Feeding the Fam

Figuring out what food to make when you’re hosting guests can be quite cumbersome. I spent most of Thursday trying to plan a menu for the get-together, my brother, Ray planned with the rest of our secondary school family.

I had to decide if I wanted to prepare a full 3-course meal, or appetizers, or desserts. Eventually, I decided to stick with proteins, and dessert.

On Saturday morning, after a late night out, I made peppered beef, oven-baked honey chili chicken, and oven-roasted (sole) fish.


Menu 


Peppered Beef

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 Kilogram of beef, cut into bite-sized cubes
  • Onions- 1 medium bulb
  • 5 large tomatoes, blended
  • Blended habanero peppers
  • Cooking oil- 1/2 cup
  • 1/2 of a medium sized green pepper
  • Spices
    • Adobo all purpose seasoning- 4 teaspoons
    • Knorr bullion cubes- 2 cubes
    • Salt- to taste
    • Thyme- 1 teaspoonful

Process:

In a pot, pour 1/4 cup of water, add the beef, 1/2 of the onion bulb, adobo (2 teaspoons), Knorr (2 cubes), thyme (1 teaspoon) and bring to a boil.

In the mean time, start frying the tomatoes and blended peppers with 2 tablespoons of oil in another pot/ saucepan.

Pour the rest of the cooking oil into a frying pan to heat up.

Once fully cooked transfer the beef (and onions) to the hot oil and fry until dark brown.

As the tomatoes dry up, add the rest of the spices and continue frying.

Optional Step: Remove the beef from the oils and keep on a plate covered with paper towels to remove excess oil. This is only necessary if the tomatoes aren’t fully cooked by the time the meat is brown.

Once excess water from the tomatoes have evaporated, and it’s like a paste, go ahead and add the meat. Stir.

Cut the green peppers in your desired shape, I prefer cubes. Add it to the mix and stir. Adjust spices. Allow to cook for 10 minutes on low heat.

Serve.

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Oven-baked Honey Chili Chicken

What You’ll Need:

  • One whole Chicken, washed and cleaned
  • Honey- 2 cooking spoons
  • Blended habanero peppers- 1/4 cup
  • Aluminum foil
  • Spices
    • Adobo all purpose seasoning- 4 teaspoons
    • Knorr bullion cubes- 2 cubes
    • Salt- to taste
    • Thyme- 1 teaspoon

Process:

Cut out enough foil to cover the entire chicken. Place it on a tray or counter top. Spray the foil with cooking spray or rub oil/ butter.

Place the chicken on the foil.

Mix the spices, pepper, and honey in a bowl.

Using a cooking bush (or your hands), rub the mixture all over the chicken, even in the cut open abdomen.

Grab all four corners of the foil and twist. Be careful that that the legs don’t tear through the foil. Of they do, just cut a small piece of foil and cover it up.

Place in the oven at 375 degrees for about 35 minutes.

Poke the chicken with a fork to make sure it if fully cooked.

Once it is, open up the foil wrap and braise for 5 minutes to give the chicken a golden brown color.

Serve.

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Oven-roasted (sole) fish.

What You’ll Need:

  • Sole fish (2 people can share one large fish)- I used 3 large
  • Onions- 1 medium bulb
  • 5 large tomatoes, blended
  • Habanero peppers, blended
  • Cooking oil- 1/2 cup
  • Irish potatoes (optional)
  • Spices
    • Adobo all purpose seasoning- 4 teaspoons
    • Knorr bullion cubes- 2 cubes
    • Salt- to taste
    • Thyme- 1 teaspoon

Process:

Similar to the tomatoes used for the peppered beef, fry the tomatoes and blended peppers with 2 tablespoons of oil in a pot/ saucepan.

As the tomatoes dry up, add the rest of the spices and continue frying.

Once excess water from the tomatoes have evaporated, and it’s like a paste, adjust spices for taste, and turn off the heat.

Cut out enough foil to cover the entire fish. Place it on a tray or counter top. Spray the foil with cooking spray or rub oil/ butter.

Place the fish on the foil.

Rub the bouillon cubes all over the fish and wrap with foil.

After about 7 minutes, remove the fish from the oven.

Using a tablespoon or a cooking spoon, pour the tomato mixture on both sides of the fish.

Rewrap and place back in the oven.

Place in the oven at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes.

Poke the fish with a fork to make sure it if fully cooked.

Optional Step

Peel and cut Irish potatoes into finger-like shapes.

Wash, strain, and add salt.

Heat up cooking oil.

Add in the potatoes and fry until golden brown.

Serve.

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Needless to say, my friends enjoyed everything… they only left the bones.

 

 

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