Friday, May 30, 2014

Spicy Teriyaki Sausages #15MinuteSuppers

Last weekend I decided to clear all the frozen meats I have in the freezer, and I found some sausages, a slice of cod fish, half an onion and some broccoli in the chiller compartment. Suddenly I thought of the spicy grilled sausage tapas we had in La Bodega restaurant and how we loved it with a jug of chilled Sangria.

Another 15 Minute Supper idea. *light bulb beaming*

So I made this Spicy Teriyaki Sausages, perfect to serve as appetizer or as a side dish. 

I wish I had better picture to share, but my 2 boys just could not wait and half the plate was gone when I took this picture (one of which is my Big Guy)... I didn't expect my little boy to like this dish as it is slightly spicy. He ate quite a few slices and kept asking for more. 

Best of all, took me only 10 minutes to have it served.

Preparation Time: 5 min
Cooking Time: 5 min
Serving for: 2-4 person


2 foot-long gourmet sausages, roughly sliced 
1/2 onion, cut into wedges
1 tablespoon of olive oil

teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon Teriyaki sauce 
A dash of paprika powder (or more if you like it fiery)
A dash of pepper

The Making:

1. Heat up the pan with a tablespoon of olive oil, toss in the onion and stir fry for a minute till it turns transparent.

2. Toss in the sliced sausages follow by all the seasoning, stir to mix well and let it cook for about 3 more minutes for the sausages to cook thoroughly. Serve hot.

It is that simple.. we had a filling lunch that afternoon and a very clean fridge!

Interested with the steam cod fish? Another 10 minutes dish. ;) Grab the simple recipe here..

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Honey Sesame Chicken Cutlets 蜜糖芝麻鸡块

Bi-lingual | 双语版

We are having a small family potluck party tonight and I wanted to cook something that is suitable for all ages. My old ma likes food that are crunchy and so does my duo. I was out of idea so I decided to just do a round visit in the supermarket to find my inspiration, and I found. When I saw the  fresh chicken meat on the shelves, I thought to myself it's time to cook some traditional Chinese dish that is our family's favorite whenever we visit the restaurants - Sesame Chicken Cutlets, in honey sauce.

Served with some baby pak choy, it was quickly finished up in the dinner.

Give it a try, your little ones will probably thank you for it. ;)
Preparation Time: 5 min
Cooking Time: 15 min
Serving for: approximate 6 person


600gm/ 3 strips of chicken breast, cut into cubes 600克/三大片鸡胸肉,切块

For Marinate / 调味料
3 tablespoon soy sauce 三汤匙酱油
teaspoon sesame oil 一茶匙芝麻油
1 tablespoon corn flour 一汤匙粟粉
1 teaspoon of Shao Xin wine 一茶匙花雕绍兴酒
A dash of salt 盐适量
A dash of pepper 胡椒粉适量

For coating / 煎料:
1 egg, beaten 蛋一粒,打散
5 tablespoons corn flour 粟粉,五

For sauce / 酱汁
1 tablespoon of organic sesame seeds 一大匙白芝麻
2 tablespoons raw honey (adjust accordingly) 两大匙野生蜜糖 (自己加调)
1 tablespoon soy sauce 一匙酱油
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce 一匙黑酱油
1 teaspoon brown sugar 一茶匙黄糖
5 tablespoon water 五汤匙清水

The Making / 做法:

1. Marinate the chicken cutlets with the marinating ingredients (except sesame seeds) for 10 minutes or more. 

2. On a heated wok, cook the sesame for a minute without oil, set aside. 

3. Heat up about 5 tablespoon of cooking oil, coat the chicken cutlets with egg liquid follow by corn flour, deep fry for about 3-5 minutes or until golden brown. 
烧热一锅油 (约五大匙的油)把鸡肉块裹上蛋液和粟粉,放入热油中大火炸约三、五分钟至金黄色。

4. Set the fried cutlet aside, use a kitchen towel to absorb the excess oil if too oily. Discard the excess cooking oil.

5. Mix the ingredient for the sauce in a bowl, then heat up on the wok. When the sauce is starting to boil, add the chicken cutlet and stir fry for about a minute. 

6. Dish out the cutlets to serve on a plate of blanch baby bak Choy, sprinkles the sesame seeds right before serving.


You are all set! Enjoy the dish as is with a bowl of steaming white rice, the sweet and aromatic sauce will sure stir up your appetite.. My duo actually ate many pieces of the chicken cutlets nonstop :)

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Omelette Waffle Sandwich, Perfect Breakfast!

Remember we made some chocolate chip waffles a week ago? This week we are making waffle again, but it's a level up - we made it into egg omelette waffle sandwich!

The big one loves it.

The small one couldn't resist too. 

However sad to say that my little girl doesn't like omelette so she just had her small square cut of waffle blocks. 

It only took 2-3 minutes before the omelette started screaming "Eat me! Eat me!". It expanded so much till we can see it flowing out from the side, and my little boy excitedly screaming "it escapes!!!". But the moment we opened the lid, it started shrinking and became 30% smaller. It's like magic to the little ones. :)

I added some fresh basil leaves in the omelette. One thing I really like to make the omelette this way? It requires NO oil and I have less utensil to wash! That is certainly a plus point for a busy mom without helper.

My little boy had fun assembling his waffle sandwich. He decided to add a slide of cheddar cheese and some ketchup.


Sandwich is never the same as before. :)

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Kids 'n Mommy Favorite: Chocolate 'n Coffee Waffles!

My kiddos love love love waffles, so do I. Whether to serve with honey, banana and ice cream, chocolate, blueberry jam or maple syrup, we never fail to finish it off, only problem is outside restaurants never sell cheap. So I decided to make the duo their favorite for breakfast at home.

This is what we had today. Light and fluffy, perfect chocolate & coffee waffles for Sunday breakfast.. I kept the remaining batter in the fridge so we can have waffle again the next weekend. :)

Chocolate & Coffee Waffle with yogurt. For daddy & mommy.

Chocolate Waffle with wild honey. For the kiddos.

Freshly made hot waffles, smelling nice..

My duo loving their breakie. So do we. 

I'm loving this and I don't mind making them again and again. The good thing of homemade waffle is that I can control the sweetness and my choice of ingredients. 

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 10 minutes
Serving for: 10-12 medium waffles


Ingredient A
2 egg whites
1/2 table spoon brown sugar 

Ingredient B
2 egg yolks 
2 cups all purpose flour / wholemeal flour
1 3/4 cups fresh milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil 
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder (optional if without)
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1/2 table spoon of unsweetened cocoa powder
1 table spoon of chocolate chips 

Not A Chocolate Lover? 
Easy, just minus the cocoa powder.

Any Coffee Lover like Me?
Just add 1/2 tea spoon of instant coffee powder into the mixture, mix well.

The Making:

1. In a clean bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon powder. Add the egg yolk, milk, vegetable oil and vanilla extract, continue mixing until it reaches a smooth texture. I added some Choco chips for the kids version, secret treats for them.

2. In a separate mixer bowl, whisk  ingredient A on high speed until it reaches peak. If you are using manual mixer, do be warn that this will be quite an upper arm exercise... On the other hand, do not over whisk as it may collapses and turns watery. Once you see it's stiff and peak, just stop.

3. Fold the egg white into ingredient A, mix evenly in slow motion. Doesn't it looks like a clump of cloud? 

4. Heat up the waffle machine, scoop about 3-4 spoons of the mixture onto the waffle plate and cook until golden brown (took about 4-5 minutes or as per indicated by your machine). I like mine in crispy golden brown so I gave an extra 30 seconds, they are oh-so crunchy..

Now you may add your favorite topping and serve while it's hot, I mean like immediately from the waffle maker if you can.

Instead of whipped cream or ice cream, I served mine with yogurt instead. Great companion & an ideal low fat option :) 

Enjoy the fluffiness in every bite!

Only have 10 minutes to spare? No problem, you can choose not to separate the eggs, just add ingredient A and B together and mix well, your waffle batter will be ready in no time! However, do note that the waffle may not be as fluffy and crunchy if using short cut way...