Hello everyone! Work has been crazy busy lately with the number of cases compounding every passing day. I have recently started baking again and often bring it to the office to share. Many of my colleagues are gluten free so I have been trying out more gluten free recipes. While going through my recipe arsenal I came across this friand recipe I tried during Christmas. Friands are little almond cakes that taste absolutely exquisite but cost a fortune at cafes. I admit, I never got around to blogging about it because I felt that they were a bit too dense. But I have now tweaked the recipe and am happy to report that I will never buy another friand in the cafe again.
Happy New Year everyone! Can you believe we are in 2016 already? The last year has really gone by in a blur. In fact I have yet to come up with any New Year resolutions…perhaps I will just stick to the same ones as I have every year:
- Get a job (this used to be ‘do well in school’ but since I’ve graduated…).
- Be happy and grateful for what I have.
- Exercise more.
- Lead a healthier lifestyle.
Oh, perhaps I will add in a fifth resolution this year – to write more frequently here on The Chai Ninja. Now that the resolutions are done and dusted lets get down to business.
Spring is well and truly here in good old NZ. As the weather gets warmer I tend to crave less hearty meals. Yummy stews are swapped for salads and cheesy potato mash turns into crispy wedges. Besides the amazing weather, Spring also brings about a whole range of veges and fruits! One of these veges is the mighty Asparagus ! As you can see I quite like asparagus. Any asparagus lovers out there who feel the same joy I do?! It is such a versatile vegetable and full of beneficial nutrients.
To make full use of the asparagus season I have been using them in everything. I make stir-fry with them, bake them, grill them and most recently , I started using them in salads. It is a great addition to any salad dish because it adds texture and a nice sweet flavour. My absolute favourite salad is potato salad; which is also probably the fattest ever salad once you add in the bacon and mayo . So in an effort to reduce the fat factor I made some swaps and omitted the bacon. I usually pair this with my easy roast chicken for a simple meal. Try it out and let me know how you get on!
- 3 large potatoes
- 7 stalks asparagus
- 2 springs spring onion
- 2 tbsp mayonnaise
- 3 tbsp plain unsweetened yogurt
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- Start with boiling a pot of water.
- Peel potatoes, cut into cubes (around 2cm) and boil in pot of boiling water till cooked. Refer to note.
- When potatoes are cooked, drain and run under cold water. Shake off excess water, place in a bowl and set aside.
- Clean asparagus stalks, cut into sections about 2cm in length. Set aside.
- Bring a pot of water to boil and blanch asparagus sections. Strain and run blanched asparagus under cold water.
- Shake excess water off blanched asparagus and add to the same bowl as potatoes.
- Cover the bowl and place in fridge till potatoes and asparagus are chilled.
- Mix yogurt, mayonnaise, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper together in a bowl till smooth. Wrap and set aside.
- When potatoes and asparagus are sufficiently chilled, remove from fridge.
- Finely slice spring onions and add to the bowl of potatoes.
- Add the mayonnaise mixture to the bowl of potatoes. Mix well.
- Be careful not to overcook the potatoes! You still want them firm but cooked through.You don't want them to break, so as soon as you are able to easily pierce through them. They are ready.
- Feel free to add bacon, surimi or sausage pieces! I just omitted it to make this a lighter dish.
Hello everyone! It has been awhile since I’ve shared a recipe here. Not to worry though cause I have a stack of recipes at my disposal now to share with you all. I also decided to create a section called Cooking 101 . I know how frustrating it is to make a dish only to fail despite all your efforts – makes you want to just go get takeout doesn’t it? So, this category will feature a range of simple, fail-proof baking and cooking recipes for all the beginners out there. These recipes are those that I have used time and time again. All the mistakes that could be made, I have done. I will include my tips to avoid them and hopefully, you will have a pleasant cooking/baking experience with them!
So today’s recipe will be a classic dish – the roast chicken.