Serene Sriracha

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This had me breathing real serene too haha!

I LOVE Chinese food, ask anyone, I LIVE for sweet and sour chicken and chow mein. It’s an illness.

It was never the question of “if” I’d eventually try my hand at a Chinese dish, but rather “when” and my day off from uni seemed like the perfect day for my first attempt.

The weather was perfect, not too warm, not too cold.

It took me SUCH  a long time to find cornstarch, seriously 2 hours could have been put to good use elsewhere, but nearly every recipe that looked good to me listed it in the ingredients as compulsory (I thought, let’s not break the wheel)

Finally found it in a small Arab shop a few mins from my house.. it said “cornflour” on the front but in the ingredients it listed “cornstarch” as it’s main component. Was annoyed to realise I could have gotten it at other stores I had tried, had I looked at the back.

 

I was scared I wouldn’t get the chicken crispy, but I solved that pretty quickly (Pat the chicken down with paper towels before you add to the batter to adsorb the moisture & get an extra crispy coating).

When we sat at the table to enjoy this, we almost ate in silence (sign of a good meal..right?)

We savoured every bite..& found serenity

This dish will definitely be featured in “The Experience”..it’d be cruel to keep it from you haha

Mediterranean Madness

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I honestly don’t know what led me to think making such an elaborate meal on a week night was a good idea.

I have to say i almost dropped the camera a few times whilst cooking, a heart palpitation driving thought (seeing as i can barely afford to pay the match for the camera i’ve already got-Canon EOS 450D )

Anyway meditteranean was the theme, & excellence was the dream…which surprisingly came true.

It.Was.Amazing

There’s not a single bite that i didn’t enjoy. It was like being in Morocco with the heat & sweetness of the air (a heartwarming thought being on this side of the UK. Southampton = The wind carries you to uni..a bit dramatic..but still..)

I had some help from the boys which was nice, Felipe saved my radishes from burning (thanks felipe!)

<<This was the first time i had ever cooked with radishes, i was curious about the vegetable as my local always had them on offer, but i had no idea what to do with them…when in doubt fry..right?

My cat kept me company whilst i was frying the couscous, the best kind of distraction (the reason why i don’t have any pics of the couscous frying process, sorry! I try to give a consistent photographic timeline for the gallery)

 

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Anyway here he is being all pretty & stuff.

Oh and don’t make this meal on a weeknight! Enjoy it on the weekend, you want to take your time with this & savour all your effort  x

 

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