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Day #33 – Coca Cola Chicken (& Coca Cola Chocolate Cake)

I am not a big drinker, I’m not a smoker and I don’t tend to gamble aside from the occasional Lotto ticket. My vice? Soft drink. I know, I know, it’s not great for me. I don’t let the kids drink it and I tend to stick to the diet varieties. And so, Coca Cola chicken was pretty appealing to me. I have, in the past, made a wicked awesome Coca Cola chocolate cake (I have included that recipe also because mentioning it and not giving you the recipe? That’s just plain mean!) and I love it.

Princess thought it was hilarious that we added Coke to the cooking. She laughed as she poured it in, and couldn’t wait to tell her Daddy what the funny ingredient was that we added! So, here you have, Coca Cola Chicken. When scouring the internet for recipes, there were basically two ways of cooking this – one was a slow, 2-hour cook in the oven, and the other was a 30 minute stove-top version. I opted for the longer, oven-cooked one because having three pre-schoolers generally makes standing over a hot stove quite a challenge, you could say.

Coca Cola Chicken

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Chicken (I used chicken drumsticks, skin on)

about 500ml Coca Cola (all the recipes online indicate that Coke Zero, Diet Coke or cheaper brand alternatives don’t work in this recipe because of the sugar content)

1 C Brown Sugar

2 T Soy Sauce

Salt and Pepper

2 Onions, chopped

Garlic

In a deep casserole dish, combine all of the ingredients and then put the chicken on top of the sauce. Bake in the oven for 2 hours at 180C. Really, that easy. You can thicken the sauce at the end with cornflour if you want, but I chose not to. I served it over couscous and frozen mixed veges.

Verdict

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Before Princess got the chance to tell Mr T what was in it, he was exclaiming how amazingly delicious the chicken was! He was quite amused to hear that it was Coca Cola, and he devoured his plate. This was a very sweet dish, I think if I were to cook it again I would reduce the amount of brown sugar. Also, when I started cooking this the house was overpowered with the smell of onion and I was worried that it would overpower the taste but it didn’t – if anything, you need the onion to balance out the sweetness. This was such an easy, awesome dinner to cook, will definitely be doing it again.

And, as promised, Coca Cola Chocolate Cake

Coca Cola Chocolate Cake

1 3/4 C Flour

2 C Brown Sugar

3/4 C Cocoa

2 t Baking Soda

1 t Baking Powder

2 Eggs

1/2 C Oil

1 C Coca Cola (again, must be the real stuff, not diet or zero)

1 C Trim Milk

1 t Vanilla Esscense

Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl. Add the wet ingredients and beat in a mixer until combined. Use a silicon cake dish for this cake, or line your springform cake pan very well as this mixture is VERY wet and runny!

Bake at 180C until cooked through, often 45 minutes or slightly more.

This cake is brilliant for making the famous “M&M” cake. Or just for a nice, fudgey cake without the cost of butter and chocolate.

These are some that I’ve made in the past – this is making me want to make the cake again! Mmmmmm on nom nom nom …

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Day #30 – Rotisserie Chicken and Broccoli Pasta – and then, Stock

Mr T really wanted rotisserie chicken and coleslaw from the supermarket for his dinner tonight. Like, he really wanted it. I did consider for a fleeting moment buying the chicken and then passing it off as my very own roast, but no. That would go against everything this blog stands for! I can’t lie, I have the worst poker face around. Besides, since I began this daily food blog, one of the big things I wanted to try was using a chicken carcass to make chicken stock. My amazing friend (from whom this blog is largely inspired) does this, as do many other people, so I thought getting a chicken from the supermarket was a good excuse to finally try it. The idea of dealing with a chicken carcass made me feel a bit ill, but I’m going to put my big girl knickers on and do it anyway.

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When I say Mr T wanted chicken and coleslaw for dinner, he quite literally meant, just chicken and coleslaw. He has a cold, you see, and that is what he felt like eating. I got some broccoli from the supermarket for cheap today and wanted to incorporate that into the meal somehow. Also, I didn’t want a meal of chicken and coleslaw, so I decided to make a Chicken and Broccoli Pasta for myself. And then, attempt to make chicken stock.

Chicken and Bacon Pasta

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Chicken

Broccoli

Garlic

Chilli

Pasta (I used penne)

Oil

Crushed almonds

Put the pasta on to cook, by placing it into a pot of boiling water. In a saucepan, cook the garlic and chilli for a minute, then add the broccoli florets and sear on a high heat until cooked but still crunchy. When the pasta is cooked, drain the water and then toss through a little bit of oil. Mix in the broccoli, garlic and chilli. Serve with almonds scattered on top.

Verdict

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I thought this was really nice! So simple and really quite delicious. I can’t ask the opinion of anyone else because no one else wanted any! Such is life. They all loved their chicken but I can’t take any credit for that one!

And, because I’m so proud of my effort, the stock is happily chugging away in the slow cooker. I can’t wait to see what it is like tomorrow, and I’m excited to cook with the stock tomorrow night – Mr T is working but my Aunty is coming to stay. I hope she likes risotto!

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Day #21 – Chicken, Bacon and Egg Salad

Today I did the 5km “Color Run” with Princess. For those who don’t know, it’s “the happiest 5km of your life” – a fun run where they throw paint at you at certain intervals. It’s crazy, ridiculous, awesome fun. We got very painted. And, Princess walked, jogged and skipped the whole way as well which is quite a feat for a 4 year old girl.

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And so, I felt like a relatively healthy dinner tonight. I went to the supermarket with BoyChild this afternoon and found some Chilli and Lime cashews for only $1.20 a bag (bargain!) and thought they would be a really nice topping on a salad. And so Princess and I made Bacon, Chicken and Egg Salad with Crispy Noods and Chilli and Lime Cashews.

Chicken, Bacon and Egg Salad

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Chicken (I used chicken tenderloins)

Bacon

Eggs

Salad ingredients (we used lettuce, carrot, sprouts and cabbage)

Mayonnaise

Red Wine Vinegar

Sugar

Crispy Noods

Chilli and Lime Cashews

Cook the chicken in a pan with some oil and a little bit of dried rosemary. When cooked through, set aside. Chop up the bacon and cook that as well. While this is going on, hard boil some eggs. Put together the salad ingredients and mix in the dressing – for the dressing, mix the Mayo, vinegar and sugar together as per your tastes. Assemble the salad onto the plate and then top with chicken and bacon. Peel the hard boiled eggs and cut into quarters, add these onto the salad. Top with noodles and cashews.

Verdict

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Absolute win. The kids had a variation of this, but their components were placed on their plate separately rather than in a pile (kids are funny about food touching). Mr T was quite excited when his plate was put in front of him, he described it as being “delicious and sensational”. It really was a very filling and delicious meal. Well done, me.

And now, I rest. I walked 5km today, I’ve earned that chocolate bar that I’ve hidden away from everybody. Now to get the kids to bed so I can enjoy it in peace! Ah, such is the life of a mum 🙂

 

 

 

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Day #8 – Sunshine Breakfast for Dinner ☼

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Princess has her very own cookbook. It is a Barbie cookbook that we received second hand a few years ago. It is an older book and contains very basic recipes for all kinds of foods. Last week I came into the living room to discover Princess had emptied my entire recipe book collection all over the floor (I say “recipe book” but, truth be told, the majority of them are cake/cupcake decorating books). I asked her to please put them all away and she did, all except the Barbie one. She said to me, “Mum, this is my cookbook. I will keep this one”. Fair enough, I said.

Today she bought the book over to me and asked if we could please make dinner from one of the recipes in the book. Based on what we had in the house, we decided to make Sunshine Breakfast for dinner. For the kids, that is – Mr T and I had Chicken Wraps.

Sunshine Breakfast

3 slices of bread

1 egg

Cut one slice of bread into a circle and cut out the centre (so you have an O shape). Put some butter into a frying pan and lightly brown the bread O on one side. Flip over and while it is browning on the other side, crack an egg into the centre. When the egg is cooked “sunny side up” (get it? GET IT?) remove from the pan. Place in the centre of the plate and toast the remaining pieces of bread (I did them in the toaster even though Barbie does them in the pan). Slice them into “rays” and voila, your sunshine is complete. It you leave the yolk a little runny, the kids can dip the toast rays into the sun. Yum, I’m told. And easy as well – Princess made the majority of this herself. I hovered very close when she flipped it in the pan and I cracked the egg in, but she essentially did the rest!

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Chicken Wraps

Chicken breast, diced

Rosemary

Tortillas

Salad items (I used spinach and dressing, grated carrot and grated cheese)

Sweet Chilli Sauce

Cook the chicken through and then add some rosemary to the pan. Once this is cooked, set aside and prepare the other ingredients. Microwave the tortillas for approximately 30 secs to warm them through. Serve in separate dishes, half of the fun in this meal is making your own wraps how you like them. Even the kids get in on this one, they love it.

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Verdict

Another easy one. Win. Princess wolfed down her Sunshine plate as well as a fully-packed wrap, and BabyGirl and BoyChild both enjoyed the components of the wraps.

Tomorrow night, schnitzel? Lamb stirfry? I kinda feel like rice … but, for right now, it’s kids-are-asleep-so-i’m-going-to-eat-marshmallows time 😀