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Fish Fingers – Take 2

Goodness!!! This post has been on my drafts for so long, it’s about time I finalise it.

I cooked this a while back so I can’t quite remember the story behind it, sorry. All in all I know I was in the mood for some fish hence the reason I cooked this.

I tried a different recipe from my previous one here.

I decided to make a paste with different spices to coat the fish fingers.

1 tbsp fish masala, 1 tsp crushed garlic, 3 tbsp dried parsley, 1 tsp coriander powder and 1/4 tsp paprika

In a bowl, add about 3 tablespoons of all purpose flour, mix in the spices then beat in 2 eggs. Remember to add in some salt.

Making the paste

After beating in the second egg the paste will look like this.

The paste

Fish fingers.

finger food

Tip: Sprinkle some little salt over the fish fingers.

This method of making fish fingers is less tedious since you just dip them in the coating once.

Coat the fish with the paste. Let it stand for about 15 minutes before cooking.

In a pan, heat some oil for frying the fish. Ensure the oil gets hot before adding the fish to avoid it from sticking in case you aren’t using a non stick pan like me.

floating fingers

Let them cook for about 7 minutes or until browned on each side. Drain over a paper towel covered plate.

Others browned more than others. O-o

Voila, easy and quick fish fingers.

Served them with some spicy potato wedges and kachumbari.

kachumbari, fish fingers, spicy potato wedges and lemon slices.

Which recipe do you prefer?

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Pasta ‘motukanio’

Motukanio – (Embu/Kikuyu) verb: to add everything together.

This is courtesy of my friend Dee. As we were on our way to town from work, I happened to mention that I had intentions of making pasta for dinner. Dee went on and told me of this recipe. You simply make a sauce with whatever you have on hand and instead of cooking the pasta separately, you add it to the sauce and let it cook.

She was taught by her mother and it happens to be the first thing she learnt how to cook. The beauty of this recipe as the name suggests ‘motukanio’ – you just add in whatever you have on hand.

eggplant and bell pepper

Ingredients:

1 medium sized onion sliced

3 medium sized tomatoes diced

1 eggplant diced

1 bell pepper diced

pasta of choice

1 cup hot water

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon paprika

1 tablespoon rubbed basil leaves

salt to taste

In a saucepan heat about 2 tablespoons of oil. Fry the onions.

onions

Add in the tomatoes, eggplant and bell pepper.

Add in the seasoning, garlic,paprika and black pepper.

Cover and let it cook down.

The sauce

When it got to this part, I was a bit confused on what to put first the pasta or the water. But since Dee had mentioned that the water should be just enough to cook the pasta. I opted to put in the pasta so that I can control the level of water.

Stir in the pasta

Add the hot water.

Just about the same level as the pasta

Cook as per the pasta instructions. I cooked mine for 8 minutes. Sprinkle the basil leaves and stir. Aromatic

Serve immediately.

Pasta ‘motukanio’

The beauty of this meal is that it’s complete on it’s own.

Next time you are in a rush to prepare dinner try this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Onion and Pepper Fried Chicken

Once one gets married you sort of get different kinds of gifts from your spouse. So last week hubby dearest surprised me by buying some chicken legs and fish fillet. Yeah!!! I’m now more excited about chicken legs than chocolate.O-o  PS. He still gets me chocolate.

It had been a while since I had cooked some chicken legs. I was confused on what to do with them. After defrosting them, they lay on the kitchen counter as I tried to invent a recipe.

Still clueless on what to do with the chicken, I chopped up a white onion and sliced a bell pepper.

1 white onion chopped, 1 bell pepper sliced

So after much thought I decided to fry it.

In a saucepan/skillet add 1 tablespoon of oil. You don’t need a lot. Since I was using chicken legs from a broiler. They are pretty fatty. (I even had to trim some fatty off)

Place the chicken legs in the pan. Ensure you’ve sliced the legs to ensure the spices soak in.

Spices:

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon paprika

1 teaspoon black pepper

4-5 cardamon pods

Salt to taste

Sprinkle the spices on the chicken.

oily!!!

Cover and let the chicken cook for about 15 minutes on one side then flip over for the other side to cook.

I have to mention, at this point the aroma in the kitchen..Heavenly

The chicken…

After 30 minutes, and flipping the chicken twice. Toss in the onions and bell peppers.

all in…

So hubby, peeks and asks;

Hubby: No tomatoes?

Me: Should I add some them? (I reach for the fridge door to take the tomatoes)

Hubby: Yeah add at least one.

Me: I’m not so sure about it. I don’t want the sauce to be runny. (I toy with the idea and decide to just add one) 

1 tomato diced

Cover and let the sauce cook down for about 5 minutes.

Then serve with ugali and vegetables.

onion and pepper fried chicken 🙂

(sorry forgot to wipe the sides of the plate)

Verdict:

Goodness!!! Delicious. Very flavourful.

Hubby gave it a thumbs up and tick.

PS. The addition of the tomato was just the cherry on top. Thanks hun.