Easy Caramel Chicken

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Easy Caramel Chicken

Easy Caramel Chicken

Easy Caramel Chicken

Now that might not sound too appetising. Caramel and chicken? But you're going to have to trust me on this one. Let me set the record straight, it's not caramel like the creamy stuff that should be paired with salt and put on top of a cake. This is dark soy sauce combined with Chinese flavourings put together with brown sugar. And it tastes so good. 

The story of why we wanted to eat this? Well. We were shopping in the City and we stopped for lunch at a Chinese noodle bar. We had the most delicious chicken and it happened to be called caramel chicken. So when we got home I searched for a recipe. It wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. I don't like my recipes to be over complicated so I toned down the recipe and voila. Here it is. 

It's perfect to serve with rice, noodles or stir fry veg. Or it makes a tasty filling in a brioche roll. You need to give it a try. It's too easy not to!

Easy Caramel Chicken

Easy Caramel Chicken

Caramel Chicken

- Serves 2 - 

2 chicken breasts

3 tbsp dark soy sauce

1 tbsp light brown sugar

1 tsp vinegar

1 tbsp olive oil

50ml water

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp of toasted sesame oil

1 spring onion finely sliced, to serve

Cut the chicken breasts up into bitesize pieces. 

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan. And fry the chicken until fully cooked.

Once cooked, set aside.

In the same pan place the brown sugar and the water. Scrap down the brown on the pan from the chicken (adds extra flavour). Stir until fully combined.

Add in the soy sauce, vinegar, ground ginger and toasted sesame oil into the pan too. Simmer over a gentle heat until the liquid starts to bubble away.

Add the chicken back into the pan and cook until the liquid has been almost absorbed, take care not to burn the sauce. Sugar can burn very quickly so take care.

Sprinkle over the sliced spring onions.

Serve with rice, noodles or stir fry veg.

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Weekly Meal Plan #31

Monday, February 20, 2017

Easy Budget Weekly Meal Plan

Happy Monday! It's back to routine for us as my husband is back at work. Last week flew by and Edith was unwell for half of the week and is still unwell so it's been a tough one for us. I hate seeing her ill and it's awful when there is nothing we can do to help. We're hoping that summer gets here quicker to get rid of all these nasty germs that seem to be about.

Last week Kirsty had 15 people link up meal plans and I am loving all the inspiration. Mabel and Me's Sticky Honey & Mustard Sausages sound amazing!

We would love you to link up again this week! I will get round to commenting on all the posts this week too. You can link up here:

And don't forget to badge up too!

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As for our weekly shop? That was at Morrisons this week. Coming in at a grand total of £30.92. That's just food for the week. My weekly newsletter will be going out tomorrow evening so make sure you are subscribed here. And head over to my Pinterest board for meal planning inspiration.

Also there will be a recipe up for Caramel Chicken that we ate in Week 28, as a lot of you asked for the recipe. 

This weeks meals are:

Homemade Cheese & Onion Pies with Homemade Potato Wedges

Breakfast Bake

Hawaiian Pasta Salad

Homemade Burgers & Homemade Chips

Beef Kofta Curry

What's on your menu this week?
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Magic, Glitter and Tales As Old As Time: Fairytale Wedding Inspiration

Sunday, February 19, 2017

What's a fairytale wedding?

It's an interesting question, especially given how often you will see mention of it. "Fairytale" seems to be the descriptor people choose when they mean idyllic, the perfect uniting of two destined souls in a beautiful, breathtaking beauty.

When you look at it like that, the fairytale angle seems somewhat vague. It's become a catch-all term for a nice wedding. But what if you want a literal fairytale? A wedding that echoes the centuries-old stories of a happily ever after, with a true nod to the Disney classics and the work that inspired them?

As In - A Theme?

Don't run a mile from the idea of a themed wedding. In reality, all weddings tend to have a theme - some are just more overt about it than others. Sometimes the theme is obvious and general; other times it's just a colour scheme that's unique to the couple. Either way, most weddings are not cookie-cutter generic - and we can all agree they're better for it.

There are ways and means of doing a theme without screaming "this is our themed wedding!". If you want to find a way to hark back to the fairytale age, then here are some suggestions to get you started...

Venue: When A Huge Castle Isn't Feasible

Most fairytale weddings from the classics tend to involve a huge castle, with bride and groom leading the first dance in the great hall. More often than not, they will be surrounded by applauding subjects - because, of course, they're royalty.

If you've scanned your family tree and have yet to find a link to blue blood, don't worry, you just have more room to work in. You can find a venue which suits the day, be it a large wedding specialist like Adlington Hall or something smaller, depending on guest list size. With the right mindset, you can make a registry office a fairytale if you want. That's because...

Decor: Where The Magic Begins

There are a few key decorative touches that should be involved in a wedding that wants a true sprinkle of fairy(tale) dust.

Flowers - Floral arrangements are a standard theme for the majority of weddings, but they're all the more essential for a fairytale theme. Consider rose petals scattered anywhere the venue will let you scatter them; or a winding rose archway under which to exchange your vows. Sugar roses on top of the cake can really enhance this theme, too.

Glitter - You need it. Lots of it. On the floor, on the seats, on the tables at the reception. Given the strong presence of magic in fairytales, glitter is a reality-based way of getting the same effect. Let everything sparkle.

Your Story - Tell your story as a couple, preferably written in suitable fairytale "once upon a time" language. It's relatively inexpensive to write and print scrolls containing your story, which can be handed to guests as they file into the ceremony.

Soft Fabrics - For this kind of wedding, nothing should be too harsh. No sharp corners or bare surfaces; use natural fabrics with a soft satin sheen to make everything soft, tactile and almost dreamlike.

The Bride's Look: Your Inner Princess Steps Into The Spotlight

While you can wear your hair in a more conventional up-do for a fairytale wedding (after all, Cinderella did), there's no doubt that loose hair has the more evocative effect. In fact, "fairytale ends" is a term used to describe long tendrils of hair swirling around your shoulders. If you don't have that kind of length naturally, then extensions are a perfect way to create the same impact.

It's also worth considering braids, especially messy fishtail braids which look both complex and effortless at the same time. A few loose curled strands around your face will soften the whole appearance.

As for the dress - this aspect has an obvious answer, doesn't it? No place for chic shift dresses or modern short styles here; if you really want to hit the fairytale note, then long and flowing is your best bet. Note 'flowing' - your gown doesn't necessary have to be a big puffy affair, more worthy of a toilet roll holder than a modern day wedding. A long train and plenty of volume on the skirt through fabric rather than a hoop will create a timeless, magical look.

Finally: makeup. If you want to layer on thick lashings of mascara and sport a fake tan glow that makes your dress seem even whiter, then this might not be the theme that you need. Try and keep it simple. Soft neutral tones over the eyes will create the same gentle beauty you're aiming for with every other aspect, while a simple classic-red lip will finish the whole look.

Now all you need is a literal fairy godmother to whisk you off on the perfect honeymoon. It's not likely, but a girl can dream can't she?

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