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Monday, July 21, 2014

Ling Cooks : Oven-Baked Nestum Butter Milk Chicken

Who doesn't like to have a piece of golden, crispy and aromatic fried chicken? much as I try to reduce on deep fried food, I still love to have them once in a while especially 'ayam goreng rempah' to go with a packet of fragrant nasi lemak! Well, this post is not about me cooking that dish since I don't actually do deep frying at home. Honestly, I hate to clean the mess (I also don't have a deep fryer) and dealing with the excess oil. How nice if I have the Air-Fryer ehh..teheheh. Well, that will be the kitchen aid on my shopping list....

Thanks to Baby Sumo - Yen for sharing her oven baked 'fried chicken'. I just need to chuck the chicken in the oven to do the job. Although it requires some time for the baking process, but it is worth the effort especially my kids always wanted me to cook them fried chicken for quite some time already. I keep procrastinating and several times, we just order from outside whenever we crave for fried chicken or other deep fry food.

Recipe : Oven-baked buttermilk "fried chicken" (with some modifications) *original recipe credited to BabySumo

1 cup milk
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
3 chicken maryland, separated to thigh and drumsticks
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 tsp paprika
A pinch of cayenne pepper (omitted) - replaced with dried basil leaves
Salt and pepper

2 1/2 cup cornflakes (I used Nestum)
1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp canola oil (I used normal cooking oil)

1. To make buttermilk, place milk and lemon juice into a measuring jug, then leave to stand for 5-10 minutes.

2. Place chicken in a bowl, then pour over the buttermilk. Add salt,black pepper and crushed garlic, and mix well. Cover with cling film and leave to marinate for at least 6 hours. ( I leave in the fridge overnight)

3. Preheat oven to 180°C (roast mode). Line a baking tray with grease proof paper.
(I have standard oven, so i just bake as usual with 200°C) *adjust accordingly to your oven

4. Put flour, paprika, and basil leaves on a plate, mix, and season with salt and pepper.

5. Beat egg in a bowl.

6. Remove chicken from buttermilk, one piece at a time. Dredge in flour, then dip in egg and finally the Nestum, making sure it is evenly coated. Repeat for all the chicken pieces.

7. Place chicken in tray in a single layer, then drizzle over the oil. Cook in preheated oven for 30 minutes until the skin is golden brown and chicken is cooked through.

And we have moist and juicy with crispy skin fried chicken served with potato egg salad. Yummy!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ling Cooks : Ginger Panna Cotta

I have been wanted to make this Italian dessert for quite sometime after me and HB have been following the MasterChef Australia for the past few seasons. Technically, this classic creamy and silky custard is not difficult to make. The method is to simmer together the cream, milk and sugar. Then mix it with gelatin and let it cool until set.

Gelatin is a type of gelling agent which is derived from collagen extracted  from the skin, bones and connective tissues of farm animals such as cattle, pigs & chicken. Normally gelatin comes in the form of granules, powder and sheets. The latter one is widely used in western countries. But at here, I couldn't find it, probably due to the 'halal' requirement. I actually gotten the gelatin powder which is 'halal' from the local baking supplies.

I like the idea of adding ginger juice to my 'fattening' dessert since it is aromatic and the pungent taste creates a special Asian flavour. In addition, the ginger maybe can help to burn down some calories..haha. Unfortunately, only the adults at my house love it and the kids actually turned it down..Maybe I will stick to the vanilla flavour for the next batch.

Psst...this is my very first time eating panna cotta and I am glad I made it myself.**proud moment**.

Recipe : Ginger Panna Cotta      *sourced from (with some modifications)

1 1/2 cups (375ml) cream
1 1/2 cups (375ml) milk
1 tbs ginger juice
1/2 cup (115g) caster sugar
2 1/2 tsp gelatin powder

1. Combine the cream, milk, sugar and ginger juice in a saucepan.Stir over low heat until sugar has dissolved, then increase heat slightly until just boiling. Turn off heat and stand for 15 mins. Strain through a fine sieve into a jug.

2.Place 2 tbsp of cold water in a small bowl, and sprinkle gelatine over. Leave to soften, then stand the bowl in a shallow pan of hot water, or heat in the microwave, and whisk with a fork until the gelatine has dissolved. Whisk into cream mixture.

3.Lightly oil  ramekins or dessert cup. Place on a tray and pour in cream mixture. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours.

To serve, break the seal by inserting a small knife between the panna cotta and the mould. Turn onto a serving plate and shake to release. Serve dish with fresh berries.

Friday, July 11, 2014

What is inside this Colorful and Vibrant looking Overnight Oats.

I reckon soon my blog will be flooded with overnight oats..tehehe Day by day I am starting to love this healthy food, in fact it has been my breakfast every morning. How's this overnight oats combination seems to you? Please remain calm for I am going to reveal what is inside this oatmeal shortly..ehem**

As you know the good thing about oats is you can choose to eat hot or cold. Of course I prefer the latter one. On top of that, you can always add anything you love to eat and combine them into a glass of goodness. The other day, I met Mamarazzi and she gave me some dragon fruits (Pitaya).Although this beautiful fruit that has dazzling flowers and is usually dark red color (or can be white), I never like eating it but Big E loves to the max. Somehow, she could not finish one big whole fruit by herself.

I have to cheat my mind. I got to eat this fruit and the best way to eat is to chuck them into my overnight oats. In addition, I also have blueberry, orange,raisins, dried cranberries and also bits of BROWNIE in the hope I could not taste the dragon fruit..haha I wasn't pleased enough, I even sprinkled some mixed dried fruits. At the end,my overnight oats looks like the local dessert,'ABC'(ice kacang), according to paparazzi.**pfftttt**

Well, the goodness doesn't just end there. How about the Pure Liquid Vanilla NuStevia (Alcohol Free)sounds to you? I feel like I am diving into a creamy vanilla custard.Hahah

According to NuNaturals,the vanilla used in this product is produced from high quality vanilla beans made by Singing Dog Vanilla. This creates a superior tasting vanilla product.'

Do one thing everyday that makes you happy. I am filling my days with color! What about you?Happy Weekend, everyone!

Monday, July 7, 2014

New Horlicks Chocolate Power Packed with 23 essential nutrients

Ho..Ho....Ho..Horlicks! I am sure most of us growing up with this familiar malted drink.During my growing up year, Horlicks has been one of the essential staples that my parents will stock up regularly. My mom told me the period she had to hide away my milk bottle, it was the time I started to refuse milk. She got rather worried that I will not be getting enough nutrients which can lead to ‘hidden hunger’. Hidden hunger does not mean starving. It is a chronic lack of vitamins and minerals that often has no visible signs, so that people who suffer from it may not even be aware of it. One should not take this lightly because resulting from this may lead to poor physical and mental development and low productivity.

Eventually, what she did was adding cocoa powder to the powder milk to solve my drinking milk problem but not with milk bottle anymore.haha.Apart from that, she also started to introduce me to the classic malt beverage, Horlicks!

She reckons the amount of milk I consume daily may not be sufficient, thus she adds Horlicks in my daily diet to ensure I get the vital nutrients including calcium, protein and multivitamins which aids in the overall growth and development. Well, I am certainly following her foot path by giving the same nourishing malted drink to my girls apart from the milk.

The great news to be shared with you is that GSK has introduced a new and improved formulation for its classic malted drink, Horlicks – enriching its existing formula with a blend of micro nutrients to help optimize holistic development in children. The New Horlicks Chocolate with advanced nutritional provides children with 23 vital nutrients which is important for healthy growth and development. In addition, it also helps to address ‘hidden hunger’, the nutritional issue which still exist amongst children in Malaysia.

**sniff sniff the New Horlicks Chocolate** Yummmy!

Parents always want the best for the kids and Horlicks Chocolate is the delicious chocolatey energy drinks which possess the natural goodness of milk, malted barley and wheat to support the overall nutritional needs of children.

After all, not only us but the kids do want to be tall, strong and sharp!

On top of serving it as a healthy beverage, I also incorporated Horlicks Chocolate as one of the ingredients to my baking last weekend.

Guess what I have baked? Yes, the Horlicks Chocolate Brownie.In case you don't have cocoa powder at home,you can easily substitute with Horlicks Chocolate!

Look at her...waiting to wolf down my home made brownie top with vanilla ice cream.

As for me, I have a romantic and loving version of brownie..hehe

While you are shopping for the staples, don't forget to look for the Horlicks Chocolate at all supermarkets, hypermarkets and provision stores in 200g (RM6.50), 400g (RM10.50, 1kg (RM21.50) and 2kg packs (RM42.00) or in 3-in-1 sachers (RM10.50) for convenience.
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