in minerals and vitamins.

Malunggay is fast becoming a superfood which contains a lot of nutrients good for the repair and maintenance of body tissues.

Ingredients

 

  • 1-2 lbs. mussels, cleaned of all grits and scum
  • 2 inches ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 6-8 pieces each.
  • 1 large bunch of malunggay leaves, hard stalks trimmed off and discarded
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced
  • 6 cups water
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste

 

 Method of Preparation:

 

  1. In a large casserole pan, bring the water to a boil.
  2. Drop in the onions and ginger.   Cover the casserole pan and leave to simmer for 8 minutes.
  3. Add the potatoes and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the mussels and gently simmer for 5 minutes
  5. Sprinkle salt and ground black pepper.
  6. Add the malunggay leaves and cook for 5 minutes without covering the casserole.
  7. Quickly check the seasoning.  Add a little bit more salt and black pepper if needed.
  8. Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy with freshly boiled rice and some side dishes.

Super, super yummy.

 

Christmas Wish List…

Christmas Tree, photo by JMorton

I love everything about Christmas.  I love putting up all the Christmas decorations.  I love planning the Christmas meal, I love the meeting and mingling with friends, I love writing and sending the Christmas cards and most especially I love the shopping, the buying of gifts.  Though I love the latter so much, it does not mean I do not get stress about it,   It is hard to please everybody but at the end of the day, I chose the gift with all the love in my heart and if they don’t want what they got, well it is just too bad!  🙂

Christmas Wish List…

Backpacks are so in at the moment.  Probably because they are so convenient to carry and quite out of the way, freeing your hands and arms for other things. 🙂 There are some really nice ones in the market right now. DOLCE & GABBANA  Crimson or Aqua Canvas Backpack. 

Halloween Zippos Circus

Russian Trapeze artist, photo by PH Morton

As it was half term this week, we took our  8-year old grandson Nathan out for the day.

We conspired with his parents to keep our trip to the circus a total surprise.  We thought we should give him maximum excitement for the day.  We all imagined the glorious look on his young face as he finds out we are going to the circus.  Yehey a treat!

I did not take into consideration that I may have passed down my gene of coulrophobia to my grandson, afterall my son, his dad, has got it too.  LOL 🙂 🙂 🙂

Russian Trapeze artist, photo by PH Morton

Halloween Zippos Circus

There we were, about to cross the busy Prince Charles Drive into the circus when Nathan, suddenly threw a wobble.  “I am not going to the circus, I hate circus, I hate clowns!!!”  “I want to go golfing!  You said we are going to play golf.”

Whose idea was it to keep the circus trip a surprise?!!!  I was like calculating how much we spent buying ring side tickets at £27.50 each for Peter and I and £21.50 for Nathan.  Aw oh! Aw oh! (Tip No 1, circus in not everyone’s cup of tea, don’t keep it a surprise LOL)

I said to Nathan, I am scared of clowns as well so he has to come to the circus to protect me.  For good measure I told him I’ll buy him anything.

Peter, bless him,  said there are no clowns in this circus because it will be a Halloween special.

Despite trepidation, Nathan was persuaded to go in.  We arrived an hour early thinking there will be a long queue.  We were actually one of the first to arrive.  Thank goodness, we got our tickets online. (Tip No 2: Book online for hustle free time; save queueing)

We got into the circus tent entrance where there is a catering van like in fairs selling hotdogs, popcorn, candy floss, tea and slushy. (Tip No 3:  Bring your own snacks and drinks, food prices at the tent is horrendously expensive at £5 for a bucket of popcorn or candy floss.  Hotdogs are £4.50 each.)

Finally the circus.

We got to our ring-side seat.  The warm up was fun, even our nervous Nathan started to liven up.  Giving me instruction to applause, then Booo and then say WOW.

The ringmaster of Zippos circus is Norman Barrett, MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire)  He invited us to sing a birthday song for the circus.  Apparently he will lead a show next year to celebrate the 250 years anniversary of the invention of modern circus.

The acts were incredible and some are death-defying that Nathan confessed that he found them disturbing.

He was really concerned with a lovely Russian lady did the trapeze, hanging on her foot on a swing suspended high up is both amazing and disconcerting.  So much so that Nathan said started to cover his eyes and saying “she is going to die”  Peter and I gave Nathan a hug telling him that the lady practiced the act so many times she’s an expert on it.  As I was saying this she put a noose on her neck and then started twirling round and round.  That scared me.  Nathan and I both said almost at the same time “Disturbing!” 🙂

The circus was a two-hour show from entertainers around the world.  There were a troupe from Havana, Cuba, a juggling American, horsemen from Kazakhstan, Knife throwers, Lucius Troupe in their phenomenally dangerous motorbike stunt inside the Globe of Steel.  Smoke blowing with a difference was also quite spectacular.

Though it was fantastic human feat, Juma, African contortionist, was just too excruciating to watch in the entirety of his act. OMG!  You have to see what he does to understand what I am saying. Ouchhhh

For Nathan and I, the highlight of the show were the budgies.  They were just too cute to be true.  Their showmanship was beyond amazing.  Peter said for him, the best part was Lucius Troupe in the Globe of Death also known as the Wall of Death.

With the entertainment provided, I would say they are worth the money we paid to see their act. But having said that, Nathan said he doesn’t want to see another circus for a long time.  LOL

By the way, not a single clown was on the show! 🙂

 

 

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