Friday, 31 January 2014

Spicy Chicken wing with Orzo pasta

marinated chicken wing

baked chicken wing, orzo pasta
This dish is not only tasty also a low cost meal, and a balanced meal in every way.
Chicken wing is cheap , certain super market sells a good meaty and trimmed wing.
I usually make this serve with, rice, cool cucumber salad and kmchi but I've found orzo pasta at the supermarket , I made this, it was as good as with rice. dinner for 4 cost just under £7 !!
2 packs of chicken wing
Cut excess fat if you have whole chicken wing, cut in half through the joint.
Make spicy sauce, 1 tbsp. grated garlic, 1tsp grated ginger, 1 tbsp Korean chilli paste ( gochugaru), 1tsp Chinese black bean paste, 2tbsp mild olive oil or 1 tbsp. sesame oil, 1tsp ground pepper, 2tbsp soft brown sugar or runny honey, 1tbsp spring onion.
In a big bowl, mix all marinating ingredients, and our on to chicken wing and mix well. leave in the fridge over night or at least 4 hours to marinate.
If you like spicier, add 2tsp of chilli paste.
Spread silver foil in the roasting tin and put marinated chicken cover with silver foil, roast 40 minutes
in the oven, 170c and off the cover another 30 minutes until brown like grilled , but make sure not to burn.
Make orzo pasta.
Boil half bag of orzo pasta until al dante and drain, cut red pepper, chopped half  onion, 2 chopped  garlic. 1tbsp tomato paste.
In a pan heat olive oil and add onion and pepper, when they are cooked add garlic and stir for 1 minute, add pasta mix , add tomato paste cook for a short time, season with salt and pepper, add chopped parsley. Add extra virgin oil and grated Parmesan cheese
Serve with chicken wing, pasta and green salad.

FEBRUARY my Korean cookery dates;
8th. 15th. 22nd.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Hospital Food

Unfortunately I was admitted hospital and stayed for 3 days in NHS hospital in Buckinghamshire.
I was treated by all wonderful nurses and doctors and ward I am in was spotlessly clean.
even we shared four in a room it was spacious enough.

But when I have to choose meal it was a big problem for me. I had fish & chips and peas, it was soggy , but it was edible, specially for 36hours nil by mouth for the operation.
I was going to discharged next day but  had to stay another day due to high temperature and low blood pressure.
Main meal is lunch in hospital but that day I did not choose mine because I was going to be out  someone chose for next patient just in case, I had to have his chosen meal, cottage pie and ice cream for the dessert.
Oh my! my!! it was just awful ! so salty and unpleasant taste  mostly contains mashed potatoes very tiny portion was meat , which I did not mind if they made well. But the taste, why so salty? in hospital food?

I wonder any staff or doctors had ever tried? if they had not,  they must !
All these years all health experts are campaigning the healthy eat but why not in Hospital, it is so unbelievable what they are serving for the patients!
I understand the hospital where I stayed does not have catering facility all foods are delivered and heat up in the microwave even so they should control salt and sugar( dessert) in the food.
I like to shout please make sure the food is at least edible not salty and sugary.
It is funny, all experts shouting about unhealthy food in the media but why not start at hospital???

My idea for hospital food.
1. make few dishes and make well
2. five hot 3 cold, if do not have catering facility
3. make some Asian simple rice dish ( simple rice, vegetables( like frozen peas, corn carrots)and egg would be better than any.

Well, being a Korean naturally I like to have rice dish but it is more appetising than any grey meat and potato dish surely.

I have read an article ,saying prison food is much better than NHS hospital food, I have not seen prison food but I certainly believe this.

I dare say , Health minister Mr Hunt should ask advice from his wife on hospital food.

If I have to admit hospital again, I will take vacuum packed cooked Korean rice, small soy sauce and tiny tube of gochujang!

Saturday, 4 January 2014


Dear readers.

I just to say thank you for your support on my blog.
 Wishing you all have a very happy new year !!

You readers gave me a lots of encouragement to write and make new food for my family and for my class. Thank you!!

Hope I will be making new and healthy recipes in 2014 , as I am not well at the moment I will be writing blog as soon as I am well. thanks and keep cooking!!

Our 2013 Christmas dinner menu ;


Seafood medley with cucumber &dill salad (lobster tail bisque)


Roast  Goose
Home made chestnut , sage, cranberry, bacon stuffing
Home made cranberry sauce. roast potatoes.
 Broccoli sprout, green bean with chilli and garlic.


Flourless orange & almond cake with vanilla ice cream, raspberry coolie

Coffee with home made spicy  chocolate

Cheese board

seafood medley

roast goose

goose & potatoes

dinner plate