Monday, 10 December 2012

Chinese chicken.

I can't claim this to be 100% authentic, but the flavours and ingredients in this dish is a beautiful healthy take on a Chinese takeaway. This recipe is taken from BBC Good Food Healthy Eats cookbook, and it made a lovely weekday meal. The Chinese chicken was easy to make, and I had it on the table in around 30 minutes.
Here is how my Chinese chicken turned out:
Healthy Chinese chicken
Ingredients for Chinese chicken.
1 egg white
1 tbsp cornflour, plus 1 tsp extra
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced
1-2 tbsp vegetable oil
1tbsp fish sauce
juice of 1 lime
1 red pepper, seeded and cut into large chunks
a thumb-size knob of fresh root ginger, grated
1 shallot, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
1 red chilli, seeded and sliced
boiled rice to serve.

Method
1) Beat together the egg white and one tablespoon of cornflour in a bowl. Tip in the chicken and coat with the mux. Marinate for 15 minutes at room temperature.
2) Remove the chicken from the egg marinade and pat dry with kitchen paper. Heat a wok and pour in one tablespoon of oil. Cook the chicken for 5-7 minutes, tossing until just cooked. Set aside. Meanwhile combine the fish sauce, lime juice, 55ml water and the extra teaspoon of cornflour.
3) Add a little more oil to the pan if you need to, and stir fry the pepper for 1 minute, then tip in the ginger, shallot, garlic and chilli, if using, and fry for 1-2 minutes more. Tip the fish-sauce mix into the wok, then add the chicken. Heat through, and serve with boiled rice.

per serving 501 calories, fat 5g
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Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Sherry and butternut squash soup.

I've been on a mission to cook and bake more from my growing cookbook collection before I purchase any more cookbooks (although Jo Wheatley's A Passion for Baking baking book has arrived this morning but this was purchased using my nectar points so this does not count :-) ) and I decided to make a soup from one of my low fat cook books. Now, the Christmas period is not exactly the right time to be calorie counting, but I fancied a healthier lunch in the hope I could drop a couple of pounds. A recipe that caught my eye was a butternut squash and sherry soup taken from BBC Healthy Eats cook book. I wondered whether the combination of the sherry would enhance one of my favourite soups, and I was right it did. The soup was extremely easy to make, all you do is cut the butternut squash and cook in a frying pan with the vegetable (I used beef) stock and sherry. Once cooked you place the butternut squash in a blender and blend to a soup consistency.
Here is how my sherry and butternut squash turned out:

The recipe is taken from the BBC Healthy Eats cook book but is also available online at the BBC food website soup recipe.
Ingredients for sherry and butternut squash soup
Butternut squash and onions fried for 5 minutes
Butternut squash and sherry soup with stock
Soup blended
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Saturday, 25 August 2012

Random recipes - Aromatic chicken curry.

I am a Random Recipe virgin. Yes I said it. I recently discovered Belleau Kitchen and his random recipes through another blog (Maison Cupcake) when last month Sarah @ Maison Cupcakes entered random recipes blog hop which asked readers to take pictures of their cook book collections. I was amazed about the amount of cook books some of my fellow bloggers had. Collections ranged from 30 cook books to an astonishing 600 cook books, yes 600.
I was umming and ahhing whether to participate in this months blog hop as I don't like to do anything by random and everything has to be planned out. But a few days ago Dom from Belleau kitchen joined my blog so I thought it was only right I participated in this months blog hop.
The rules of this blog hop is that (1) you take all the cook books of your shelf and shuffle them, (2) Close your eyes and chose a book at random, (3) chose a page at random and (4) cook this recipe.
I must add I did not take all my books out, but only my smaller sized books as I thought this would be easier to shuffle - this totalled around 10 cook books. I closed my eyes (was really hard to resist opening them, but I did well!) randomly selected my BBC Healthy Eats cook book. I purchased this book in March as an alternative to my Weight Watchers cook books, and offered some nice low fat, healthy meals. I flicked through the page and selected (with my eyes closed) Aromatic chicken curry.
I love Indian food so was quite pleased I randomly chose this recipe, but was initially put off the 50 minute estimated time (I like curry in a hurry).
Here is how my aromatic chicken curry turned out:
Aromatic chicken curry.
I chose to accompany my curry with low fat naan bread which made my evening meal to around 500 calories, which is fantastic!. To make this dish I first started with cutting pieces of chicken into strips.
Chicken cut into strips.

I then seasoned the chicken with chilli powder, corriander, garlic granules, all purpose seasoning and garam masala. The recipe didn't state to season but I think seasoning is the key to every single dish, especially Indian food.
Marinated chicken.
As much as I love Indian food I never actually made a korma before, I am more of a jalfrezi or rogan josh type of girl. I brought Pataks korma paste and added low fat natural yoghurt, added salt and stirred away.
Korma pasta and yogurt mixture.
Overall this recipe was a light fragrant curry, I think it could have done with some extra spice, but I tried to stick to the recipe as much as possible. For those that are on a diet plan or trying to lose weight, I recommend this book, lots of lovely recipes which is easy on the heart and waist line.
Fantastic book
Apologies for the lighting. 
I was so pleased with choosing a low fat curry I decided to treat myself to my favourite Indian sweets........

Have a look at the other fellow bloggers entries on random recipes:
http://www.belleaukitchen.com/p/random-recipes.html
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