Sambal Chili and Garlic Chicken

Insanely easy and flavourful chicken marinade.

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Ok guys we eat a lot of chicken in my house. I’m sure you do to! It’s just such an easy, healthy and affordable protein. I’m a chicken breast fan, but my husband is partial to thighs. Since he’s such a dark meat fan I’ve had to figure out ways to prepare them that keep us both happy. I only eat chicken thighs if they are smothered in sauce or marinated and super tender! I’ve got a few favourites in my repertoire. I’ve shared how I make BBQ chicken with chicken thighs before. Today I’m sharing an asian inspired marinade.

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This marinade is one of my favourites. What I love about it is not only does it taste delicious but it has just enough sugar and sweetness to caramelize on the chicken. It creates the best crispy outside and a tender delicious chicken. So what’s in this marinade?

  • Soy Sauce
  • Olive Oil
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Brown Sugar
  • Sambal Oelek

Most of these things you probably have in your pantry except the Sambal Oelek. It’s an Indonesian chili paste. I love it because it’s not too hot and has an amazing flavour. It’s available at most grocery stores in the asian food section (next to the Sriracha!).

So give this marinade a try. I promise this will give improve your weeknight chicken dinner!

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Sambal Chili and Garlic Chicken Marinade

Yields: 1 Marinade

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce (I like low sodium)
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Sambal Oelek
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 tsp Fresh Ginger
  • 1 pound Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs

Directions:

Roughly chop ginger and garlic and to a small bowl. Add the remainder of the ingredients to the bowl. Whisk to combine. Place chicken in an air tight container or zipper bag. Cover with marinade and place in the fridge. Marinade for a minimum of 1 hour or up to 24 hours.

Preheat your oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake for 20-30 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.


Fresh Easter Decor – 2019

Today I’m sharing a few of my favourite finds for Easter. I am slowly creating holiday decor collections for our home. I like curating my decor over time. I’ve already started buying a few new pieces for Easter. So today I thought I would share some of the items I’m loving for Easter!

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Floral Dinnerware – I love my classic white dinnerware, but I like adding fun plates and glasses to refresh my table for every season. I’m in love with these floral plates! I think buying half a set and placing them at every other place setting would be the perfect way to infuse fresh florals into your table scape without breaking the bank!

Egg Decor – Ok I loved decorating eggs when I was a kid but that’s not really my cup of tea anymore. So I’ve started collecting glass eggs to display around the house. I love these pastel ones!

Linen Napkins – I love a cloth napkin! I know it’s a little extra but I love them. Both of my Grandma’s used them and I loved rolling them and setting the table. I got linen napkins as a wedding gift and we use them all the time. I think these pretty pink ones would be perfect for Easter!

Pastel Candles – When I came across these tiny tapers I fell in love. I’m not much of a taper fan, but these may have just converted me. Seriously cute and along a long table. Perfection!

Candy Dish – I love a festive candy dish! And without one what would you put the mini eggs in? That’s a serious question. I think this is super cute and functional!

Place Card Holders – Ok I’m a fan of a seating plan. I’m kind of a master of them! Not to brag but many people told me how good I planned the seating for our wedding. I think it’s fun to put out name cards for holidays and events. Simple printable cards are what I use, so a fun festive holder is a must! Bunny ears! How adorable! I also love the mix of natural wood with the pastels whites and florals.

Ok guys, there you have it, my picks for Easter decor!


Salted Caramel Brownies

Super fudgy brownies with pockets of delicious salted caramel!

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Brownies are probably one of my favourite desserts, and you already know about my love of salted caramel (here, here and here!). I love brownies because I can whip them up in one bowl. Fast easy and impressive… totally my jam! Now of course salted caramel is a wee bit more involved than a one bowl brownie, but I promise it is worth it! For this recipe we will be using my favourite Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce! It’s straightforward, delicious and there might be leftovers for your ice cream.

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Before we get into this mouth watering recipe I have a few tips.

  1. Freeze your caramel, this helps prevent over spreading when the brownies bake
  2. Don’t over bake, I life a gooey brownie so stick to the cook time below
  3. If cutting them is a challenge pot them in the fridge
  4. Sprinkle with sea salt at the end

These are seriously delicious and I defiantly need to make another batch very soon!

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Salted Caramel Brownies

Yields: 9-12 brownies (I recommend cutting these small since they are super rich!)

Ingredients:

  • Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce (we will use 2/3 of the recipe in the brownies the rest can be saved for another use – ps. it freezes great!)
  • 4 oz Unsweetened Chocolate
  • 1/2 cup Butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
  • Optional: Flaked Seas Salt for finishing

Directions:

Make my Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce recipe. Pour 2/3 of the recipe into a square baking dish lined with parchment paper. Place in your freezer. Store the rest in an air tight container in your fridge or freezer.

Preheat the over to 350°F. Line an 8×8 inch baking dish with parchment paper, spray with baking spray. Set aside.

In a large microwave safe bowl place butter and chocolate. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stir in between until the chocolate and butter have just melted. Add sugar, eggs, vanilla and salt. Stir well until smooth and combined. Add flour, fold into batter until combined. Once combined stir in chocolate chips.

Pour brownie batter into prepared baking sheet. Remove caramel from the freezer. Break or cut into small squares. Place the caramels on to the brownie batter. Space evenly and press slightly into batter.

Bake the brownies for 20-30 minutes until set. Sprinkle with flakey sea salt if desired. Cool before serving. Enjoy!

Adapted from Pinch of Yum.

Salted Caramel Brownies - Yum!

Springtime Favourites!

Happy first day of Spring!

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The sun is shining, the temps are rising and I think my parka is officially away for another season. I’m very excited to brighten and lighten our home and my wardrobe! So today I’m sharing a few of my favourite things for spring!

Dresses – Seriously excited to ditch the heavy pants and knit dresses. I’m excited to break out all my lightweight dresses and even add a few to my collecting. Like this one from Gal Meets Glam!

Wreaths – Wreaths are not just for Christmas! I love boxwoods for spring and summer. They really brighten the front door! This one is a great price!

Dining – I love to break out some fun dinnerware for spring, it’s so fun and perfect for the patio! I think it’s the only way I can get pink in my house without my husband making a stink! I love this ceramic little market collection!

Pillows – I love changing my pillows for Spring! This one is perfect for spring without being too bright and flashy!

Baskets – Spring means spring cleaning and spring organizing! So give me all the baskets to hide my crap! This one is the exact size I’ve been hunting for and it goes perfect with my house!

Ok guys! There you have it my must haves for Spring!


Irish Whiskey Sour

A classic cocktail with an Irish twist!

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Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day, so I’m sharing a little last minute cocktail inspiration. A Whiskey Sour is a fantastic classic cocktail that I think everyone should learn how to make! It’s a delicious balance of sweet and sour. And that is the key! Balance!

Now you may be looking at this cocktail and going wheres the foam!? I get it! But hear me out, the foam you typically find topping a whiskey sour is made with egg whites and that’s just not for me. It’s one extra step and I never trust that my eggs are fresh enough.

If your a die hard foam in your whiskey sour fan I’ll teach you how down below.

Another note about this recipe stick to these exact proportions, taste, and then adjust the sweetness. It’s easy to start tweaking things before you taste, but then you’re likely to end up with a weak cocktail. And I know none of you want that! I made the portions in this cocktail work with Jameson Irish Whiskey, since this is a St. Patrick’s Day recipe, but you could defiantly use the traditional bourbon or Canadian Whiskey. If you use a different variety of whiskey you need to adjust your proportions of sweet and sour to suit your palette and whiskey. It’s not an exact science.

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Irish Whiskey Sour

Yields: 1 cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 1 ounce Lemon Juice, fresh
  • 1 ounce Simple Syrup (buy at the liquor store or make it – so easy!)
  • Optional: Fresh Egg White
  • Garnish: Maraschino Cherry and Lemon Peel

Directions:

If using egg whites add whites to an empty cocktail shaker. Dry shake the egg white for about 30 seconds to break them up and create froth.

Add ice, whiskey, lemon juice and simple syrup to the cocktail shaker. Shake well, about 30 seconds. Strain into a glass filled with ice. If using egg whites I recommend a double strain.

Adapted from 31 Dover.

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