Day 65: Pasta with Cajun Chicken
I love anything with pasta. Easiest and quickest meal to whipped up. Soon as I came home from class, I was starving. Mind you my class was from 9am to 2pm on a very rainy Sunday. My stomach was making all kinds of noise. TMI. So I defrosted some chicken breast to go with my pasta but I have no idea what I was going to make. It turned out pretty good in the end. So here goes…
- Chicken breast
- Cajun Spice
- All Spice
- Pasta (any kind)
- Runner beans
- Sun-dried tomatoes
- Small shallot
- Chilli / dried chilli flakes
- Salt and Pepper
- olive oil
- Parmesan cheese
- Marinate the chicken breast that was cut in little pieces with salt, pepper, cajun spice and all spice and put aside
- Finely chop or smash with mortar and pestle the shallot, garlic and chilli together
- Cook the pasta as per instruction on the packet or until al dente.
- In a wok, heat up 2 table spoon of olive oil and cook the sliced marinated chicken until slightly browned
- Combined the chopped/smashed shallot, garlic and chilli into the wok with the chicken and let it cook for a few minutes.
- Put in the roughly cut runner beans and let it soften. Then, season the sauce with salt and pepper.
- When pasta is cooked, saved some of the pasta water and put the drained pasta in the wok and combined with the sauce. If its too dry, add the pasta water to help loosen the sauce.
- Chopped some sun-dried tomatoes and put it in last.
- Parmesan cheese can be added to help the sauce stick to the pasta
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
Day 55: Pan Fried Salmon
I was feeling a little peckish when I came home from work today, so I decided to whip this dish up real quick for my sister and I. Salmon is our favourite fish, it’s healthy and delicious. What’s not to love? This dish is simple but full of flavour, definitely better than seasoning the fish steak with just salt and pepper. My sister absolutely loved her dinner. So here goes another simple recipe for you to try!
- Salmon (steak or fillet)
- dried rosemary
- dried thyme
- cajun spices
- olive oil
- pat dry the salmon with kitchen towel
- in a mortar and pestle, put in all the ingredients except the oil and the salmon of course and smash it all together until a paste is formed.
- add some olive oil to loosen the paste
- marinate the fish with the mixture and leave for 30 minutes
- heat up a medium non stick pan and pan fry the fish
- Serve with any side dish like mash potatoes, mix veggies, or chips and enjoy!
Day 12: Sagu Gula Melaka
Sago is a starch extracted in the spongy centre, or pith, of various tropical palm stems (Wiki). Sago gula melaka is a very popular dessert in Malaysia and it is easy to make! You will only need a few main ingredients.
- Palm sugar (roughly chopped)
- Coconut milk
- pandan leaves
- boil water and add sago in a saucepan. Cook sago on low heat until they turn translucent. It should take around 5-10 minutes. Keep stirring.
- Scoop the sago out into individual bowls and keep in the fridge to set and chill.
- in a saucepan, pour in the coconut milk, add in the pandan leaves tied in a knot and a pinch of salt on low heat. Stir constantly and remove from heat when it starts bubbling.
- in another pot, melt the palm sugar with water on low heat. Once it turns syrupy, remove from heat and let it chill.
- serve each individual sago with palm sugar and coconut milk. ENJOY!
Day 10: Sunday Roast
One thing I love when I was living in the UK was Roast dinner. So today, despite it not being Sunday, I decided to make roasted chicken for iftar.
- oyster sauce
- sweet soy sauce
- all spice
- olive oil
- blend the shallots and ginger, mix it with honey, oyster sauce, sweet soy sauce, all spice, rosemary and thyme.
- pat the chicken dry and marinate it with the mixture for at least 2 hours.
- preheat the oven to 170 degree celsius and on a baking sheet, pour on some olive oil and place the chicken on the baking sheet. Scatter some butter all around the chicken.
- cook for 45-60 minutes or until chicken is nice and golden and fully cooked.
- serve with mash potatoes, gravy and the best part of a roast dinner – yorkshire pudding! Enjoy!
Day 8: Honey Mustard Chicken
As it is the weekend, I took control of the kitchen and let mumsy rest. So, for dinner today I made a simple Honey Mustard Chicken dish for the family.
- chicken (any cut is fine, on or off the bone)
- dijon mustard
- onion (finely chopped)
- garlic (finely chopped)
- chicken stock
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
- Season the chicken generously with salt and pepper.
- heat up a large skillet on a medium heat, drizzle some olive oil and add the chicken skin side down. Brown for 5 minutes until golden and crispy.
- Remove chicken from the pan and add the chopped garlic and onion and cook until soft and translucent.
- in a bowl, mix the mustard, honey, chicken stock and a splash of milk. Add the mixture into the pan.
- leave on medium heat until the sauce is reduced to half and add some thyme. Put in the already golden and crispy chicken and cover with lid until chicken is cook through.
- Serve immediately with a side of rice/potatoes/pasta and salad. ENJOY!
DAY 2: ENCHILADAS
I have yet to find a restaurant that serves decent Mexican food in Kuala Lumpur. So I took it upon myself to cook my family enchiladas for Iftar.
- Chicken Breast
- Cajun Spice
- All spice
- Olive oil
- Bell pepper
- Chestnut mushroom
- Tortilla wrap
- Mozzarella cheese (Grated)
- Can crushed tomato
- salt and pepper
- Marinate the chicken breast that has been cut in cubes with the cajun spice, paprika, all spice and a pinch of salt. Marinade for at least 20 minutes. The longer the better.
- In a medium size sauce pan, heat olive oil on medium heat and add the marinated chicken and cooked till brown. Once cooked, add the onion that was cut in wedges, bell peppers that has been chopped in cubes and the chestnut mushroom. Cook until all the vegetables soften. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Wrap the mixture and some mozzarella cheese with tortilla wrap and put the flap side down in a casserole pan. Repeat until there’s no more space to put anymore wraps in the casserole pan.
- Pour the crushed tomato on top and sprinkle a generous amount of mozzarella cheese.
- Put the casserole in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 180 degree celsius or until the cheese melts and brown.
- Serve with salsa and ENJOY!
Day 1: Onde-onde (Buah Melaka)
Onde-onde are these green coloured balls made from glutinous rice flour coated with fresh grated coconut and they are like little sweet bombs. One of my favourite traditional Malaysian kuih.
- glutinous flour
- pandan leaf extract
- fresh grated coconut
- palm sugar (cubes/chunks)
- Mix the glutinous flour, a pinch of salt, water and pandan leaf extract to create a green coloured dough.
- Divide the dough into little balls and in each dough, put a small cube/chunk of palm sugar in it. Be careful not to make the layer of dough too thin as this may torn the dough which results in the palm sugar to flow out once heated.
- Put the filled dough into a pot of boiling water. leave until the balls start to float.
- Coat the cooked onde-onde with the slightly salted fresh grated coconut.
- Leave it to cool and ENJOY!