Saturday, 23 August 2008

Baked Chicken With Plum Chutney & Cheese

Today's Special from Cuisine Paradise Kitchen is this Baked Chicken With Plum Chutney & Cheese. All thanks to Tracy (my best pal and sister-in-Christ) who gave me her Homemade Plum & Apple Chutney which you can find the original recipe at here. But according to Tracy, since she don't have crystallized ginger, she replace it with fresh ginger slice and it really makes nice fragrant of her version of chutney. At first when she made this Chutney, both of us still cracking our head on how to use those bottles of homemade chutney. But after experience it with different food and spread both our family members and us actually find it as a new way to bring about the taste of plum.

As you can see from the 2nd pictures, the colour of her homemade chutney is so gorgeous and it's really like red ruby sparkling in the light. The taste and aroma of the chutney is sort of like sweet, sour and spicy. It is full of flavour and texture which I think it will make a great Marinade ingredients. So without hesitate, I go ahead to experience it. I used it to marinate with chicken Maryland over night in the fridge and baked it with some extra fresh plum to give it more texture on the fruits.

At first, I still wonder how will it taste but my doubt was clearly after the aroma of the chicken flow out from the oven. The kitchen was filled with the fragrant of the spice from the chutney and the adding of the extra Mozzarella cheese also give a great enhancement to this dish. I have served this dish with baked herbal vegetables & some extra chutney. And the dessert for the night is Orange Caramalized Banana. Posted by Picasa

Ingredients: (serves 2)
2 Chicken Maryland, trim the fat
8 Tablespoons of the Plum Chutney
2 Fresh Plum, stoned and cut into wedges
2 - 3 Tablespoons Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
2 Medium Size Potato, cut into chunks/cubes
1 Small Carrot, cut into chunks/cubes
1/2 Teaspoon of Dried Mixed Herbs
1 Teaspoon Olive Oil

1. Trim and wash the chicken the cut a few slits on the meat of the chicken, pat dry and stuffs some plum chutney into the slits then top with the remaining chutney.
2. Marinate it for at least 2 hours or over night in the fridge.
3. An hour or two before baking the chicken, you can marinate the mixed vegetables with the mixed herbs and olive oil.
4. Remove the chicken from the fridge 5 - 10 minutes before cooking.
5. Heat up a saucepan with 1 teaspoon olive oil then pan-fry the vegetables until slightly brown and almost cooked through.
6. Remove and place it on foil paper and put it in the oven toaster and toast for about 5 minutes, turning once or twice. (this will make it totally cooked through or soften and at the same time, force out the extra oil when frying)
7. Next, place the chicken, skin side down in the saucepan that is used for frying the vegetables and saute the chicken till the skin is slightly brown.
8. Turn it over and saute it for another 3 minutes, then add in the fresh plum wedges and remaining marindae sauce, cover and let it simmer for about 5 minutes.
9. You can add it a 1 - 2 tablespoons extra of the plum chutney if you find that it's too dry to simmer.
10. Remove chicken, plum and etc from the saucepan and place it in a baking dish and put it in the toaster oven and baked for another 10 minutes or so until the chicken is cooked through. (or to save the trouble, you can put everything in the baking tray and baked at 200 degree for about 30 minutes until the chicken is cooked through)
11. Next sprinkle the shredded Mozzarella Cheese on top of the chicken and let it baked for another 1 - 2 minutes until the cheese is golden brown.
12. Remove and serve it with the baked herbal vegetables, extra chutney and fresh plum.

Quick & Easy Toddler Meal

It had being a long long time since I post something on Toddler food, actually there is nothing fancy on this dish. I use the same old mix vegetables stock to make either noodle, porridge or rice for Reyon whenever he requested for it. For this post i just want to share with you the cute fish cake that I spot in the wet market today. Although it look kind of out of shape for some of the design...i still cannot figure out is it a MOUSE? BEAR or ???? Can you figure out what animal is it? But then it's rather cheap compare to the Hello Kitty design fish cake that is sold in some of the supermarket..... The packet that I got is about $2 for 15 mini fishcake. Posted by Picasa

Monday, 11 August 2008

Golden Pillow

Tata...This is another post-dated dish that I didn't have time to update it. Actually, this curry is cooked by my mum and I just use it to re-create this Quick and Easy meal. I have empty some of the filling in the small baguette(french loaf) so that I can fill it with the chicken curry.

After I removed some of the filling in the baguette, I place it in the toaster oven for about 3 minutes so that it will be crisp and crust in the inner portion. Then I have fill in the curry gravy, potato and chicken and make it into a simple One Dish Meal - Golden Pillow. You can fill it creamy soup like, cream of chicken or mushroom and serve it as as Starter. Or you can stuff it with some chicken pie ingredients and bake it like mini Chicken Bread. Posted by Picasa

You can refer to the curry recipe as reference at Pork Ribs Curry With Egg Wrap Rice or you can use any recipe as your own preference.

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.