Monday, September 29, 2014

Honey Mustard Chicken Wings

Today is the last day of September and I am pretty excited for a few things!

1) The celebration giveaway month on Eaterspot begins tomorrow! I have been blown away by the generousity of some NZ companies to send me stuff to giveaway! Thank you Vogels, Mrs. Rogers, Paneton French Bakery, That's Neat chocolate and Ella's Trinklet Box.

2) Tomorrow also means its exactly a month away from my Birthday YAY! ( I really really get excited when my birthday draws close, don't ask why LOL) and Tomorrow also mean its exactly a month away for my little business Destiny's Party Shop to turn 1.

3) Less than 2 mos to go for our International holiday :) So been slowly putting things away to go in the suitcases.

4) I have begun to work  on some projects for my food blog - I will be sharing about that in the upcoming few weeks! :) Make sure you follow me on FACEBOOK :) as I will be sharing it there first!!!!

So lots of excitement in my world right now! :). I have been trying to make easy dinners every Monday as I am most likely recovering from a busy weekend and usually have a LONG first day at work... So for dinner this Monday, I made some Honey Mustard Chicken Wings. I actually love honey mustard as a dipping sauce to go with chicken, so I decided to cook the wings with some of it.



It of course was a successful meal idea especially with missy. She probably ate around 6 and we were pretty sure she wouldn't ask for more, but she glanced at the table before I could remove her plate and noticed that there was one more chicken wing left - she then said "mummy that lucky last chicken is for me". Her dad replied; "no Destiny, I think you had enough, its for mummy" ... Tears welled up in those poor eyes, and she replied "no daddy lucky last chicken for me" ... I quickly put the last wing on her plate to avoid any possible dramas and she was so thrilled! :)

Ingredients:
  • A tray of chicken wings, I think there were about 10-12
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup mustard
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp oil.

I washed the chicken wings and added the honey, mustard, salt and pepper. You can adjust the quantity of honey and mustard as per chicken quantity and also your preference. I let this marinate in the fridge for about 20 mins.

I needed the chicken done pretty quickly, so I pan fried it ... You can however stick it in the oven at 200C.

I made sure the flame was on medium low and I stirred it often so that the chicken didn't burn - I wanted it to have the honey and mustard flavour to it. To finish it up, I did squeeze a couple of tablespoons worth of honey and mustard and tossed the chicken a few more times and that gave a real nice gloss to the chicken.

If you are serving this to to young kids, definitely need some wet wipes to clean up :) Mine had the sauce on her face, her fingers were completely covered, and she shared some on her shoulders too ... LOL

Finger licking good! 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Taco Spaghetti

Another week has come to an end and I was pretty excited when I woke up this morning, because for the first time in weeeeeeeeeeeks we have no plans in place this weekend, no one to see, no one to host, nothing! It's just the three of us - so we are going to lounge around at home, do some home projects and do the usual saturday veggie market in the morning and chill! So looking forward to it!

I made this dish a while ago and it was a hit with my 2 year old who loves mince and any kind of noodles/pasta dish! the Mr. loves Tortilla chips and salsa, so this was a combo of favourites. It is easy to make, and you should have most of the ingredients at home, so give it a try and let me know if you do!

Have a great weekend!


Ingredients:
  • 1 pack of spaghetti
  • Ground beef/chicken/turkey - I went with beef :)
  • 1 medium sized onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup sliced black olives
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Chopped lettuce
  • Tortilla chips
  • Tomato Wedges
  • Avocado slices
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 200 C

Cook the spahgetti according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.

Saute the onions in some heated oil in a pan. Add the mince and cook till the meat is brown.  Drain the fat, add the water and the taco seasoning.

After a couple of minutes, toss the cooked pasta, corn, olives, half of the shredded cheddar and the salsa. Give it a quick toss and cook on medium heat till most of the water is absorbed.

Transfer to a baking dish, cover with some foil and stick it in the oven for another 20minutes. Once done, remove from the oven and sprinkle the rest of the cheese.

I served this with some lettuce, tomato, avocados, tortilla chips and a dollop of sour cream.

Enjoy

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Baked Teriyaki Chicken



I love eating teriyaki chicken and rice, but lately I have been cutting down on eating rice, so haven't really made Teriyaki chicken at home. But I have had a craving for some Teriyaki chicken the last few weeks, so I thought I would make it a little healthier! In the oven the teriyaki chicken went and I paired it with a salad.

My daughter went for the chicken and pieces of cucumber from the salad like no body's business LOL ... This recipe will hopefully get some of you to stop buying the store bought sauce and make it at home instead with some real easy ingredients. If you don't have the time to make it, just buy a jar and bake the yummiest teriyaki chicken, but I really do recommend you make the sauce sometime :)




Before we get to the recipe, just wanted to let you know that our month of giveaways is exactly a week away. If you are in New Zealand and don't follow the blog's facebook page ... make sure you do so as I have just announced what pressie #1 is and on thursday 25/09 will be announcing pressie #2...





Hope you enjoy this recipe! It's really quick and easy to make and delicious to eat!

Ingredients:
  • 4 -6 Chicken drumsticks
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon, plus 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons each of garlic and ginger paste
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch

Sesame seeds and coriander leaves for garnish if you want to make it look pretty :)

First up lets make the sauce!

In a saucepan, I put all the ingredients excluding the chicken and the cornstarch and brought it a boil on medium low. Once the sugar has dissolved, add the cornstarch and let the sauce thicken, once it has, remove from the heat.

Place the washed chicken in a bowl. I removed the skin, you can leave it on if you prefer it. Pour the cooled or almost cooled teriyaki sauce into the bowl, and toss well to cover the meat with the sauce. I then let it marinate in the fridge for about 20-30mins.

Preheat the oven to 200C.

Place the chicken on a baking tray and I let the chicken cook away. Don't throw the left over marinade thats in the bowl, I just basted the meat a few times while it was in the oven.

20ish minutes later the chicken was done. It smelt yummy and was pretty juicy and not dry (which is great!) ...

Transfer to a serving plate and garnish.

I made a salad to go with it. A veggie stir fry will be yum too

Enjoy!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Kiwi fave Steak, Salad and Spuds

YAY for Monday and YAY for a new week !!! Hope its been a good weekend for you? It was all busy-busy-busy for my family and not a whole lot of rest for me, so I am hoping to catch some extra zzzzs this week to make up for that ... I am pleased to have a guest blogger here at Eaterspot today. Mille from Cheap and Healthy Dinners NZ has a very Kiwi recipe to share, so I hope you enjoy.

Pls make sure you check out her a facebook page and give it a LIKE when you are there ... She has some real easy, family and budget friendly recipes!

On to the recipe ...





Hi there Beula, and friends of Eaterspot!!
So happy to be posting on Beula's blog which is so beautiful and full of mulit cultural goodness Emoji

I started a Facebook page in February called Cheap and Healthy Dinners NZ and am loving running it! I post often, mostly the simple, cheap and healthy dinners I make for my family of 6 (that's four sons!). We seem to eat a wide range of foods, as I love experimenting with food (I'm absolutely a home cook, nothing fancy or trained here!) and I am a big "use what I've got, and throw it all together" gal Emoji
Today's "recipe" is a beautiful simple family fave of meat, spuds and salad...

Mash: 6 cloves garlic peeled, half a pumpkin, peeled and chopped, 6 spuds, peeled and chopped - boil together for 20 mins and mash - add a good grind of salt and pepper and a curl of butter/splash of milk/scoop of cream cheese if you wish!

Salad: Put into bottom of salad bowl, a thumb of grated fresh ginger, good glug of sweet thai chilli sauce, and a generous squeeze of lemon, ground salt and pepper - combine. Toss through a big handful of shredded spinach and mint, peeled strips of 3 carrots, handful of slivered almonds, half a finely chopped red onion, half a finely chopped tomato. 

I used Porterhouse steak (because of cost) but much prefer medium rare Scotch Fillet....YUMMO....

Enjoy with your family Emoji

Would love you to pop over and visit my page if you'd like to see and also share your own cheap and healthy dinners!!
Millie.
 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Lamb/Mutton Roast in Coconut Milk


Another busy week has come to an end! It's amazing to see how FAST time is flying! Last night after missy had gone to sleep, I organized christmas pressies!!! (yeah I know its only september) ... We have about 10 weeks till our big holiday trip, so I am slowly getting organized for christmas ...

Anyways last weekend, we had a couple over at our place for Sunday lunch. The wife hails from Kerala, India while the hubby has Tamil roots, so lunch was a mix of both cultures ... This dish falls under the keralite category ... I love cooking with coconut oil and this dish has coconut oil and milk and smells so YUM! ... If you dont have a pressure cooker, you can still make this dish ... the pressure cooker just softens the meat a whole lot more.

Before getting into the recipe, I must tell you some EXCITING news! I have announced on the Eaterspot's facebook page that for the whole month of October 2014, its going to be giveaways!!!! So honored to have Vogels, Mrs Rogers, Paneton French Bakery, Ella's trinklet box and That's neat contribute something to this month long giveaway ... It's going to be so much FUN for NZ residents - so make sure you check the facebook page for further information about the giveaway beginning on 1 Oct.



Now on to this yum recipe ...

Ingredients:
  • 1 kg lamb cut into small chunks
  • 1/2 turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • Salt

  • 1 large onion sliced thin
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 3 juicy tomatoes chopped
  • 2 sprigs of curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • Salt to taste

First up, place the washed lamb in a pressure cooker and add the first 5 ingredients - turmeric, garam masala, salt, ginger and garlic paste and about 1/4 cup water. Some folks don't add water at all .. I let it go for a few whistles and then removed it from the heat. This makes the lamb reallllly soft.

Once that is done ... heat some coconut oil in a non stick pan, and add the sliced onion and garlic paste. Once the onions have softened, add the curry leaves, tomatoes, turmeric and chilli powder.

Give it a few minutes till the 'raw' smell of the masala becomes fragrant. Then add the cooked lamb along with the water from the pressure cooker.

I let it cook until the liquid in the pan had dried out. I also seasoned it with salt - so you need to check if you need any salt. Finally I added the coconut milk and cooked it on medium low until the liquid reduced again ...

Serve this immediately with some white rice... Its SOOOO YUM!