2016 Review!

It’s the 31st of December, last day of the year. I always take this time of the year to reflect on the past year. So for today, I shall be reviewing on the year 2016!

2016 has been tough, no doubt about that. There were so much glory in this year as well. So I would say I led 2016 with a balance of good and bad. Events such as competition, exposure of the industry and many many more. It has been a hectic year and I would predict 2017 even more hectic, however that is the joy of life right? You grow with every trouble/issues/lessons and then you improve.

Major events such as My First Ever Competition was exciting. I managed to gain a little experience from competing and I would gladly say I would do it all over again! The adrenaline and rush I felt during those moments are something I want to keep experiencing while in this industry.

Another greater bigger part of 2016 was traveling! I travelled to 4 different countries, each with a rich and diverse culture. With that being said, I ate quite a lot as well! Thus I have written 3 of my 4 travel adventures on Big On Food. Being able to travel is a blessing. Very blessed to be able to pack my bags and set foot on foreign soil. As I travel more, I learn a little more every time. Being open and flexible are one of the few things I learnt and need to be applied in the real life, especially in the kitchen. Not everything would go to plan but good things are bound to come out with spontaneity and unplanned events. Hence I am going to travel so much more in the upcoming year and that is something I eagerly look forward to in 2017.

And the food eaten in all these places…

However 2016 was not all good. I met setbacks such as self-doubt. A part of 2016 was filled with questions and uncertainties. I doubted my ability in baking and was very uncertain with my route to take in the future. I constantly question myself if I am good enough to do this or that. It was a rather stressful period for myself, the feelings and emotions I went through were a ride, a bumpy one. But people around kept on believing in me and slowly, I grew a little more confident and got out of this phase. Extremely thankful for those who believed in me and thought I could do much more than what I think could do. Thank you.

Lastly, 2016 was about discovery. Discovering my greater love for food and creating new ones, traveling and about myself. 2016 have been a wild ride, but I am glad it is over and really happy that people around me are healthy. Well, here’s to another wild one in 2017! Thank you for following Big On Food in 2016, you are a part of my 2016 as well! It was great fun writing this year, next year there might be a little more to write on, so… Look Out! Till 2017, See ya!

And here are some of my work in 2016!

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Chicken with BIG flavours!

As the title mentioned, I am going to be sharing a chicken recipe today! It is flavoured with my favourite spice, garam masala. If you have read some of my work here, you do realise I use lots of Indian spices in my food, thus today is another one! It requires not more than an hour, little elbow grease and grease basically.

The recipe today is Indian inspired grilled chicken with honey mustard yogurt sauce. All flavours balanced one another, the yogurt eased the spice in the garam masala as well as coats the grilled chicken with it’s creaminess. It is a hearty meal to have it as a salad or on noodles. Very simple and quick to make. img_1144

I made this chicken for lunch because I was hungry and needed a protein boost, thus the usage of chicken breast. The marination would keep the chicken juicy and tender, thus no worries for a tough and dry chicken. I marinated the chicken for about 30 to 40 minutes, good enough for the spices to stick on the chicken. However if you would like more flavour penetration into the chicken, marinate it for more than 30 minutes, you could even do it the night before!  img_1145

I ate the chicken on a bed of greens as I want something crunchy and refreshing. This dish reminds me of Korean BBQ. They would have grilled meat wrapped in a lettuce with a dipping sauce. In my case, it is Indian flavours. So without further ado, the recipe to my Indian inspired grilled chicken!

img_1150Indian inspired Grilled Chicken

Ingredients:

  • A piece of chicken breast, flattened
  • A dash of garam masala
  • A dash of chili powder
  • About 1 tsp of cumin powder
  • 1 tsp of coriander powder
  • Pinch of dried rosemary/thyme (Optional)
  • Pinch of turmeric
  • Juices of half a lemon
  • About 1-2 tsp of garlic and ginger, grated
  • Salt and Pepper to season

Directions:

  1. Mix all spices, lemon juice, garlic, ginger and salt and pepper together. Taste it whether its up to your liking (For example, add more garam masala/chili powder if you like it spicier) Taste it now as you could not taste the marinade after the chicken is added.
  2. Once the chicken is rubbed and fully coated with the spices, let it sit in the fridge for 30 to 4o minutes.
  3. Now you could prepare your salad greens or cook some noodles to go along with the chicken or prepare the sauce. My sauce was honey mustard yogurt sauce. It consist of honey, mustard and greek yogurt. 3 simple ingredients for a good companion to the chicken.
  4. When you are ready to grill the chicken, grill it on a grill pan on medium heat, about 4 to 5 minutes per side, or once the juices of the chicken is clear, it is cooked!

It is such a simple chicken dish, packed full of spices and flavours. Please I highly recommend you to give this chicken a shot! It is a perfect lunch dish and would set your tummy good till the next meal!

Well, I hope you have enjoyed this recipe and thank you for reading! I would try my very best to churn more new recipes out as I have got a lot to share! So till next time, See you!

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