Cheesy Spinach Topped Spaghetti Bolognese (Casserole) with optional Bacon and Mushrooms โ€“ Top Restaurant Quality! GMO Free!

Topped with a delicious Mozzarella Creamed Spinach โ€“ The BEST you can get! And it hits just the right note! Soo delish, You will want to make another โ€“ So make plenty! It cannot get better than this! You wonโ€™t be sorry! Leftovers are even better the following day! Totally Delish! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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NOTES:
  • You may include an optional 90 g or 4 slices fried bacon bits (I never added) and 125 g sliced mushrooms.ย If doing so, first prepare your bacon and mushrooms. Fry your bacon first, remove and then saute the mushrooms. Remove and set aside. And only once that is done, may you then prepare your spinach. Once your spinach is ready, spread it over the top of your Bologneseย pasta, followed by distributing your cooked bacon and mushrooms over the top. Over which you then grate your cheddar cheese.ย 
  • You may also add a bit of fresh parsley to counter act garlic breath!ย 
  • You may replace spaghetti with any other pasta or lasagna sheets of same weight.ย Pasta MUST always be added to hot sauce so that the sauce can separate the strands, grab onto it and coat it without sliding off, which is why you must never rinse your pasta. The starch of your pasta (not being rinsed off) helps your hot sauce adhere to the strands and your pasta MUST be added hot to your HOT sauce to do this. Never rinse off this outer layer of starch, unless you are making a pasta salad.
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BOLOGNESE MEAT SAUCE:
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INGREDIENTS:ย 
4 tbsp olive oil or chicken schmaltz
4 tbsp butter
2 large onions, chopped
6 garlic cloves
4 stalks celery, sliced (leaves included)
2 carrots, peeled and grated
1 kg (36 oz ) lean beef mince
2 x 400 g can peeled tomatoes, sliced & juice reserved โ€“ I use my own fresh tomatoes
240 ml (8 fl oz) white or red wine
500 ml (8 fl oz) water โ€“ Use sparingly โ€“ for own consistency. Tomatoes have lots of water!
4 tbsp tomato paste
2 tsp sugar
2 bay leaves, crushed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper or cayenne pepper
1 tsp dried oregano, or 1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano
500 g (18 oz) spaghetti
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PREPARE BOLOGNESE MEAT SAUCE:
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1. Heat olive oil and butter, add onion and fry until soft, then add celery and carrot. Stir-fry for a few minutes.
2. Turn up heat, add mince, and brown, stirring to break up the mince lumps. A potato masher does an excellent job.
3. Add tomatoes with juice, wine, water, tomato paste, sugar, bay leaf, salt pepper and oregano.
4. Cover and simmer very gently for 1 hour. Remove from heat and discard bay leaf.
5. Just before serving, bring a large pan of water to the boil. Add 1 tbsp oil and 1 tsp salt to water, then add spaghetti, and boil for 12 minutes. Drain, and toss HOT spaghetti into HOT meat sauce, separating the strands with a fork.
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PREPARE SPAGHETTI:
Bring a large micro-safe pot of salted water to boil. Break up spaghetti if prefer in small pieces as I always do. As soon as water reaches a rolling boil, quickly drop in spaghetti, stir, close or seal pot lid and microwave in 1000 watt microwave for 7 minutes. Remove, drain and quickly stir through your HOT pasta into your HOT meat sauce, separating the strands whilst stirring through with a fork.
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PREPARE THE SPINACH:
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INGREDIENTS:
4 garlic cloves, crushed
15 ml chicken schmaltz OR half butter to oil to cook spinach โ€“ I used 46 g schmaltz incl bit stock
1 onion (small), finely chopped + extra 42 g schmaltz
2 bunches of spinach, stems and thick veins removed โ€“ Chop with knife or kitchen scissors
168 ml / grams cream 240 g mozzarella cheese, grated (250 ml cup heaped = 114 g) โ€“ I used 244 g packaged weight
Nutmeg to taste โ€“ I like freshly grated, grated on 2nd finest side of box grater
60 g cheddar, grate over creamed spinach topping
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METHOD:
  1. Add fresh cloves garlic to bottom of saucepan or wok and crush with a light sprinkling salt. Remove and set aside. โ€“ I use the flat wooden back end (handle) of a braai / barbecue hook ๐Ÿ˜‰
  2. Add fat to saucepan and when sizzling toss in your onions and saute until translucent.
  3. Add your chopped spinach to your onions and stir-fry on low to medium heat until just wilted โ€“ NO more! โ€“ Remove Spinach and onions. Set aside.
  4. Add your crushed or minced garlic back to your saucepan, together with cream. Bring to boil.
  5. Add grated mozzarella cheese stirring constantly on high until mozzarella melts โ€“ about 30 seconds โ€“ NO MORE! Reduce heat and simmer stirring until you have a smooth creamed spinach โ€“ a further 30 seconds to a minute โ€“ NO MORE! Season with salt to taste and some optional nutmeg if you wish. Remove from heat.
  6. Spread Creamed Spinach over the top of your Bolognese pasta.
  7. Distribute your reserved cooked bacon and mushrooms over your spinach โ€“ if you will be adding it. โ€“ Usually I donโ€™t add it as the dish still remains very delish without it ๐Ÿ˜‰
  8. Grate over your cheddar cheese. Place under grill or bake at 160 C (320 F) or until topping is golden brown.
Serve and Enjoy!
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First Class Carrot Bredie or Stew โ€“ In The Old Traditional Cape Malay Style! (Mutton or Lamb) Proudly South African – GMO Free!

Plain Home-Style cooking simply at it’s BEST !! A great meal to come home to on those cold winter nights!! – Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Think nutrient density when it comes to this dish! ๐Ÿ˜‰ – Low in calories, it will help you lose weight. I notice this in myself and in my dogs !! Remember the higher your nutrient density the less you are going to eat and carrots are VERY healthy!

Serves: 10 – 12

Well I have to dish up for my dogs so I mix it all together ๐Ÿ™‚

Total Weight of Dish including rice: 8.340 kg
Total Weight of Dish Excluding Rice: 7.940 kg

Total Calories including rice: 7,735
Total Calories Excluding Rice: 6,303

Total Calories of Rice: 1,432

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Notes:

โฆ Mutton: Cook long and slow – Takes up to 5 hours cooking but is far more tastier than lamb. Lamb: Takes around just over 2 hours to cook.

โฆ Never cook meat on too high a temperature as your meat will shrink giving you less servings.

โฆ If you are using fresh ginger, pound to a paste or place on floor of food processor bowl followed by your roughly chopped onions and celery on top.

โฆ Rule of thumb: I always make sure my peeled carrots weigh the same as my meat. Same rule applies to all my bredies and or stews.

โฆ I use whole cinnamon sticks and allspice berries. If using cinnamon powder add it just before serving or the long slow cooking process will cook out it’s flavor; the same goes for garlic if you want to economize and increase it’s strength.

โฆ I use my chillies frozen as I find the food processor chops them best this way. No need to blanche – just throw them straight into freezer ๐Ÿ˜‰

โฆ If you wish to leave your skins on potatoes then wash and scrub them well. I always think “nutrient density,” as their skins are great for added nutrients and fiber.

โฆ Optionals extras you may includeย are added to taste:

โฆ 5 ml cumin seeds, ground.

โฆ 60 ml freshly chopped cilantro or mint leaves to serve.

Ingredients:

1.2 kg mutton or lamb – Chump chops, meaty chops, rib, neck or shanks

20 g ginger, fresh (1 lady thumb size) or 1 teaspoon fresh ground ginger (or dried)

3 onions (medium), roughly chopped

1.2 kg carrots, peeled and roughly chopped

1 chili or jalapeno or 2 small cayenne chillies โ€“ OR โ€“ a light sprinkling black or cayenne pepper

3 celery stalks with leaves, roughly chopped

6 cloves garlic (fresh) or to taste

2 cups water โ€“ Use what you need for your own consistency

6 large potatoes (8 medium) – 1.286 kg potatoes, unpeeled (6 – 8 large potatoes)

5 ml dill seeds, ground (Optional but lovely if added)

ยฝ teaspoon ground allspice โ€“ OR โ€“ 7.5 ml whole berries

1 bay leaf

1 tsp rosemary

1 tsp thyme

2 tablespoons sage leaves, (fresh) chopped or 5 ml dried to taste

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

7.5 ml turmeric (Optional) – Adds a lovely yellow colour to potatoes

2.5 ml nutmeg or to taste – I used around 3/4 of a whole nutmeg grated

salt, to taste โ€“ OR โ€“ Cream of Chicken Soup powder – omit for GMO free

1 chicken stock cube (Optional) – Omit for GMO free

ยผ teaspoon ground white pepper, to taste

1 Lemon (whole) – juiced and added to taste

400 g rice

Method:

1. Add your meat together with a cup water and cook until meat releases it’s fats – topping up with a cup water as needed.

2. Place your whole ginger (if not using powdered) on floor of food processor bowl with your whole garlic cloves, jalapeno and roughly chopped onions. Process until finely chopped. Add to meat and gently saute until onions are soft and translucent.

3. Add roughly chopped carrots to food processor together with your celery and chop very finely. Add to you meat and onions.

4. To a coffee grinder add your dill seeds, allspice berries (if not using powder), crumbled bay leaf, rosemary and your crumbled cinnamon sticks (if not using powder) and pulse until you have a coarse to fine powder. Stir into your meat mixture – followed by the balance of your ingredients, ie; sage, cinnamon power, ginger powder (if not using fresh ginger), turmeric, nutmeg, white pepper and salt to taste. – If you are using soup powder follow package instructions to make it up.

5. As soon as meat is halfway done, you may add your potatoes.

6. Continue to cook until meat and potatoes are soft.

7. Microwave steam rice with enough water to cover in sealed container for 17 minutes in 1000 w microwave. Set aside covered for 5 minutes. Remove cover and fluff up with fork to separate grains.

8. Season to taste with lemon juice, adjust seasonings and serve together with steamed rice and finely chopped mint, parsley or cilantro (Optional).

Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Old Cape Malay Style Sambal – A Salad of Tomato, Onions, cucumber and green capsicum or sweet peppers – Just the way we like it! – Including a Cucumber Salad

Two lovely Salads which go very well at braais here in South Africa (barbecue). Also with many other dishes such as Curries, Lasagnas and or a Greek Souvlaki served together with pita and Tzatziki Sauce.
Notes:
You may if you wish – scrape down the length of your cucumber with the tins of your fork which will give it a fancier look ๐Ÿ˜‰
If using in Pita for Lamb Souvlakia, it is best to make your sambal mild due to its spiciness.
The word Sambal is Javanese in origin and means condiment. It is usually a highly seasoned relish of grated raw fruits or vegetables squeezed dry, sometimes mixed with pounded green chilli and moistened with vinegar or lemon juice for a sweet sour taste. Sambals are usually served with curries or a bredie which is a word for stew in South Africa. Today dhunia or fresh coriander leaves and garlic are also added for extra flavour.
The below are all added to taste..
Ingredients:
Red firm ripe tomatoes, diced into small cubes
English cucumber (unpeeled), diced into small cubes
Green pepper, seeds removed, diced into small cubes
Onion, finely chopped
Salt added to taste
Vinegar
sprinkling water and a few drops oil – to taste
Method:
Mix all together and serve.
Donโ€™t use cucumber if making Souvlakia as Tzatziki Sauce already has it!
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Cucumber Sambal (Salad)
Ingredients:
1 Large English Cucumber
30 ml white vinegar
Salt to taste
Pinch sugar, if needed
Method:
Scrape cucumber with a fork. Cut into slices.
Place in colander. Sprinkle with salt and allow to draw for 15 minutes.
Press out all the moisture and combine cucumber slices with 30 ml white vinegar and salt to taste. A pinch sugar may be added to if needed.
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Creamed Spinach Just the way the Coachman Steakhouse would make it – Delish!

Creamed Spinach is lovely served in gem squashesย alongside a steak together with veggies of choice like sweet carrots and baked potato.
If you would like to go one up and haveย some cheese and mushrooms you would like to add then click Creamed Spinach A La Delish with Mozzarella Cheese โ€“ This one takes 1st place and the one below (The Coachman Steakhouse way) I give to it 2nd place! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Makes: 6 generous servings.
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Notes:
1 bunch of spinach (450-500 g) is enough to serve 2 persons.
Cheese is optional which I usually don’t add but may be melted under grill or over tops of spinach filled gems – Cheese is of your choice but I somehow seem to like Mozzarella. See here ๐Ÿ˜‰
You may skip this sauce and serve plain to lower calories or may make up a lovely mushroom sauce (see below) with wine of choice (dry red / white). Served together with a steak or meat dish.
Ingredients:
3 pounds or 3 bunches (up to 1.5 kg) of fresh spinach
2 tablespoons grated onion (I use 1 small onion, finely chopped)
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons of cake flour or all-purpose flour (not self-raising!)
1 1/2 cups (375 ml) heated milk
salt and pepper to taste
2 egg yolks, beaten
60 ml – 180 ml heavy cream added to taste
1 tablespoon finely minced fresh parsley
Nutmeg to taste
Method:
Wash, rinse and remove the thick center vein from spinach leaves and discard.
Cook fresh spinach – Blanch leaves whole in rapidly boiling water for a minute or 2 until just wilted. (Do not overcook!). Remove immediately upon wilted.
If doing in a microwave steamer basket: Bring water to a rapid rolling boil – Add just enough spinach at a time. Do not overcrowd. Close lid and steam 1 -2 minutes or until just wilted. Never overcook!
Drain spinach. Chop finely and set aside.
Saute 2 tablespoons of your grated onion in 3 tablespoons butter over a low heat stirring constantly, until translucent or until it just begins to take colour.
Blend in 3 tablespoons of flour off the heat (Remove from heat whilst doing so).
Gradually add 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) heated milk and cook sauce stirring until it is smooth and slightly thickened.
You may strain your sauce through a fine sieve into another saucepan however I never do this – I just take care to make sure it comes out smooth.
Add the chopped spinach, season with salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste.
Simmer the mixture gently for 2-3 minutes.
Beat 2 egg yolks with 3/4 cup (60 ml) heavy cream or to taste – gradually adding the mixture to the spinach stirring continuously – stir in a tablespoon finely minced fresh parsley.
Add nutmeg to taste.
Serve and Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Mealie Meal Bread (Maize Meal) – The Tasty Favourite South African Gluten Free Bread! Includes Recipe for Bread Machine! From Kook en Geniet – South Africa!

Serve with fresh butter and or grated cheese – Delish! Whatโ€™s so nice about this loaf is that it can be so easily sliced – even with a simple butter knife and all whilst still hot! ๐Ÿ™‚
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Mielie Meal is a fairly coarse to fine South African flour made from white mielies.
Mealie Meal Bread is my best Gluten Free Bread and soo Yummy! This recipe is for those that want a tasty gluten-free bread or even for those who love the taste of Mealie Meal.
You may even serve this in place of your โ€œPapโ€ with your sous (Plain old Tomato and onion stew) with Wors / Boereworsโ€ at a braai (barbecue) as we do in South Africa ;))
Cooking Time: 1 ยฝ hour this recipe is originally from โ€œKook en Genietโ€ South Africa
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250 ml (1 cup measure) milk = 228 g in weight per cup.
Metal pans are the best conductors of heat and will save you time and energy.
Bread may also be steamed in a large coffee tin (if you cut away the top edges around the opening of the tin) Place a rack / trivet onto bottom of pot and fill with water to come about ยฝ way to 2/3 rdโ€™s up the sides of tin fastened with a cover or lid with weight placed on lid.
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Ingredients:
750 ml milk (684 g)
1 Litre Mealie Meal
10 ml salt
120 ml butter
6 large eggs
20 ml baking powder
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Method – Includes Bread Machine:
Preheat oven 180 deg C – OR – if using a bread machine set it on a bake cycle
Grease a standard loaf tin.
Heat 500 ml milk and blend remaining 250 ml milk with the mealie meal.
Add the mealie meal, salt and butter to the hot milk and simmer for a few minutes. Mix well – allow to cool to body temperature – you don’t want to cook or scramble your eggs.
Add the beaten eggs and baking powder. Beat eggs well. Stir the mealie meal mixture gradually into the eggs. Stir in baking powder. Spoon the mixture into a well-greased potjie or standard bread pan and cover with lid.
Bake for 1 hour 30 minutes (I bake mine this long in bread machine on a bake cycle with the crust setting set to light).
Heat 500 ml of the milk. Mix the remaining milk with the mealie meal. Add mealie meal and milk mixture, salt and butter to the hot milk and simmer for a few minutes. Beat eggs well. Stir the mealie meal mixture gradually into the eggs. Stir in baking powder. Spoon the mixture into a well-greased potjie or standard bread pan and cover with lid. Bake in oven 180 C or over a slow fire for 1 ยฝ hours or until the bread is done.
Test for doneness of bread by placing skewer into highest centre point of loaf. If skewer comes out clean, bread has pulled slightly away from sides of pan and feels springy on top. Remove from oven and turn out.
Serve with butter and some freshly grated cheese or even cream cheese if you wish.
Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Drop Dead Delicious! In House Steak House Meal! Includes Marinade – 3 Sauces and Steak Grilling Times – The Best under the Sun!

Itโ€™s out of this World! You are going to LOVE this!
Serve with baked potato, creamed spinach, salad and a steak sauce of choice below
Notes on the Marinade:
Best steaks to use are T-bone, sirloin, rump, porterhouse or scotch fillet steaks.
Use a dry red wine like Taverna Rouge (Dry red matured in oak) wine or a Bertram’s medium cream sherry. Marinate steaks 1-2 hours. No longer or the meat will begin to dry out.
125 ml is enough to marinate up to 600 g of steaks. Use a sealed bag or glass bottle to marinate steaks and use the balance of the drained marinade in your steak sauce so NOTHING goes to waste.
I never add oil to my marinade, instead I oil the braai grid or sear steaks in an oiled pan. Don’t forget to slash the fat on your steaks at 5 cm intervals. Before placing on grid I usually just rub a bit of oil onto steaks which prevents them from sticking to grid.
How to cook steaks: Always remember undercooking is better than over cooking as it can always be corrected but overcooked can never be reversed.
GRILLING TIMES FOR STEAKS:
For usual butcher standard sized thickness.
RARE: 3 MIN EACH SIDE
MED-RARE: 5 MIN EACH SIDE
MED: 6 MIN EACH SIDE
WELL-DONE: 9-10 MIN EACH SIDE TURN STEAKS ONCE ONLY!!
RARE: Three minutes on each side after searing. Most steaks are still quite red on the inside but cooked on the outside – Internal temperature 125ยฐF – 130ยฐF.
MEDIUM RARE: After another two minutes, the outer surface and inside are still very moist. The colour of meat is paler, however not as red as rare steak – Internal temperature 130ยฐF – 135ยฐF.
MEDIUM: Requires six minutes grilling on each side. Only the centre is slightly pink with the outside a deep rich brown. The meat is running with plenty of pink almost clear juices – Internal temperature 140ยฐF – 145ยฐF.
WELL-DONE: About 9 – 10 minutes each side. Never serve fillet steaks well done as they will be very dry and flavourless – Internal temperature 160ยฐ F
TIPS: Always mix a bit of oil with your butter (half and half) when frying to prevent smoking point as butter burns easily.
When searing steaks: Have heat fairly high to seal in juices. Once sealed, outer surface of meat appears cooked.
If pan frying: Use half butter to oil mixture as this will prevent butter from burning
For barbecue: Grill over red hot coals on an oiled grid right after flames have died down and coals are glowing red.
Mixed Mushroom, Garlic & Black Pepper Sauce:
For this sauce I have used Douglas Green’s Blanc de Blanc a South African dry white wine.
Note: Any remains of this sauce may be added to Beef Stroganoff recipe in place of good meat stock / packet sauce or soup or for substitution.
Ingredients:
1 small piece onion, finely chopped
250ml Sour Cream – or – homemade click here
Dry white or red wine (Use a wine that will compliment sauce)
1 packet Knorr brand instant black pepper sauce or Royco mushroom soup powder added to taste together with some freshly ground peppercorns
Cake flour to thicken (just a bit) or use a Beurre mani
125g mushrooms (1/2 a punnet)
garlic, freshly crushed, according to taste
soya sauce added to taste
Worcestershire sauce, added to taste
Fresh parsley, finely chopped
garlic salt, to taste
Robertsons Spice for rice, to taste
butter to taste, just a bit
1 bay leaf
Method:
Saute onions in butter, until transparent or golden brown. Slice mushrooms into pot together with garlic and cook for a few minutes. Remove from heat. Add pepper sauce or mushroom soup powder together with ground peppercorns. Pour in sour cream and wine.
Bring to boil stirring constantly, then simmer for a few more minutes, adding the rest of the seasonings all according to taste.
Mushroom Sauce
This sauce is generous enough forย 3-4 steaks
Note: Donโ€™t forget to remove steaks from marinade after 2 hours to prevent them from drying out.
Ingredients:
Balance of 125 ml red wine drained from marinating 3 steaks.
6 – 12 cloves garlic, stamped to a paste.
125 g mushrooms
30 g butter
1 small – medium onion, finely chopped or in chunks. However you like it.
425 ml milk
160 g cream
160 g whey (May use water, milk or cream)
1 tsp peppercorns, heaped (freshly ground)
1/2 packet creamy mushroom soup powder, Royco or any other good brand
1 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed or more to taste
Salt to taste
Method:
Peel the garlic and stamp to a paste in microsafe bowl – OR – you may add your garlic paste toward the end of cooking for extra strength. Peel onion and chop into microsafe bowl. Add butter and mushrooms.
Prepare a beurre manie by kneading as much cake flour into butter. Set aside. (Any excess may be frozen / refrigerated). Cook covered on high or medium heat in microsafe container until onions are tender and translucent.
Add the balance of ingredients following instructions on soup package and bring to the boil stirring. Once cooked. Add large pea sizes of beurre manie to the hot mushroom sauce and vigorously stir with fork or balloon whisk until thickened. Remove from heat once thickened but taste to make sure that the flour has cooked. On further cooking if it begins to thin out, add more beurre mani (kneaded butter flour). Serve and enjoy
Pepper Sauce:
Stamp garlic and green peppercorns together with some salt into saucepan (Into a paste). Pour over some wine to taste (Your preference – I love using a dry red).
Reduce over high heat.
Add butter, gradually adding milk, cream and mustard powder together with a squeeze lemon juice to taste. You may sprinkle on some freshly ground black pepper and or mixed green peppercorns to taste.
Add Beurre mani (your little balls of kneaded butter flour mixture) to thicken sauce.
Serve and Enjoy!

Best Ever Char Siu Stir-Fried Chicken! – Char Sii็‚’้ธก็‰‡ – Char Sii็‚’้›ž็‰‡ – Absolutely Drop Dead Delicious! Chinese / Cantonese Cooking with Recipe for Plum Sauce and 5 Spice Powder

An Absolutely Quick, Easy and Delish Dish! – Great for Week-Night Dinners! You are going to love this one! ๐Ÿ™‚
Notes:
You may replace the brandy with whisky and you may use whole chicken thighs, bone and skin on. In this case, grill them with a pan placed beneath to catch-all their lovely juices and fats until chicken pieces are close to done and just slightly pink on the bone.ย 
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These were brined chicken breast tenders which I diced. No need for marinating as I cut them into bite sized pieces – Absolutely delicious!!!!!!

Total Weight of Recipe: 1.091 kg – Total Calories of Recipe: 2,191ย 
Weight Loss Tip:ย You may copy paste below ingredients into HappyForksย and click onย recipe analyzer, then alter the below amounts to your own and just click analyze recipe and donโ€™t forget to place your bowl on the scale and weigh your portion of food. The mind has a strange way of fooling us โ€“ sometimes it even lies to us!
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Ingredients:
800 g chicken breast fillets or tenders (pre-marinated or brined pieces), diced
10 g ginger
10 g garlic
30 ml sugar, caramelized (white sugar is fine)
32 g oyster sauce
32 g (30 ml) Hoisin Sauce
15 g (15 ml) brandy
4 ml Five Spice Powderย (See bottom for recipe)
2.7 ml salt or more to taste
pinch red pepper (cayenne pepper)
30 ml chicken stock (fats & juices caught from left over grilled chicken pieces)
30 ml chicken fat (fats & juices caught from left over grilled chicken pieces)
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Method:
On very low heat, caramelize sugar in pan. Do NOT burn! Once it has browned, turn off heat and stamp in your garlic and ginger to a paste – I use the flat back-end base of a long wooden handled braai or barbecue meat hook.
Place sauce bottles onto scale one by one, set at zero and tip a little sauce out at a time into wok until you can read the bottles are minus their correct measures on scale. If you don’t have a scale then use same measures, but in millilitres.
Add your brandy, 5 spice powder, pinch red cayenne pepper and salt together with combined 30 ml fat and 30 ml stock (juices) from roasting previous nights chicken. You may add more to taste, especially if using skinless chicken breasts to counteract dryness of meat but will need less if using fatty cuts like pre-grilled chicken thighs with bone and skin on.
As soon as you have all the above to the wok. Turn up heat and drop in chicken, stir-frying on high to evaporate liquids until chicken pieces are coated. – Do not allow to burn. Turn off heat as soon as the chicken is cooked through.
Serve with steamed or chinese rice, egg foo yung, carrots and peas.
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You may make extra gravy if you wish

Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚
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Chinese Five Spice Powder
Is aย blend of cinnamon,ย cloves, fennel, star anise, Szechuan peppercornsย and sometimes ginger, nutmeg, and orย licorice but the choice is yours and it’s all up to your own taste.
Notes:
  • When using whole seeds of spice:ย You need to measure approximately 15 ml of whole spice to get approximately 5 ml of powdered spice.
  • In my part of the world I cannot getย Szechuan peppercorns so I just useย some black peppercornsย which I lightly roast together with fennel seeds for a total of 44 seconds on high in a 1000 watt microwave oven in a damp (rinsed, water emptied out but not dried) teacup, cool and grind together with other spices.
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Ingredients:
15 ml cinnamonย sticks, broken up
15 mlย cloves, whole
15 mlย fennel seeds, whole
15ย Szechuan peppercorns
30 mย star anise, whole
Method:
Place all the above whole spices into coffee grinder and grind to powder.ย Store in sealed container and use in recipes. Enjoy!ย