Monday, December 30, 2013

Extra Crispy Fried Chicken Wings

While shopping for groceries and mason jars for a project I was determined to do today, I saw the 10 lbs party chicken wings on sale at Smart and Final. It has been a while since I cooked some of these party staple. They also reminded me of one of my sister-in-law who loves fried chicken wings especially if they are cooked by yours truly! I remember when she used to come over the house and drop off my nephew to play with my son, she will always make a point to ask me to make some for her. 

After I got home, I decided to cook some and use the same 4 simple ingredients I have used in the past to not lose the flavor of the chicken - salt, pepper, chili pepper and flour.  These wings will be a good pair with your favorite salad or with your favorite beverage while watching football, basketball or whatever sport in season you watch. They are also be a good party appetizer if you have the time to make them.

Below are the simple ingredients and steps:

25 pieces of chicken wings
2 cups of flour
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon ground red chili pepper
1 brown paper bag
2-3 cups vegetable oil

Wash the frozen chicken wings with luke warm water to thaw them a little bit.

Pat them dry. Mix all the dry ingredients inside the brown paper bag. Coat the wings by putting 5 at a time inside the bag, close tight and shake until fully coated.

Heat a deep pan with oil and set to medium high. Use a metal thong and slowly put the wings in the hot oil. Don't overcrowd the pan so that you have room to flip them over. Cook each side for 10 mins and or until golden brown.

Take the wings out of the hot oil one by one and let the oil drip from each wing on a plate with paper towel. Transfer them to another plate and serve with barbecue sauce or Shiracha if you want them spicy.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Speculoos French Toast

Speculoos French Toast

It's been a looooooooong time since my last post! A lot of people have been asking me why I stopped sharing my recipes. I'll just blame it on a couple of reason - laziness and not having a fast computer. However, I have been posting some photos on Instagram and Facebook. Thanks to my loving husband, he got me a new Macbook for Christmas! I am now motivated more than ever!!

Here's a new post to end 2013 before you start your 2014 diet LOL

French toast is a favorite breakfast or brunch dish and it’s so easy to make. The breads you can use are endless (french bread, sourdough bread, Texas toast, etc.) and you can get as creative as you like with toppings such as the new craze SPECULOOS Cookie Butter from Trader Joe's. This cookie butter is now very popular in Asia and there's even some news of shortage in the US a few months ago. I got very curious so I went to my local Trader Joe's and I was told that the craze is not evident here in the Bay Area because most Californians are health freak. I ended up buying 2 dozens and sent them to my relatives in the Philippines to enjoy. I kept a few bottles and I am now a big fan! I use it as topping on french toast as shown here and or on home made cupcakes and beignets. Super yummy!

Give your Aunt Jemima syrup bottle a break and try melted Speculoos instead with your french toast.

Here is a basic recipe for french toast:


 2 eggs
4 tbs milk

1 teaspoon corn starch (for crunchiness)
6 slices maple Texas toast bread (thick slices) or regular bread
6 tbs butter (1 tbs for each slice)

2 tablespoon melted Speculoos for topping
Powdered Sugar


Heat a pan or griddle at medium to high heat. Mix together the eggs, cornstarch and milk with a fork or whisk then pour into a dish that’s large enough to dip a piece of bread into without having to fold it, an 8×8 inch baking dish is ideal. Dip one slice of the bread into the egg and milk mixture on one side then flip and dip the other side. Letting the bread soak in the milk and egg mixture for a few seconds will help the mixture soak right through the entire piece of bread but be careful it doesn’t get too soggy so that it falls apart when trying to cook it. Add a tablespoon of butter to the grill to melt, then place the dipped slice of bread onto the pan. Cook the first side of bread for about 3 minutes or when the bread is golden brown, then flip and cook the other side for approximately the same amount of time. You can cook more than one piece at a time but don’t allow the pieces of bread to touch each other.Once cooked serve the french toast immediately or keep in a warmed oven until ready to serve. 

Melt Speculoos in a small bowl for 45 seconds in the microwave and drizzle on top of the toasts. Sprinkle powdered sugar and ENJOY!