Thursday, August 30, 2007

A quickie for a Friday night - Honey and Sesame Chicken

Friday's are the day when we get home, kick off the shoes and reach for a glass of white (or stronger if the week has been a tough one!). So I have a quick recipe here to nibble on while relaxing with kids. It should take 40 mins if you're organised. A little more if you are like me and start with one recipe and then create a whole darn restaurant menu to go with it!
Here 'tis:

Honey and Sesame Chicken
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Nutritional value: fat 4g, carbs 16.6g, protein 10.9g

Serves 4 - 6

500g chicken breast fillets, cut into 1 cm slices (or buy them pre-cut from Coles or your butcher)
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp five-spice powder
4 Tbs peanut oil
2 Tbs cornflour
3 Tbs honey
1 Tbs lemon juice
2 Tbs sesame seeds
90g SR Flour
4 Tbs cornflour
1 1/4 c water
1 egg white

1. Combine the sesame oil and 5-spice powder in a large bowl. Add chicken and toss to coat. Set aside while preparing the batter.
2. Sift SR Flour and cornflour into a large bowl. Add water and mix until smooth. In another smaller bowl, beat egg white until soft peaks form. Fold gently into the flour mixture.
3. Heat peanut oil in a wok or large frypan. Place 2 Tbs cornflour in a freezer bag, add chicken strips and shake to coat. Shake off excess and dip into batter, then straight into the hot oil. Cook in batches and drain on paper towel.
4. In a medium saucepan, gently heat the honey and lemon juice. Add the chicken pieces and toss to coat. Serve sprinkled with sesame seeds.

Can be served alone or with fried/steamed rice.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Welcome to our new blog

This is my new space to keep you all informed of anything new happening with The Gourmet Saint. It's kinda like our News Desk at the Frontline!
I want to be able to add new recipes and tips and any news easily without hassling my techy-slave to continually upload new stuff to the website.
This way, I figure, I can sit at my desk and do it myself! I can legitimately spend the afternoon in the kitchen, creating yummy dishes to photograph (oh, and eventually eat, of course! Someone has to eat it!) and then upload them with some 'boring' details, including the recipe itself to keep my readers entertained. Sounds like fun! I hope, anyway. I have been told not everyone 'gets' the Foodie thing, but if you and I didn't, we wouldn't be here now, would we? We'd be off on some boring ol' shopping site or downloading the latest top 40 hits. Ho hum. Instead, you and I can spend some time together talking about the latest recipe find! *squeal* I mean that in all serious humour, of course.
(Those that know me learn that a sense of humour is pretty high on my list of personality traits.)
I hope to add to this regularly. I am not going to commit myself to a daily/weekly/fortnightly timeframe; I am just going to add as I can. I am all for guilt-free these days. (Anyone know where I can find guilt-free chocolate??) However, I do plan to be creative on a regular basis. Oh, and dont expect it all to be 5 star dining! Sometimes a simple recipe is the tastiest.
I guess the hardest part will be working out which recipe to begin with!! So many choices, so little time.