2013 was a big year for me. Last night, as I flipped back the pages in my mind before the clock strikes twelve, some memories formed into paintings of joy and laughter while others displayed a sense of melancholy. It was the year where I decide to make a drastic change in my life with a precious opportunity which I am actually not quite prepared for.
Leaving home to work in a foreign country for the first time, the move to Hong Kong itself was already an experience. Besides getting to know the ways of living in this new city, my taste buds are also being challenged to recipes, flavors and textures that I am not accustomed to.
While the new may be interesting, it is often the familiar that kept me settled. I’m so glad that my tiny kitchen is now stocked with extra virgin olive oil, Italian canned tomatoes, balsamic and my favorite spices.
Here’s a simple recipe to share. Happy New Year my friends!
Drumsticks Baked with Balsamic Vinegar
Crushed black pepper
Dried rosemary (fresh ones are too costly over here)
Marinate drumsticks with all other ingredients overnight. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200C for 45 minutes or until it looks good to the eye. Squeeze a wedge of lemon juice over before serving with your favorite greens or baked vegetables.
This is one of those moments where I know that I can take cooking as a hobby for life.
It is amazing to discover how a few simple ingredients can work together with temperature and time to create magic
and produce wonderful flavor and texture least expected.
This is an impromptu recipe when my mom came over to stay for an enjoyable two weeks
left me with some frozen chicken pieces in the fridge.
I am glad I have made it right.
Chicken pieces (fresh ones are even better)
Lots of paprika
Lots of fresh rosemary
Crushed black pepper
Season the chicken pieces with all ingredients except lemon.
Bake at a temperature of 200C for 45 minutes.
It works even when I start from a cold oven.
Squeeze over some lemon juice and serve while it is still hot and crispy.
This is a recipe that was missing in action for quite a while but never been forgotten. Last weekend, I decided to take a break from Italian cooking and prepare this dish for a friend who came over for lunch.
Wash chicken, pad dry and put into a plastic bag. Blend all other ingredients and mix it thoroughly with yogurt. Marinate chicken with mixture. Tie up plastic bag and leave overnight in the fridge.
Preheat oven to 428F/220C. Bake chicken for 25 minutes and turn to grill for another 10 minutes.
This meal goes well with plain stem rice and perhaps a glass of ice lemongrass drink.