Things have been a little unhinged around here. We have dinner parties coming up this weekend and menu planning has been a pain in the arse. Thank god for Redmart otherwise I would be going to Fairprice every other day to restock on groceries. Saturday we have the husband’s friends over for dinner, and Sunday we will have friends from my previous workplace over for… what do you call a meal eaten between lunch and dinner at 3pm? Lunchner? 😏
Last week we attended a bachelor and bachelorette’s night for close friends of ours and it was really fun. The “sisters” and “brothers” had a cook-off at Cookyn, Inc.! I will share more about the night out in a separate blog post. It was a fruitful evening – we picked up neat knife skills and new recipes, which I will bravely attempt to recreate this weekend. And because sharing is caring, here is a recipe that I plan to use this weekend!
Juicy Wet Thighs in Sexy Raspberry Dressing (Hen’s Night Style)
This is a vietnamese dish, so naturally it will be a tad spicy. I tweaked it a little to my preference. Leave out the chilli if you don’t do spicy – it should taste just as nice!
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Portion: Serves 4
You will need:
8 pieces of bone-in skin-on fresh chicken thigh
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp minced ginger
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 clove of garlic
2 stalks of red chilli
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp fish sauce
3 tbsp raspberry vinaigrette
- Preheat oven to 220°C.
- Mix all the marinate ingredients in one bowl, add chicken thighs in and set aside in the fridge for 2 hours.
- Blend all dipping sauce ingredients in one bowl, set aside. You can use a hand-held blender for this, or if you have ninja knife skills feel free to manually chop everything by hand.
- Remove marinated thighs from fridge and bake in oven for 15 minutes or until cooked-through.
- After the chicken is cooked, do not throw away the juicy chicken grease in the baking tray! Add juicy chicken grease to dipping sauce and mix well.
- You have the option to serve chicken with dipping sauce separate, or simply drizzle dipping sauce on the chicken thighs. Serve and enjoy!
The cure for anything is water – sweat, tears, or the sea.
I first read this quote many years back at a period in time where it felt like I have lost everything important to me, and its meaning resonated with me deeply. Until today, this advice stands true.
When I feel lost and blue, sitting on the beach helps me put things in perspective. I could sit for hours. It’s not a happy place. It is where I can go to be sad by myself for a while, and then the waves and breeze will lift me like a kite. Then I soar. And I simply accept wherever the winds may take me.
Isn’t she a beauty? Our friend borrowed Papi for the week as a prop in their wedding photoshoot. This was taken at One Marina, picture courtesy of their photographer.
I got Papi last year as a birthday gift from my husband. Unfortunately I’m not very adept at cycling, so I rode on her for a meagre 3 times. Pretty basket, eye-catching cream colored wheels, lovely leather seat (frequently conditioned with leather lotion). We also invested in a really good Yepp child seat in a funky lime green color!
There. Taken during my first or second ride on Papi. Pictorial proof that I am a terrible cyclist… 10 minutes into my ride and hello new injury. Up till today, the scar on my leg serves as a reminder of my love-hate relationship with Papi. Not that it’s Papi’s fault though! It’s not you, it’s me. 😂
So now that we have moved to a cosier (smaller) home, we have decided to sell and rehome Papi. If you are interested do drop us an email!
This is my mother. She is holding my 2.5 months old daughter, Amelie. I captured this photo when my mom was with my baby girl at our balcony, cajoling her to look at the passing vehicles on the road. It warms the cockles of my heart to revisit this beautiful moment. Amelie, you must know that you are so very blessed to have Grandmama present from your birth and she watches you grow everyday. Your first smile, every coo and fart.
This is my mother. And I love her so.