Recipe Category: Dinner

Spicy Chili Chicken
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Spicy Chili Chicken

Chili Chicken with Sichuan Peppercorns This spicy chili chicken dish tantalizes the taste buds in a very good way! This Chinese New Year it was very hard for me to think up of gluten free, dairy free and sugar free recipes that made my guests happy whilst still indulging in the symbolic benefits of cooking...

Joyful Noodle Baskets
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Joyful Noodle Baskets

Dipping the strainers in hot oil before filling them with noodles helps the baskets detach easily after frying. For stir frying, always heat your wok till almost smoking before adding oil to ensure you achieve the wok aroma or “wok hei” which is so important for Chinese cooking. To save time, you can marinate the chicken meat before hand, prior to starting the noodle baskets. I prefer to cool the filling on a large plate rather than a bowl so that it does not become watery from too much condensation in a crowded bowl.

Treasure Fragrant Rice
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Treasure Fragrant Rice

If arrowroot heads suddenly run out of stock due to the festive shopping frenzy, replace them with deep fried orange sweet potato or yam cubes. Homemade Waxed Chicken can be made well in advance. Keep it frozen immersed in its baking oil. When ready to use, thaw overnight in the chiller. I prefer to use kicap manis compared to typical dark soy sauce because it give a good balance of sweet salty flavours and golden brown tones.

Pasta Bolognese
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Pasta Bolognese

Passata is a liquid tomato puree that has been strained of seeds and skins. It provides a fresher taste and more vibrant colour to your bolognese sauce compared to conventional ready made pasta sauce, tomato puree and tomato sauce. Passata is now commercially available in most major supermarkets. If you cannot find it, replace with plain canned tomatoes of equal weight and blend it till smooth before using. I also prefer to mince meat at home with a meat grinder or food processor. That way you are sure of what your children are getting to eat.

SPICE RUBBED ROAST TURKEY
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SPICE RUBBED ROAST TURKEY

Turkey Talk!
Always thaw your frozen turkey slowly in the chiller section of your refrigerator. Allow 2 days of slow thawing at the lowest shelf for a 4 - 4.5kg turkey. This minimizes bacterial contamination risk compared to quick thawing at room temperature.
For even browning, rotate the turkey after each basting.
Roasting time depends on the turkey size. A general guide is 35 minutes for every 1 kg of unstuffed turkey. Add 30 minutes to the total roasting time for a stuffed turkey.
It's best to test the doneness of your turkey with an instant read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, without touching the bone. Another way to check doneness is to see that the juices running from the turkey are clear and free from pink juices. The drumstick should also be moving freely when pivoted with your hand.
Resting the cooked turkey is a crucial step. Allow at least 30 minutes resting before carving it. Resting allows the juices to reabsorb into the meat while firming it up. You will have succulent, beautifully carved turkey meat.
Some people like giblets and add them to the gravy. You can omit them, if you prefer a smooth gravy.

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