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Feeling Lazy? Bake Some Fish

Some days back, I was feeling kinda lazy and I needed to prepare supper. We had some leftover ugali and veggies so I just need to cook some fish and dinner would be done.

I didn’t want the task of flipping over the fish in the pan so I thought of baking. Baking is so hands off since you just pop the food in the oven, set the timer then you go on to do other things like paint your nails with green nail polish 🙂

This recipe is pretty simple. You can choose to substitute with the herbs/spices you have on hand. I guess the mandatory ingredient is the fish fillet not forgetting the salt.

Start by greasing your baking dish wish some butter or one tablespoon of vegetable oil. I used butter.

greased dish
greased dish

Remember to pre heat your oven at 370ºF.

Cut the fish fillets in big chunks, then salt it on all sides.

salt the fish

Grate the zest of one lemon over the greased dish.

zesty
zesty

Sprinkle about one tablespoon of dried parsley leaves. Place the fish chunks on the dish. Sprinkle the top with another tablespoon of the dried parsley, some lemon zest about a tablespoon. Finally I added some fresh sprigs of rosemary for flavour.

herbed
herbed

Pop it in the oven, set the timer for 15 minutes.

I turned the fish just once to enable the other side to cook.

not the bottom side has turned white, signs that it has cooked.
not the bottom side has turned white, signs that it has cooked.

Bake it for 10 more minutes.

Serve while hot, garnish with some lemon slices.

tada
tada

Delicious and flavourful.

Try it.

Drop Scones for Dinner

My friend Kui asked me if I knew how to prepare drop scones, at first I told her no but after researching I realised one just uses the basic pancake batter. The difference is in the size. You use a spoon to drop the batter into the pan and voila drop scones.

During my research, I landed on a you tube video that even had serving suggestions. The chef made some caremelised pineapples to serve with the drop scones. I just had to try out the recipe. So on our way home I tell hubby that we’ll have pancakes for dinner and surprise surprise he is ok with it. Well before you go to think I was going to make pancakes without a back up plan you are mistaken. I knew I had some leftover food in the fridge so in case he wasn’t full I’d re heat that.

For the drop scones, I used my basic pancake recipe:

1 1/2 cups all purpose

2 eggs

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 tablespoon vanilla essence

zest of one lemon

1 cup water (The batter should be a bit thick)

Oil for frying

In a bowl combine the flour, sugar and baking powder. Then add in the eggs.

Add the eggs to the flour, sugar and baking powder mixture

Add the vanilla essence, lemon zest and the water.

sorry about the shadow

So now, heat your skillet and prepare to cook the drop scones.

Using a tablespoon, scoop the batter and drop/pour over the heated oil in the skillet.

Drop! Drop!

For the caramelised pineapples you’ll need:

Pineapple chunks

11/2 tablespoons sugar

A pinch of cinnamon

1 cup pineapples chunks

In a pan over low heat, caramelize the sugar.

Sugar in the pan

So don’t do what I did and burn the caramel, the pineapples will have a sort of burned taste like mine did :-(.

Sprinkle some cinnamon over the caramel and add the pineapples.

Caramelising

Stir the pineapples to ensure all are coated with the caramel.

All coated 🙂

Everything is set. Plate the drop scones add the pineapples and drizzle some of the caramel over the pancakes. We also drizzled them with some honey.

Dinner is served 🙂

Drop scones

So, I take the dinner to hubby and again I mention that there’s food in the fridge in case he feels he won’t be satisfied.

Great thing, he didn’t ask for the food. He loved the meal. Yippee!!

Soy Sauce Chicken with Lemon Sauce

Finally bought some boneless chicken breasts and I was very eager to try out a new recipe. I frantically searched for simple recipes that required stuff that I already had on hand. I found this one.

Funny enough mine didn’t quite look like the ones on site. Perhaps it’s cause I used one tablespoon of soy sauce instead of a teaspoon. ‘To eat is your own’ – Laura Vitale

Anyway, I didn’t do much to tweak the original.

Ingredients:

2 boneless chicken breasts cut into chunks

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 egg yolk

11/2 tbsp cornflour

3 tbsp vegetable oil for frying

Sauce:

Zest of 1 large lemon

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup water

2 tbsp sugar

Salt and Black pepper to taste.

Toss the chicken chunks with the soy sauce. Marinate for 30 minutes.

As the chicken is marinating make the sauce.

Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan and gently bring it to a boil. The sauce will thicken.

The lemon sauce

For the coating, mix the egg yolk with the corn flour.

Egg yolk and corn flour

Coat the marinated chicken with the mixture.

Heat some oil in a pan then fry the coated chicken. I did 5 minutes on each side.

Sizzle sizzle

Drain over a paper towel covered plate.

Crispy
Dinner 🙂

Served with some herb turmeric rice.

Delicious!

Verdict:

Heavenly!! The chicken was very crunchy and goodness the lemon sauce, never tasted such before. Finger licking good. Hubby enjoyed the meal.

It was too delicious there were no leftovers for me to carry for lunch 😦

If I could do it over gain:

Add a bit more black pepper in the sauce, to balance out the sweet and savoury, or reduce on the the amount of sugar to one tablespoon.

Choc-nut cookies

I’d missed eating cookies and since I had some chocolate chips and roasted groundnuts on hand I thought why not? Plus hubby being the cheer leader that he is encouraged me 🙂

Ingredients

2 cups baking flour

6 teaspoons of cocoa powder

1 tablespoon of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of instant coffee powder

1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon powder

1/8 teaspoon of salt

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup margarine

Zest of one lemon

3 eggs

1 tablespoon of vanilla essence

Chocolate chips

A handful of roasted groundnuts, peeled.

Start by pre heating your oven at 350 degrees.

In a bowl mix the sugar and margarine and using a wooden spoon or electric mixture cream.

In a separate bowl break the eggs, add vanilla essence and the lemon zest.

One by one add the egg mixture into the creamed sugar and margarine, stirring after each addition.

The mixture will curd but it’s ok

the green things are the lemon zest

In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients

flour,baking powder,cocoa powder,coffee,cinnamon powder,salt

Fold in the flour mixture into the wet ingredients in three parts,

Then add the chocolate chips and groundnuts.

Line your baking sheet with some parchment paper, then using a teaspoon spoon the batter on to the tray. Remember to space them, since they’ll spread out while baking.

assembly line

Bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until they are hard on the edges and still soft at the middle.

Allow them to cool completely and you’ll notice they harden.

tada

Verdict:

Tasty and chewy too.

The nuts felt a tad soggy though, I wonder how I can remedy that. Put them in while raw?

This recipe yielded 40 cookies.

Fruit Pancakes

My love for pancakes always drives me to try out new ways to make them even sweeter. Some weeks back on a weekday, I prepared these pancakes, I have to say that was pretty ambitious of me since it was a work day #superwoman (as if).

The recipe is just like for the cinnamon pancakes, except instead of the cinnamon I used apples, sultanas and some lemon zest.

So in a bowl,mix all your dry ingredients, flour,baking powder,sugar and lemon zest.

the dry ingredients

Then fold in the chopped apples and sultanas.

in goes the apples and sultanas

In a separate jug mix the wet, eggs,vanilla essence.

Make a well in the dry ingredients then pour in the wet ingredients. The amount of water to put is dependent on the consistency of batter desired. I like when my batter is a bit viscous.

On a hot skillet heat some oil and you are ready to fry the pancakes.

always saves time to fry many at a go 🙂

Serve while hot, sprinkled with some honey or your favourite syrup.

Delicious

Verdict:

Very sweet. I even carried some for lunch that day and they were pretty filling.

Hubby suggested that the next time I should try grating the apples instead.

If I could do it over again:

Grate the apples 🙂 .

close up look of the sultanas and apples in the pancakes

These pancakes can be easily prepared for a light dinner or brunch.

What do you add in your pancakes?

Fish Fingers

Sometime back during my monthly grocery shopping as I visited my vendor in search of some chicken legs, I noticed they had some fish fillet. Unfortunately they were out of chicken legs so I decided to try the fish instead. The fillets were quite large so I just got two.

One of the fillets I cut up into big chunks coated them with  some dried herbs and pan fried  them. The other one  I prepared a week later in form of fish fingers.

Ingredients:

1 large fish fillet

1/2 cup flour

4 slices of bread/ 1 cup bread crumbs

2 eggs

A handful of dhania chopped

Some lemon zest

1 tsp salt

 1 tbsp black pepper

Dried herbs, sage, rosemary and oregano

3 tablespoons of water

Oil for frying

Same trick as with the beef stir fry, thaw the fillet then cut it lengthwise into strips.

don’t make them too thin

 Now to coat the fish fingers, I prepared 3 dipping bowls.

First coat them with flour. Make sure to season the flour with some bit of salt, black pepper and the dried herbs.

1. Coating with the flour

Next dip them into the egg wash.

Making an egg wash is pretty easy beat eggs with some little water. Once more remember to season the egg wash as you did the flour. This is to ensure that there’s seasoning all through. Use a fork to avoid getting your hands too messed up.

2. Egg wash 

Now onto the final coat. At this point I put the oil in a pan so as it can start getting hot.

You can get ready to use breadcrumbs from your local supermarket or if you are DIY kind of person you can just do what I did.

I toasted 4 slices of bread with a sandwich maker, yep a sandwich maker, I really need to invest in a toaster.

Voila, crusty

Then using my blender’s mill, I crushed the chunks of toasted bread and voila breadcrumbs pap. In a bowl/plate mix the chopped dhania and the breadcrumbs, again remember to add the dried herbs, salt and black pepper. At this point also add in the lemon zest.

3. The breadcrumbs mixture

Then fry your fingers (no pun intended :-))

I later filled the pan with the fish fingers

Fry both sides till they are golden in colour. Drain over a plate covered with some paper towel.

I served this with plain steamed rice and a vegetable sauce.

steamed rice and vegetable sauce

Verdict:

Hubby loved them. Seasoning was on point. Yippee

If I could do it over again:

I’d let them cook longer, they still had that fishy taste that I don’t really like.

 I re-fried the the leftover the following night and they were much better and crunchier :-), so cook them a bit longer till they are really golden brown.