Monday, 8 December 2014

Italian Baked Chicken

You won’t have any leftovers with this delicious baked chicken with a crunchy herbed breadcrumbs coating. 

Italian Baked Chicken Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Let’s talk about chicken today.

It’s cold out and I bet you want something hot for dinner tonight. Something hot that is still easy to make on a weeknight and easy on the pocket.

Hey, Christmas is coming and we all have to save some money right?

Some months back, I came across this heavenly Italian Baked Chicken recipe from Samantha over at Five Heart Home. She has a lovely blog and you should definitely check it out if you haven’t already.

Italian Baked Chicken Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

This recipe is absolutely amazing. Truly. You have to trust me here.

As with the recipe I shared previously for Baked Salmon with Spicy Coriander Sauce, once again, your blender and oven will do most of the work for you! I used chicken thighs as they are extremely cheap and I happen to love them. I also baked them with the skin on for a bit of sinful indulgence. You can always remove the skin if you prefer.

Italian Baked Chicken Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

For the breadcrumbs, I had made them previously and had a batch frozen in the freezer. It was as easy as defrosting some for this dish. I have included the recipe for the herbed breadcrumbs here but to be honest, I used approximates and I just used a mixture of fresh herbs that I had on hand. Feel free to add or subtract as you choose. I recommend making a big batch and freezing up the leftovers as I guarantee you will be making this dish again.

Italian Baked Chicken Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Baked Salmon with Spicy Coriander Sauce

Give baked salmon an Asian twist with this spicy coriander based sauce.

Baked Salmon with Spicy Coriander Sauce

Hello everyone!

I feel like I have been missing from my little blog for a very long time. I am so happy to be able to be back blogging today!

Since the last post I am proud to report that I have successfully run my very first marathon at the Berlin Marathon. I am so blessed that everything went well and I had so much fun. It was definitely one of the happiest days of my life. Just pure unbridled joy – it’s difficult to describe. I guess mostly it really is just conquering all my little demons and proving to myself that I could do it. I am now looking ahead to my next Marathon in London in April 2015.


A week after the Berlin Marathon, dear husband and I flew to Malaysia for our wedding. It’s quite funny as we have already been married for 2 years. It’s just that since our adopted home is in the UK, we have never actually gotten round to having our religious and customary wedding rites in Malaysia for our family and friends who are there. Hence, we had a BIG wedding to organise. Let me just say that planning a wedding remotely is no laughing matter. After a year of planning I am glad that it is now all done and dusted.


In a nutshell, life has been a little helter skelter. Now, it seems that my return to normalcy might get shaken up some more because right after we got home after being away for a month in Malaysia – guess what – we are moving from Newcastle to the Midlands. The house hunt is already underway and I just hope that all the relevant timelines we have to juggle will just work out. I am hopeful!

With all this going on, I just feel happy that this little blog if offering some kind of creative outlet for me to de-stress and just do something that I enjoy doing. Since I have been deviating from the main topic, that is, food, let’s get right back on track!

Baked Salmon with Spicy Coriander Sauce

Today I am sharing a recipe for baked salmon. This salmon dish was really a happy accident. I had a really nice, big fillet of salmon and I knew I wanted to bake it. To give it a little spicy kick, I made my own Asian style spicy paste by blending up a combination of ingredients and flavours that would work together here. For this, I used coriander, chilli, garlic and ginger. After blending, baste your salmon with the paste, wrap in foil and bake it in the oven for 20 minutes. There is hardly any prep time involved nor need you toil over the stove for long extended periods. Let your blender and oven do all the tough work for you!

Baked Salmon with Spicy Coriander Sauce

Baked Salmon with Spicy Coriander Sauce

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Easy & Tasty Banana Muffins with Almond Streusel

Super quick, easy and tasty banana muffins with a hint of cinnamon and topped with almond streusel.

Easy & Tasty Banana Muffins with Almond Streusel Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Hello everyone!

I happened to chance upon a fantastic banana muffin recipe and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

This was a chance find on Pinterest. I always find that the best recipes seem to find you instead of you going on an extensive hunt for them. So anyway, you know I love my banana bread and muffins and I have shared my “All- Time Favourite” banana muffin with chocolate chunks recipe here on Nomsies Kitchen previously.

Easy & Tasty Banana Muffins with Almond Streusel Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Easy & Tasty Banana Muffins with Almond Streusel Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

I do believe that I have now found another recipe to add to the perfect banana muffins recipe list – this super quick, easy and tasty banana muffins topped with almond streusel. It has a touch of cinnamon added in the batter too, I always love the smell of cinnamon in baked goods. I also used a mixture of wholemeal and plain flour here.

Easy & Tasty Banana Muffins with Almond Streusel Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Again, with most of my favourite recipes, it is super easy to make and does not require an electric mixer. Just whisk the wet ingredients by hand and add them to the dry ingredients. What a breeze!

Maybe that is not entirely accurate as the almond streusel does require a food processor – to simplify and quicken the process. Like with most of the times when I have used streusel in a recipe, I have always pre-made the streusel in advance. I have mentioned this previously and I am emphasising it again, it is so easy to make in a big batch and freeze in the freezer. It’s even easier if you divide the batch into single portions and bag each portion up. When you need to use it for a recipe, simply take that bag out of the freezer and thaw out in the fridge overnight or on the kitchen counter for a couple of hours before using.

Small forward planning steps in the kitchen go a really long way, as does utilising your freezer to its fullest. If you don’t believe me, just ask Jaime Oliver who has launched a whole new series entitled “Money Saving Meals” and book on how to make budget friendly meals, reduce wastage and utilise your freezer to its full potential.

Easy & Tasty Banana Muffins with Almond Streusel Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

I hope you try this banana muffins recipe for yourself. If you are feeling indulgent, you should know that these muffins taste really good when warmed, halved and slathered with Nutella. I think it would be a good idea to just fill them with Nutella next time I bake them. Happy baking!

Easy & Tasty Banana Muffins with Almond Streusel Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Roasted Green Beans with Panko and Lemon

Nomsies Kitchen Roasted Green Beans with Panko and Lemon Recipe
Lovely vegetarian dish of roasted green beans topped with crisp panko and drizzled with lemon juice.

Roasted Green Beans with Panko & Lemon Recipe | Nomsies Kitchen

Hello and Happy Wednesday!

We are in the middle of yet another week and the end of July. How time flies! I am really enjoying and have been making the most of it by going for bike rides and lazy barbecues.

Roasted Green Beans with Panko & Lemon Recipe | Nomsies Kitchen

Roasted Green Beans with Panko & Lemon Recipe | Nomsies Kitchen

Today I am going to be sharing a vegetable and vegetarian recipe. I chanced upon this recipe from Oh My Veggies while on my daily Pinterest sprees. This is such a lovely side it is one veggie dish that will have you asking for more.

Roasted Green Beans with Panko & Lemon Recipe | Nomsies Kitchen

Roasted Green Beans with Panko & Lemon Recipe | Nomsies Kitchen

I like that the green beans are simply roasted. While the beans are roasting away, you fry the Panko with some olive oil and garlic to brown and crisp it up. Once the green beans are done, toss the panko over and finish with some lemon zest and juice. The panko really adds a wonderful crunchy texture to the green beans and the fresh lemon zest and juice just lifts the flavours and makes this one delicious dish. I have not seen green beans disappear off the plate so quickly before!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Spicy Nonya Fried Rice

Nomsies Kitchen Spicy Nonya Fried Rice Recipe
If you like your fried rice with a twist, this is the recipe for you. Super savoury and slightly spicy, this is my favourite fried rice recipe! 

Spicy Nonya Fried Rice Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Hello!

Here is another Nonya recipe for you. It is a recipe for spicy Nonya fried rice. I must say it is my favourite fried rice recipe because it is so flavourful and really hits the spot.

Spicy Nonya Fried Rice Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

I have previously given a little insight on Nonya cuisine and its origins. You can read about that in my post for Nonya Chicken Curry.

Spicy Nonya Fried Rice Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Spicy Nonya Fried Rice Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

This recipe’s Nonya influence is evident in its use of dried prawns and lots of shallots and garlic. It also calls for a tablespoon of chilli paste.

If you are afraid of spicy food, you can always reduce the chilli in the recipe or omit it altogether. I have not cooked it without chilli before so I am unable to comment on whether that will have an impact on the taste.

On the other hand, if you can handle your spicy food, you might want to add an additional tablespoon of chilli paste.

Spicy Nonya Fried Rice Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Coffee Cake with Almond Streusel (Updated Version)

I thought of sharing an updated version of this coffee cake with almond streusel. I previously posted this in January 2014. This time, I used crème fraiche instead of sour cream and Baileys Cream. I also added a layer of streusel inside the cake. Hope you like it just as much!

Coffee Cake with Almond Streusel Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Hello and a very happy Wednesday to you!

Have you been busy baking or do you firmly believe in not using the oven during the summer heat? As for me, I do not mind using the oven in the heat. After all, I am originally from a tropical country.

Coffee Cake with Almond Streusel Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen
In any event, I thought of sharing an updated version of this coffee cake with almond streusel. I had previously posted this in January of this year. This time round, I used crème fraiche instead of a combination of sour cream and thick Baileys Cream. I also added a layer of almond streusel inside the cake. The last change I made was adhering to grand master Thomas Keller’s original instructions of finishing off the cake with a dusting of icing sugar, cocoa powder and cinnamon.

Coffee Cake with Almond Streusel Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

What did all the changes result in? Here is my conclusion.

I didn’t think the texture of the cake changed much with the use of crème fraiche, it was just as soft and fluffy. In any event, the original recipe does state that you can use either crème fraiche or sour cream.

However, I love streusel and the addition of more streusel inside the cake makes it even better, I love how the streusel on the inside is all melted and adds flavour to the cake whereas the streusel on top still gives it a lovely crunch. The added cinnamon and cocoa powder also provides a nice flavour and smell.

For the technical aspects of the cake, this time I also followed the original instructions from Thomas Keller and piped the batter into the cake tin instead of spooning it all in. To be honest, I am not sure if it made a big difference. Both times, this cake has come out very evenly. So, perhaps next time I will skip this step. Anything that saves on washing up is good.

Coffee Cake with Almond Streusel Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

All in, this is definitely a perfect tea time cake. Soft and fluffy cake texture with delicious almond streusel inside and on top.

As mentioned before, if you need to make the almond streusel afresh, do give yourself some extra time as the almond streusel must be rested and chilled for at least 2 hours before you use it.