So, the general consensus is – I eat out and order takeaways far too much. After a long day at work there’s nothing worse than having to slave away in the kitchen, sometimes it’s so much easier to just order something over the phone or online. However, I need to cut back and start saving money somewhere. Therefore, I am on a mission to find easy, affordable, yet delicious recipes to cook at home.
Over the bank holiday weekend, I REALLY fancied a Chinese takeaway but decided to drag my arse to the supermarket to buy ingredients to make something at home. I decided to go for something basic – chicken chow mein and chilli tiger prawns as my side. It was surprisingly delicious and better than some takeaways that I’ve had in the past.
Before cooking the chicken chow mein and chilli tiger prawns, I prepared all the ingredients before hand as it keeps me more organised in the kitchen!
Chicken Chow Mein Ingredients
• A packet of medium egg noodles
• Sesame oil & Sunflower oil
• Skinless chicken thighs, cut into strips
• 1 tsp five-spice powder
• 1 tsp chilli sauce
• 1 tbsp cornflour
• 1 chopped up spring onion
• Mixed stir fry vegetables
• French Beans
• freshly ground black pepper
Chilli Tiger Prawns Ingredients
• 2 tbsp vegetable oil
• 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
• 1 red chilli, finely chopped
• 4 raw tiger prawns, shelled and de-veined
• 1 tbsp of dry sherry
• 1 lime, juice only
• French beans
• Pinch sea salt
• 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
As you can see with the ingredients, I took a short cut with buying pre-packaged veg & ingredients – saves me a bit of time!
Method for Chicken Chow Mein
1. Cook the noodles according to the packet instructions then rinse under cold water and add a dash of sesame oil to stop the noodles sticking together.
2. Put the chicken strips into a bowl and season with the five-spice powder, dark soy sauce and chilli sauce. Mix well, then dust with cornflour to seal in the marinade.
3. Heat a wok and add the sunflower oil, then add the chicken and stir fry for 3-4 minutes, or until the chicken is golden-brown and cooked through.
4. Add the rest of your vegetables, cook for 2 minutes, add in the noodles and season with a dash of sesame oil, ground black pepper and soy sauce.
5. Chicken chow mein is ready to eat!
After cooking the chicken chow mein, I went on to cooking the chilli tiger prawns.
Chilli Tiger Prawns Method
1. Heat a wok and add the sunflower oil, then add the chilli and garlic and stir fry for a few seconds. Add the prawns, lime juice and dry sherry and stir fry for 2-3 minutes, or until the prawns start to turn pink.
2. Add the French beans and stir fry for another 2-3 minutes, or until the prawns are cooked through. Add the salt and chilli flakes to taste.
3. Chilli tiger prawns are ready to be served!
I also had some ready-to-cook-in-the-oven vegetable spring rolls with the meal. Cheating? Yes, but I will make my own one day.
Tip – Don’t rub your eye after chopping up the chilli, it hurts.
Like most other girls, I’m fond of my nail polish and enjoy playing around with different colours. Last week I was browsing in Superdrug and something caught my eye, the ‘Gosh cracked nail laquer’.
In my previous jobs, nail polish (unless clear) was not allowed, but now I’m working somewhere more relaxed and can go wild (sort of)! I’ve always wanted to try cracking nail polish so decided to go for it.
At first, I wasn’t sure about the look, but after playing around with different colours, I really liked it.
Using Models Own ‘Top Turquoise’ and their 3-in-1 basecoat on top of the cracked nail laquer, here are the results –
After experimenting, I’ve found that layering a thickish coat of the cracked nail laquer turns out better. The thinner the coat, the smaller and smudgier the cracks turn out.
I’ve never used a different cracking nail polish brand so not sure how Gosh’s cracked nail laquer compares, but it dries superfast which makes it hard for me to reapply it again if the layer is too thin.
Using a bright nail colours underneath the cracking polish worked better for me, as I tried it out over dark blues and purples but it just looked like I had dirty nails.
What do you think?
Those of you that follow me on Twitter or are friends with me on Foursquare, know that I enjoy my Portuguese PERi-PERi chicken restaurant, also known as Nandos! I love eating there almost on a weekly basis, as the delicious flame grilled PERi-PERi covered chicken, alongside chips dipped in coleslaw always sorts me out when I’m feeling hungry.
If you are after something wholesome, quick and relatively healthy, Nando’s is a great place to eat.The staff in every restaurant that I’ve been to have been so happy and welcoming. The atmosphere at Nando’s is relaxed and buzzing at the same time.
I don’t even need to look at the menu when I’m at the restaurant, my choice of meal is half a succulent chicken (medium PERi-PERi), chips, coleslaw (£9.65) with a refillable soft drink (£2.25) and if I’m feeling extra greedy, I will also go for a side of halloumi cheese (£1.00) and garlic bread (£2.10) to share. The big juicy spicy mixed olives (£3.15) are also great to share and nice to munch on as an appetiser as well.
Another great thing about Nando’s is their loyalty card – On your 3rd visit you get a free ¼ chicken, on your 6th visit you get a free ½ chicken and on your 10th visit you get a free whole chicken. I have a couple of these cards on the go!
It may be just another fast food chain to everyone else, but it’s always my first choice compared to other joints like McDonalds, KFC and Burger King because ultimately, the chicken tastes good!
Need to stop writing– I’m currently dribbling over my keyboard right now. Do you have a passion for PERi-PERi chicken?
Video – Example and Ed Sheeran singing about Nandos
I may be very late when it comes to the world of blogging, but I’ve finally made it! Welcome to my new blog, Munch and Makeup, which aims to be a space where I can share my main interests, food, makeup and maybe a little bit of travelling!
My name is Angelina, I’m in my 20s and am currently living at my mum’s house with my boyfriend of 5 years (with the intention of saving up money to move out). I currently have a full time job working in online marketing and also a part time job working in a wine shop to earn some extra pocket money. When I’m not working, you’ll find me catching up with friends, at the cinema, shopping, eating, at zumba class, glued to the TV or hopefully blogging. You can read more about me on my ‘about me’ page.
The reason why I chose the blog name Munch and Makeup, is because I didn’t want people who are interested in food to stumble across a post about makeup and feel conned and vice versa.
Until next time……