I know I haven’t been posting a lot lately but since the kids took their summer break, I am literally going crazy; I lost count of days, probably even months. So I believe it is time to take my annual vacation, pack everything, take the kids & just get out of the city. Unfortunately, I will take time off the blog too for about 1 month as I won’t have access to my laptop.

Too long I know but I will be preparing/testing new recipes so when I come back, I will shower you with posts!

I wanted to leave on a delicious note so I am sharing one of my favorite Chinese recipes! Before coming up with this recipe, I never used whole chicken in Chinese cooking but this dish proved that I have been missing a lot. Chicken Stir fry is so easy but baking Chinese chicken is even easier as you simply marinade & bake!

Amazing flavors & zero effort!
& this – not too sweet – sauce is TO DIE FOR with only 5 ingredients!



  • Servings: 4-5
  • Time: 50 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ginger minced
  • 1 tsp sesame oil (optional)
  • 1 (1200 gm) whole chicken cut into 8 pieces
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds 
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives or green onion (optional)  


  • Mix the marinade ingredients together. Arrange the chicken – skin side down – in one layer in a baking pan/pyrex. Pour the mariande over the chicken, cover with foil & refrigerate for about 2-4 hours.
  • Preheat oven at 180 C. 
  • Place the baking pan in the oven & bake covered with the chicken skin side down for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the cover, flip the chicken, scoop some sauce over the chicken & bake for another 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through & the sauce is reduced.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds & chives or green onion.
  • Serve with Chinese fried rice.





The holy month of Ramadan is coming to an end & this brings an ache to my heart. Although fasting, cooking tons of food & handling the kinds aren’t easy yet the spirit of this month makes everything smooth.

One of the best side dishes to serve in Ramadan is Potato Gratin; it is a REAL CROWD PLEASER as who can say NO to tender potatoes soaked in a creamy sauce flavored with amazing cheese. Continue reading “POTATO GRATIN”



One of the essentials of everyday cooking is tomato juice/puree. I am one of the people who never used fresh tomato juice because it tastes bland, too acidic & not sweet. I always used canned tomato juice! If you have ever cooked with canned tomato juice, you will know the huge difference I am talking about.

Canned tomato juice has a rich sweet flavorful tomato taste versus the fresh one. The only thing which made fresh tomato juice acceptable for me was adding a decent amount of tomato paste & unfortunately, the taste became too artificial for me.