Saturday’s Night in!

Pre - Bake Chicken and Chorizo

Pre – Bake Chicken and Chorizo

My friend, April is coming round to our house to stay over this weekend and I wanted to make an easy dinner where I don’t need to spend much time in the kitchen. I immediately thought of Nigella’s spanish chicken with chorizo and potatoes tray bake as you can put everything onto the one tray and just cook it in the oven! I like to marinate my chicken pieces at least over night so that is flavoured before using the actual receipe. Nigella’s receipe can be found hereΒ http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/spanish-chicken-with-chorizo-and-potatoes-5160. It is quick to prepare and you don’t need to buy any special ingredients for this, most you should have already at home. This is a nice tray bake for sharing with friends and I served this with a mixture of green vegetables.

I served the blueberry coulis on the side but you can drizzle this on the top!

I served the blueberry coulis on the side but you can drizzle this on the top!

I feel that if you have got friends coming round for dinner, you have got to have a nice dessert! πŸ™‚ I did ask April before if she prefers chilled desserts or cakes and she preferred something chilled. When Christine published her post about making mini blueberry cheesecakes, I thought this was perfect to make as they looked so dainty!!! The only snag was that I don’t have a mini cheesecake pan but she said that you can use a muffin tin with cupcake cases which is what I did! With the receipe, you had to take the filling out of the Oreo biscuits, I removed the cream by using a palette knife to scrape it off and it took 5 minutes for the whole packet. I was slightly anxious as to how it would taste because it was my first time baking them and I have no idea how it was going to turn out. With cooking, you can always fix your dish by tasting as you go along but with baking, it is completely different. You just hope that it will taste nice and that it is not going to be bland or for the cake to be still raw when you cut it!! My cheesecake was delicious! April said they were ‘amazing’ so I was really pleased!! πŸ™‚ There were really quite morish and addictive to eat! I have got such a sweet tooth that I helped myself to another half and gave the other half to my hubby! πŸ™‚ If you don’t like blueberries, you can always substitute for another fruit like strawberries or raspberries.

Here is the linkΒ http://en.christinesrecipes.com/2013/01/mini-blueberry-cheesecakes.html#more to make Christine’s Mini Blueberry Cheesecakes

Oreos in the food processor

Oreos in the food processor

Oreos pressed in the cupcake cases using a back of a spoon

Oreos pressed in the cupcake cases using a back of a spoon

i used an ice cream scoop for each of the fillings

i used an ice cream scoop for each of the fillings

Ready for the oven

Ready for the oven

Baked

Baked

 

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Chinese New Year – Snake Year 2013!

I would like to wish all my family and friends a Happy Chinese New Year – Gong Hay Fat Choi!!! Hope this year brings you all happiness, love, good health and prosperity! πŸ™‚ Today, I have invited my mum over for dinner and we are just going to have a nice family cooked meal at home!

Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year!

This morning I made some Lemon Almond Cookies and Coconut Pudding as I saw the receipes from Christine’s Blog http://en.christinesrecipes.com/, she is from Hong Kong but lives in Australia. I love following her as they are so easy to follow and has great photos aswell! Also, I have never really been into Chinese cooking, even though I am Chinese so she has been quite an inspiration to me!! When I was younger, I didn’t take much notice of my parents cooking and only began to be interested when I moved out!! Now, when my mum cooks, I always ask her questions and try to gain her knowledge in Chinese cooking!! I will be taking some of the delightful treats to work tomorrow so that they can try some! πŸ™‚

Family CNY Dinner!

Family CNY Dinner!

Tonight’s dinner, I made lamb chops with some green veg and my mum made steamed sea bass! I don’t normally steam my food in cooking so it was great to see how she did it and plus I never really cooked a whole fish (head & tail) at home, usually we would buy the fillets! She steamed the fish with garlic and spring onions and poured some hot oil and soya sauce! Fish has a very special place in the Chinese New Year menu as it symbolises abundance so with the head and tail, this brings a good beginning and end to the New Year!

Hope you all had a lovely meal with your family! πŸ™‚

Lemon Almond Cookies – you can find the receipe here – http://en.christinesrecipes.com/2013/01/lemon-almond-cookies-chinese-new-year.html. Although my slices are not as tiny as it was quite difficult to cut 0.5cm for each one!

Cookie

Rolled and wrapped in cling film

Rolled and wrapped in cling film

Before

Before

Cooling

Cooling

Coconut Pudding – you can find the receipe here – http://en.christinesrecipes.com/2009/01/chinese-new-year-coconut-pudding.html#.URge9nJWySo Note: Raw Sugar – I used demerara sugar.

Mixture

Mixture

Before

Before

After

After