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Coca Cola Chicken Wings

Thinking up what to cook sometimes is pretty hard. Nowadays my mom usually asks me what to defrost from freezer and then I’ll use that as a springboard to see what recipes I should try out on that particular meat. This time I got chicken wings! Usually we do soy sauce, honey garlic or ketchup, but I wanted a change in taste and I chanced upon this Coca Cola Chicken Wings recipe.

Coca Cola Chicken Wings
Ingredients

500g chicken wings
¾ cup Coca-Cola
¼ cup soy sauce
2 tbs Chinese rice wine
2 tbs vegetable oil
1 stalk spring onion (scallion), chopped
A pinch of freshly ground blackpepper (optional)

Directions

1. Chop all the wings at the joint and marinade them in half the soy sauce for 15 minutes
2. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat with vegetable oil
3. Once the oil is hot, place the wings on the pan and sear it for 5 minutes on each side
4. Pour in the rest of the soy sauce (and marinade) to the pan
5. Add Chinese rice wine and Coca-Cola before lowering the heat to a simmer
6. Simmer the wings for a good 20-30 minutes or until all the liquid has reduced to a glaze
7. Add a few cranks of black pepper and sprinkle spring onion for garnishing right before serving

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Don’t mind my ugly picture of it LOL!! Obviously I’m not a good photographer.

They tasted delicious and my family agreed, but we’re all still disappointed so we can’t give it full marks! Actually, my grandma told me that one of my aunt has cooked chicken wings with Coke before and she said my grandpa loved eating it. When she made it though – if my grandma remembers it correctly – she never used soy sauce along with it. Now I’m curious about that because when I was looking through the recipes, I think they all had soy sauce in the marinade?? I’m kind of tempted to try it again sometime without any soy sauce too or else not very much.

The reason for that is because after I made it, I could not taste any Coke at all or maybe it was too subtle?? My family was interested in trying them out after I made them but they all agreed that they couldn’t taste any Coke.. which is sad when they’re called Coca Cola Wings!! I didn’t tell them but I actually used less than the recipe stated already. Not by much, but still haha!

Another thing is that for some reason the sauce never turned into a glaze : ( LOL. Well, I guess it’s not that important because the stuff definitely soaked inside at that point, but I was waiting and waiting…

Ah well, it still tasted good, but I’ll probably either try using significantly less soy sauce, none at all or just not add the Coke in next time >< haha!


Mmm Donuts -Homer Groan-

With some free time on my hands I decided to finally try out this Sweet Potato Donut recipe I kept staring at. I chanced upon the recipe thinking of how delicious it’ll be and coincidentally we were at the grocery store and my grandma pointed out that sweet potatoes were on special. -Heavenly music plays- it was fate, I thought. Plus the pictures Pinch of Yum posted made me drool .

Sweet Potato Doughnuts
Ingredients

1 Tbsp instant yeast
1 egg + 1 yolk
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 ¼ tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp salt
¾ tsp ground nutmeg
1 cup milk, lukewarm
sweet potato puree (from about one medium sweet potato)
6 tbs. butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
5 1/2 cups flour

Directions

1. Combine all ingredients except flour. Whisk until smooth.
2. Add flour and knead for 10 minutes.
3. Place in a greased, covered bowl and allow to rise for about an hour.
4. Roll out dough to 1/2 inch thick and cut out doughnuts.
5. Place cut doughnuts and doughnut holes on a greased plate. Cover and allow to rise in a semi-warm place until doubled in size (about 30 minutes).
6. Heat oil to medium heat (about 350 degrees). Fry each doughnut a minute or two on each side until cooked. Place on a plate with paper towels to drain.
7. Dip in glaze and allow to cool on a cooling rack.

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Usually my house doesn’t have a bunch of spices ready at my disposal, so when I saw nutmeg on the ingredients list after I came back from the grocery store I was not pleased. I was asking my brother, Alan, if he thought it would still taste okay without it since it was only 3/4 tsp. He thought it’d be okay but it wouldn’t have the oomph that it should’ve had. I sighed to myself and half-heartedly flipped through the cabinets to get my liquid measuring cup and BAMMM a jar of nutmeg. I was giddy because last time I needed some paprika to make fried chicken and I thought we wouldn’t have that either. But there it was. It’s a good thing Alan and my dad went spice shopping at the grocery store the other day .

Can you believe I’ve never used nor know the smell of nutmeg before this? So.. I unknowingly took a huge whiff of it and started coughing like crazy …. Then of course I had to let my mom take a whiff too. Both of us looked like losers standing their cringing. As I started putting all the ingredients into my big, steel bowl I realized a little too late that this is going to make a ton of donuts. My family isn’t that into baked goods so there’s always a bunch left over after I take like… my 2 cookies/cupcakes for myself -shifty eyes-. Maybe we also made them a little small, I’m not sure, I think I had like 30 donuts… maybe 40.. >: O They turned out nice though.

Was so cool watching them quickly inflate once you placed them into the oil. I didn’t know they were fried until Alan told me one time after making some donuts in his foods class. The only thing about the donuts is that I wish it had more sweet potato taste. I guess I was hoping I would taste it more in the donut so it’d be a more natural sort of sweet. Mostly, I tasted the nutmeg.. LOL . I see some Asian recipes that didn’t use so many ingredients and more sweet potatoes instead so maybe I’ll try those out in the future.

I tried out the glaze PoY posted too that’s why it’s shiny in the picture.

— 3/4 cup cream, 2 tbs. butter, and about 1 1/2 cups sugar melted together.

Just like she said.. it got kind of wet later LOL. I think some of them had their glaze melted off . It tasted heaps more delicious with the glaze though so.. yes haha! It’s a very simple recipe though so give it a try if you want some homemade donuts! Oh yes.. also I wish people put how much puree they actually used.. What’s a medium sized sweet potato even supposed to be?? LOL! All the recipes for sweet potato donuts just said the size, I was like, crap…. let’s hope this is enough puree…