Recipe from just one cookbook
12 chicken mid joints (or other chicken parts; for drumsticks, marinade overnight for more flavour)
freshly ground black pepper
4 tbsp (1/4 cup) honey
4 tbsp (1/4 cup) soy sauce
2 tbsp sake
1. Rinse the mid joints under cold water and pat dry.
2. Combine the seasonings in a ziploc bag.
Tip: Keep the measuring cup upside down to get the last drop of honey while you do the next step.
3. Prick the mid joints all over with a fork and season with salt and pepper.
4. Add the mid joints in the ziploc bag and squeeze the air out, zip up the bag. Coat the mid joints with marinade all around by rubbing them. Marinate for at least 30 to 60 minutes and of course you can marinate overnight.
5. Preheat oven to 220 degrees C. Place the mid joints in a baking pan. Make sure the mid joints are not overlapping each other and the skin side is up. Pour the marinade liquid over the top. Bake for 20-30 minutes.
6. Baste the mid joints a couple of times during the baking. If the mid joints are done and the top is not browned, you can change the oven setting to broil until the top is nicely browned. If the top is browning too fast while baking, cover with a sheet of aluminium foil to stop the chicken from burring. Serve immediately
Recipe adapted from Just One Cookbook
3 chicken thigh with/without skin
For seasoning A
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp sake
1 tsp salt
For seasoning B
1/4 cup soy sauce
4 1/2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp mirin
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp sake
1. Discard both ends of the cucumbers and peel the skin, leaving some part unpeeled for the look.
2. Cut the cucumbers in “rangiri style”, making long, thin diagonal cuts while rotating one-quarter between every cut.
3. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces.
4. Place the chicken in a frying pan skin side down and add Seasoning A.
5. Cover and start cooking over medium heat. Simmer for 2 minutes, then turn the chicken over and continue simmering covered for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat.
6. Continue cooking with the remaining heat and make sure the chicken is cooked through.
7. Combine Seasoning B in a large air tight container.
8. Remove the warm chicken from the pan and add in the container.
9. Add the cucumber and mix well. Let marinate for at least 10 minutes. You can keep it in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Serve cool or at room temperature.
Recipe from 8 days
4 tbsp soy sauce
4 tbsp mirin
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp sake
2 chicken thigh fillets
1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup cooked white rice
1. Place soy sauce, miring, sugar and sake in a bowl. Mix and marinade for at least 20 minutes or overnight.
2. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
3. Line a baking tray with foil.
4. Remove chicken thigh fillets and brush with oil. Pour the marinade over the chicken.
5. Place fillets on the foil-lined tray and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Tip: to determine if the chicken is cooked, prick it with a fork. The juice should run clear.
6. Serve on top of steamed white rice.
Recipe from Just One Cookbook
1 bundle soba
1 green onion and more for garnish
1/8 cup chopped cilantro and more for garnish
1 tbsp. sesame seeds and more for garnish
1/2 tbsp. oil (olive oil)
1 1/2 tbsp. sesame oil
1/4 tsp. crushed red peppers
1 1/2 tbsp. honey
1 1/2 tbsp. soy sauce
- For the dressing, combine oil, sesame oil and crushed red peppers in a small bowl and microwave for 3 minutes. Set aside to let it cool a bit.
- Place honey and so sauce in a medium bowl and mix. Add the oil mixture in the bowl and whisk all together until honey is completely dissolved.
- For soba noodles, bring water to a boil and cook the soba noodles according to the package instruction but keep it al dente (you do not need to salt the water for cooking soba). Drain the soba and water into a colander and rinse under the cold running water. Drain well and place it in a large bowl.
- Add the dressing, green onion, cilantro and sesame seeds into the soba and toss everything together. Serve on a bowl or plate and sprinkle extra green onion, cilantro and sesame seeds for garnish.
Recipe for roasted pumpkin with chia seeds adapted from Chia Holiday Recipe by Chef Kate Mcaloon
1/4 medium pumpkin or squash
1 tbsp chia seeds
1. Line an oven tray with baking paper. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
2. Cut 1/4 medium pumpkin/squash into 1/2 inch, half moon shape pieces.
3. Brush with olive oil, place on tray and generously sprinkle with chia seeds.
4. Roast for 30 minutes or until tender. Remove and serve drizzled with honey (optional).