Monday, December 05, 2005

Grilled Chicken Drumsticks

I finally found some time to cook last week and it took an interim of a few more busy days before I managed to find the time to upload my photos and blog about it! Work's been crazy!

I bought some chicken drumsticks the other day and decided to try A's recipe for the chicken wings we had in Sydney. Note: Carrefour's chicken drumsticks are so much bigger and fresher than Giant's! I remember attempting to buy chicken in Giant once and the whole chicken chiller smelt bad! *shudder* I meant to grill them on Wednesday night but got home late so these babies marinated for 2 whole nights before I grilled them on Friday! And all the lovely marinade had seeped into the meat, giving it a really nice taste.

While they were grilling, I blanched up some chopped zucchini, tore up some lettuce, caramelised some onions, hardboiled some eggs and threw the whole lot together with some cherry tomatoes for our fibre fix. Easy peasy!

Fresh garden salad, dotted with crispy cherry tomatoes and hearty chunks of hard-boiled egg; lightly flavoured with smokey caramelised onions.

Chicken drumsticks, tenderly grilled with a delicious ginger and garlic infused soy sauce marinade

A simple but nice meal to come home to after a long week!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Peri-peri Rocks!

I had a terrible craving for French Fries last night. So much for trying to diet! McD's, KFC and A&W didn't hold much appeal so I dragged Bro down with me to Nandos. At least in Nandos, I could fool myself into thinking the chicken there was healthier than the fried chicken in McD's whilst indulging in my French Fries!

They were having a set Peri-peri Meal for RM11.90 which comprised a Cream of Broccoli, 1/4 Chicken, Walnut Apple Rice and a Mango Sorbet to top it off.

I had a voucher for a free 1/4 chicken with every purchase of RM25 and above so naturally, we had to find enough to make up that RM25! Hurray for free things! :) Bro opted for the set above while I had a 1/4 chicken with 2 side dishes and an additional greek salad to ensure we hit that RM25!

This was Bro's set. See the happy, smiley face in the broccoli soup? :) The soup came with a slice of garlic bread, the 1/4 chicken (with hot peri-peri sauce) and walnut apple rice. The soup was terrible! It was instant soup out of a packet and wasn't even dissolved properly! Bro and I bit into a huge, salty lump of powdered seasoning! They were quite generous with the broccoli florets though.

This was my 1/4 chicken order with my Peri-peri fries! *dances* I ordered the Mediterranean rice as my other side order but they gave me Walnut Apple instead. Probably ran out of Mediterranean. The Walnut Apple rice was too sticky and starchy and a little too wet. It was chockful with raisins, mixed vege, walnuts and bits of apple and tasted a little like nasi pilaf. Peri-peri fries hit the spot! My french fry craving's sated now!

I didn't want something too spicy so I opted for Lemon & Herb seasoning on my chicken. Look what category Nando's placed me in!

Finally, Bro's dessert! I was quite impressed with the timing of the staff in bringing the dessert. Normally, in these fast-food places, they'll just bring everything with the meal and it's up to you to either watch the ice-cream melt as you scoff down your meal or eat the dessert first. But at Nandos, they actually waited till we were about done before bringing over the sorbet. I also thought it was going to be a scoop of sorbet in a cup and was pleasantly surprised to find that it was a little cup of the newly-launched Nestle sorbet!

A close-up of the sorbet with the famous Nando's chicken behind it. It was very mango-ey but a little sweet. Quite nice! It isn't easy to find affordable sorbet here!

Oh and finally, how could I forget our free 1/4 chicken?! Presentation was "excellent"! A 1/4 chicken sitting forlornly on a big empty plate! We couldn't eat it after all that food so we packed it home for leftovers. Can't let good food go to waste!