Wednesday, 6 September 2017

I've Lost That Baking Feeling


Did you realize that I haven't baked for a while? Of course you did. After all, I started off as Phong Hong Bakes and then I realized I couldn't live up to that name and changed it to Phong Hong Bakes & Cooks.

So where is the "Bakes" part you ask? Does baking chicken wings count? I don't know why, but I lost my baking mojo again.

One moment I would be planning a bake and when the day comes, I'm not in the mood. The thought of lining a baking pan and weighing the ingredients just puts me off. Terrible, isn't it?


It's just a phase I hope because I'm craving for a warm  chewy cookie right now. And you only get to enjoy those if you bake them yourself.

Anyway, instead of baking cookies or cakes, I baked me some chicken wings. Only 4 wings? These were very large wings, much bigger than regular wings. I just grabbed them at the supermarket one weekend without noticing their size. Frankly, I prefer smaller wings.

The ingredients for these wings not complicated. I had all of them in the my kitchen. In fact I was so lucky I found a lonely lemon on the fridge. But I chose to omit two ingredients - cili padi (did not want the wings too hot) and honey (lemon and honey reminds me of lemonade). 

The wings turned out not too bad - salty, spicy and tangy. They went rather well with a refreshing salad. And I can tell you that I had these for lunch and dinner. Two wings per sitting. Ah, for once I am such a "dainty" eater!


Hot and Spicy Chicken Wings
Recipe source : Adapted from Daily Meal Sets Made Simple (page 103)

Ingredients :
- 4 large chicken wings 

Marinade ingredients :
- 3 cloves garlic, finely minced 
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- zest from 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp olive oil

Method :
1. Mix all the marinade ingredients together.
2. Put chicken wings into a plastic bag and pour the marinade in. 
3. Using your hands, squish the wings to distribute the marinade and coat all the wings. Set aside for a few hours or overnight.
4. Bake the wings at 200C for 25 minutes or until cooked.

34 comments:

  1. must be from a giant bird. Ah, better to lost the baking feeling than the loving feeling.

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  2. I'm sure it's just a phase but, that chicken sure looks yummy!!!

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  3. Hope you get your baking mojo back! Personally I prefer baking food than cakes too...lol

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  4. Oh dear, you cannot be baking all your life and might get bored for sure. Even Martha Stewart had to branch out from her kitchen into house & flower decors before entering jail and out with even fresher ideas! She is still popular & well loved. You should name your blog - Phong Hong Bakes, Cooks & Jokes. Wears slippers to Ballroom @ Ritz Carlton!

    Hey, I sukak your sayap ayam. Told you before that I often baked 100 wings to feed my college friends in US. It was so easy, tastier and no spills from frying mess. I will trying your recipe to marinate! Otherwise I would buy ready-marinated ones from Tesco to bake.

    #PHminatHilang #PhBakarMasakLawak #PakaiSeliparPiJamuan

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    1. I hope I don't end up in jail lah... Hopefully my baking moods comes back. Actually I love chicken wings but I cannot imagine doing 100, so you are better than me!

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  5. Lost that baking feeling? Not a problem as I prefer you bake food than sweets. Your wings have such a nice colour that I may be finally tempted to 'invest' in two spices...smoked paprika and cayenne pepper. As I don't cook often enough with ground spices, I don't buy them as they usually expire before I can finish using them + they're expensive if you 'invest' in one too many bottles. The only bottle I buy over and over again is black peppercorns as I enjoy freshly cracked black pepper in all my food.

    On a side note, I always look forward to reading TM's comments on your blog as he never fails to crack me up! :D

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    1. Smoked paprika and cayenne pepper is very useful when you want to jazz up your roasted chicken or wings. Can also use for cooking savory rice like paella. I have also been guilty of buying too many spices/herbs only to see them expire. Hey, I love black peppercorns too and always have this in my pantry.

      Yes, TM is one crazy guy hah..hah... his comments crack me up too :D

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  6. U better than me, I cook, no eye see...

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  7. No worries, I don't bake either...cakes and cookies, that is. But I do cook stuff in the oven, pies...or chicken, for instance. I guess that's baking too, no?

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  8. Hot & spicy chicken wings are great snack. I like it.

    I dont really into baking. The measuring, so many ingredients. Haha. I hardly bake. Don't worry, am sure your mojo will come back.

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    1. hee..hee.. right now I hate the thought of measuring. Unlike cooking where we can just agak2 and throw in our ingredients!

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  9. I love to eat chicken wings too,compared to other parts of the chicken.. but I still have not buy a nice oven as yet, so no baking mode at the moment..

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    1. Never mind lah, can get from outside. Less hassle hah..hah...

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  10. I will sapu all 4 wings in a meal, hehe :P
    It's ok to lost passion on something but I believe your mojo will come back sooner or later. *pat shoulder

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    1. Hope so! Maybe I should start with simple bake like cookies.

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  11. maybe the most accurate title would be Phong Hong Cooks A Lot Of Always Delicious Dishes And Also Eats Some Good Stuff And Some Not-So-Good Stuff ... but that's too long! :D

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    1. Sean, you are so witty! Love this comment hee..hee..

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  12. nice looking chicken wings! doesn't matter if u bake or cook...as long as the food is good and can be walloped!

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  13. Chicken wings are my favourite and yours look so yummy!

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    1. You are already not bad, at least even if you don't bake, you cook, better than me as I don't even bake or cook, no talent and too lazy

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    2. I am sure that you can cook well too! Perhaps right now, cooking is not a priority :)

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    3. I ever tried cooking curry chicken but it did not turn out well :(

      Still my mom's cooking is the best

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  14. Don't worry, PH. It is just a phase. I don't think you can stop baking forever. Stop watching horror movies and start watching people baking this and that. Your baking mood will come back soon ^_^

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    1. hah..hah.. MD, I will take you up on your suggestion. That's the way to get the mood started :)

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  15. Tengok chinken wings u ni, i teringat sayap ayam Sabahlah LL... sedap weyh...manis manis gitu!

    Betul betul...kalau ikutkan, chicken wings yg sederhana kecik biasanya lebih manis kan.

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    1. Wings yang ada madu tu, yang Pak Jilap kedekut beli sikit? hah..hah...

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  16. Actually, I don't mind you baking food, especially food like these delicious looking chicken wings. I will get me some chicken wings to try out your recipe. I am one for easy bake! Lol! I hope you get back your baking mood.

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    1. I did get the mood back last weekend. Dunno how long it will last :)

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