Thursday, January 8, 2009

Do you own a spice rack?

Do you own a spice rack?

I do! After starting a food blog, I think I started to feel that I need to fill my kitchen with more cooking utensils with the hope of enhancing my cooking.

So, one of the first few must haves was to get a spice rack. Not only that it would make me feel more like a "wannabe chef" but it will make my kitchen look like a "wannabe chef"'s kitchen! :)

After shopping around, I decided get the one below. Upright version with 16 different spices. What do you think? Doesn't it look great?!! :)

Ok, now that I have gotten the spice rack, next is the daunting expectation of cooking a dish with these spices. Hmmm.....most of the spices are new to me meaning I have not used them in my cooking. My usual main ingredients are salt, pepper, soy sauce, sesame oil for my Chinese dishes. So what do I do now with new spices like cumin, paprika, italian seasonings, basil, oregano etc etc. I feel so much pressure to use all these spices to enhance my dishes.

This is what I decided to do.

1) Chicken Breast - cut in cubes
2) Spices - basil, ginger, cumin, chilli powder, paprika
3) Some cut vegetable like carrot, onions and

Simple cooking :-
1) Marinade chicken cubes with all the 5 spices, plus some salt

2) In a non-stick wok with a little oil, place the chicken cubes in the heated wok once by one. Constantly turn the chicken cubes in wok until chicken is cooked.

4) Remove chicken and in the same wok, add in the vegetables. Because it is a non-stick wok, I did not add more oil. Just need to stir the vegetables constantly to prevent from burning.

5) When vegetables are soft enough, serve up with the chicken. There you have it. My 5 spices chicken!!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Happy Yummylicious year ahead!

Hello everyone,

Sorry for long silence during this festive hols. I was on holiday so my blog took a break too. :)

I can't resist showcasing these beautifully crafted minicupcakes. Oh my! So festive! So cute, irresistable! And definitely too cute to be eaten. It was definitely a wonderful gift I received to usher in the Christmas and New Year holidays. Check it out on the website below.

For me, it's been a wonderful holiday and I hope that everyone had a great time celebrating Christmas and new year with family and friends. My holiday was filled with love....

My Hubby-D came back from the States ( I have not seen him for 3.5 mths) and we had a great time in KL, Ipoh, Singapore and also a terrific holiday getaway in Hong Kong. Oh my Oh my...all the food we ate!! Goodness, I don't dare to weigh myself on the scales, I am sure I have gained at least 2-3 kg over these few weeks!! Ho! Ho! Ho!

It's alright, food is to be enjoyed, both Hubby-D and I will just have to start dieting soon so that we can eat more! :)

I will be updating my blog with more of my food adventures. So tuned!
Meanwhile, I wish everyone a very Happy Yummylicious Year Ahead! I pray for a good year ahead and may there be more and more food for all to be enjoyed every day.

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