Tuesday, January 27, 2015

[Recipe] Sticky and Tangy Baked Buffalo Wings

Once in a while, we get cravings for buffalo wings. It brings back memories of my working and dating days with the then-boyfriend-now-hubs, where we would meet for a rendezvous along Boat Quay for dinner. We still remember that at a particular American diner, we asked the server if the portion for the buffalo wing dish was big and she went, "BIG erhhhh!"

These days, we try to satisfy our craving for certain food from home as much as possible. As long as I have the mood to experiment, I will always give it a go. After all, the hubs has been my "ardent supporter" (read : no choice) for whatever I serve at the dinner table! So am glad that I got the finger-licking buffalo wings almost right for him... that is, if it had been completed with a jug of beer! 

This would make a great appetizer if you have to entertain guests at home.

Preparation : 10 mins    Cooking time : 30 minutes    Serves : 4-5 adults

You will need :
- 10 pcs mid wings, 10 pcs drumlets
- 1.5 tbsp Masters Food multi-purpose seasoning (or just use salt and pepper)
- 1 tbsp olive oil

For the sauce :
-5 tbsp ketchup (I used this because my children are not into spicy. Or use hot sauce if you prefer a spicier version - tobasco would be good! Do adjust the portion accordingly to your liking.)
-1 tbsp bbq sauce
-1 tbsp paprika
-1 tbsp worchestire sauce
-1.5 tbsp apple cider vinegar (optional)
- 2 tbsp brown sugar (or substitute with honey)
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp minced garlic

Method : 
- set oven temperature to 180 deg.
- season the wings and drumlets with the multi-purpose seasoning and olive oil. Let it sit for at least half hour before sending it into the oven to bake for about 30 minutes or till golden brown.
- take the wings and drumlets out and set aside to prepare the sauce.

Preparing the sauce :
- heat up your sauce pan, add butter and fry the garlic in it for a bit.
- add the rest of the sauce ingredients and mix it well. Let it simmer for 5 minutes or so.

Complete the dish!
- transfer the wings and drumlets into a large bowl and pour the piping hot sauce over them.
- toss to coat the wings and drumlets with the sauce.
- Alternatively, you can place the sauce on the side for dipping.
- serve hot and enjoy!

Till the next post, have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Crafting for Chinese New Year 2015 + Instagram Giveaway

HAPPY 2015! 

I hope it has been a good start to the year for you as it has been for my jewelry crafting pursuit, so far. Orders had started streaming in during the first day when I officially started taking in custom orders for the year. My work book is starting to fill up and I can't help but feel a sense of wonderment and gratefulness toward how my love for creating jewelry has led me this far. I like being "creatively" busy!

The past 2 weeks, I've been quite up to my neck taking in orders for the Chinese New Year - mostly to make a matchy accessory for their cheong-sams. I've always admired women who can pull off pretty cheong-sams. Especially those that are modernized with contemporary colors and designs. So I'm really pleased to have made some creations catered to match with their dresses. If you are keen to see what I've created, you can view my completed creations on my facebook page which I update almost on a daily basis.

Now here's something that you may like to have and wear with your CNY outfit! I have a giveaway of 2 pairs of  "firecracker" earrings creation to 2 of my readers!

Each pair of earrings is worth S$17.00

I'm doing this giveaway differently from my previous ones done on my blog.

Here's how :

1) Make sure you are already signed up with Instagram on your smart phone and follow me : adeoon
(If you are a private user, I will not be able to view your tag, neither will it appear in #adeloftgiveaway album. Therefore, it will not qualify for the draw)

2) Repost the photo, tag me @adeoon and  #adeloftgiveaway so that I can put you in the draw.

3) A random draw will be conducted for two instagramers to win a pair of the above earrings, each!

Terms & Conditions :
* This giveaway is open only to residents in Singapore.
* Winners of previous giveaways done on my blog within the last 6 months will not qualify.
* No further alteration on the design will be entertained.
* The winner will announced and tagged on Instagram on 23 Jan 2015, after the draw has been made. If there is no response within 24 hours, I reserve the right to draw another winner.
* This giveaway ends on 22 Jan 2015.
* My decision on which colored earrings to giveaway to the winner is final.
* The earrings will be sent out by standard mail.

Here's wishing all readers who are celebrating the Lunar New Year - good health, good fortune and success!

Till the next post, have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Winter Sights in Hokkaido, Japan

The family and I have just returned from a trip to Hokkaido, Japan. It was our first time stepping on Japan soil and also the first time the children and I experienced real snow.

We all had mixed feelings about the winter we were experiencing. The children were no doubt very happy to be jumping into the soft snow formed on the ground and having snowball fights. It was exceptionally beautiful and magical to look at, especially when you are having a hot cup of coffee indoors and watching the snow fall onto the ground. It was surreal. However, whenever we had to take a short hike at the park, or even along the roadside, it was hardly any fun as our eyes were mostly peeled on the ground. That's because the road can be slippery and we had to watch our footing. Wearing layers of clothings also hindered a lot of movement and this was not something we enjoyed.

Because of the inconvenience, I got pretty lazy to take out my camera to take photos. It would mean I have to take off my gloves each time I wanted to snap a photo and I wore the gloves back when I was done at each shoot because I didn't want to get bitten by frost! So I am thankful for my trusty iphone, that I had used to take photos throughout most of the trip. It has not disappointed me!

Here are some beautiful winter sights that caught my eye in Hokkaido. I hope you will enjoy viewing them, as much as we enjoyed being there.

Lake Toya, Hokkaido.

Ninja Village, Hokkaido

Ninja Village, Hokkaido

Taken with Olympus Pen.

Sapporo. Taken with Olympus Pen.

Otaru, Hokkaido

Till the next post, have a wonderful day!


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