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Lemon Chicken Recipe

Lemon Chicken, Photo by JMorton

Lemon Chicken Recipe

This recipe is perfect for not too formal dinner party or just a treat for the family.

Ingredients

Method of Preparation:

  • Preheat the oven to 180º centigrade.
  • Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
  • Saute the garlic for just 1 minute, ensure not to burn the garlic to prevent a bitter taste.
  • Turn down the heat to low and then add the white wine, lemon zest, lemon juice, oregano, thyme, and 1 tsp of salt. Stir well then  pour into a large ceramic oven-proof
  • Wash the chicken and drain and dry with kitchen paper towels.
  • Put the chicken pieces into the ceramic dish and spoon into them the oil and lemon mixture.
  • Sprinkle with salt and a liberal amount of freshly ground black pepper.
  • Cover the ceramic dish with an aluminium foil and bake for 40 minutes, Then remove the cover, baste the chicken pieces with the juices and return into the oven and cook for a further half an hour or until the chicken is done.
  • Remove from the oven and let the chicken rest for at least 10 minutes.  Just perfect timing to prepare all the trimmings and setting the table.
  • Enjoy!

Roasted Sweet Apples Recipe

Bowl of apples from our garden
Photo by JMorton

Roasted Sweet Apples Recipe

This recipe is ideal served with roast pork and roast turkey.  Perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas celebration.

You can cook the apples separately with the roast pork or turkey but it would be better and tastier cooked around the meat of preference.  They would then soak up juices as the apples cook.

Ingredients:

  • 6 sweet apples
  • 50 g butter
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Method of Preparation:

  • Peel the apples, leaving them whole.  Remove the cores, easier using an apple corer.
  • Drizzle the lemon juice all over the apples, to prevent them browning even before they start cooking. 🙂
  • Insert a pat of butter into the middle of the apples, sprinkle with salt, cinnamon and a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper.
  • Put them around the roast 20 minutes before the meat is cooked.
  • Or put them on a baking sheet and cook separately on a preheated oven at 190ºC for 25 minutes.
  • Serve around the baked apples with the roasts.
  • Enjoy!

 

Mongolian Noodles Recipe

Mongolian Noodles, by Bless Mercado

Another noodle recipe to try at a Mongolian restaurant near you or better yet at home. 🙂

Mongolian Noodles Recipe

Ingredients

  • 300 g udon noodles, 
  • ¹⁄3 cup water
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and grated finely
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped finely 
  • 1 large onion, sliced finely
  • 2 chicken breasts, sliced thinly
  • 100 g bean sprouts
  • 1cup soy sauce
  • 1tsp chili paste
  • 1 bar firm silken tofu, cut into cubes
  • 2 bok choy, sliced, 

 

Method of Preparation:

  • First of, bring a large pan of salty water in to a boil.
  • Add the udon noodles and cook until just tender (Follow the packet’s instruction)
  • When cooked, drain the noodles and then set aside.
  • Heat a large wok over a medium to high heat.
  • Add the onion, garlic and ginger. Mix until fragrant.
  • Stir in the chicken breasts and cook until golden brown.
  • Add the bean sprouts and bok choy, stir.
  • Pour in 1/3 cup water.
  • Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
  • Add the soy sauce, and chili paste. Continue stirring.
  • Add the tofu cook for 2 minutes.
  • Finally add the udon noodles and stir for a minutes.
  • Add chopped flat parsley if you want.
  • Serve immediately.

Deep-Fried Spare Ribs Recipe

Deep-Fried Spare Ribs Recipe

This is truly delicious, a real treat to those who like a bit of meat, just like me.  The ribs are crunchy and spicy, perfect as a buffet dish for a party this Christmas.

Ingredients

  • 700 g pork spare ribs
  • 1 tbsp mild curry powder
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp rice wine or substituted with the same amount of dry sherry
  • 2 egg, beaten
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • vegetable oil for deep frying

Method of Preparation:

  • Chop each spare rib into  3-4 small pieces
  • Using a large bowl mix together the curry powder, rice wine, salt and black and pepper.
  • Mix in all the spare rib and thoroughly cover all the pieces.
  • In a separate bowl, make a batter by mixing in the beaten eggs with the flour.
  • Heat a wok or a large frying.
  • Add the oil.
  • Take a  few ribs and coat with the egg batter and then carefully drop into the hot oil. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until golden all over.
  • Remove from oil with a slotted spoon and drain over kitchen paper towels.
  • Repeat with the rest of the spare ribs.
  • Serve immediately with some salad.

Crispy Seaweed Recipe

 

Crispy Seaweed

Peter and I love crispy seaweeds.  We always order it as one of our starters when we dine out in Chinese restaurants.

There is something about its crispy texture that is rather pleasing to the tastebuds.

Of course we are well aware that this seaweed is not really seaweed as we know it.  It did not come from the sea. 🙂  In fact it is made from finely shredded spring green cabbage.

Peter asked me why is it then called a seaweed?!!! To hazard guest, I think because it does look like a seaweed when it is being prepared and cooked. Its corrugated crispy texture is like seaweed.

Anyway, as I have said, it is quite delicious and here a recipe for it.

Crispy Seaweed Recipe

 

Ingredients

  • 250 g Spring green cabbage (Kale is a good substitute)
  • 1½ tsp caster sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp shrimp powder (optional)
  • Oil for deep frying

Method of Preparation:

  • Prepare the spring green by washing it completely and ridding it of grits and little insects, you never know!  🙂 .  Trim off the tough stalks that run through each leaf.  Drain the leaves thoroughly with kitchen paper towels.
  • Using a good chopping board and an equally good and sharp knife, sliced the leaves into thin ribbons.
  • Spread them in a flat surface for 10-15 minutes to allow them to completely dry.
  • Heat the oil in a wok or a deep-fat fryer.
  • To cook the finely shredded cabbage evenly, they must be done in batches.  Carefully lower a bit of the spring green shreds into the hot oil.  When they have been cook they would crinkle and float.  Remove them with a slotted ladle and put them over kitchen paper towels to soak up excess oil.  Do the same thing with the rest of the batch.
  • For the topping, mix the the sugar and salt with the shrimp powder and sprinkle over the cabbage.
  • Serve immediately as a starter.

Spicy Spare Ribs in Banana Ketchup

Spare ribs, photo by Mae Mercado-Sanguer

Spicy Spare Ribs in Banana Ketchup

Banana ketchup has a very distinct taste.  It is sweet and spicy.

Apparently this condiment was created during the second world war by a Filipina food technologist, Maria Y. Oroza.

This came about because there was a shortage of tomatoes but there was an abundance of bananas.

What does Maria have to do to assuage hungry tummies wanting sauce for their less than appetising meagre repast.  Eureka!  Banana ketchup!

Not before long, Mafran was mass producing the product and the rest is history.

Banana ketchup is not just a condiment for the dinner table.  It has become a major ingredients in many a Filipino recipes such as in Filipinised Spaghetti Bolognese, omelette, etc.

Below is a spare rib recipe, which by the way can be made from beef or pork.  To maximise the taste, it is advisable to leave the ribs to marinate overnight.

 

Ingredients

  • 2½ lbs beef or pork spare ribs
  • 1 can Sprite or 7Up
  • salt
  • Oil for frying
  • 1 cup Banana Ketchup
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced to a paste
  • 3 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 2 bird’s eye chillies (labuyo), chopped finely
  • 2 onions, chopped finely
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar

Method of Preparation:

  • Wash the ribs and let it drain.  Rub them with salt and then set aside for 15 minutes.
  • Put the ribs in a large bowl and Pour the Sprite or 7Up over.  Leave to marinate for half and hour.
  • Using a mixing bowl, put together the banana ketchup, garlic, butter or margarine, chillies, onions, black pepper, bay leaf and caster sugar.  Give it a thorough mix.
  • Pour this to the marinating ribs in Sprite.  Give it a good stir to cover the meat completely.
  • Cover the bowl of ribs with cling film and leave in the fridge overnight.
  • Heat the oil in a large pan or deep-fryer.
  • Scrape off the juices and sauces from the ribs and carefully lower into the hot oil.  Fry them in batches.
  • Cook until golden all over.
  • Pour the marinade into a pan and heat until bubbling hot.
  • Serve this as a sauce for the ribs.
  • Enjoy with some salad and boiled rice a la Filipino style. 🙂

 

Sotanghon Guisado


Sotanghon Guisado

Ingredients

    • 1 pack Sotanghon (glass noodles)
    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • 3 cloves garlic, chopped finely
    • 1 cup shrimps, shell removed
    • 1 large chicken breast, sliced thinly
    • 1½ cups chicken broth (chicken bouillon dissolved in 1½ cup of hot water)
    • 1/2 Chinese cabbage, sliced
    • 100g mange taut (sitsaro), topped and tailed
    • 1/2 bell pepper, chopped
    • 1 carrot, peeled and julliened
    • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
    • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
    • fish sauce or salt

Glass Noodle (Sotanghon) Photo by Bless Mercado

Ingredients, photo by Bless Mercado

Method of Preparation:

  • Prepare the sotanghon according to the packet’s instruction.
  • Heat the wok or a large frying pan.
  • Add the oil and let it heat.
  • Saute the garlic until brown but not burnt.
  • Add the onions and cook until translucent.
  • Tip in the chicken and stir until it has changed colour to ‘whitish”.
  • Add the carrot, mange taut, cabbage and bell pepper.
  • Stir in the shrimps and cook for
  • Pour in the the chicken broth and soy sauce.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Check that the vegetables are cooked.
  • Then add the sotanghon.
  • Correct the seasoning by adding fish sauce or salt, according to taste.
  • Give it a good stir.
  • Serve immediately as an afternoon snack.

Don’t forget to spritz with a touch of lemon or calamansi.

Yummy

 

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