Sunday dinner snack night

Instead of having one big full meal, it’s good to have snacks to fill up your stomach on Sunday night. Checking out the page of Tasty on Facebook, and found a lot of snacks that I would like to try. I was thinking to make five of them, but I ended up with making only three, already feel full. Maybe I will try to make to other two tomorrow.

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1. Jalapenos with cream cheese and bacon

This one is definitely worth to make it, as it is so easy but tasty! Jalapenos + cream cheese + bacon = in oven 220C for 15 minutes, that’s it!!! So Yummy!

2. Potato chips

They showed how to do potato wedges, but I ended up to make potato chips, and I’ve also improvised a bit. Cut potato in to strips or wedges, season them with olive oil, salt, ground paprika, rosemary and thyme. In oven 200C around 25 minutes, then add parmesan cheese and pepper, then grill 5 to 10 minutes.

3. Chicken nuggets with salad

They called it chicken popcorn, I feel a bit weird with the name as it sounds like chickenpox. I rather called it mini chicken nuggets. Cut chicken breast into cubes, and dip them into egg white, then fill the surface with breadcrumbs. They used Ritz crackers, but I think breadcrumbs will do the same job. I just add some salt because Ritz crackers are already salty, but not for breadcrumbs. Place them nicely on a bake tray in the oven under 220C for 12 to 15 minutes. Melt some butter, add chili powder and some lime juice, put it back in the oven and grill it for another 5 minutes.

 

I’ve also trying to make other snacks the day after, and I’ve done this avocado with prosciutto wrap, also very simple. Cut the avocado into wedges, wrap each piece with prosciutto, and then pan fry them. Serve them with some Romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese and a touch of lime juice.

 

Refreshing green sauce . chimichurri to go with the steak

Hot Summer here in Hong Kong, thinking to cook something refreshing for our Sunday dinner. A refreshing green sauce, chimichurri could be a nice idea, to go with the flank steak, and served with some grilled vegetables instead of salad.

Well, actually chimichurri sauce is something that we can cook in advance, it’s fine to make more than what you need and the trick is to chill them in the fringe. Use it when you need it for the steak and actually it is also nice to use as dips for your bread. Make sure you have some chimichurri made few hours or days before you use them, put them in a glass bottle in the fringe.

How to make the chimichurri sauce is pretty simple, just put all the ingredients in the food processor to finely chop and blend them. The ingredients are, parsley, oregano, garlic, shallot, green chili or jalapenos, red chili, lemon zest but this could be an option, good amount of olive oil around 100ml, red wine vinegar or white vinegar and a pinch of salt, please adjust the amount of chili or jalapenos, it all depends on the level of spiciness that you can take. When the sauce is well blended, leave it in the fringe for a good couple of hours at least, before serving.

On the other hand, you can prepare the vegetable. I was cooking with some brussels sprouts, corn and some mini peppers. Cut the corn in half, slice the mini pepper and remove the seeds, place them in a tray and brush them with some melted butter, or add some olive oil to make sure there is enough oil there to grill them. Season them with a bit of salt and pepper, then place them in the oven under 190C to grill for around 25 mins. I cooked the brussels sprouts with butter in a saucepan, just fry them until they are soft and cooked, season them with some salt and pepper as well.

For the flank steak, season them with salt and pepper before cooking. Make sure the steak is defrost and with room temperature before cooking, in order to avoid having raw and cold meat in the middle of the steak. Make sure the pan is really hot and fry both side for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, and let the meat stay medium cooked. Do not cut the meat right away, try to let the juice sit inside for few minutes, then cut the steak against the grain in order to keep it tender, in that way the steak should be less chewy. Serve the cut flank steak with some chimichurri sauce on top, and some grilled vegetable aside.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Chicken Soup for my sick Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I really wish everyone having a great day! To me, Valentine’s Day is a bit too commercialise, all the retailers are pushing to sell more for valentine’s gift. A dozen of roses costed HKD2,380, something like USD300, way too much!  If today is about love, we should just love our love, do something nice together and enjoy the time being together.

Unfortunately, my husband is sick today, still sick. He has been sick for few days already, and he is really craving for chicken soup, he said that’s what he used to have all the time when he was sick back in Germany. The one he was showing me, is actually an instant soup with pasta, I am just thinking how good can a can soup be? Why don’t I cook a real chicken soup? By the way, it will be impossible to find that German can soup here in Hong Kong.

I found it funny that how westerners see chicken soup compare to Chinese. For us, if we catch a flu, Chinese doctor will tell us not to have chicken, and chicken soup for sure is not good. But for westerners, chicken soup is something that you should have when you catch a flu or having fever, because chicken soup can help you to boost your immune system. I really don’t understand why Westerners and Chinese have such a big difference towards chicken, my husband said maybe because we do have a lot of problem with chicken, such as bird flu, I am not sure if that is the reason.

So, the chicken soup with pasta ended up so tasty and my husband loves it. Hope he will feel better tomorrow. The ingredients of the chicken soup are: first of all, of course the chicken! I was struggling with getting the whole chicken or just using chicken pieces, so I ended up with the whole chicken just because I found this Danish chicken at the supermarket. It will be difficult if I have to cook the soup with the local Chinese chicken, as they are all so skinny and boney. Vegetables are also important for this soup, onion, celery and carrot, as well as leek; spices are also important, as that help you to open up your nose, black pepper, red pepper, cayenne pepper, cumin and allspice. You also need herbs: chopped rosemary and parsley, get some garlic, jalapeños and red chilli pepper as well.

Chop everything and get ready, I also remove the skin of the chicken, because I think it’s better. Make sure you have a pot is big enough, because with everything in will take up lots of space. Heat up the pot with olive oil, fry the onion, celery and carrot until they start to sweat, cut the whole chicken into four big pieces and place them in the pot. Put all the herbs and spices in the pot, except parsley and leek. Pour water inside the pot that covering all ingredients and let it boil, then switch to low heat and let it boil for 90 minutes. After one and a half hour, take out the chicken, and you need to debone the chicken. It will be super easy because the meat will become so tender and so easy to remove. The only thing is too hot! You can use two forks to get that done easily. At the same time, you can boil a pot of hot water and boil the shell pasta and get it ready. Place all chicken meat back into the soup, and put the leek and parsley. I guess now you can switch off the stove. About the pasta, you can do it in two ways, either you pour everything in the soup, but they will grow and become bigger and bigger later on; or you can leave them aside, only mix them with the soup when you eat them, so they don’t soak up all the soup. Serve the soup with a squeeze of lemon juice to add some freshness and vitamin C as well.

I am happy that my husband already feel a lot better after having the soup! Happy Valentine’s Day 😉