Thursday, 19 January 2012

A Stove-less Summer: Meal #2 – BBQ Cajun Chicken Salad

Posted by Kim Fong On 8:30 pm

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I have a funny opinion about salad recipes. The point about a salad is you just throw a bunch of ingredients together, toss and serve. You add more of what you love and less of what you like and none of what you hate. However, I agree that certain things go really well together and others should never be together. Saying that – associated tastes generally makes sense to most people – though I see why people still read salad recipes and buy salad ‘building’ books. Its the eclectic, eccentric, different, ‘I wouldn’t have thought of that’ moments that is why you still read salad recipes.
So wrap your head (and chops) around this one. Not saying its going to blow your mind – but there is a little difference.

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Cooking mushrooms on a sandwich press

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Ingredients
Lettuce (chopped roughly)
Carrot (shredded)
Mushrooms (sliced and grilled on a sandwich press)
Fresh chives and parsley (finely chopped)
BBQ Cajun chicken (chopped roughly)
Brown rice (yep! its so good! yum!)
Shredded cheese (tasty works well – you can get more fancy if you wish – sharp, hard yellow cheese works)
Dollop sour cream
Salt & pepper to taste


Method
1. Prepare chicken as per recipe.

2. Boil brown rice.

3. While rice is boiling, BBQ chicken and as the BBQ plate cools throw the mushrooms on. If you forget, use the sandwich press.

4. Chop lettuce and herbs, shred carrots and cheese.

5. Throw in serving bowl the prepared lettuce, carrots, mushroom, herbs, chicken, rice and cheese. Toss together.

6. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and salt & pepper to taste.

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BBQ Cajun Chicken

Posted by Kim Fong On 8:25 pm


This is an ol' time fav amongst our friends. You know when you come over for BBQ, you're more than likely gonna get BBQ Cajun Chicken. And that's okay because is damn tasty! So I know I'm about doing stuff the back-to-basics way but this one thing that is just easier to buy pre-mixed. However - if you wanna make it up below I've listed the ingredients. This is really easy and simple - but yummy!

Ingredients
Cajun spice mix (Masterfoods is the best one we've tried that's available at a regular supermarket)
Olive oil
Chicken pieces (fillets, wings, drumsticks - whatever you fancy)

Method
1. In a bowl flavour your chicken pieces with the cajun chicken spices and oil. Don't be shy with the spice mix. Ensure a good coating.

2. Cover and place in fridge for a few minutes (or hours - depending how much time you have).

3. Take out of fridge and allow chicken to come to close to room temperature. In the meantime, heat your BBQ grill.

4. Grill chicken on hot BBQ til cooked through and serve.

Cajun spice mix ingredients:
Salt, Paprika, Wheat Starch, Black Pepper, Onion, Basil, Garlic, Chilli, Fennel, Thyme

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

A Stove-less Summer Meal #1 - A Real Sandwich

Posted by Kim Fong On 8:58 pm


First post for 2012! Happy new year everyone. Its only taken almost 2 weeks this year to get my ass into gear and start blogging again. Though I do have proper excuses. Firstly Christmas season was busy with a few close friends’ birthdays fall in this season, other friends going away, then there is the influx of family gatherings and to top it off we moved house. So with living out of boxes while slowly packing and unpacking, and just going out, cooking has been a lower priority over the past few weeks. And added to that, the new place’s stove is being replaced, hence the title – A Stove-less Summer. Excuses enough?

Being rather sick of take out and eating out, but having no stove – what is one to do? Challenge accepted! I've decided to kick this year off with a series a that doesn't involve using a stove. Think of any awesome ideas? Shoot them through or comment below.

Stove-less Summer meal #1 – A Real Sandwich
How often do you get a sandwich but isn’t quite … complete? Pretty often. How often do you get a sandwich that’s just … mmmm! So good!? Rarely. And if you made that sandwich at home with the same ingredients it just isn’t the same? Even less often. Okay so here is why – don’t skimp! Remember its going to be a meal. Below photos of a real sandwich. Thanks to my dear OG – he’s shown me the light. I don’t need to tell you what goes in the sandwich – each to their own. However its how much goes in there that matters. OG says – there height of the filling should be more than the height of the bread that’s holding it. It also helps to have fresh bread too.
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Ingredients in this sandwich:
  • Butter
  • Mayonnaise (real mayo – not the Aussie sweet stuff)
  • Roast turkey cold cut
  • Pastrami
  • Shredded carrots
  • Chopped lettuce
  • Shredded cheese
  • Triple cream brie
  • Beetroot slices
  • Fresh tomatoes slices
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Fresh parsley – finely chopped
  • Fresh chives – finely chopped
  • Salt & pepper

 
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