Recipe… Coriander Honey Chicken with Peanut Sauce and Yellow Sesame Rice

With the Bank Holiday weekend fast approaching, I thought I’d share a family favourite recipe which I hope you’ll enjoy. My partner Del has 3 grown-up daughters and whenever they come round for dinner, this is what they ask for. One of them has a boyfriend who hates rice. Won’t touch it. When he came round and could smell this cooking though he said he’d try a tiny bit of the rice with his chicken. Two platefuls later, I think its safe to say he’s a convert!

The chicken can also be cooked on a barbeque when we eventually get that type of warm weather. (Notice I said ‘when’ not ‘if’. I’m the eternal optimist!) It is all just as good cold as it is hot, so perfect for parties or next day for lunch. I’m yet to meet anyone who doesn’t like this so I hope you do too.

Quick note, the rice uses celery seeds. I once gave this recipe to one of Luke’s teachers and she used celery salt thinking it was the same type of thing. It has to be seeds! They can be tricky to find. I know Morrisons used to sell them in the herbs and spices section.Not sure if they still do though. I get mine online in a big bag as I love adding them to many recipes.

Bon appetit!

CORIANDER HONEY CHICKEN

2 lbs chicken breast, cut into large chunks

3 tbsp dark soy sauce

1-2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed

1 tsp ground ginger

1.5 tsp ground coriander

pinch of ground turmeric

pinch of cayenne pepper

1-2 tsp runny honey

coriander leaves, to garnish

  • In a large bowl, combine the soy sauce, garlic, ginger, coriander, turmeric, cayenne pepper and honey. Mix until smooth.
  • Add the chicken to this marinade and stir it in well, making sure all the chicken has a coating. Cover with clingfilm and leave to marinade for 1-2 hours, turning the chicken occasionally.
  • Preheat grill to low/medium heat, and cook the chicken for 12-15 minutes, turn the pieces over, baste with the leftover marinade and cook for another 12-15 minutes until well browned.

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PEANUT SAUCE

2 tbsp smooth peanut butter

2 tbsp soy sauce

1.5 tsp soft brown sugar

1 tbsp lemon juice

cayenne pepper to taste

  • Thoroughly combine all the above ingredients in a small bowl until very smooth. Serve with the chicken.

YELLOW SESAME RICE

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10 oz basmati rice

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1 inch piece of cinnamon stick (half a stick )

generous pinch of celery seeds

2 tsp sesame seeds

1 tbsp seedless raisins

1 carrot, peeled and coarsely grated

generous pinch of ground turmeric

1 tsp salt

0.75 pt cold water

  • Wash rice well. Leave to soak for 30 minutes in cold water to remove as much starch as possible. Place in a sieve and run cold running water over it until the water runs clear. Drain well.
  • Heat oil in a large pan on medium heat and add cinnamon stick and celery seeds. Stir once and add sesame seeds. Stir again and add raisins, another stir and quickly add the carrot, salt, turmeric and rice.
  • Saute for 1-2 minutes, stirring, then add the water and bring to a boil.
  • Cover tightly, turn heat very low, and simmer for 25 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat, leave for 5 minutes, then stir gently with a fork to separate the grains of rice.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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Company Review … Party Animal Online Shop (Cake Decorating Supplies)

Before I start this post I just want to say that Party Animal Online haven’t asked me to write this review, nor do they know I’m even writing it. I’m not on commission or anything like that. I simply want my blog to share recommendations with you if I feel that a company or product is in any way exceptional, and Party Animal Online definitely falls into that category.

Party Animal Online is a leading supplier of sugarcraft and cake decorating supplies. I started using them a few years ago, buying items from their Ebay shop. I was always impressed with their low prices, free postage and how quickly they delivered the items. When I joined Twitter I soon found them on there too and that led me to their website and online shop. Now I know there are many many shops online selling cake decorating supplies, most of them excellent too. I’ve bought from a lot of them in the past. But here’s what sets Party Animal Online apart from them, in my opinion:

  • Their prices are hard (if not impossible) to beat, with regular money saving offers and discounts for bulk buys. The more you buy, the cheaper it is. Perfect for businesses!
  • Delivery is free if you spend over £30, which is very easy to do with the huge range they sell! For orders less than that, delivery is just £2.95, no matter how heavy it is. Other companies I know charge over double that and have a higher minimum spend needed for free post. Delivery is next day too if you order by 12.30pm weekdays, so ideal for last minute requirements.
  • You earn loyalty points with every single order you place, one point for every pound you spend. These points can be then saved up to use later when you have lots or used as money off your next order.
  • They go above and beyond to help you. If they don’t stock something but they know its something you like, they’ll do their best to get it in stock for you. They have spent so much time chasing items for me and getting them listed super fast so I could order them in a hurry. They really care about satisfying your sugarcraft needs.
  • They are incredibly friendly, approachable and helpful. They’ll offer you advice with any cake question you may have, send you links to tutorials if you are unsure of something, and will always do their best to help you. They will share your triumphs and you really get the feeling that they are 100% behind you, supporting you. They make you feel like a highly valued friend rather than just a customer.

If you’re not already familiar with them but want to see more, you can find their shop at http://www.partyanimalonlineshop.com/ and their main website and blog can be found at http://www.partyanimalonline.co.uk/ . They are also on Twitter where they are always more than willing to chat to you and share wonderful things at @partyanimalonli . I hope you pay them a visit and say hello 🙂

Nordic Ware Shortcake Baskets Tin

Anyone who knows me knows I am addicted to Nordic Ware and their wonderful range of bundt and cake tins. Anyone can create a stunning bake using these tins. The details are simply stunning and need minimal decoration to make them even more spectacular.

One of my most recent Nordic Ware purchases has been the Shortcake Baskets tin. It lets you create 6 beautifully detailed baskets which you can then fill or top with whatever you fancy. It has fast become my favourite tin. I’ve used it twice so far. My first time was to make these. 2015-04-13 20.47.31

Very easy, just follow the recipe which is on the card wrap on the tin, then add whipped cream, strawberries, and strawberry sauce. Delicious! That quick and easy dessert could use any type of fruit you like. Whipped cream or just poured straight from the carton.

My next basket creation was based on good old trifles from childhood. I used to love jelly with sponge in it, thick custard on top, and finally cream (or as we used to have, Dream Topping) with sprinkles on to crown it. I thought I’d make a slightly more sophisticated version with the baskets serving as the sponge part. I made my own custard using a BBC GoodFood recipe I found online, then whipped up some cream, piped it on top and sprinkled some Dr Oetker Eton Mess sprinkles all over.

I made the baskets using the card recipe again as it is so delicious. The tins are American so the recipes use cup measurements. I’m not sure if my conversions to grams were correct but they came out perfectly so I don’t mind. Here is the recipe:

140g plain flour

155g caster sugar

1.5 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

80g butter, softened

1/4 pint milk

1 egg

Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan. Prepare the tin using whichever method you prefer. I prefer Wilton Cake Release applied with a pastry brush to make sure every nook and cranny is greased. Put all of the ingredients in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer. Divide the mixture equally between the tins, filling no more than 3/4 full or else it spills over. (Learnt that the first time!) Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes in the tin, then tip out on to a cooling rack. How easy was that?!

When they were cool, I made up some Greens Red Quick Jel using the instructions on the packet. I sliced up some strawberries, put them in the baskets and poured the Jel over them until full to the top.2015-04-18 19.01.59

When that was set, I just dolloped some very thick custard on top (www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2554644/homemade-custard), piped the whipped cream on top of that and added the sprinkles and a dusting of icing sugar, et voila!2015-04-18 21.08.32

I am looking forward to using this tin for many many more bakes! I would love to see your bakes using it too! I hope you have enjoyed this post and recipe. Thank you for reading 🙂

My first post…. A quick Hello

I have decided to write a blog as a few people had suggested it to me. I think it might have been their polite way of saying I talk too much so how about writing it all down instead! Whatever the reason, the idea appealed to me. It will take me a while to get going properly with this but I plan to be up and running very soon. I have sooooooooo much to talk about! 🙂