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Monday, December 29, 2008

New Year's Recipe for Happiness, Prosperity and Good Health



This New Year, let's welcome it with a simple preparation that symbolizes these three elements; happiness, prosperity and good health. I will give you a healthy recipe that will perfectly fit for New Year's Eve. Aside from preparing round fruits that bring good luck to our homes let's also consider this recipe to add it on our celebration. Now what is the importance why we need to think of the foods that we prepare during New Year's Eve? It is because it has something to do with our faith towards the New Year that will come. As people who are always believing and hopeful, it is very important to us to welcome the year so that all these good things will follow us.

Chicken is believed by Chinese that it symbolizes happiness and prosperity. Egg, which is a common part of our daily meal, symbolizes fertility. Now we will add noodles on this menu which symbolizes longevity. Everyone of us wishes to have long life and extend all the good things that we experience in our lives, we don't want it to end. This recipe will have all of these three main ingredients which will make our year perfect. You can add vegetable or fruit salad together with it or make any type of fruit shake to match with your main menu. Enjoy your New Year with your family.


Chicken and Egg Noodles (Crock Pot)


Ingredients:

  • 3-4 lbs chicken pcs. (I use 4 chicken breasts with bones, skinned)
  • 4 cups chicken broth or water
  • 1/4-1/2 cup butter (I use 1/2 stick)
  • 1 (10 3/4 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup (I use Campbell's Healthy Request, no MSG)
  • 1 (10 ounce) package extra wide egg noodles (I use the big bag) and salt

Directions:


  • Put all ingredients, except noodles, in crock pot.

  • Cook on low 8-10 hours or on high 3 1/2-4 1/2 hours.

  • (I cook just until the chicken is done, about 5 hours on low).

  • Remove chicken from broth.

  • I like to run a slotted spoon through the broth to make sure no little bones have escaped.

  • Add salt to taste.

  • Turn cooker to high and add noodles when broth is hot and bubbly.
  • Cook 30-45 minutes, or until noodles are done, stirring occasionally.

  • Meanwhile, remove meat from bones.

  • Add bite-size pieces to broth and noodles.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Recipe for Christmas Leftover Turkey

This recipe is a follow-up to my last post about Christmas turkey. I have thought that for those people who are really resourceful and love to experiment, they can make a Turkey Pot Pie from the turkey leftover. After enjoying your Christmas turkey and Wine, you can easily prepare a dessert out from leftover. Isn't it very practical? I guess it is not only practical but you would really enjoy the taste of this dessert so please check this out.


Turkey Pot Pie

Ingredients:

2 Cups Chopped Leftover Christmas Turkey
1 Can Veg- All
1 Can Cream Of Chicken Soup
2 Pre Made Pie Crusts or if your feeling brave make your own

Directions:

Pre Heat Oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit or 177 Celsius
Combine Turkey, Veg-All, Soup and mix well
Place bottom crust in 9 inch pie pan
Add Turkey Mixture
Place the Top Crust on and trim the excess crust
Pinch the edges of the crust together and poke a few
Holes in the top crust with a tooth pick
Make a design if your artistic

Bake for 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown

Now for the brave
Basic Pie Crust Recipe

2 Cups Flour
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Shortening
1\2 Cup Water

In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in water until mixture forms a ball. Divide dough in half, and shape into balls. Wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
Roll out dough on a floured counter. Don't over work it.

Personally, much easier to buy the crust.

ENJOY !!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Turkey For Christmas

Have you ever wonder what will be your preparations for the Christmas Eve? Think about a turkey, it is always present during Christmas and Thanksgiving celebration. Check this out and see what do you think...How about prepare a Christmas Turkey and Gravy and match it with Red Wine or Cranberry Juice? I would say it is a perfect idea and requires less work and budget. Don't worry I have prepared a healthy recipe for you. Be the host and enjoy your Christmas eve with your loved ones. Happy Turkey Christmas!




Christmas Turkey

INGREDIENTS:

6.3kg turkey
6 tbsp vegetable oil
125g butter
1 lemon, halved
1 pack fresh rosemary
salt and freshly ground pepper

PREPARATION:

1. Preheat oven to 220C/425F/gas mark 7. Remove the giblets from the turkey. Rub oil on the outside of the bird and season well.

2. Place the butter, lemon and whole herbs in the cavity. Cook the bird breast-side down for 15 minutes, and then turn the oven down to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Cook for 3 1/2 hours, turning bird the right side up after 2 hours.

3. Test the turkey with a skewer in the leg joint. If blood comes out, give it another 20 minutes. If clear juices run out, it's cooked. Remove from the pan, wrap in foil and rest for 20 minutes while you make your gravy.


Turkey Gravy

INGREDIENTS:

turkey neck and giblets
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 stick celery, chopped
2 bay leaves few sprigs fresh thyme
3 tbsp plain flour
gravy browning
salt and freshly ground black pepper

PREPARATION:

1. Place the turkey neck and giblets in a saucepan with the vegetables, herbs and 600ml cold water. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes. Drain and reserve.

2. To make the gravy, pour 3 tbsp fatty juices from the turkey roasting tin into a pan and stir in the flour. Cook, stirring, for about 1-2 minutes until lightly browned.

3. Pour in the giblet stock and 150ml turkey juices (or wine) and bring to the boil, stirring. Add a llittle gravy browning, season to taste and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.