We, Team J, are a frugal bunch. Whenever we go grocery shopping, we often gravitate towards purchasing whichever meat is on sale and then plan our meals around it accordingly. We often find whole chicken to go on sale quite frequently and we like them because they’re extremely versatile. We can debone it and use the other chicken parts for separate dishes. We could then use the chicken carcass to make chicken stock. Over time, we’ve frozen a lot of chicken bones and once we have enough, we make stock and save it for other dishes as well – it never ends!
This chicken stock was used to make Chicken Noodle Soup and Cream of Cauliflower Soup with Bacon (a winning combination!). I found it to be very flavourful and I think the key to that was letting the stock boil without the lid on to really help the flavours concentrate as the excess water boiled off.
This recipe was adapted from Gordon Ramsay’s chicken stock recipe. For instructions on how to make it, see below:
Super delicious chicken stock recipe
1 chicken carcass + any excess chicken wing and thigh bones you have lying around
1 medium onion, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
6 cloves of garlic, peeled and lightly crushed
2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme
A handful of parsley, chopped
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp fresh peppercorns, lightly crushed
Kosher salt - season to taste. I used 1-2 tbsp (approx)
Put all the ingredients into a stock pot or a 5 1/2 quart dutch oven. Fill the pot with water just enough to cover the chicken carcass and ingredients.
Bring to a boil for a few minutes with the lid off, skimming off the foam regularly.
Bring the stock down to a gentle simmer and cook for 1 1/2 hour with the lid off. If the water level is getting too low, add a little bit more water.
Strain the stock. Taste and adjust for seasoning
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You can keep the stock in the fridge if you plan on using it within a week or two. Otherwise, you can easily freeze this and use it later.
If there’s one thing we missed about living at home, it’s the soup that our parents used to make us. We generally prefer drinking Chinese soup opposed to western soup as it tends to be more light. I don’t think you’ll ever see heavy cream being used in a Chinese soup recipe lol. Surprisingly enough, Chinese soup is pretty easy to make but getting the right ingredients can be tricky.
Before I moved out, I asked my dad to give me his Chinese wintermelon soup recipe. It’s quite common for Chinese people to not follow a recipe and just wing it so he did his best to give me his guestimations when it came to how much of each ingredient to put in. We made this several times now and let’s just say the Chinese dried mushrooms made a huge difference in terms of adding flavour!
It’s best to let this soup sit overnight to help the flavours really develop. You can still drink this right away and it’ll taste good but it’ll taste even better tomorrow so try to make this a day in advance 🙂
Here’s how we made the soup:
First, gather your ingredients. As you can see, there aren’t that many.
There are a few key things to note:
- Presoak your dried Chinese shiitake mushrooms and dried dates (found in your local chinese supermarket – likely dried soup mix section) in warm water for at least an hour
- Do NOT throw away the water which it was soaking in. These ingredients released a lot of flavour so do not waste them. Save them for the soup later.
- Try to have a mixture of pork and chicken bones to make the stock. This will enhance the flavour of the soup
Once you have all those items ready, it’s time to parbroil your chicken and pork bones to get rid of all the impurities. Do this for 5 minutes and then rinse it under cold water. Make sure to give them a good rub to really get rid of all the dirty.
After parbroiling the bones, put it back into a large stock pot along with the rest of the ingredients (and the water which the mushrooms and dates were soaking in!) and fill the pot up until all the ingredients are covered. Bring it up to a boil and once boiling, turn it down to a gentle simmer for at least 1 hour.
I love vietnamese spring rolls – they’re super easy to make, highly customizable, and healthy as well! This is usually my go to dish whenever I’m low on time and just want to quickly throw something together that I know will keep me full throughout the day.
I have a tendency to overfill my spring rolls to the point where my spring roll looks like a mini burrito -_- so I had to really train myself to portion out my filling just enough so that the spring roll looks presentable.
Assembling it can be a little tricky because the rice paper gets a bit sticky once it starts drying out. It’s also extremely delicate so there were a few times my sharp carrots actually pierced through the rice paper skin as I was wrapping it, creating rips 🙁
The bf had his usual craving for Japanese food this past weekend and in order to cook up a dish that minimizes the need for us to leave the house to purchase the necessary ingredients, we decided to make Karaage, commonly known as Japanese fried chicken.
The first time I had good Karaage was in Tokyo, Japan and it was kinda by accident as well. We were supposed to go to the Tsukiji fish market right when it opened to get good sushi for breakfast but unfortunately due to Golden Week, the market was closed. Hungry, tired, and extremely disappointed, we stumbled across this 24 hour noodle restaurant where I ordered Udon with Karaage.
Though we were nowhere close to replicating the same taste and texture that we experienced while we were in Japan, I say we made a pretty good effort!
First, we cut the 4 boneless chicken thighs (with skin) into small pieces and marinated it for an hour in the fridge. We would’ve marinated it a bit longer (overnight preferably) but since this dish was a last minute decision and I was getting pretty hungry, we settled for only an hour.
We love Jacob’s Steakhouse table side Caesar’s Salad that they make from scratch. Not only can the entire process be considered a great performance as you watch them aerate the extra virgin olive oil by pouring it really high from the bowl, but it is quite the unique experience to see them make the food in front of you so that you know what you’re eating is made fresh.
We’d love to eat it all the time but going to Jacob’s Steakhouse every time for it gets really expen$ive so we wanted to see if we could possibly recreate it at home for ourselves. Luckily (depends on how you look at it), we found a youtube tutorial by one of their staff members on how they make their infamous table side Caesar’s salad dressing. I say “depending on how you look at it” because of course no famous restaurant will give away all their trade secrets. No proportions were given in this video in terms of how much of each ingredient you should add. We had to go through a bunch of trial and error to get it down and though it’s not an exact replica, we’d like to say it’s pretty close!
Here’s what we did:
Although it’s officially spring, it’s still pretty cold out. Due to the fluctuating weather, I caught a cold last week which resulted in me constantly blowing my nose and not being able to breathe properly due to a stuffy nose. Though I recovered very quickly thanks to lots of rest and water, I wanted to help boost my immune system and make myself a nice healthy soup. What better way to recover from a cold than some Carrot Ginger Soup?
Every time I go to a Japanese restaurant, one of dishes that I always order to start my meal is Miso soup. Not wanting to wait until my next sushi meal until I can have Miso soup again, we decided to make our own at home. It’s actually quite simple and once you have the dashi stock down, it’s as simple as adding the miso paste!
This is such a simple yet delicious dish. Tell anyone that knows what a Bouillabaisse is and that you just made it for them from scratch and they are bound to be impressed! None of this using pre-made fish stock business. We’re going to be making the fish stock from scratch to get the best results 🙂 Continue reading
2 years ago, we went to Japan for 18 days with a 3 day stopover in Osaka where takoyaki was popularized. Throughout Dontombori street, we saw numerous takoyaki vendors selling freshly made takoyaki on demand and they were absolutely delicious! What were we to do but buy a takoyaki maker when we got back to Canada so we can make our own?