Kung Pao Chicken / Chinese style Chicken

                   Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! Happy to begin this new year with one of my favourite dishes. Goes best with fried rice.....yum! Simple and easy to cook......and im sure most of us already have the ingredients in our pantry! Any left overs?? dont fret! packed lunch the next day :)


This recipe serves 2
INGREDIENTS:
for the marination:
1 cup boneless chicken, cut into small bite size pieces
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp dark soya sauce
1/4 cup capsicum, cubed (I used yellow and green)
1/4 tsp ginger garlic paste

for the sauce:
1 tsp garlic, diced
a pinch of ginger, diced
1 small onion, cubed
6-7 cashewnuts
2 dry red chillies, cut into two (you can remove a bit of seeds if it will be too spicy)
1 thai red chilli (optional)
1/2 tsp black pepper powder
1/2 cup pineapple, cubed (optional)
2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp dark soya sauce
1 tbsp chilli sauce
3 tbsps spring onion leaves, chopped (reserve a bit for garnish)
3/4 tsp cornflour mixed with 1 tsp water

PROCESS:
  • Mix all the ingredients under 'marination' and keep aside for minimum half an hour

  •  In a wok, heat 2 tbsps oil. saute the garlic.
  • Add the onions and red chillies and saute for a minute. Add the cashewnuts
  • Add the chicken mixture and stir for a few minutes until the chicken starts to cook.

  • Add the pepper powder, oyster , chilli and soya sauce. stir
  • Add half a cup of water and cook on low flame
  • After the chicken is cooked add the cornflour mixture and stir. It will start to thicken slightly Add the pineapple and spring onions and stir till you get the desired consistency

  • serve hot garnished with spring onions


Fruit Cake and my 100th blog Post!!

                        Woooo Hoooooooo...........100 posts! A perfect way to end a wonderful year :) Thanks to all my google and facebook readers.....for the constant 'likes', ' beautiful comments' and encouragement! :) Looking forward for a beautiful 2013 with double the number of recipes and triple the fun! .....Wishing you all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year! .......see you all next year...........:)........HUGZZZZZZ!

                         Now to todays post....Iv fallen in love with this recipe for butter cake. Its just perfect and moist. Just the way we love it. Iv made an orange cake with chocolate chips using this recipe for butter cake. Loved it. Now Iv tried it using tutti fruity and almonds, and simply loving it...again!

                         I forgot to take a picture of the whole cake! :O .....(yeah! I guess I was in a hurry to taste it!)  I used a square cake tin. ..and it was just perfect.

                         You can even use the same recipe with your favourite combinations.(instead of the tutti fruiti and almonds)


INGREDIENTS:
2 1/2 cups cake flour
5 eggs
1 stick butter (113 gms), room temperature
1.5 cups sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
3 tsps vanilla essence
1 tbsp milk powder
1/4 cups chopped almonds
1/2 cup tutti fruity


PROCESS:
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter sugar, till light and creamy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.
  • Add the vanilla essence and milk powder.
  • In another bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, tutti fruity and almonds.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix to combine. do not over mix. 
  • Preheat the oven to 180 deg celcius .
  • grease a cake tin and line teh base with butter paper. I used a square cake tin
  • Bake for about 20- 30 mins or until a tooth pick comes out clean 

Fruit and Nut Cookies/ Christmas Fruit cookies

                     

                                   I had lots of plans to bake varieties of goodies for Christmas this year! but somehow just did'nt get the time to do anything! Christmas holidays means school holidays which means less free time for me and more daughter time! Im not complaining.....:O

                                   I finally came across this recipe on priyas page. But it looks like we're not the only ones baking these cookies!! hahaha,............Im seeing these cookies on so many blogs now! Im not surprised! these cookies are so easy to make.......! I just added cardamom for extra flavour and they tasted great!

                                   Im not telling you how many cookies I ended up eating by the time I finished clicking these pictures!........




INGREDIENTS:
1 cup all purpose flour
6 tbsps unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup tutti fruity
1 tbsp milk
6 cardamom seeds, powdered (optional)
6-7 pistachios, chopped
a pinch of salt

* tutti fruity can be substituted with any dried fruit variety.


PROCESS:
  • Mix the flour, tutti fruit, cardamom powder and salt and keep aside.
  • combine the butter and the sugar using a hand whisk .
  • Add the flour mixture and mix well.
  • Add the pistachios.

  • Add the milk and mix to form a soft sticky dough.  (I just used my hands)
  • Place a butter paper beneath the dough and roll in the shape of a log.(dust with flour if needed)
  • wrap it with the butter paper and freeze it for about 40 mins.

  • After it has become hard slice the dough with a sharp knife into slightly thick rounds.

  • preheat the oven at 160 deg celcius for 10 mins.
  • place the cookies on a butter paper , leaving space between each cookie.
  • bake at 160 deg celcius for 10 mins or until they are slightly browned at the edges.
  • cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container.

sending this to priyas event


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