TGIF baby..woohoo!

Pshew', "it's been a very long week and i can't cook this weekend, i can't be bothered, would just grab some fast food tingy to eat".



Yo! it's not a bad idea, but you could experiment a home made 15 minutes Chinese delicacy over the weekend! *smiles*

Introducing....The Kung Po Sauce. 



Ingredients:
Onions x2, depending on the number of peeps you are cooking for.
Chopped tin tomatoes x2
Fresh Ginger - thumb size
Fresh Garlic x2
Red Chilies x5
Pineapple x1-(Cut in to cubes or small size
Chicken stock (a reasonable quantity)
Chicken stock cubes. ( Seasonings, depending on how tasty you like your food)
Soy sauce (optional: 1 table spoon -depending on preference)
Green pepper x1 (optional: Cut in to chunks)
Carrots x3(Optional: Chopped)
Marinated diced chicken/meat/pork or prawns( Kung po anything you want)

Method:
Use marinated  fresh chicken straight away or precook, per boil/steam up chicken if you wish,
Dice chicken into cubes ...then heat cooking oil (a reasonable quantity) in a nice looking WOK, or Frying pan...
...add the chicken, stir fry till it becomes cooked and remove from the cooking oil.(leave fried/cooked chicken aside)
Finely dice the onions, ginger, garlic, chilies(depending on how good your taste buds can handle spice),carrots, green pepper, soy sauce into the oil and stir fry for 1 minute.






Add your chopped tomatoes, Pineapple cubes, Chicken stock, seasonings and  mix together, allow to boil then add you cooked/fried chicken. Stir properly and serve hot

 The Kung po sauce is best eaten with noodles,egg fried rice, boiled rice or anything else you can be creative with.



You can add any kind of sauce you want, whether soy, oyster, rice vinegar, dark soy sauce or even combine them. The essence is just to give it a perfect color of your choice and a savory aroma.
You could also "melange".. mix all kinds of extras like fish, meat, prawns, sweetcorn, spring onions, peas, anything vegetable...just to sooth your taste. Enjoy your meal.

Please drop your comments  and ask questions...
Do have a lovely weekend!!! 

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Melange "d" Meals

Happy new year good people, eh deh ku subsidy, "chibusubsidim....God is our subsidy". 
Its your home girl again "Ofoodi a.k.a candees kitchen" bringing varieties to your table...........Peace!!# two fingers in the air #very close to the head.


Its so easy to eat the same class of food all the time especially when its your fav meal or you are just lazy to cook, or too busy to know what your kitchen looks like lol or even running away from fat. You would be surprised that the only  equipment some peeps can use in the kitchen is a microwave oven. Not bad at all, but step it up, its a new year, eat more healthy, have the time to treat yourself & loved ones. It's always worth it.

The different classes

There are four major classes of food and somehow water is categorized as a fifth. Trust me, i went to a posh school so i know, water is included..LOL..... for those that went to "Aunty Joke Schools of learning....not to worry, life is about learning..ok?lol ...you heard it here first, water wa ni nu classes of food *winks*.
It's very essential to eat around these major classes: a bit of carbohydrate including Fibre, a bit of fat, protein, vitamins/minerals and water gives you the opportunity to enjoy a greater level of good health and well being. At least having 30 % of  each of these classes daily does the trick.
Don't be so stereotyped eating carbohydrates or any other class of  food all the time, melange! mix it.

Ogi and akara

For instance, you could take your Pap (ogi) with akara (bean cake), moinmoin (bean pudding), bean porridge, stir fry pepper sauce with vegetable leaves (Efo riro), fried fish chili stew and still get bits of all these classes of food. Rather than eating bread in the morning, rice in the afternoon, and pasta at night. Draw up an eating time table or a menu for the week,maintain the daily % of the classes of food, spread out the classes of food for each day,  make sure you have at least carbohydrates, fats,proteins and water as major meals, then vitamins/minerals and fibre as supplements or eat between meals. 

Moinmoin

A good food class mixture to consider for breakfast is porridge oats with milk, honey or golden syrup (to replace sugar) and bits of dried mixed fruits ( like raisins/sultans,apricots) or fresh cut fruits (like grapes, apples and strawberries).  A cup of tea wont be a bad  idea to keep you revived and revitalized. You could also try a full English breakfast, (which is the basic egg, bacon, mushroom,black pudding, sausage, ash brown, toast etc). 

Breakfast

This meal is quite naughty because of its calories, in order not to exceed your daily requirements which is 30%, you could make an effort to be good. You could leave the egg, bacon and sausage out, and simply have baked beans on toast, with mushrooms on the side and a couple of ash browns... then a regular cappuccino. Ca c'est bon, a bit of everything and nothing too much, its still well balanced. 

For lunch, mashed potatoes, accompanied with a steak & kidney pie, with vegetables (peas or carrots) and gravy, would do just fine. You could have an apple or any fruit afterwards or a sweet pudding and everything goes down well with a glass of mineral water. 

Fruits you could eat in between or after meals

For dinner, you could have grilled fish with stir fry noodles. If you wanna indulge yourself, a cup of  warm chocolate would do just fine or a glass of orange juice with or without juicy bits (freshly squeezed from your kitchen....) seriously!..you're the bum that night, with a sound sleep that would take you through the night and a fresh start to the morning. The next day could kickoff with a large glass of water and just before you start your responsibilities for the day, a quick sandwich or toast is not a bad idea.


Fruits and Vegetables

Its very easy to go on and on about the different food mixtures, just ensure you eat varieties and you leave out some days in the week, where you wont repeat a particular meal thrice. 
Even with your fav meals, be creative with them, eat them along side other compliments, all inclusive in one meal, transform it to produce something else. It could be Yam you love, there's fried yam, boiled yam, roast yam, grilled yam, mash yam ASARO, grated yam IKOKORE, you can yam your recipe anyhow complimenting it with all sorts of varieties like fish,eggs,vegetable leaves,prawns,assorted meat,snails etc. You could use palm oil,vegetable or sunflower oil, crayfish anything you can think off and still eat a very well balanced diet.

Asaro

Try  not to be one way traffic, eat different things and not bread or rice from morning till night. Don't be afraid to try new recipes. Some peeps say they don't like some meals, yet they haven't tasted it, so how do you know? if you don't like the chef then make it yourself, you never know how totally different your taste buds would respond and how healthy you would be eating.If there's no time, buy varieties, just ensure you eat at least 3 combined classes of food in a meal and you are as sure as ever eating healthy. Cooperate with your body. 

Please stick around, there's  more to come.....

 Much love Candee's!!!