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My Chilli Chicken Adventures

Hello again! So yesterday was a pre-scheduled post, and it’s been so long (well… almost a week) since I got talking to you all properly. I’ve missed it, believe it or not. You’re actually such an important part of my life and it feels weird when I’m not taking the time to sit and talk to you.

 

Well, anyone who has me on Snapchat – and if you don’t, why don’t you? – will hopefully have seen that last night I decided to try and create my own sticky chilli chicken recipe. It was somewhat based on this video that I saw while walking home from my programming lab (don’t ask me about it, it was a nightmare and that’s all you need to know). I knew I needed to cook the two chicken breasts I had sitting in the fridge but had no idea what to do with them, and here was the perfect opportunity to try something completely different!

 

Ingredients (serves 1):

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 chicken breast
  • salt and pepper to flavour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 25g plain flour
  • 1 pepper, sliced (I used half a green and half a red just to mix things up)
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 chilli, chopped
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 100ml water
  • 2 tortilla wraps

In hindsight, I would probably also add a handful of sliced mushrooms to this and serve with rice.

 

Method:

  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a high heat.
  2. Lightly salt and pepper the chicken breast and slice into chunks.
  3. Dunk the chunks of chicken in the egg then cover in flour.
  4. Add the now floured chicken to the hot oil and seal.
  5. Next, add the sliced pepper to the pan and soften.
  6. Remove the chicken and pepper from the pan before adding the garlic, chilli, onion, soy sauce, tomato purée and water to the pan. Mix well.
  7. Lower the heat to a medium heat, and allow the liquid to come to the boil.
  8. Leave it to bubble until the sauce looks ‘jammy’ and has reduced in volume of liquid.
  9. Add the chicken and peppers to the sauce and mix well. If using, add the mushrooms at this stage too.
  10. Continue to cook over a low heat until the chicken is fully cooked and the sauce has reduced more.
  11. Heat your wraps, or cook your rice according to the instructions on the packet.
  12. Serve when the chicken looks sticky and you are happy with it!

 

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did! I’m so excited to have the left overs at lunch today. Let me know if you try it or if there’s anything you think you’d do differently. I love people leaving comments!

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A winter meal

Hello again everyone! How are you all doing?

 

I was dozing off last night when I realised it’s been almost a fortnight since I was snapchatting about the dinner I made for my friends, and I forgot to share with you how to make it. This is one of my favourite meals for at this time of year. Considering I’m not a fan of stews, Mum always made this for me and Rachel as an alternative and it has now become a top dinner in the flat. Just realised I haven’t shared what it is with you! Chicken, chorizo and chickpea casserole. It’s simple to make and you can change things up if you want.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 500g chicken thighs
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, sliced
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped
  • glass of red wine
  • 275g chorizo, chopped
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes (400g)
  • 200ml chicken stock
  • 400g can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained

 

Method:

  1. Heat half the oil in a large pan. Lightly brown the chicken thighs before removing them from the pan and keeping them warm somewhere – I tend to put them in the oven at the lowest temperature possible.
  2. Add a bit more oil to the pan, before adding the onion, garlic, carrots, celery and chilli. Cook this for approximately 5 minutes. Add a splash of your red wine (but not all of it!) and simmer until reduced by a half.
  3. While doing this, in another pan heat the rest of the oil and fry the chorizo for 2-3 minutes. Pour in the rest of the glass of wine and cook until the chorizo is crisped.
  4. Pour the chopped tomatoes into pan containing the vegetables and bring to the boil for 5 minutes. Add in the chicken stock and return to the boil.
  5. Now add your chicken, chickpeas and chorizo and simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked.
  6. Serve with chopped parsley and crusty bread!

 

The ingredients above serve for 4 people. It’s really easy to cook, and can appear so impressive!

 

Let me know if you make it and what you think of it! Have a great weekend!

 

Ktkinnes xx

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Day 19 – Hobby

What is your hobby and why do you enjoy it?

This! This blog is my hobby. I love writing it and spilling my words to you all. I love the twitter chats and interactions that come along with blogging. There’s a sense of community amongst the majority of the bloggers I have had the pleasure to chat with online.

It’s brilliant having a place I can come to share my thoughts and opinions on the day, knowing that there are people out there who are going to read my posts and comment on them!

Aside from this, I love reading, watching TV, and cooking! Anything creative is brilliant as it’s a complete change from my subjects at university.

Ktkinnes xx

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Day 18 – Food

What food makes you feel good and why?

Okay so by rights the question here should be ‘What food doesn’t make you feel good?’ – I love everything! Nothing beats a good homemade lasagne where the cheese has gone brown in places and the layers are clear, served with a warm garlic bread and salad. Or in summer, a barbecue is the go to food!

However, the one meal that will forever make me feel good is Christmas dinner. I’ve already started planning the Christmas dinner for our flat in December!

We always have a Bloody Mary Soup for a starter. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned it here but it’s basically a tomato soup with celery, Tabasco sauce and vodka, served with a freshly baked petit pain. Of course, the main course is the an important part. That succulent turkey, served with a slice of gammon, stuffing, mashed potatoes, roast potatoes, carrot and parsnip, brussel sprouts, and a good gravy! Who here doesn’t love christmas dinner?

Our desserts are always the same – a lemon meringue, a trifle, and homemade christmas pudding. No one in the flat likes christmas pudding though so I may make myself a mini one just to be awkward… Finally, we always finish, or try to finish, with a cheese board. There’s a reason we start eating so early!

There’s just something about the Christmas Dinner that makes it special. I don’t know if it’s because we’re all feeling festive, or if it’s because the family are together and in a good mood, or what. But it is definitely my favourite food.

Ktkinnes xxx

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What To Take To Uni – Part 3

The Food Edit

So this isn’t really a list of things to take with you, more things you should get when you arrive.

Everyone knows, student loans don’t last long when rent and bills are taken out of them! So it becomes important to have some basics in your cupboard and fridge, just so you can make everything taste a little better when money gets tight. Here’s my list of what you should get at the start of the year and try to keep topped up throughout!

  1. Pasta
  2. Rice
  3. Salt
  4. Pepper
  5. Chilli powder
  6. Cumin
  7. Mixed herbs
  8. Tomato purée
  9. Garlic
  10. Olive oil
  11. Tabasco sauce
  12. Stock cubes – vegetable, chicken and beef!
  13. Butter
  14. Lentils
  15. Teabags
  16. Coffee
  17. A tin of soup
  18. Chopped tomatoes or passatta

There you have it! Have I missed any of your essentials? Let me know below!!
Ktkinnes xx

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Honestly….

Honestly, today hasn’t been the productive day I was hoping for. If you’ve been following my blog or Twitter recently, you may have noticed that I have resits coming up. These resits decide whether or not I get to continue university and become a teacher – the one thing I’ve thought about for years. And yet, here I am with absolutely no motivation to revise or be proactive about it. In fact, the only thing I can build up the energy to do today is eat, watch Netflix or blog. None of these are what I’d planned.

Continue reading “Honestly….”

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Two for Tuesday!

Hello! Me again 😊 Not only is it Two for Tuesday because tonight I share 2 facts about myself, but this is also my 2nd post of the day. How about that? My posts are a bit like buses – none for ages then 2 come along at once.
My favourite meal is the first of tonight’s reveals. Now as it’s “meal”, I’m including starter, main, pudding and cheeses – yes cheese gets its own mention, what sort of lactose-tolerant, omnivore would I be if I didn’t like cheese?

The best starter has to be prawn cocktail with either a salad or a thick slice of fresh wheaten bread. I’ve recently started to put some avocado in there too! Definitely my all time favourite starter. Unless there’s something with goats cheese. Goats cheese always wins in the end…

Main course, and please wait a minute before passing any judgement, would definitely be scampi and chips from the Ramore Wine Bar in Portrush, here in Northern Ireland. There aren’t really any words that would explain why this is my favourite except that it’s tradition and when it’s cooked fresh beside the sea you can’t help but fall in love with it. Served with a nice portion of mushy peas and lots of vinegar and ketchup, there’s very little I can think of that makes me as happy as when that plate arrives in front of me…

Ramore Wine Bar, Portrush

All time favourite pudding would definitely be sticky toffee pudding served with honeycomb ice cream. Need I say anything else?

Now for my favourite course. I love cheese, can’t get enough of it. To be honest, for 10 months of the year it’s my main source of dairy as I tend to only eat natural yogurt with fruit during the summer months and I’m really not fond of milk. For years I would’ve told you that my favourite was either Brie or Camembert however this changed a couple of years ago. I was introduced to Stilton and marmalade on hovis biscuits and I promise you there is nothing better on this earth. You have to try it! I’ve now moved on to stronger blue cheeses as I love the salty tang from them. Again, I can never turn down goats cheese but it is rarely on my cheeseboard so I don’t count it in this list.
I love knitting. For years, Rachel and I would go visit our grandparents in County Fermanagh. After Granda died, we went more frequently but often found ourselves sitting inside a small bungalow with only basic analogue TV – hands up if you remember having at most 8 channels to flick through! Granny decided, to pass time, that she would teach us to knit. From scarves to blankets to dolls and bears and clothes, Rachel and I were taught to knit quietly and it kept us happy. There was no DVD player for years, and Granny didn’t have wifi. Also, with our location so close to the Republic of Ireland, we couldn’t use 3G on our phones even if we caught signal (which was rare in itself). It actually makes me sad that a lot of kids these days wont grow up with somewhere to go to just shut off from technology… Does that make me sound old?

Good night!

Ktkinnes xx

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Banana Split for Breakfast

Breakfast Banana Split

An alternative breakfast this morning, I was getting tired of apples again and with no eggs or avocado I was really struggling to think of something. Then Rachel appeared, telling me about the ice cream parlour she went to last night and the size of the banana splits there. Suddenly inspiration struck! 

What you see in the picture is a banana halved, some natural Greek yogurt, a tea spoon of raspberry jam, a tea spoon of peanut butter, and some pumpkin seeds. It’s delicious! Oh, I forgot to mention the passionfruit coulis – I added it just for a change of flavour. 
I would seriously recommend this for anyone looking for a quick and easy breakfast!

Ktkinnes xx