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...
Recipe Category: Dish By Foodies
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.
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.
For best flavour and juiciness, I have not removed the skin from the chicken. To minimize the fat content, trim off any excess fat surrounding the drumstick meat. However, you can remove the skin and fat completely, if you prefer a much healthier option for your family.
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.
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.
There is nothing better than making your own edible gifts for your friends. What's more, you can custom design these gingerbread people to suit the character of the recipient. Everyone can join in the fun of making these spiced sweet treats. Have sweet joy this festive season!
Coconut oil provides an interesting dimension to salad dressings. It is widely available in supermarkets nowadays. It is natural to observe some form of sedimentation in this oil due to its high melting point.
You can replace fresh grated coconut with desiccated coconut or even sweetened coconut flakes that are typically used for bakery food. Just dry fry them in a non stick pan till light golden. The final result will be just as good, and perhaps even more unique.
When cooking rice, always make sure you use the same cup to measure your rice and water for perfect results every time.