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Not-so-spicy Spicy Chicken Thighs

I was trying to make some spicy roasted chicken. But they turned out not so spicy. So I came up with that funny name. 🙂

1. Place chicken thighs in a big bowl. I only used two since it’s only for me and my husband.

2. Then I added 2 tablespoon chili powder, 1 tablespoon five spice powder, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tablespoon paprika powder, and 1 tsp ginger powder. I thought chicken would be spicy enough. And I marinated them for like 3 hours.

3. Preheat oven to 200 degree C. In the oven for 25 mins. Chicken skin will become very tightened and dry.

4. I was worried chicken would be too spicy for my husband. So I mix 1 tablespoon honey and 1 tablespoon tomato sauce ( my plan was chili sauce) and brush it onto the chicken. Roast for another 5 mins.

And there they are:

Should’ve be spicy but turned out not.

Still my husband loved them. Flavor really goes in and very tasty.


Prepare a Christmas Feast with a King Crab

Yesterday when my husband and I were buying groceries in a supermarket, we noticed there was sale of king crab. Turkey is too big for us to have for Christmas, so a king crab sounds a good idea.

Today when I got up, the first thing I needed to do is to defreeze the king crab we bought. Then I disassembled it into several parts.

For the central body, I took the Shell off. Then picked the meat out. Heat a pan, melt a small piece of butter. Put the meat in. Sauté a bit. Add in 1 tablespoon flour. Quickly stir. Then add in 3-4 tablespoon milk. Stir slowly and evenly to let it reduce to white sauce. Put the crab meat white sauce into the shell. Sprinkle cheese. Put into oven ( 200 degree C, 8-10 mins) or till cheese melts.

Crab legs can be divided into three parts: thigh (fat end), middle parts and thin end parts.

For the fat thigh, I used them to cook spaghetti:

Heat a piece of butter in the pan. When melted, add in crab leg. Stir fry a bit. Then add in chopped garlic. Stir till aromatic. Pour in a little white wine. Simmer a little. Season with salt and black pepper. Add in chopped parsley and cooked spaghetti. Quickly stir evenly.

For the middle crab leg parts, I roast them with garlic butter. Put a small chunk of butter in a bowl. Add in chopped garlic, a little salt and pepper. Blend well. Cut half the shell off ( or even less). Then spread garlic butter onto meat. Put into oven. 180 degree C and 20 mins.

For the thin ends, I cut them into smaller pieces. Marinate with a little cooking wine and corn starch. Heat a little olive oil in the pan. Put the crab leg pieces in. Stir fry for 2-3 mins. Add in chopped ginger and spring onion. Quickly stir fry. Add in a little cooking wine, light soy sauce and oyster sauce. Quickly blend evenly and serve hot.

For the claws, I used them to cook light soup. Put crab claws, corn pieces, Chinese yam, mushroom, ginger shreds and spring onion pieces into a pot. Pour in 1 1/2 bowls of water. Turn to high heat. When water boils, put in salmon slices. Turn to middle heat and cook for 3 mins. Add in 1 tsp sweet cooking wine and salt. Cook for another minute.

And that’s it. Our Christmas feast made by a king crab.

Merry Christmas everyone!

No-failure Oven Roasted Chicken

I tried it several days ago and my husband loved it.

First, prepare marinade. In a sauce pan, add in several ginger and garlic slices. Pour in 50 ml cooking wine and 100 ml light soy sauce. Add in 3 tablespoon sugar and bay leaves. Turn on the stove and heat it till sugar melted. Then turn off the stove and set it aside.

For the chicken, here I used a half chicken. Use a toothpick to poke it several times so that marinade can work better.

Put chicken in a zip bag or a container. Pour the marinade in. Give it a good massage. Then put the lid on and put into fridge for overnight or even longer like one day or two days.

When it’s ready to cook, preheat oven to 190 degree C. Bake for 40 mins.

You can wrap the chicken wing with aluminum foil to prevent it getting burnt. ( I should’ve done that earlier).

Cocoa Brownie

One day, my husband chose a pack of Starbucks cocoa when we bought groceries in a supermarket. He was super excited because he kept thinking about a warm and yummy cup of cocoa. He immediately made himself a cup of hot cocoa when we reached home. Yet….he found it’s not as yummy as he thought. He always does things like that. At first he’s very excited and can’t wait to buy something but finds it’s not as good as he thought. =_=||

My principle is no wasting food in my kitchen. So I decided to make cocoa into brownies. And my husband is happy because he will feel less guilty in buying something he doesn’t like.

Oh. I found the recipe here:

best cocoa brownies


Butter 140g

Sugar 250g ( if you want it to be less sweet, you can reduce the sugar)

Cocoa powder 65g

Salt 1/4 tsp

Vanilla extract 1/2 tsp

Eggs 2

Flour 65g
Preheat oven to 160 degree C.

1. Combine butter, sugar, cocoa powder & salt in a bowl. Place the bowl in simmering water. Stir till smooth.

2. Set aside to cool down.

3. Add in vanilla and beat in eggs. Mix them well.

4. Add in flour and mix till just combined.

5. Pour batter into baking pan.

6. Bake for 20-25 mins. ( because I used my round shaped baking pan and it’s smaller than the size in original recipe. So it took me longer to get done, about 30-35 mins.)

Very moist and yummy. I love it.

Banana Brownie

Original recipe:

Banana Brownies

I followed the recipe. But there was no unsalted butter in my fridge, so I used salted butter and deleted the salt from ingredients.

1/4 cup salted butter

4 oz white chocolate 

2 medium banana ( mashed)

1/2 cup white sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup flour

Preheat oven to 180 degree C.

1. Put butter and white chocolate in a bowl. Then set the bowl in hot water. Melt them and mix them.

2. Add in sugar, banana, egg, egg, vanilla in order. Mix well before adding new ingredient.

3. At last add in flour. Mix till just combined.

Pour into baking pan. Bake for 15-20 mins. Check with toothpick before taking it out. Let it cool down completely and cut into squares.

My husband loved it very very much.

Red Bean Bun

I’m a red bean fan. I love almost everything about red bean. This red bean bun needs red bean paste. I used the one bought from supermarket.


Bread flour 200g

Sugar 18g

Salt 2.5g

Yeast 3g

Butter 15g

Water 100-120g

Red bean paste 300g
1. Mix flour, sugar, salt, and yeast in a bowl.

2. Pour water in and stir with chopsticks at the same time. 

3. Knead all ingredients into a dough.

4. Cut butter in. Keep kneading till butter is fully absorbed.

5. Put dough in the bowl. Wrap with plastic and let it rise till 2 times big.

6. Press the air out and divide dough into 6 small balls.

7. Press each ball flat. Put a red bean ball (50g) in the center. Wrap it up. Then place red bean buns on a baking pan. Into the oven with a big bowl of hot water under it.

8. Let it rise till 1.5 times big.

9. Preheat oven to 190 degree C. Sprinkle black sesame on the bun. Place a pan on the top of them to press them a bit.

In the oven and bake for 18 mins.

A little crispy outside but really soft and sweet inside. I love them.

Baked Chciken Thighs With Cauliflower 

Preheat oven to 200 degree C.

1. Marinate chicken thighs with a little salt and black pepper.

2. Chop cauliflower into small bits. Put them in a bowl. Add in 2 tsp olive oil, a little salt and chopped garlic. Mix well.

3. In baking pan, spread cauliflower. Then place chicken thighs over. Brush a little olive oil on the chicken skin.

Bake for 35-40 mins. Or till chicken skin becomes golden brown.

Serve hot with rice.

Butter & Honey Roasted Pork Belly

Preheat oven to 180 degree C.

Melt a small pieces ( around 10 g) butter in the pan by medium heat. Then add in 2 tsp honey. Mix them well.

Place a strip of pork belly in the pan. Fry two sides till golden brown.

Turn off the stove. Pour butter & honey into baking pan. Then put pork belly into baking pan too. Sprinkle some salt over pork belly’s skin.

Put baking pan into oven. Roast for around 40 mins.

Cut into small chunks and serve.

Even the skin part tastes very chewy. Meat is very tender.

Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

Preheat oven to 170 degree C.

1. Clean cherry tomatoes and cut them into halve.

2. Sprinkle salt, black pepper, olive oil, minced garlic and rosemary over tomatoes. And mix them well.

3. Place tomatoes in baking pan and then put into oven. Bake for around 30 mins.

If you want them to be drier, you can prolong the baking time.

Roasted tomatoes can be used in spaghetti or other dishes.

Roasted Half Chicken

I found this recipe on Weibo.


Soy sauce 30g

Oyster sauce 20g

Tomato sauce 18g

Sugar 18g

Cooking wine 18g

Minced garlic 10g

1. Mix all the ingredients above in a bowl.

2. Put half chicken in a plastic bag. Then pour the sauce into the bag.

3. Gently massage the chicken to let it be coated with sauce. ( I poked the chicken several times with a toothpick before this step.)

4. Let the chicken stay in sauce bag for hours. Or you can put it in the fridge for overnight.

5. Preheat oven to 180 degree C. Wipe the chicken with kitchen towel. Original recipe said to brush butter onto chicken, but I used olive oil instead. And also sprinkle some black pepper.

6. Put chicken on grilled and roast for 40 mins. If you want the color to be darker. You can turn to 220 degree at the last 5-10 mins.