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Getting Ready

Hi all! Thank you for the wishes on my last post! We surely had a blast and it was a nice to actually splurge ourselves once in a while.

Today I got up super late (like 9 am?) haha..I guess the cocktail drink I had last night surely had some kick in me. Believe me, I am not a drinker at all.

Since I didn’t feel hungry, I skipped breakfast and just had 2 green tea bags and continued working on my stuff until lunch time. Honestly, my lunch today looked EXACTLY the same as yesterday.

After lunch, I was preparing all the ingredients for my newest recipe experiment: Coconut Lemon Custard Chicken.

Then I continued with whatever I was supposed to do until finally I had enough and did the newest workout from Bodyrock.tv.

It was almost dinner time so I kept my Post workout snack small – 2 small slices of sweet potatoes (purple and Japanese) – I put the clothes pin next to them for size comparison (got this idea from Fit Daffy :D) Sometimes it’s hard to imagine the size just by looking at the pictures.

Finally, the chicken was done and this accident happened when I tried to take a picture of the perfectly sliced pieces.

Darn it! I LOST 2 pieces of goodies there! Argh! Believe me, I was quite mad at myself, which made me feel even more stupid. It was actually all my fault for moving the table when the plate was on top of it and I was stupid enough to tilt the table..ARGH!

Anyway, dinner was yummy and small as well.

I realized I still had lots of coconut milk in the fridge and it’s been sitting there for a little while. Good thing it hasn’t gone bad yet and an idea came up. I poured them into my ice cube tray and froze them. 😀 This way the coconut milk will not be spoiled and it would be super easy when I need to use them. Just take out 1-2 cubes or whatever I need. Too bad I can’t consume straight coconut milk, otherwise these would be a perfect coconut milk “ice cream”. 😀

Btw, I’m in the process of transferring this blog to be self hosted. Gosh, seems like it’ll be a long and slow process..not to mention I might have to blog at two places at the same time to save the future trouble. We’ll see!

What’s the clumsiest thing you’ve ever done?

Have a good night!

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Posted by on June 10, 2011 in food, life

 

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Coconut Lemon Custard Chicken


Do you like coconut and lemon but don’t want to make a dessert dish? This recipe is inspired by Paleo Parents Organ Meat Pie recipe and Civilized Caveman Lemon Bars recipe.

Coconut Lemon Custard Chicken
Ingredients:
2 lbs ground chicken (or any meat of your choice)- I manually minced the chicken breast meat that I got
3 stalks of green onions
2 lemons
3-4 large eggs
1″ knob of ginger
2 shallots
1/2 garlic bulb
2 tsp curry powder
2-3 Tbsp Red Boat Fish Sauce
1 tsp cumin powder
2-3 tsp coriander powder
1-2 tsp black pepper powder
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup – 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Directions:
For the chicken:
1. Separate the green and white part of the green onions. Mince the white part-set aside. Slice the green part lengthwise (see picture above)
2. Puree garlic, shallots and ginger in your food processor (I used Magic Bullet)
3. Season the ground meat with coriander powder, black pepper, curry powder, coconut oil, fish sauce, minced green onion (white part), 1 egg white (set the yolk aside)

4. Grease an oven proof baking dish with 1 Tbsp coconut oil and spread the mince meat evenly

5. Bake uncovered for about 20 minutes at 350°F

For the custard:
1. While the chicken is cooking in the oven, beat the eggs (including the reserved egg yolk from earlier) in high speed with a hand mixer until the mixture looks pale yellow

2. Lower the mixer speed and add in the 1/4 cup coconut milk and 1/4 cup lemon juice little by little (reserve the rest of the lemon juice for other use). Mix until everything incorporates

3. Lastly, add in the shredded coconut and the green onions (the green part)

4. By this time, the chicken should be cooked already. Take it out from the oven then pour the egg mixture on top

5. Return it to the oven and bake for another 15 minutes in 350°F

6. Change the setting to broil for another 5-10 minutes

7. Remove from the oven and let it cool a bit before slicing it

Who said sour and savory can’t get along? Believe it or not, by the end of the meal, I only had 1/4 of this left!!

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2011 in food, recipe

 

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What is Paleo?

Nothing could explain more what is Paleo diet than the graphic below. Major thanks to Patrick for creating this brilliant, educational visual guide about Paleo diet.
Paleolithic Diet Explained
Learn more about the Paleo Diet.

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2011 in life

 

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Roast Masala Lemon Date Chicken

I made this chicken dish yesterday and turned out very yummy so I thought I’d share the recipe to you all. As usual, when I’m going to bake bone-in chicken, I prefer to steam them first for about 15 minutes to make sure the inside will be at least half cooked before baking it in the oven. Besides it cut down the baking time, plus the meat will stay moist.

Ingredients:
About 2 lbs chicken/beef – I used a whole chicken, cut up in to 4 pieces -skins removed
Juice from a whole lemon
1/4 cup coconut milk
2 tsp roast masala seasoning

(or you can make it your own: chili, garlic, ginger, cloves, black pepper, coriander & vinegar)

3 shallots
3 soaked pitted medjool dates
1 tsp anatto powder
1/2 tsp (or more if you like spicy) chili powder

Directions:
1. Puree shallots & soaked dates in your food processor (I used my Magic Bullet) and mix in with the rest of the ingredients

2. Place the meat in a gallon size zip lock bag, coat evenly with the marinate. Let it sit for about 2 hour or overnight for best taste.

3. Steam the meat for about 15 minutes (If you use boneless meat, you can skip this part and head on to the next one). If you want to skip steaming, make sure to put longer time when baking in the oven.

4. Broil the meat in 400°F for about 20 minutes (turn over once halfway through). If you didn’t steam the meat, bake it for 350°F then change the setting to broil. Time depends on the size of the meat that you use.

Remove from heat and enjoy with your favorite veggie dish.

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2011 in food, recipe

 

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Citrus and Spice Chicken


A couple days ago, I was experimenting with different spice mixtures to jazz up my marinate for the whole chicken that I had in the fridge. Pairing them with citrus juices resulting this yummy baked chicken. As usual, when I’m going to bake bone-in chicken, I prefer to steam them first for about 15 minutes to make sure the inside will be at least half cooked before baking it in the oven. Besides it cut down the baking time, plus the meat will stay moist.

Ingredients:
About 2 lbs chicken/beef – I used a whole chicken, cut up in to 4 pieces -skins & visible fat removed
2 lemons (zest & juice)
Fresh squeezed orange juice (1 orange)
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp whole cloves
1 garlic bulb
2-3 shallots
1″ ginger knob
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1 tsp coriander powder

Directions:
1. Mash the garlic, shallots, ginger and whole cloves with mortar pestle or your mini food processor (I used my Magic Bullet)
2. Mix the puree garlic/shallot/cloves mixture with the lemon juice, orange juice, lemon zest, and the rest of the spices and salt

3. Place the meat in a gallon size zip lock bag, coat evenly with the marinate. Let it sit for about 2 hour or overnight for best taste.

3. Line up your steamer with a piece of paper towel and steam the meat for about 15 minutes (If you use boneless meat, you can skip this part and head on to the next one). If you want to skip steaming, make sure to bake it longer.

4. Broil the meat in 400°F for about 20 minutes. If you didn’t steam the meat, bake it for 350°F then change the setting to broil. Time depends on the size of the meat that you use.

Remove from heat and enjoy with your favorite veggie dish.

I’d suggest to cut down the broiling time if you don’t want the chicken meat become too dry. I particularly enjoyed it since it tasted like chicken jerky 😀

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2011 in food, recipe

 

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Cheater’s Shish Kabob Chicken


I’ve never had the actual Shish Kabob before but that didn’t stop me to try this seasonings when I saw it at my local supermarket. It was super simple and yummy. I didn’t have a grill and I was too lazy to fire up my oven to bake it (it takes longer and I was too starving to wait another 30 minutes) so I opted pan frying this (or should I say pan grilled?)

Cheater’s Shish Kabob Chicken
Ingredients:
2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (or any protein of your choice) – slice lengthwise to speed up the cooking time
1 oz of Shish Kabob seasonings (granulated onions, salt, garlic, sumac, citric acid, black pepper, saffron)

Directions:
1. Place the meat in a gallon size zip lock bag and coat evenly with the shish kabob marinate. Let it sit for about 1-2 hour at least.

2. Heat the skillet in medium heat with 1 Tbsp coconut oil. Pan fry the chicken until cooked

3. Squeeze some lemon on top, then enjoy with any veggie dish of your choice!

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2011 in food, recipe

 

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Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes”

I was never a big fan of mashed potatoes but this Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes” surely won my heart! It’s super easy and you can put any seasonings you want. In my case, I prefer to keep the Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes’ unseasoned because I like to eat them with another dish that has lots of sauce/gravy.

Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes”
Ingredients:
1 cauliflower head – cut into chunks

Optional seasonings:
2 Tbsp melted butter
Salt and pepper to taste
Coconut milk/yogurt/heavy cream

Directions:
1. Steam the cut out cauliflower for about 5 minutes – set aside and let it cool

2. Puree the cooked cauliflower in your food processor (This is the time you add the seasonings if you want to make seasoned Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes”)

3. Done!

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2011 in food, recipe

 

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