Hold The Oil…

So, when I set out to make this wonderful dinner for myself on Friday night, I had a sneaky suspicion that not all would go to plan. I thought the chicken might not be crispy or that the flavours wouldn’t be quite right or that I would forget to add something.

I planned and orgnised everything well in advance – you need to do this when deep frying in a very, very hot wok or indeed stir frying anything. Get everything ready – it’s hot, quick and you most certainly do not want limp stir fried veggies – actually limp is not good in a lot of situations! (and not just in the kitchen!)

There does come a point however, when you do need to slow down. And that, dear readers, is when you are pouring out the hot oil from the wok into a bowl in order to begin stage two of you cooking. The Vietnamese crispy chicken tasted awesome and was sitting on the platter waiting for the simple veggies to be stir fried.

Sounds simple enough…Right?

I was in fast mode and not a drop of alcohol had been consumed. As I poured the hot oil into the bowl I totally missed and you guessed it – poured that oil right over Mr. Thumbkin and Mr. Pointer (why are they male?)

Yep, that’s right folks, not only were the stir fried veggies off the menu for the evening but I was bringing along some stir fried digits just for the hell of it – and my chicken went cold!

Yes, I did the cold water thing for 20 mins but my fingers were still boiling hot so an hour later I was finally able to take my hands out of the bowl of water that needed to be changed every 10 mins because it was heating up – such was the level of heat coming out of my skin. A visit to the chemist where they applied gel and a bandage and off I went home and begrudgingly ate my cold chicken, called my best friend who came over with some wine (bless her cotton socks!), drank way too much wine, baked yo yo biscuits, sent some drunken texts, sang really loud to some bad 70s songs and passed out at some point.

I haven’t had a Friday night like that in a while!

Tonight, I thought it best to get right back on the wok that burnt me and made my stir fried veggies for dinner. I will post both photos together like I ate them together like I was supposed to. Yes, I did manage to take photos of the chicken before I deep fried myself!

Just wasn’t the same but the veggies were a nice healthy dinner tonight.

Marinating the chicken.

Marinating the chicken.

Frying that chicken - 5 mins away from contact!!!

Frying that chicken – 5 mins away from contact!!!

Waiting for the veggies - they never turned up - My chicken had been stood up...

Waiting for the veggies – they never turned up – My chicken had been stood up…

Simple and delicious!...

Simple and delicious!…

I may dress in the typical Melbourne black but I like to eat in colour!

I may dress in the typical Melbourne black but I like to eat in colour!

Ingredients:

  • chicken thigh fillets, cut into pieces & marinated in the following.
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon five spice powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese wine or shao hsing wine
  • 6 tablespoons water

Sweet potato flour for coating before frying.  You can  use cornflour but sweet potato flour gives a more crispy texture. Sometimes I use coconut flour.

Method

  • Toss the chicken in sweet potato flour.
  • Heat a deep frying pan, add enough oil to deep fry the chicken.
  • When the oil is smoking hot, turn off the stove, and add the chicken.  Immediately turn the stove on again to a high heat, stir the chicken to prevent them from sticking.
  • Fry chicken until it is golden brown.
  • Don’t fry your fingers!

Dunk chicken in awesome Vietnamese dipping sauce and eat with stir fried veggies – or in my case – Not!

…and drunken yo yo biscuits!

hmmm...not quite sure I remember making these!

hmmm…not quite sure I remember making these!

Freeform and rustic - wondered where they came from when I woke up this morning!

Freeform and rustic – wondered where they came from when I woke up this morning!

The Need for Peas

Chicken In a Creamy White Wine Sauce

So, after having Friday off work thanks to this dreaded cold, I went in yesterday…and suffered!

The kids were quiet as they could tell I wasn’t well and they don’t like it when I’m angry. In fact no one likes me when I’m angry! I did however, keep in 3 boys at lunch time because they made my headache worse. No abuse of power here I promise. They were supposed to be working in groups and these three decided it would be funny to pick on the kid in the group who can’t read very well…result…half of their lunch time gone! Don’t mess with me when I’m sick.

My afternoon meeting also didn’t go down very well either. We were working in groups doing what we call a moderation task. This is where we swap essays from kids and mark each other’s work and then compare marks…keeps the marking process honest. Well apparently I’m a tough marker and the teacher didn’t agree that his student deserved such a low grade. Three of us marked it and two of us gave it a fairly average score and the third teacher gave it a much higher score. I was signalled out for an explanation…no depth…no voice…poorly constructed paragraphs….blah! blah! blah!

This process is fine when you are moderating with people who are reasonable but it was clear that this teacher wanted to jump the table and put my head through the wall. It’s not the first time I’ve had ‘words’ with him and he doesn’t like me very much. Of course when I get on my high horse I can come across as, how did another teacher put it? oh yeah! Intimidating and scary…anyway he took offense and I probably should have stayed home. Once my partners in crime and I got back to the sanctuary of our office we let rip about him… “he’s such a dick!”… “doesn’t know his arse from his elbow!” … “I just wanna punch him!” … (we spend way too much time with kids!) In fact it got ridiculous (I think ‘soft cock’ was mentioned) and we found ourselves laughing so hard, we couldn’t get in our cars to drive home especially after I came out with “Yeah! I wanna punch him…in the dick…with one of these…because I don’t really wanna touch him…”

I stayed home today…shouldn’t really be near people!

What does all this have to do with chicken? Nothing really apart from it was the only thing I got right yesterday. Except that I was so hungry that for the first time I forgot to take a photo…and it looked so damn good!

Chicken thigh fillets fried in oil and butter, in large pan until golden. Add fresh thyme sprigs and white wine and cook down. Toss in capers and place lid on so chicken cooks well. Remove chicken when it’s done and set aside. Add cream and wholegrain mustard to the pan and combine well with the white wine. Reduce a little then return chicken thighs and spoon over all the yumminess. Serve with salad or vegetables. I had a major craving for peas so I made a whole bag (peas being the only thing I buy that’s frozen) as well as some steamed baby carrots and corn cobs all drenched in some of the French butter I had left. So delicious and so sorry I didn’t get a pic…

Off to the doctor now and then back to bed 🙂