Tuesday, February 10, 2015

[Recipe] Easy Peasy Breakfast - Chicken Mayo Sandwiches

It has not been very easy to prepare breakfast for my children. I used to repeat the same old bread and peanut butter or nutella spread everyday, thinking that my children liked those a lot, but I was wrong. Now they totally shun these spreads! All thanks to me, huh.

Now, our breakfast menu varies everyday though I still keep the bread a staple for our breakfasts. Waking up before 6am is already a difficult task and I don't want to be working too hard in the kitchen to prepare breakfasts. Other than the ham, luncheon meat, sausages, egg or tuna sandwiches, chicken mayo sandwiches has regularly been in our breakfast menu for some time now. This is because it's so easy to prepare and absolutely loved by my family.

Preparation time : 10-15 mins    4-5 servings

Ingredients :
2 pcs chicken breasts fillet
Mayonnaise (Japanese one is an ideal choice)
Salt and Pepper (optional)
Sesame oil (you can replace this with olive oil)

Method :
- To save time, boil the chicken fillet the night before. Slice it into thinner portions so that it doesn't take too long to cook the meat through. This would probably take 10-15 minutes.
- Once cooked, let the meat cool before chilling it in the fridge.
- Next morning, finely dice the meat before mixing it with the dressing.

- I've left the amount of mayo dressing, salt and pepper open as it will vary to individual tastes'. So please do a taste test before serving. For us, there's easily 2 tbsp of mayo and we love having it with loads of pepper! A little salt would also bring out the best in the chicken mayo flavor.
- Sesame oil is added for that subtle nutty flavor in each bite. Otherwise, olive oil would also do. Adding a little oil will not dry out the filling.
- Spread the mixture on the bread, topped with lettuce and enjoy this hearty breakfast meal!

Tips :
- If you have a few more minutes to spare in the morning, spread some butter on the bread and lightly toast it in the pan for an even tastier sandwich.
- You can also use the same versatile recipe for egg mayo sandwich or tuna mayo sandwich!
- Am sure there will be more than enough filling to make a sandwich for lunch so here's to savings too!

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Till the next post, have a wonderful day!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Making Wire Wrapped Ring

There are many variations to wire wrapped rings and plenty of tutorials online, if you are in a search to learn the craft. The first time I experimented with this styled ring was probably more than 6 years ago and quite a few pieces of these wire wrapped rings were sold. There wasn't a strong desire to take a step further with wire wrapped rings because getting the ring size incorrectly measured and then incorrectly made was a huge inconvenience to both client and myself. So making rings has never been in my cards for many years now.

I got a little bit excited when a client asked me if it was possible to make a ring with a particular bead that she liked. So I took on the order because I wanted to relive the wire-wrapping experience again. And I'm so glad that I have not lost that touch!

The above photo shows the required components to make this ring. 

1) A ring mandrel - this particular wooden one I have is actually just a tool to measure a physical ring size. But I also use it to help me with wire-wrapping.
2) Wire - I use a 22 gauge wire for this ring, which is also the preferred gauge for most beading crafts. I learned through experience that it is important to use the correct gauge (width of the wire) and hardness for different kind of wiring projects. 
3) Choice beads.

I took some pictures to show the making process. Hopefully you can appreciate the time and workmanship that goes into making a wire-wrapped ring.

First of all, the selected beads are threaded into a wire and shown to my client, to give a rough idea of how the beads are arranged for the ring.

Then, with the given ring size, the wire is coiled around the mandrel a few times before the wrapping process to secure the size begins. As shown in the picture below. It can get a little tricky when the beads start to "run" about along the wire so it pays to keep a firm grip on the wire all the time.

This is the process of the coiling to cover the base of the ring. It helps to keep the ring in shape and also, gives comfort to the person wearing it.

And there you have it, a completed wire-wrapped ring.

Keen to know more about what I do? Check out my 
Jewelry Resources page where I share about my craft.


Till the next post, have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

[Recipe] Sticky and Tangy Baked Buffalo Wings

Once in a while, we get cravings for buffalo wings. It brings back memories of my working and dating days with the then-boyfriend-now-hubs, where we would meet for a rendezvous along Boat Quay for dinner. We still remember that at a particular American diner, we asked the server if the portion for the buffalo wing dish was big and she went, "BIG erhhhh!"

These days, we try to satisfy our craving for certain food from home as much as possible. As long as I have the mood to experiment, I will always give it a go. After all, the hubs has been my "ardent supporter" (read : no choice) for whatever I serve at the dinner table! So am glad that I got the finger-licking buffalo wings almost right for him... that is, if it had been completed with a jug of beer! 

This would make a great appetizer if you have to entertain guests at home.

Preparation : 10 mins    Cooking time : 30 minutes    Serves : 4-5 adults

You will need :
- 10 pcs mid wings, 10 pcs drumlets
- 1.5 tbsp Masters Food multi-purpose seasoning (or just use salt and pepper)
- 1 tbsp olive oil

For the sauce :
-5 tbsp ketchup (I used this because my children are not into spicy. Or use hot sauce if you prefer a spicier version - tobasco would be good! Do adjust the portion accordingly to your liking.)
-1 tbsp bbq sauce
-1 tbsp paprika
-1 tbsp worchestire sauce
-1.5 tbsp apple cider vinegar (optional)
- 2 tbsp brown sugar (or substitute with honey)
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp minced garlic

Method : 
- set oven temperature to 180 deg.
- season the wings and drumlets with the multi-purpose seasoning and olive oil. Let it sit for at least half hour before sending it into the oven to bake for about 30 minutes or till golden brown.
- take the wings and drumlets out and set aside to prepare the sauce.

Preparing the sauce :
- heat up your sauce pan, add butter and fry the garlic in it for a bit.
- add the rest of the sauce ingredients and mix it well. Let it simmer for 5 minutes or so.

Complete the dish!
- transfer the wings and drumlets into a large bowl and pour the piping hot sauce over them.
- toss to coat the wings and drumlets with the sauce.
- Alternatively, you can place the sauce on the side for dipping.
- serve hot and enjoy!

Till the next post, have a wonderful day!


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