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Orange Chicken

11 Sep

Some how I love how we cook Chinese in India. I always feel that the chef in India give a more powerful taste in our country. As India is always known for its more stronger tastes but in most other countries I have experienced their cuisines to be a bit bland. China is no different, atleast to Indians their tastes may be a little bland.

This one is a Chinese appetizers. We often indulge in making main course but this is a simple scrumptious appetizer and full of flavors. If you love sweet and tangy taste of  chicken then this is a must try. For this I did the following:

At first I collected all the ingredients for my recipe and started to prepare the orange sauce. I mixed all the ingredients for the orange sauce and set aside.

 

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Now for the frying batter, I mixed all the ingredients of the frying batter and whisked it till the batter was smooth. Then I threw in the diced chunks of chicken in it. I stirred so that chicken got coated neatly.

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Now heat up the oil in a wok. Put the chicken chunks in the fryer. Take them out when it is tinge of golden. Set aside this chicken.

 

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Heat oil and put some garlic in other pan.

 

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Throw the chunks of fried chicken….

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Now put the orange sauce and stir it well.

 

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Chopp chopp chopp some spring onions… its a must have in most of the chinese dishes. I just love the taste…

 

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Mix, Mix, Mix it well….

 

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Garnish with sesame …Serve hot as an appetizer..!!

 

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Scrumptious Orange Chicken!!!

 

 

Ingredients:

500 gms boneless chicken breast, cut into bite sized cubes

2 tsp cooking oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

Orange sauce

Oil for deep frying

Salt and sugar, to taste

Chopped spring onions

White sesame, for garnishing

Orange Sauce:

1/4 cup orange juice

1/2 tsp orange zest

1/2 tsp minced garlic

1 tsp red chilli sauce

3 tbsp water

1 tbsp soy sauce

5 tsp sugar

1 tsp Apple cider vinegar

2 tsp dry sherry, optional

1 tsp cornstarch

Frying Batter:

1 egg

1/4 cup all-purpose flour, sifted

2 tbsp cornstarch

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 cup water, ice cold

1/2 tbsp cooking oil

dash of salt

Method:

  • In a bowl, mix all the Orange Sauce ingredients. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and mix the Frying batter ingredients until the batter is smooth. Put the diced chicken, mix it well and set aside.
  • Heat up a wok with deep-frying oil. Gently drop in the battered chicken cubes, one by one. Deep fry until color changes to golden brown and completely cooked. Dish out and drain on paper towel.
  • Heat up a pan over a medium high heat with 2 teaspoons of cooking oil. Stir-fry the garlic until fragrant.  Add the chicken.
  • Gently pour in the Orange Sauce mixture, and stir. (Note: you may adjust seasoning according to your taste but for me this was just fine.)
  • Dish out and garnish with sesame and ready to serve.

 

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Hot Apple Cider

19 Dec

Its Christmas time and I am inclined to try more and more of christmas recipes. I came across this wonderful recipe of a cider. This is a traditional recipe which is mostly made during Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Since the mood is so festive, I thought why not give this a try.

The flavors in this cider are fruity, and it gives a taste of alot of spices like cinnamon, and cloves. If you want you can make it non-alcoholic also by omitting rum in the recipe. Since its winters I think everyone prefers the rum.

Some apple juice! The most important ingredient! and orange juice mixed with the maple syrup in a pan. Heat the mixture.

Add the Good ol’ Rum!! and all the spices along with the zest of orange and lemon.

Heat it for about 5-7 minutes and your Apple Cider is ready!

Apple Cider! Its yum when hot!

Ingredients

  • 6 cups apple juice
  • 1/4 cup  maple syrup
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • 1 orange zest
  • 1 lemon zest

Directions

  1. Pour the apple juice and maple syrup into a large stainless steel saucepan.
  2. Add the cinnamon sticks, cloves, rum, orange peel and lemon peel in the pan.
  3. Place the saucepan over moderate heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cider is very hot but not boiling.
  4. Remove the cider from the heat. Seive the cider.
  5. Ladle the cider into big cups or mugs. Drink Hot or Cold. I usually prefer hot!

(Adapted from allrecipes)

Earl Grey Esplanade with Orange Cream

16 Nov

Earl Grey tea is a blend with a distinctive flavor and aroma derived from the oil extracted from the rind of the bergamot orange, a fragrant citrus fruit. The Earl Grey blend is named after the 2nd Earl Grey, British Prime Minister in the 1830s and author of the Reform Bill of 1932, who reputedly received a gift, probably a diplomatic perquisite, of tea flavoured with bergamot oil.

Evening Tea is my favourite time of the day. I usually pause all my activities and take out at least 15 minutes to enjoy my cup of tea with some home-made cookies, cake, tart or whatever is available at that moment. This time I tried and enjoyed earl grey mousse tart with a cup of tea. Its divine!

The recipe requires you to prepare the tarts first, then the filling, then we do the topping!

Makes: 12

Time: 45 mins preparation , 2 hours refrigeration

For Tart:

1 cup all-purpose flour

30 gm butter

6 tsp castor sugar

4-5 tbsp milk

For Filling:

50 ml boiling water

4 Earl grey tea bags

150 gm milk chocolate

300 ml whipping cream

1 large egg, separated

Topping:

50 ml whipping cream

1 tsp castor sugar

some chocolate flakes

2 drops orange essence

METHOD:

Prepare the tart:

Sieve all the dry ingredients.

Put butter and crumble with you hands. Make it look like a bread crumb.

Add milk. Knead it into a soft dough.

Make small ball of the dough.

Roll with a rolling-pin to adjust them to your tart mould. Prick with a fork.

Bake them for 12-15 minutes at 200 degree celsius.

For the filling:

Pour 50 ml boiling water into a jug and add the tea bags. Leave it for 5 minutes. Discard the bags.

Heat 1″ water in the a pan. Put a heat proof bowl on the top of the pan.

Place chocolate in the bowl and allow to melt and don’t stir it.

Remove the bowl from the pan and cool slightly.

Stir in 150 ml of cream, the tea, the egg yolk and chocolate.

Whisk the egg white in a clean, grease-free bowl until stiff peaks appear.

Beat the rest of the cream in a separate bowl until thick.

Fold this cream into the other ingredients and then, finally, fold the beaten egg white.

Divide equally among the tarts, then chill for at least 2 hours.

For the topping:

Whip the cream, sugar and mix the essence and decorate the tart.

Sprinkle over some chocolate. Serve.

Distinctively Flavorsome!!!

Orange and Chocolate Chip Cookies

29 Sep

 

When I started reading novels during school, I remember I used to keep a bag full of cookies besides me. It has been important to keep a munching bag while reading. Its like eating pop corns while watching a movie.

Cookies! is something I have everyday with my cup of tea in the evening. There is nothing better than the homemade cookies. Now being the season for oranges. I had to try an orange one. Oranges bring out great flavour in any recipe I use. If you love orange you will certainly love these with a combination of chocolate.

This recipe is from Diethood. Kate has been dear friend also quiet helpful with her recipes. Her blog is very interesting to as it has alot of baking, which atleast I am addicted to.

Since I am not a huge fan of white chocolate, I used milk chocolate instead. The results were too good!! A must try!

So here we start making the cookies!…

It takes about 12 minutes to bake and 30 minutes to prepare. So its quite quick.

(makes about 2 dozen)

You will need:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chip
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 190 0C.
  • Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  • In the bowl, mix the cream butter and sugars until light and creamy.
  • Now beat in egg and vanilla until smooth.

  • Stir in orange zest!! (for a refreshing taste)

  • Add in the flour mixture,  into batches, until well combined.
  • Now some milk chocolate chips!!

  • Take some cookie dough in your hands and roll it into a small ball. Now, press it into a round shape.
  • Place the cookies on the parchment sheet.
  • Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown around edges.
  • Cool for 2 minutes on cookie sheet before transferring to rack to cool completely.
  • Store in airtight container. (Important: As cookies may become a little soggy if not kept in an air tight container.

I loved the taste of orange with millk chocolate!! Yummy!!

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