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Fortune cookies

Jan
27

Fortune cookies are always one of the best things about going for a Chinese meal. Everyone always loves cracking open the little biscuits to reveal their future. They are easy to make, you just have to be work quickly to get the fortune inside, fold them and hang them off the spoon handles before they start to go hard, but that’s part of the fun of it. We have been on the floor laughing some years when people were not quick enough and their cookie set into a weird shape with the fortune hanging out.

Get the kids to write the fortunes before hand so you’re all ready to go. The cookies only take a few minutes in the oven and then you go into mach speed.  It’s easier if you cook a few at a time. They might look a bit more rustic than a shop bought ones but I like rustic and everyone enjoys eating them far more because we made them ourselves.

What you need:

2oz plain flour
2oz icing sugar
2oz butter
1 egg

What to do:

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and get a non stick baking tray ready.

Soften the butter in the microwave for 30 secs on high. Then, beat the sugar & butter together in a bowl.

Beat (mix like mad) in the egg until combined.

Fold (mix gently) in the flour until combined.

Spread spoonfuls of the mixture onto a non stick baking tray into rough rounds using a palette knife or the back of a spoon.

Bake for 5 minutes until just golden.

Working super quickly, take out of the oven, remove the biscuits from the tray with a palette knife, put in the fortune inside, fold over into a crescent shape and bend over a wooden spoon handle. Leave to cool & harden.

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Love Livs

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Simple Chinese Noodle Pots

Jan
26

I’ve been making these noodle pots for years for quick lunches, easy dinners and simple suppers.  My family all love super noodles and not being a lover of processed food, I had to come up with an alternative or give in.

I love that I can use wholewheat noodles and good chicken stock, add some homemade sweet chilli sauce (see separate post) and sneak in a few vegetables as well.

I’m not giving exact amounts because it’s not that sort of recipe. If you added more noodles and less veg it wouldn’t matter (the kids do no veg if they make it themselves!), if you don’t like coriander you can use another herb or leave it out altogether, and if you wanted to add something else to the pot you could.  All you need to know is that the noodles need 3 minutes to cook in the microwave.

What you need:

Wholewheat noodles
Stir fry vegetables
Coriander
Chicken/vegetable stock
Frozen peas
Sweet chilli sauce
Chopped nuts

What you need:

Break up a nest of noodles and put in the bottom of a jar.

Put some stir fry vegetables on top

Add some chopped coriander

Pour in enough chicken stock to cover

Microwave for 2 minutes on high

Add a handful of frozen peas

Microwave for 1 minute on high

Add a spoonful of sweet chilli sauce and stir everything together

Top with chopped nuts and eat with a fork or chopsticks

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Love Livs

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5 min Sweet Chilli Sauce

Jan
26

If you’ve ever wanted to have a go at making your own preserves, this is a great recipe to start you off. It only takes 5 minutes, uses simple store cupboard ingredients and you can keep it in the fridge for ages to use in Chinese Noodle Pots, Egg fried Rice or Thai beef Salad. It also makes a great dip that you can pull out at the weekend, for a movie night, to serve with some prawn crackers or crispy potato wedges.

I’m using frozen chilli cubes for this recipe. You can use fresh chillies, it will just take a bit longer to make. Finely chop them and de-seed or leave seeded depending on how hot you want the sauce to be. You can find frozen chilli in the supermarket as well as garlic, ginger and herbs, and they are very useful to keep in the freezer for throwing into curries and chillies and casseroles.

What you need:

2 tbsp rapeseed oil
2 tbsp cornflour
300ml water
150ml white wine vinegar
4oz sugar
4 tsp chilli (4 frozen cubes or 2 red chillies finely chopped)

What to do:

Put the oil, water, chilli and sugar in a pan.

 

Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and let it simmer for a few minutes to dissolve the sugar.

Mix the cornflour with a bit of water to make it pourable.

Stir it into the pan.

Simmer for a few more minutes until thickened enough to stick onto the back of a spoon.

Pour into a clean jar or bottle and keep in the fridge.

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Chinese New Year 2017 – The Year of the Rooster

Jan
26

Happy Chinese New Year for Saturday. As you will get to know I love any excuse to celebrate different occasions throughout the year and always plan menus and crafts to go with them.  We have a huge Chinese community here in Liverpool and so there are lots of Chinese supermarkets to browse for interesting things. There’s a big fireworks display each year complete with Chinese dragon parade and the Chinese arch in Chinatown is something to behold.

I did a lot of travelling in the early days before kids and one of the places we went to was China. There weren’t as many restrictions on hand luggage in those days (how old does that sound?) so we came back laden with stuff. Now, we have a box in the loft full of weird and wonderful things we can get down at Chinese New Year……..traditional instruments, wooden toys, puzzle boxes, calligraphy & stamp sets, scroll paintings etc.

Over the years we’ve done lots of different things to celebrate. One year I bought some cheap garden paper lanterns (from the pound shop) and we painted Chinese blossom onto them. They looked fab hanging up all over the kitchen.

Another year it was Chinese paper craft. Here’s a link – (http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/chinese_papercut_craft.htm)

We always make prawn crackers. A few years ago I bought a big bag of  clear discs from a Chinese supermarket which magically turn into prawn crackers when fried in hot oil.

The kids love watching them transform and have fun trying to eat them with chop sticks.

This year we’re making fortune cookies and having a banquet (see separate posts). I’m making my own sweet chilli sauce to use in simple Chinese noodle pots and then there’ll be crispy duck  pancakes, a choice of chicken satay or chicken with ginger and spring onion and egg fried rice with lychees and green tea for dessert. After the food we’ll play Chinese checkers, have a go at Tai Chi and do some fan dancing .

I’d love to know what you’re doing to celebrate.

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