Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Curry chicken

I tried this once & I liked but not as much as the other Jamaican recipes I have tried lol. But that's just me. But my cousin Crystal well oh she's a big curry chicken lover! Can be eaten with rice n peas or white rice,tried it with fried rice and jollof too lol.

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs of chicken
  • 6 tablespoons of curry powder
  • 4 teaspoons of thyme
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • 3 stalks of scallion (aka spring onions)
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger
  • 2 scotch bonnet pepper(Jamaican hot pepper)
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper(optional)
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon of flour (use as a thickener for sauce)


Method: 

  1. Wash the chicken with lime or lemon juice,chop the chicken into small pieces
  2. Chop onions,scallions,garlic and pepper, rub the chicken with all ingredients excluding the water and potatoes allow the chicken to marinate in the fridge for 2 hours. 
  3. Fry the chicken for 10minutes or until chicken is sealed.
  4. Chop your potatoes then add to the chicken and water into a sauce pan, cover and allow the sauce to be thick(this would take about an hour or so).
Ps: I wanted my food to be ready quicker than the hour wait so I mixed half a teaspoon of flour and water and poured it in the mixture and about 15-20mins it thickened for me. 

Just squeezed lemon juice on it for the washing
Seasoned and ready for marinating

Chopped potatoes

Frying the chicken

Almost done frying
Water and potatoes added

Served with white rice,  fried plantain and steamed veggies

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Clean Thai Curry By Hayet Rida

Allow me to introduce the lovely Hayet Rida. I came across this woman's page on instagram while looking for other healthy meals to prepare for my mom. & BOY was I inspired. She's Ghanaian just like me(WOOHOO!) and is on a journey which she hashtags as #Hayetisonadiet on instagram. What impressed me the most about her is her ability to experiment with food and also her encouraging pictures on instagram. Let's just say I look forward to her posts on the gram. She was kind enough to share one of her go to healthy meal with us today. NO SALT! NO PERSERVATIVES!! Check her out on instagram at @hayetrida. Watch out for more healthy recipes from her. 

Chicken ingredients: 
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 bell pepper
  • Chilli peppers
  • 1 onion(optional) 
  • 1 tablespoon curry paste
  •  6 drumsticks 

Fried rice ingredients:
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 or 2 green beans
  • Pineapple
  • Chilli
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
Method:
The most important thing is to make sure that the chicken is fully cooked. 

  1. Using a cooking spray,spray a medium cooking pot, steam chicken till its no longer pink(for about 10-15mins), add in vegetables, stir for awhile then add in your curry paste,stir for awhile then pour in the coconut milk. Allow it to simmer for 10minutes. 
  2. Cook the brown rice until its done, allow it to dry. 
  3. Using a cooking spray, spray a medium sauce pan, stir fry the vegetables, add the pineapples stir for awhile and then add in the brown rice after a few more stirs add the soy sauce. 





Fried rice prep

Presented 2 for the picture

All yummy fried rice

Doesn't it look great?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Brownies

Who loves brownies?? Well I Do(once in a blue moon...lol)!!! And so does my little cousin Vanessa lol. I made these for my babies at sunday school and they loved them!

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup white sugar 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Method: 
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8 inch square pan.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, salt, and baking powder. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Do not OVERCOOK(SERIOUSLY)
Butter,sugar,eggs and vanilla mixture
I used butter to grease my pan for baking

Before going into greased pan

Ready to be baked, I used a bigger pan because I made a bigger batch of brownies

Moist and yummy brownies