Monday, 16 January 2017

Lemon Chicken [Chinese Takeaway Style]!

Ever since I was little, my favourite thing to order from Chinese restaurants and takeaways was lemon chicken. I may have moved on more recently to aromatic duck but lemon chicken will always hold a special place in my heart and I really crave it from time to time. 

And yes, I know that lemon chicken is in no way a traditional Chinese dish. I don't think the majority of dishes you can get from Chinese restaurants/takeaways in the UK are actually eaten in China, but still. They are delicious. If not completely inauthentic. 

A while ago I was really craving lemon chicken and thought I'd give it a shot. It didn't turn out as well as I thought it would... but it was still delicious. The pictures from the recipe I used look amazing but I kind of messed up a bit...

The recipe calls for you to fry the chicken in batches so they all individually get really crisp but I couldn't be bothered to do that so I just dumped all the chicken into the pan at once. Bad idea. All the chicken clumped together so as I separated them, all the batter came off and they ended up pretty much batter-less. Which was unfortunate. 

I also realised that I probably shouldn't have used all the sauce that the recipe makes. I ended up pretty much drowning my chicken in it, when really it's just supposed to cover it slightly so it makes it sticky and gooey. Having the batter on the chicken probably would have helped with that problem.

But now I'll know for my next attempt! (1) Be more patient and take the time to cook the chicken in batches and (2) reserve some of the sauce for another time.

Learn from my mistakes guys and make this recipe the right way and you'll have delicious Chinese takeaway style lemon chicken!

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Camembert Snowflake!

Before we get to this delicious little snack/starter...

... let me say a belated Merry Christmas! I hope you all had an amazing day and got thoroughly spoilt. I know I did!

Sorry for the late post but I'm just recently back at my flat and only now feel settled enough to sit down and write this.
Do you like my new Dr. Martens, by the way? I'm in love with them. They're a funky purple and gold Victorian wallpaper pattern [as my brother likes to call them]. They're so comfy as well! Pretty sure I've worn them everyday since getting back to the UK. 

But getting back to this camembert snowflake. I saw this recipe on Facebook, via the page 'Twisted', and showed it to my mum who loved it as much as I did. She asked me to make it for a starter for one of our many big family dinner's that we had in Ayr, and I happily obliged. 

My attempt looks a bit dodgy and not nearly as professional as the one in the recipe [this is it pre-baked by the way], but I do have an excuse for that! Other than it being quite tricky to twist the filled puff pastry, the pastry used in the recipe is circularly shaped whereas the puff pastry we had was rectangular. I could have cut it into a circle to begin with but it would have ended up being tiny which we didn't want, so I tried to work with the shape I had. It was quite pernickety and I ended up with different length 'snowflakes'. But it was definitely worth it. 

Puff pastry, crispy bacon bits, cranberry jam, melted camembert and rosemary. What's not to love! Clearly it was a hit as I couldn't get a picture before people started tearing into it. I actually made 3 because there were so many of us. But there wasn't much leftover...

Next time you're hosting a dinner party or having some friends over, give this recipe a try!