Black Magic

Rainy weather is definetely here to stay, so again pantry was my best friend and if one adds to that a raid over fridge and deepfreezer a nice hearty meal was on its way. My Mom wanted sth oriental, sth chinese as she calls it. Of course one needs to remeber that’s a rather broad definition. What we call home chinese food, means mostly a fusion of oriental influence. Something sweet and spicy, with crunchy veggies and mingle of tastes, something that it close to the kitchen of five changes but not strictly coming from one particular origin. Here creativity is the limit. Β My family’s fascination with chinese food started when I was about 10, and that was the time when the old system was cracking and new ideas were getting in. And I remeber the firrst chinese cookbook, which we bought with my father in the kiosk – it looked like a brochoure printed on a very low Β quality newspaper paper. It was ugly but very inspiring and a first step into the world of spicy orient πŸ™‚

Black Magic was born out of the idea of a melody of tastes. I wanted to combine the saltiness of the soya sauce with the sweetness of honey and spices. Plus I wanted to keep the soya sauce from dyeing everything brown, the sauce was to be brown but veggies were to keep the colours. The outcome was more than satisfying… so here you go πŸ™‚ Treat yourself a tiny bit of magic for rainy days πŸ™‚

Black Magic

(serves 4)

3 chicken breasts (about 200g/each) cut in stripes

1 can pineapple with juice, diced (or fresh one if you have it)

6 challotes (cut in fethers)

1 big carrot sliced

1/2 small celery root, stripped

handfull of raisins

2 garlic cloves

4 tb spoons honey

1 tb spoon cider vinigar

soya sauce

salt, pepper

ginger, cinnamon

In the bowl mix together soya sauce, 3 spoons of honey, cider vinigar, grounded ginger, cinnamon, pressed garlic and pepper and toss in the chicken. Stir well and allow to marinate for an hour. In the second smaller bowl mix one spoon of honey with soya sauce, cinnamon, ginger and pepper and toss in cellery, stir until well covered and let it marinate for an hour. Heat up the wok and pour in some oil. First fry to challottes until nice and brown, remove from the wok and set aside. Now fry the carrot and sprinkle it with salt and pepper, remove and set aside. Give a quick fry to pineapple, until it carmelizes, sprinkle over with some cinnamon, salt and pepper, set aside. Now fry cellery with raisins and chicken seperately. Don’t use any of the liquid left from marinating, set aside and remove the access of the marinate from the wok. Now add some extra oil and put back in the wok pineapple, carrot and challottes and give it a quick fry. Add the 1/2 of pineapple juice and then add chicken and cellery with the juices. Give it a nice mix and let cook for 3 mins. Then it’s ready to serve πŸ™‚ Enjoy with rice or noodles of your choice πŸ™‚

There’s a new project going on in Casa de Quaintrelle πŸ™‚ SuperGrrl is turning 25 and she’s having a party. So I’ve been thinking about undusting my cake decorating skills and making her one as a present. The idea is still discussed with SuperGrrl, as the dates are changing and everything is still in planing phase, but we will see. Mr D.’s a darling and helping me to choose the design, as he is indeed one of few people I can turn to when it comes to food. Thank you Mr D! I only hope that everything goes well, and that I will manage to bake my cake and drag Historian to the party πŸ˜‰ Challenges indeed!



About ladymorgiana

I'm a redhair girl witch to some scientist to the others... I love cooking and baking.... what else would you like to know?
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2 Responses to Black Magic

  1. Big Guy Dave says:

    Loving this. looks so tasty. Might have try it myself at weekend, if i’m feeling better. As always, food and pictures and stories are excellent as ever.

  2. ladymorgiana says:

    Thank you Mr D πŸ™‚ Nice of you to comment πŸ™‚ but my ramblings weren’t to push you to that πŸ˜‰ Hope you feel better and can try out the Black Magic, I think it’s pretty much your taste πŸ™‚

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