Archive for November, 2012

Sweet And Sour Chicken Strips

Home Made Cooking

Every Friday the kids like to eat chicken, preferably breaded and fried, but I admit that it’s too much work for me sometimes, especially after a long day at work. I wish the kitchen was my only work but it’s not so I have to make changes sometimes to ease myself and make food faster yet tasty. This Friday I decided to take the chicken breast I had and make strips in sauce to serve with the potatoes I was roasting. This is a great recipe and kids’ favorite because it’s semi sweet. It’s easy to make and can be served with anything – bonus points for that.

Sweet And Sour Chicken Strips
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Recipe type: Main
 
Great dish for adults and kids. Easy to make and only a few ingredients.
Ingredients
  • 2 Chicken Breasts (Boneless and Skinless) – Cut into strips
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Onion – Sliced
  • ¾ Can (100gr) Tomato Paste
  • ½ Lemon – Juiced
  • 4 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1½ tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • 1 Cup Hot Water
Instructions
  1. Heat oil over medium heat and add the sliced onion. Sauté onion until soft while stirring.
  2. Add the tomato paste and mix, then add the rest of the ingredients and stir well until combined. Let boil.
  3. Add in the chicken strips and stir. Cover pot with lid and let cook over medium heat for 25 minutes while stirring occasionally.

 

Every Friday the kids like to eat chicken, preferably breaded and fried, but I admit that it’s too much work for me sometimes, especially after a long day at work. I wish the kitchen was my only work but it’s not so I have to make changes sometimes to ease myself and make food faster […]

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Chocolate Cake Ice Cream Cones

Cakes and Cookies

Well, summer is most definitely over by now. It’s colder in the evenings and even during the day. I had some ice cream cones left from the summer but of course no ice cream. While I agree that ice cream is a great thing regardless of the season I wasn’t planning on buying a bucket of ice cream just to be able to use the cones, so I made a different kind of “Ice Cream”. I made a cake batter and poured it into the ice cream cones. I then baked it and added chocolate on top and voila! I got the ice cream look with the taste of chocolate and a lot less mess. The kids loved it and I was even happier to see their clean placements on the table after they were done.

This recipe can be used for just a regular chocolate cake in a small bake pan or for more ice cream cones. I’m not sure about the size because I made 8 cones and used the rest of the batter for a mini cake in a 7 inch pan.

Chocolate Cake Cones
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8 Cones
 
Great for the kids and ever greater for birthdays. I only made 8 cones and a mini cake but you can play around with the number of cones and double the amounts as required.
Ingredients
  • ½ Cup Sweetened/ Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (You can also mix the two)
  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • ¼ tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Cup Hot Water
  • 8 Ice Cream Cones (small ones with flat bottom)
For the chocolate coating:
  • ½ Cup Heavy/ Whipping Cream
  • ¾ Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C)
  2. Mix all the cake ingredients together
  3. Pour about ¼ cup (until cone is ¾ full) of cake batter in each cone. Pour the rest of the batter into additional cones or into a 7 inch (18cm) greased baking pan.
  4. Place the cones standing (preferable in a deep baking pan to avoid falling) and gently place in preheated oven. Place the 7 inch cake in the oven as well (or you can bake it later when cones are ready).
  5. Bake for about 35-40 minutes.
  6. Wait until the cakes (cones) are cool and prepare the coating.
To prepare the coating:
  1. Simmer heavy cream in saucepan
  2. Add the chocolate chips in while simmering and stir really well until fully molten.
  3. Remove from heat and pour about 1-2 teaspoons on each cooled ice cream cone. Decorate with coconut or sprinkles.
Notes
**Make sure you immediately place the cones in the oven after filling them to avoid the cones getting wet and soft from the filling.

 

Well, summer is most definitely over by now. It’s colder in the evenings and even during the day. I had some ice cream cones left from the summer but of course no ice cream. While I agree that ice cream is a great thing regardless of the season I wasn’t planning on buying a bucket […]

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Mini Focaccia Bread Rolls

Baked Goodies | Home Made Cooking

I know everyone would agree with me that one of the best things is freshly made bread. What’s not to love? It’s fresh, it’s warm, it’s tasty and it’s bread 🙂

My husband was sick this weekend so what I usually do when someone’s sick is make soup, but this time I decided to add fresh bread to it, and not just any bread, focaccia bread. The traditional Focaccia bread is semi flat bread with seasoning on top, what I made goes better with soup and just with some butter in it; I made Focaccia Bread Mini Rolls. The recipe has 6 ingredients, the dough needs about 30 minutes to rest and rise and then 20 minutes in the oven, now that’s what I call fast food.

Mini Focaccia Bread Rolls
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Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 7 Mini Rolls
 
Wonderful rolls that go well with soup or just with butter or jam. Perfect for brunch, lunch and a picnic.
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1¼ Cups Warm Water
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp White Sugar
  • ½ tbsp Dry Yeast
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. Mix the ingredients and knead the dough until ingredients are well combined.
  2. Place in a bowl and cover. Place in a warm place (like next to the oven if you’re cooking) and let rest and rise for 30-40 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 400F (200C)
  4. Divide dough into 7 mini balls and place on a baking paper layered pan and press gently with your thumb.
  5. Sprinkle with olive oil, salt and Zaatar.
  6. Place in preheated oven for 20 minutes until golden brown on top.

 

I know everyone would agree with me that one of the best things is freshly made bread. What’s not to love? It’s fresh, it’s warm, it’s tasty and it’s bread 🙂 My husband was sick this weekend so what I usually do when someone’s sick is make soup, but this time I decided to add […]

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Homemade Mac & Cheese

Home Made Cooking

The easy solution for any lunch or dinner with the kids is Mac & Cheese. I have to confess that I’ve never made Mac & Cheese myself. I always have these kits with the macaroni and cheese powder you mix together and serve. I do buy the organic ones with no food colorings and all the nasty stuff but still…it’s from a box. So today I asked the kids what they want for dinner and the answer was Mac & Cheese, so I go to my cupboard, open it and find out that I’m out of Mac & Cheese kits. The kids were disappointed so I had to act. I read a few articles with tips on how to make cheesy sauces and came up with my own cheese sauce for the macaroni I had. We ended up with a very creamy and cheesy sauce and the best part was that I was able to use our favorite rice pasta. Everyone were happy and the kids said that they are not having that “box Mac & Cheese” again, I guess that says it all does it.

Homemade Mac & Cheese
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4 Servings
 
Easy, creamy and cheesy. One of our family's preferred comfort dishes. Just YUM.
Ingredients
  • 400 Grams Pasta (preferably small and short)
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream (I used 18% coffee cream)
  • 1 Cup Grated Cheese
  • 3 tbsp White Wine
  • Pinch Nutmeg
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the pack, drain and set aside.
  2. In a saucepan over low heat, melt butter
  3. Once butter melted, add the flour gradually while whisking constantly to avoid lumps. Whisk for about 5-6 minutes.
  4. Add the heavy cream in the flour mix and whisk constantly for about 7 minutes. You should have a smooth and creamy mix.
  5. Add the wine, nutmeg and salt and whisk.
  6. Add the cheese; whisk it in and once melted turn the heat off.
  7. Pour the cheese sauce onto the macaroni and mix well. You can heat over low heat while mixing if macaroni got too cold.

 

The easy solution for any lunch or dinner with the kids is Mac & Cheese. I have to confess that I’ve never made Mac & Cheese myself. I always have these kits with the macaroni and cheese powder you mix together and serve. I do buy the organic ones with no food colorings and all […]

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Coconut Cake with Chocolate Chips

Cakes and Cookies

I love coconut, who doesn’t  And this is exactly why I was so happy to find this old recipe I had in my old recipe bag. I have a plastic bag at home, a really old one and it’s full of recipes, the old fashioned ones – the hand written ones 🙂 It’s actually quite a chunk of history when you think about it because they are not only hand written but some of them are also written on pieces of old newspapers and flyers which makes it even more fun to dig in them. So I dug in my bag yesterday and found this great coconut cake recipe I used to love. I decided to upgrade it and added some chocolate chips which turned out to be a great upgrade! Try it. The cake is not too moist and the chocolate chips sink to the bottom of the cake while baking but the end result is a cake you’d like to have with your coffee. And besides, look at the small number of ingredients it has – perfect.

 

Coconut Cake with Chocolate Chips
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Soft and tasty cake with chocolate chips on the bottom.
Ingredients
  • 1½ Cups White Sugar
  • 1½ Cups Self Rising Flour (or all purpose flour + 1 tsp baking powder)
  • ½ Cup Finely Shredded Coconut – Unsweetened
  • 1 Full Cup (250ml) Heavy Cream (Whipping Cream)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Eggs
  • ½ Cup Chocolate Chips (Use your favorite)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
  2. Layer a 8.5- 9.5 Inch spring form baking pan with parchment paper, or you can spread butter to avoid the cake from sticking.
  3. Place all ingredients in a mixer bowl and mix until fully combined. The batter reminds the consistency of a pancake batter.
  4. Pour the cake batter onto the layered baking pan and place in oven for 40-45 minutes until brown.
Notes
* Use 8.5- 9.5 Inch Round spring form cake pan

I love coconut, who doesn’t  And this is exactly why I was so happy to find this old recipe I had in my old recipe bag. I have a plastic bag at home, a really old one and it’s full of recipes, the old fashioned ones – the hand written ones 🙂 It’s actually quite a […]

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts in Soy Sauce and Peanut Oil – Asian Style

Home Made Cooking

Brussels sprouts are not something everyone likes. You either like it or not, there is no grey area when it comes to Brussels sprouts. The secret is to somehow make their core less bitter. I decided to roast them as opposed to cook them and surprisingly the result was really good. They came out crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside and the soy flavor actually covered the bitterness so overall a very good option to prepare your sprouts.

 

Roasted Brussels Sprouts in Soy Sauce and Peanut Oil - Asian Style
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Recipe type: Appetiser, Side Dish
 
I always like it when I can make food from special ingredients like these. It's not every day you get to see your child eat Brussels Sprouts.
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Fresh Brussels sprouts
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Seeds
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Peanut Oil
  • 1 tbsp Mustard (Dijon)
  • 1 Garlic Clove – Minced
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
  2. In a bowl mix all the ingredients together until the Brussels sprouts are fully coated
  3. Pour the whole content of the bowl into a baking pan or a Pyrex dish and cover with foil
  4. Place in the preheated oven for 30 minutes
  5. After 30 minutes remove the foil and continue cooking for additional 10-15 minutes
  6. Test with a fork to see that the sprouts are ready and soft on the inside

 

Brussels sprouts are not something everyone likes. You either like it or not, there is no grey area when it comes to Brussels sprouts. The secret is to somehow make their core less bitter. I decided to roast them as opposed to cook them and surprisingly the result was really good. They came out crunchy […]

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