Chicken Teriyaki and Corn Rice Bowls

I love leftovers! There are times that when I cook something that’s not so near to successful, making leftover is the answer – the one which will make me smile and say ‘Hey! This dish from the leftover is better!’ There are times that the unsuccessful dish can be saved and some can’t. But, dishes made from leftovers don’t mean that you did not get any success at all; it means you aim for a new dish or just something. You see, we are cooks… so we do what we want with the leftovers – just reheat them or add some new ingredients to make it a new dish.

Sometimes, for example, leftover roasted chicken can be used for fried rice (my favorite), soup, or sauté and add some ingredients to make it as new one.  Also, it can be used for sandwiches or salads. See? There are numerous options. But, of course, it depends on the leftovers you have.

In my case, I have Chicken Teriyaki leftover. I found the original recipe little salty, so I said I made slight changes. Maybe because I used rice vinegar instead of mirin? Maybe. But, I guess I’ll never know. Going back to the leftover, I used it in a soup – good for two servings. I also used some in sandwich – with lettuce and cheese. I also used some for my rice. 😀 Well, you know me. 😛

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First thing I did is I buttered a corn: heat small pan, put butter and add drained corn kernel corn; turned off the heat and set aside. On another pan, I sautéed chopped onion in a little oil, added some chopped carrots, buttered corn kernel, chicken teriyaki (cut into cubes) and some sliced spring onions. I put it over white rice and enjoyed every spoonful. 😀

How do you deal with leftovers? Share it with me and I would love to listen, errr… read them. 😉

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Egg Sandwich Spread

How are you my lovely friends?
After the previous craving (Chicken Teriyaki), I am now craving for something new and I am craving for this. Gosh! My stomach is growling! 😀

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A childhood favorite…

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My mom used to make the best ever Egg Sandwich Spread. She used to put about two cups (500 ml) of spread in a separate food containers. If I remember it correctly, she would put it in five separate food containers. Of course, one is only for me and the others can share on the remaining. 😀 I enjoy the sandwich spread so much that I even eat it without bread. It was like I was eating a dessert, like some kind of ice cream. I always take a peek at the spread inside the fridge… get a spoon and eat a spoonful of it. I do the same thing until I finish mine and take from other’s share. 🙂

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I am sharing you now the recipe I got from my mom.

Egg Sandwich Spread Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 4 hard-boiled eggs
  • ½ cup cheese, grated or chopped
  • ½…

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Chicken Teriyaki

It happens most of the time – that I am craving for something and when I check WordPress or Instagram, I see the same food I badly want to eat. It’s like people think the same and want to eat the same food.

For days, I’ve been seeing dishes with teriyaki sauce – Salmon Teriyaki or Chicken Teriyaki, even teriyaki fried rice. (Sigh!) If I have teriyaki sauce, I would have been very lucky, but I don’t. Somehow, I’ve managed to make teriyaki fried rice with the ingredients I have on hands. I guess the craving did not end with the fried rice, so I settled with making Chicken Teriyaki.

Chicken Teriyaki

Ingredients:

  • 400 grams chicken breasts, pounded to ½ inch thick

Marinade:

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ginger, grated
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • ¼ tsp sesame oil

Cornstarch slurry: 1 tbsp cornstarch + 1 tbsp water

Instructions:

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, add in marinade ingredients. Simmer until brown sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool down.
  2. In a ziplock bag or shallow dish, add chicken and pour in the marinade, making sure to coat the chicken very well.
  3. Place ziplock bag or dish with chicken and marinade inside the fridge for at least two hours up to overnight.
  4. When ready to cook, add marinated chicken (shaking off the excess) in a skillet with medium-high heat. Cook each side for about 3 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, combine 1 tbsp water and 1 tbsp cornstarch and mix with the remaing marinade.
  6. Pour this mixture over the chicken and let cook for another2 minutes or until cooked through.
  7. Serve with rice or with vegetables.

Source recipe by Laura in the Kitchen

I served mine with tomatoes and lettuce with little olive oil, well, as a salad. And I loved it. 😉 I am glad that another craving has been satisfied. 😀

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The original recipe is for Salmon but what I have is chicken, so I did chicken. I also did slight changes.

Book review: Divergent Series

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Divergent:

Abnegation: selfless; Candor: honest; Dauntless: brave; Amity: peaceful; Erudite: intelligent

Those are the five factions in the Divergent series. Each person is divided according to their best traits. Some of them are in-born and some are transfers. Aptitude tests are given to teens (at the right age) to identify which faction do they really fit. Tris’s test result was complicated, which made her a Divergent, and instructed to keep it as a secret from everyone as being one is dangerous. Dangerous in what way? She has no idea. During Choosing Ceremony, she chose to join Dauntless. While her brother, Caleb, chose to join Erudite – which shocked her (a lot). Both of them chose different faction and that means, leaving their family. In the Dauntless compound, they were given initiations in order for them to ranked and know who will stay and who will be out of the ‘pack’, which, btw, will become factionless. (And according to Tris, it’s better to be dead than factionless.)

Initiations: 1- combat training, 2- simulation, 3- fear landscape

When the final initiation is finished – graduation time – the initiates and the rest of the member of Dauntless were injected attack simulation serum (I really forgot the exact term). It is for them to be controlled and attack the targets. Tris being a divergent, the serum did not take effect on her.

After the attack, many people died, including Tris’ parents.

Insurgent:

In this book, most events were about on how to attack Jeanine Mathews – the Erudite representative. The serum used for the attack came from them and they want every evil doings to end. Tris has been captured and about to be executed in the Erudite compound if not for Peter – the one who almost got her killed. (Long story!) What shocked her was her brother, Caleb, helped Jeanine to capture Tris. They later found out that Jeanine attacked for information from Abnegation – information that should not be revealed.

At the end of this book, the information has been revealed and they have discovered that they are put inside the fence – they are intentionally placed inside that city. A video was played at the end of the book, saying that Divergents are needed to save the people outside the fence.

Allegiant:

Tris and the rest of her friends decided to go outside the fence, to know what is outside. They have seen that there is life and their previous city (which is in Chicago) is kept for experiments. They now stay at the Bureau in which they found out that these people are the ones responsible for the serums used in Chicago and are responsible for the experiments. The Bureau insists that ‘genetically damaged’ people need to be healed for they can cause damage to the world. (I hope I get that right!) Tris, being a Divergent, is considered to be ‘genetically pure’. (Honestly, I had a hard time understanding these genetic stuffs.)

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On the later part of the book, Tris has learned that the Bureau is going to ‘reset’ the memory of everyone in Chicago. She and her pack agree to prevent the ‘reset’ and came up with a plan.  Without consulting Tobias, her love, (as he was on other mission) she made her choice – difficult but worth it.

Thoughts?

Well, I really don’t know what to think of. I finished reading the last book Monday night, but my heart still aches. I think I cried that long that I slept with headache. I have mixed feelings. I can’t say that I am happy or I am sad. I am both.

The author made the series so interesting (and unique) that I don’t want to put down the book. Every time I put down the book to get some sleep, I always think of what’s gonna happen in the next chapters.

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At some point, you will reflect on some lines. For me, the series is all about overcoming your fear, bravery and choices. Bravery is not all about physical combat or having to fight someone to show that you stand out. Bravery, sacrifice and selflessness – they are sometimes the same thing. But being coward doesn’t mean that you are not brave enough to face life’s challenges or you are not ready to fight – or you will not fight at all. It means, you are waiting for the right time when to fight back and show that you have overcome your fears and you are ready to be brave.

“Be brave.” – Dauntless

Note: If you love THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy, you will surely love this.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely weekend, my dear friends! xx Jhuls

The Sunshine Award #2

I am so delighted to receive this award from Charlotte of bakewithmeblog. I received this award on 24th of January and I am glad that I am finally doing a post. Charlotte has many yummy recipes. Have you checked out her Nutella Marble Cake? I have read so many Marble Cake recipes, but never about Nutella Marble Cake, which I am sure so delicious! How about Chocolate Cheesecake? Ahhh! Chocolate and cream cheese, right? And what? Mascarpone? I bet that’s divine. I believe cheesecakes use spring-from pans. The bad thing is I don’t have one. Well, I’ll figure that out. Anyway, if you haven’t seen her blog yet, then do it now! 😀

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The award came with questions that nominees need to answer. Here are mine:

  1. Why did you start blogging? To share the recipe I have tried and connect with people.
  2. Sweet or Savoury? Sorry, I can’t choose one. Both.
  3. If you were to go on any reality TV programme, what would it be and why? Hmm, I think cooking show or something – related with anything around the kitchen.
  4. What was the last thing you Googled? Teen Wolf Season 3.
  5. Night In or Night Out? Night In. I am really not fond of going out or partying.
  6. What has been your favourite blog post to write? Any recipe post.
  7. What’s the one thing you never leave home without? My phone.
  8. Where would you most like to travel to? New York, Italy (the pasta!!!) and, uhm, Saudi Arabia.
  9. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Teleportation. Invisibility.
  10. What can we expect to find from your blog in the future? Uhm, nothing much. Some kitchen tips, maybe? I was thinking about it months ago, but still haven’t figured it out. And of course, I will continue sharing.

The same questions above are to be answered (if they wish to participate) by the following nominees, CONGRATULATIONS:

putonyourcakepants
stephandpenny
juditbakes
thebaconprincess
tastytreats13
cupcakesalwayswin
eatingmyfeelings
foodbod
shivaaydelights
linzerskitchen

THE RULES

  1. Include the Sunshine Award icon in your post and/or on your blog
  2. Link to the blogger who nominated you
  3. Answer 10 questions about yourself
  4. Nominate 10 other bloggers to receive the award
  5. Link to your nominees and let them know you nominated them
  6. Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer

I hope you enjoy your award. Thank you again, Charlotte. 😉 xx Jhuls

Nutella Swirl Banana Muffins

What’s so special about Nutella? Well, aside from I love nuts, I also love chocolate. (That’s obvious!) And Nutella makes anything perfect. And eating Nutella alone is even more perfect. And… I don’t think I’ll have to tell everything I love about Nutella. Nutella lovers would agree with me all the way. 😉

Though I haven’t tried Nutella on everything, I know anything with Nutella is perfect. One of the things I’ve always wanted to try is Banana Muffins with Nutella. Well, I have tried spreading Nutella on Banana Muffins, but I haven’t tried putting some at the top of the batter just before baking them. I bought a not-so-big jar of Nutella and before they’re gone – and I have some ripe bananas – I think it’s just right to make some Nutella Swirl Banana Muffins. 😉

Nutella Swirl Banana Muffins

  • Servings: 12 muffins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 12 spoons of Nutella

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 F. Line a 12 piece muffin tin with muffin liners and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add the first 5 ingredients and mix until all combined.
  3. In another bowl, add the rest of the ingredients. Then add it to your wet ingredients.
  4. Using a large ice cream scoop (or tablespoon) divide the batter into your muffin pan.
  5. Take 1 spoonful of Nutella and put it on top of the batter and using a toothpick of wood skewers (or anything that would help), swirl around the Nutella. Do with the remaining batter.
  6. Bake for about 18 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  7. Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack.

Notes:

  • You can also put Nutella in the middle of the batter: scoop batter into muffin liners, half-full. Put spoon of Nutella (or less) and cover with another muffin batter. Do the same with the rest or just Nutella swirl for the others – it’s up to you.
  • For better swirling, microwave the Nutella for few seconds (15 seconds will do) before using.

I’ve used the same Banana Muffins recipe I have on the blog. As I’ve said a hundred times, I am using the recipe over and over again. I loved the Nutella swirl on top, especially the burnt one. 😀

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But, let me tell you another combo I am crazy about – Nutella and cheese, specifically cream cheese and cheddar cheese. Sometimes, when I don’t know what I really want in bread – if Nutella or cheese – and I want only one slice of bread… well, I put a spoonful of Nutella on one side and cheese on the other. 😀

The Imagine Award 1 & 2

I have not been in the cyber world for too long in the past couple of weeks. Let’s say I am little preoccupied and there are other stuffs in between. Plus, I am working on something in the kitchen that I have to figure out soon – failures in baking and something of that sort. I will share it soon, hopefully.

Let’s get moving…

I have been awarded – The Imagine Award – on January 18 by TastyTreats13 and on February 2 by My Year of Cupcakes. I know it’s been almost a month since I received the award and I apologize. Good thing is I am doing the post today – better late than never, as the saying goes. 😀

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I want to give a BIG THANKS to TastyTreats13 and My Year of Cupcakes for passing this award to me. This is the first time I have been awarded with this and I am thrilled. 😉

Following the rules, I am giving 3 things I love about their blogs:

TastyTreats13: 

  1. It is a DESSERT blog. Who doesn’t love dessert?
  2. The blog is a project for school. One word: AWESOME.
  3. TatsyTreats 13 shares not only yummies she brings for the school, but she also posts recipes she loves.

My Year of Cupcakes: 

  1. Well, I love cupcakes!
  2. So many cupcake recipes to choose from.
  3. The cupcake recipes are easy to make and ahem, the cupcake liners are cute. 😀

For the nominees, I will name ten bloggers. Let’s put it this way – I nominate five bloggers for the award received from TastyTreats13 and another five for the award from Leslie. Okay! Fair enough. Let’s proceed:

savoryandsweetfood
thecrazymomcook
ifyougiveablondeakitchen
butterbasilandbreadcrumbs
biscuitsncrazy
cookazido
fae-magazine
breadbarnone
foodbod
shivaaydelights

CONGRATULATIONS and I hope you enjoy your award. 😉 xx Jhuls

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What is The Imagine Award?

“The Imagine Award” is an award created by Jenn Mulherin (who is the writer of the blog “My Fibrotastic Life!”) in October of 2013. This award was made in order to recognize the bloggers who express their passion and dedication towards their blogs through their creativity.

How is creativity found in a blog?

Just like beauty, creativity is in the eye of the beholder. There are many unique ways which bloggers can express their creativity. Creativity can be displayed through:

  • Words (such as writing fictional stories or real life experiences, poetry, quotes, using metaphors, etc.)
  • Pictures (this can include photos, comics, computer-drawn pictures, etc.)
  • Videos
  • The layout of the blog page

The degree of creativity is one of the qualities in a blog which not only draws more readers, but it shows how much the blogger cares about their blog. The caretaking of a blog is like taking care of a plant. In order to keep it healthy and growing, you need to feed the blog with your ideas and give it a lot of love.

If I am nominated for The Imagine Award…then what??

In your post which is dedicated to your award…

  1. Copy and paste the award to your post.
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link their blog page to your post.
  3. List 3-5 things about the nominator’s blog that you like (which you think are very creative).
  4. Nominate 5 other bloggers/blogs which you think display a fantastic use of creativity and imagination.
  5. Notify your nominees.
  6. Copy and paste The Imagine Award to your blog page.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

When I said there is no such thing as too many cookies, I meant it, really! Because I love this recipe so much – thank you to my friend, Joice – I made a batch with chocolate chips and without anything – just plain, yummy oatmeal cookies.

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By the way, what’s keeping you busy this weekend? Any new recipe you’d want to try? Well, I would love to try new recipes, but I would also require myself to have one day rest (exhausted much?) and just stay in bed and read. Ahh! Reading again. Sounds amazing! 😀

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Okay! Back to the recipe…

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup + 6 tbsp butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups oats (I used quick-cooking, but old-fashioned will do)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, place the chocolate chips and add about 1 tbsp flour. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  4. In another bowl, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until creamy. Add in eggs and vanilla and beat until well combined. Add in flour mixture. Mix. Lastly, add in the chocolate chips-flour mixture. Mix until everything is incorporated.
  5. Take about 1 rounded tablespoon of the cookie dough to your prepared baking sheet and slightly flatten using your fingers.
  6. Bake for about 10-12 minutes until light golden brown.
  7. Cook for a minute on the baking sheets and transfer to a wire rack to cool further.
  8. Store in an an air-tight container for 5 days.

Really can’t get enough of cookies, eh?

What I love about these cookies, they are not too sweet – just enough. I love sweets but not too sweet, Makes sense? 😛

Wishing everyone an amazing weekend! xx

Coconut Bread

How are you, my dear friends?

I’ve been busy the past few days and I have not spent enough time with my blog. Somehow, I’ve managed to see the WordPress reader and leave comments and like some of your posts – thankfully. I promise to visit your awesome blogs when I have more time (one whole day, please!). I am also upset that I have not read even a single page of the book I started reading yesterday (booklover problems).

All I can do for today is to write something for my post.

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I can’t believe that half a bag of shredded coconut stayed in the fridge for more than a month and I had a difficulty choosing from several yummy recipes. I have not made up my mind for days and when I decided to choose one, I did not regret it.

Coconut Bread

Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ¼ cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter and flour 9×5-inch loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, soft together flour, salt, cinnamon and baking powder. Add in sugar and coconut, and mix until well combined.
  3. In a jug or bowl, combine eggs, milk, vanilla and melted butter. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon. Add sugar and coconut, and stir to mix. Make a well in the center and add in the wet ingredients. Mix until everything is incorporated, making sure not to overmix the batter.
  5. Pour in the prepared baking pan and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove from the oven and cool the baked bread in the pan for about 30 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  7. Cool completely before cutting.

Source recipe: Coconut Bread by Smitten Kitchen

Well, for a coconut lover like me? This bread is absolutely yummy – great for breakfast or anytime of the day. I was so excited to cut, eat a slice and did not wait for the bread to cool completely that I almost hurt my tongue! I’ll try to be careful next time… or better be patient. 😛