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.
It’s been a busy week at work. Today I decide to take a breather and left office before the stars starts to glitter. Not that I can admire them through the gaps between those skyscrapers.
Returning to my kitchen always makes me happy. With music and a sip of chardonnay, I made this Spanish tapas to go with homemade crusty bread (click here for recipe) which is now always available on the dining table.
Your favorite mushrooms
Chopped red chili
Freshly crushed black pepper
Fry mushrooms in olive oil over medium heat till they start to shrink. Put in garlic, paprika, pepper, salt and fry till fully cooked. Sprinkle a good amount of Tobasco sauce over and top it up with chili. Serve immediately.
The best part comes after you have finished the mushrooms and use crusty bread to wipe up all the garlicky chili oil.
You might want to get ready a large glass of lemonade.
Sunday afternoon. I remember there are prawns, squid, chicken, mussel meat and a quarter piece of Spanish chorizo in my freezer. When I open my spice cupboard, the red color of paprika and yellow turmeric stands out shining among the rest. Turned to my paper bag and saw onion smiling at me. Then an idea starts to form in my head. I found red pepper, garlic, shallots, cloves and rice. The ingredients are almost complete except I am missing a bay leaf. I thought fresh basil from my corridor may be a good substitute.
Tune radio to my favorite Class95 and poured myself a glass of Merlot from Australia.
Aware that I don’t have the right pan to make this dish, I changed the cooking method a little. Heat up some olive oil over medium fire and fry the chorizo for one minute on both sides. With the same oil, seal the chicken and put it aside. Continue to brown some chopped garlic and put in the rest of the seafood. Add sea salt and black pepper to taste and fry for three minutes before adding a gulp of white wine. Put seafood aside and save the sauce for later use. Heat up new olive oil and fry chopped onion, shallot, garlic and a few cloves. When you smell aroma fills the air, put in washed rice follow by paprika, turmeric powder and the seafood sauce. Stir fry for a while and add in red pepper. Add hot water or chicken stock to cover rice. Lay all other ingredients on top and cover the lid over small fire for 15 minutes. Squeeze a quarter of a lemon and throw in some chopped basil before stirring.