Monday, April 30, 2012

Chinese Pancakes, Beijing Chicken Pancakes with Hoisin Sauce

The perfect Chinese pancakes with Hoisin Sauce. The Hoisin Sauce is the main taste maker of the delicious pancakes, here is what it looks like:
Hoisin sauce is sweet (not too sweet-just perfect), brownish sauce, typically Chinese. It is used as a condiment and also as a seasoning for other Chinese meals. The main ingredients of Hoisin's sauce are fermented soybeans, sugar, garlic, chili peppers and spices, such as Chinese five-spice or star anise.

The best consistency of the commercially available Hoisin sauce is like that of ketchup.
The chicken filling  for the Chinese pancakes!

The pancake (small and broken, oh well, but pancake, yeah!)

 Pancake all filled up with chicken, just roll it and it is ready to eat.
Chinese chicken pancake, topped with chicken, some cucumber pieces, Hoisin sauce spread over the base. It is delicious, believe you me.
When you touch this, it feels like a living thing, a chicken! tender, soft, cute, adorable, something that you want to gobble up then and there. It's not even fuzzy, so you really can eat it. Okay, I am sure now that I would never be good at promotional techniques.
Roll-up is not "perfect" but when you have these Pan CAKEES in your hands, you are so desperate to have them in your mouth that you don't care how they look like when rolled up. The hands are clumsy, the mouth is watering. ^_^
Want to have some? :)

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Creative Ways to Make a Variety of Quick Snacks Using Puff Pastry

(1) Cheese Topped Puffs
These cheese topped puffs are quick to make, take less than 5 minutes, if you have the puff pastry dough ready. Just roll out the dough and make it into a flattened ball. Next sprinkle some (alot! ;) ) cheddar cheese on it, and put it in the oven for less than 5 minutes.

You have these yummy things ready, to present to unexpected guests at tea or treat on the warm salty cheesy goodies all by yourself. A good cheesy addition to a good cheesy person's cheesy snack menu. omg, how cheesy could I be ?
Notice in the middle there is chicken topped puff, it is just as easy to make, all you have to do is put boiled chicken on top of the puff pastry dough ball instead of cheese.

(2)Jam Topped Puffs
Picture and description coming up in a day or two. I misplaced the pics. Apple jam topping on the puff pastry- A quick sweet snack to go with the quick salty ones, keeps the balance and adds to the variety. A sweet bite here and a salty one there and tea to go with the warm treats. Yum.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Healthy & Appealing Snack: Who says veggies are boring?

Boiled Vegetables rightly done with the condiment of your choice is the best and healthiest snack you could think of. Boiled, colored vegetables are a source of all the minerals and vitamins that lack in a regular junkies routine. I love it most when the veggies are a random colorful mixture. Some greens with the carbohydrate rich potatoes and carotene rich carrots are a great mix. They taste best when taken with a sour garlic condiment or a home-made sauce made with mayonnaise and some lemon juice.

Some Random Pictures Of Home-Made Pizza Before and After Baking

Some Random Pictures Of Home-Made Pizza Before and After Baking

Squares of cheddar cheese with sprinkles of mozzarella. The chicken chunks are K&N's chunks available from the market. The pizza base is home made.  

 It is always a better idea to use home-made tomato puree instead of ketchup as a spread. The pizza tastes much better and yummier this way!
 This pizza may not appear to be very cheesy but it tasted as delicious as anything. Yum!

Olives! More Olives!! Yayy. A very olive-ee pizza.