Celebrate Chinese New Year with a comforting, nourishing bowl of chicken, broth, veggies and rice, all gently spiced in authentic Chinese flavours.
Serves: 4 – 6 maybe with some leftovers too!
Ingredients: 1 whole chicken, 2 cinnamon sticks, 4 cloves, 2 star anise, 2 garlic cloves, 1 tsp. fennel seeds, 1 tsp. peppercorns (green/black or szechuan pepper if you can get it), 1 large carrot or two smaller ones, cut into chunky batons, 2 celery sticks cut into batons and 1/2 tsp. of sea salt.
- Pop all your ingredients into a large lidded pan (big enough to fit a whole chicken!), pop the chicken on top, breast side up
- Top up with water, until you the covering the chicken
- Bring to a rolling boil and then simmer with the lid on for 1 hour
- Turn the chicken over and cook for a further 20mins
- Remove the chicken and vegetables from the pan and cook on a high heat for 10minutes to reduce the stock down and intensify the flavour
- Cook your rice or noodles if serving with the chicken
- Carve your chicken and serve on a bowl or rice or noodles with the veg and pour the stock over
- Can season with sesame oil and soy sauce if you wish
The Party Season has definitely started in our house, so if you are entertaining this December and looking for some tasty treats with mainly freezer and store cupboard ingredients then have a go at the tasty puffs!
Ingredients: 460g ready made puff pastry, 250g frozen shrimps/prawns, 4 tbsp. of mayonnaise, 2 heaped tbsp. of tinned sweetcorn, 2 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds 2 tbsp. sweet chilli sauce, 1 small bunch of spring onions or chives thinly sliced, 1 tsp. dried ginger, a little oil for frying.
- Pre-heat your oven to 160F
- Using a pastry cutter or a cup, cut out 26 circles in your puff pastry, prick with a fork and add to a lined baking tray
- Cook in the oven for 15mins until golden and puffed up
- Take out and leave to cool
- To make the prawn filling, fry your prawns in a little oil to remove any excess water, allow to cool
- Make the prawn sauce, by mixing together all of the remaining ingredients, except the sesame seeds and add the cooled prawns
- Take each of the little puffs and using the back of a spoon bash the top a little to make a small hole in each
- Fill the hole with the prawn mixture and finish off with a sprinkling of the sesame seeds
Save The Children are working in China to improve the quality of life for the children of China, working with childrens rights organisations, to keep children protected from neglect, illness and abuse. They have also developed the Helping Babies Breathe programme, and are supporting local health workers to better treat and diagnose childhood illnesses. In China around 50% of the population also live in natural disaster-prone areas, Save The Children are working locally to ensure that communities are better prepared for future emergencies, to find out more please visit their website:
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