Sunday 27 July 2008

Baked Creamy Snapper

Hi!!! Don't worry. This week Menu is no longer on Chicken anymore :p We will have Baked Creamy Snapper fillet for our Quick and Easy meal dinner. This initial idea came from Tona (Baby Kimi's blog) who tried a similar dish for her Baby Kimi. I was so excited to explore more on this dish that I went all the way to Cold Storage to find this Snapper Fillet which is boneless and skin free.

Likewise to make it a more complete One-Dish meal, I had added a side dish to go with it. For this round I will prefer something light but spicy to go with the cheesy taste so I'll choose this Stir-fry Spicy Broccoli With Walnuts. I have added in tomato, garlic, chopped chilli and lightly toasted walnuts. And as what my mum had comments, this is really a Quick and Easy dish that is full of nutrition and most important easy to prepare within 30 minutes.

As usual, my dish is always full of vibrant colours in order to attract my little fussy eater (Reyon darling). I baked the snapper with an extra layer of Mozzarella Cheese and Frozen Corn Kernel for the topping. And the adding of the corn kernel really goes well with that cheesy taste. I have also season the fillet with some lemon rinds in order to cover the fishy smell and at the sametime add that special extra fragrant on the baked fillet. Posted by Picasa

Ingredients: (serves 2)
1 Snapper Fillet (around 350g - 400g)
1 Grated Lemon Rind
1 1/2 Tablespoon of Japanese Mayonnaise
3 Tablespoons of Frozen Corn Kernel
5 Tablespoons of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1 Teaspoon of Dried Parsley, optional

1. Rinse and pat dry the snapper fillet and arrange them in a baking dish. (if the fillet is too thick or long, you can cut it into half like what i had before placing in the baking dish)
2. Next lightly season the fillet with some black pepper, pinch of salt and the grated lemon rind.
3. Spread a thin layer of Japanese Mayonnaise on top of the fillet.(reversed the reminder for later use)
4. Put in the oven toaster and baked for 5 minutes until almost half cook through.(it might take 2 or 3 minutes longer if the fillet is too thick)
5. Remove the baking dish from the oven, spread the remaining mayonnaise on top of the fillet again, roughly top with half of the shredded cheese and all the corn kernel.
6. Put it back into the oven toaster and baked for 1 minute then top with the rest of the shredded cheese. (you can add extra cheese if you prefer more cheesy taste).
7. Bake for another 5 - 7 minutes until the fish is cooked through and the cheese is almost golden brown in colour.
8. Remove from the oven and place the fillet on the serving plate and sprinkle it with some dried parsley and pepper if you prefer.
9. Serve together with the Stir-fry Spicy Broccoli or extra steam rice if you prefer.

a) You can replace snapper with salmon fillet.
b) You can replace Mozzarella Cheese with any shredded cheese of your choice.
c) If you do not have any Japanese Mayonnaise cream, you can replace it with Kraft brand mayonnaise.

Stir-fry Spicy Broccoli:
6-8 Small florets of Broccoli
2 Cloves of Garlics, thinly slices
1 Small Chilli, seeded and thinly slices
6 Walnuts

1. Trim the broccoli and soak in lightly salted water for about 5 minutes, rinse and drain well.
2. Preheat a small saucepan with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and saute the garlic and walnuts until fragrant then add in the chillies slices.
3. Next add in the broccoli and stir-fry for 10 seconds then drizzle some cooking wine and continue to stir-fry for another minute or so until down.
4. Dish up and set aside on the plate while baking the fillet.

Sunday 20 July 2008

Thai Style Baked Chicken With Lemongrass & Lime

Another baked chicken dish for this weekends..... Do try out this Thai-style Baked Chicken which infused with Lemongrass and Lime which is usually the two main ingredients found in most of the Thai Cuisine. Lemon grass is widely used as an herb in Asian and Caribbean cooking. It has a citrus flavour and can be dried and powdered, or used fresh. The stalk itself is too hard to be eaten except for the soft inner part. Lemon grass is commonly used in teas, soups, and curries. It is also suitable for poultry, fish, and seafood.

Fresh limes are a staple for cooking Thai food, and fortunately these are available on a year-round basis for a reasonable price. Look for limes that have nice thin skin and heavy feel which indicates good juice content. Other than Lemongrass and Lime, I also add in two chili padi(deseeded, roughly chopped) to give it a spicy Thai cuisine taste, but for family with kids or other reason, you can omit the chili for that spicy taste.

To make is a more versatile and complete meal without rice. I added in some mix vegetables like, potato, pumpkin and carrot to bake together with the chicken. You can omit the vegetable if you are serving this dish with rice or noodles.Posted by Picasa

Ingredients: (serves 2)
6 Chicken Wings, (mid joint portion)
2 - 3 Stalks Lemongrass
1/2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
2 Small Red Chillies, seeded and minced
3 Tablespoons Thai Lime Juice
1 Grated Lime Rind

1. Rinse and clean the chicken mid joint, pat dry and set aside.
2. Remove the outer leaves of the lemongrass, mince the rest but keep the thick base whole (about 5cm) and bruise it.
3. Mix the minced & base of the lemongrass, red chillies, lime juice, lime rind and olive oil together and pour it over the chicken mid joint and mix well.
4. Marinate the mixture in the fridge for at least an hour or overnight.
5. Prepare the mix vegetable(if using) 15 minutes before the cooking.
6. Remove the chicken from the bag and place it on a baking tray and baked in a preheat 180 degree oven for about 20 minutes, turn at least twice to have even colour.
7. Serve with extra roast vegetables or rice and garnish with extra slices of lime for better fragrant.

For Roast Vegetables(optional):
150g Pumpkin, (skin remove, cut into chunk)
1 Medium Potato (skin remove, cut into chunk)
6 Baby Carrots, or 1 small carrot (skin remove, cut into chunk)

1. To cut short the baking time, heat up a small saucepan with 1 teaspoon of olive oil.
2. Saute the potato and carrot for about 30 seconds then pour in the marinate sauce of the chicken and cover the pan and simmer on low heat for about 3 - 5 minutes. (this is make the potato and carrot soften a bit before baking)
3. Next add in the pumpkin chunks and continue to simmer for another 2 minutes.
4. Remove and lay the vegetables in a small baking dish and bake together with the chicken until done.

a) You can replace the chicken mid joint with chicken leg or even whole chicken but you will have to double or triple the marinating ingredients and extend the baking time.

Saturday 19 July 2008

Baked Chicken With Korean Citron Tea

Baked Chicken With Korean Citron Tea is another Quick and Easy Meal to prepare for working mum either during the weekday or weekends. You can choose to roast either one whole chicken or different parts of the chicken and the cooking time and ingredients used may varies.

For today's dish the main ingredient is this Korean Citron Tea which can be bought in most Korean Supermarket or certain Chinese Medical Hall. It contains certain peels in it which is neither Pomelo nor Orange. It is actually called "Yuzu" 유자 (yuja) in Korean which is a citrus fruit native to East Asia. It is believed to be a hybrid of sour mandarin and Ichang papeda.

It has four times more Vitamin C than oranges and is good for your skin. Traditionally served hot during winter or cold climate, it’s also a herbal remedy for the common cold and sore throat. (you can read more about this at this link)

In order to cut short the baking time using my mini Bread Toaster (instead of my build in oven), I actually pan-fry the marinated chicken till the skin is slightly golden in colour then add in the baby carrots and left over marinating sauce and simmer for about 5 minutes before baking.

Since I wanted to serve it in a more western dish style, I add in a few slices of baked butter herbal toast and french fries. I put everything together in the oven toaster in order to save time. This is really a very fragrant and hand licking dish because of the Citron taste and fragrant. And the Baby Carrots taste even better when absorbing all the juice from the marinate and chicken.......Posted by Picasa

Ingredients: (serve 1)
1 Chicken Leg, trim the fat
2 1/2 Tablespoons Of Korean Citron Tea
3 Garlics Cloves, cut into slices
8 Baby Carrot
2 - 3 Slices Of Baguette
Handful of Fries

1. Wash, trim and pat dry the chicken leg, lift up the skin and use a sharp knife to cut a two slit of 1" cutting on both side of the meat and stuff in some of the Citron Tea paste.
2. In a small zip lockbag, place the chicken, garlic slices and remaining citron tea paste and marinate it in the fridge for at least an hour or more.
3. Remove the chicken from the fridge at least 5 minutes before baking.
4. Preheat a nonstick pan or saucepan with 1/2 tablespoon of Olive oil and saute the chicken(skin side down) and baby carrot for a 1 minute in medium heat then turn and sealed the other of the chicken as well.
5. Next add in the remaining marinating sauce from the bag into the pan and cover the chicken and simmer for about 3 - 5 minutes (turning twice, this is to let the chicken cook through faster and also to make the carrot soften).
6. Place the chicken and carrot in a baking dish and place it in the Toaster Oven for about 15 minutes, turning at least twice or more to make the meat cook evenly through.
7. While placing the chicken in the Oven, you can cut and spread the Baguette with butter and herbs then place it on the side of the baking dish to toast it till crispy.
8. Remove then replace it with the French Fries.
9. Serve the chicken hot with the extra gravy of the citron peels and garlic which will make the chicken taste even better.

a) If you want to use a whole chicken (around 1.2 - 1.5kg) you will need at least 1/2 to 3/4 cup of the citron tea mixture.
b) If you do not wish to pan-fry the chicken 1st, you can put everything into the preheat 180 degree oven and baked for about 30 minutes or so until the chicken is cook through.
c) You can use normal carrot or potato that is cut into big cubes to replace the baby carrot.

Tuesday 8 July 2008

Roast Chicken With Lemon & Rosemary

Rosemary is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant evergreen needle-like leaves. It is native to the Mediterranean region and the name derive from the Latin name rosmarinus, which literally means "dew of the sea". The fresh and dried leaves are used frequently in traditional Mediterranean cuisine as an herb; they have a bitter, astringent taste, which complements a wide variety of foods. It is is extremely high in iron, calcium, and Vitamin B6.

For today's quick and easy meal, I will like to share with you one of our favour way to roast chicken wings. It's pretty easy to prepare and bursting with juicy taste and scented with the aroma of the herbs.Posted by Picasa

Ingredients: (serves 2)
4 - 6 Chicken Wings, washed and tuck-in
3 - 4 Cloves of Garlic, thinly sliced
6 Slices of Lemon
1 Spig of Rosemary
1/2 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice
Pinch Of Salt
Ground White/Black Pepper
5 - 10g of Butter, optional

1. Washed and pat dry the chicken wings then tuck in the wings.
2. Marinate the Chicken Wing with garlic, lemon, rosemary(the leave only), salt and pepper for at least 1 hour or leave it over night in the fridge.
3. Preheat the oven to about 180 degree, place the marinated chicken wings in the baking dish and top each wings with the lemon and garlic slices from the marinate and a little cubes of butter(optional) and bake for about 20 - 30 minutes(depend on the oven) until golden brown and cooked through. (turn the wings once or twice to have even baking colour)
4. Served with baked potato, fries, spaghetti or as finger food.

OR (in order to cut down the baking time)
3. Place the marinated chicken wings in a microwave oven and cooked on medium heat for about 5 - 8 minutes.
4. Remove from the microwave and place it in baking dish and top with a tiny dot of butter and arrange the lemon and garlic slices on top of the chicken wings.
5. Bake in an oven toaster for about 15-20 minutes turning the wings at least thrice until down.

a) You can buy those mid-joint or drumlets to make this dish depending on your preference.
b) If you can't get hold of rosemary you can ombit it but add in more garlic slices instead.