Karlene Taokia: Budget KFC and fresh bread

Thursday April 23, 2020 Written by Published in Art
With the family at home, especially at this time, comfort food is always a bonus so my boys said they felt like some KFC. 20042208 and 20042210 With the family at home, especially at this time, comfort food is always a bonus so my boys said they felt like some KFC. 20042208 and 20042210

My family and I are on a budget.

 

I’m not the best baker, but with not much cash and the choice between an electric frying pan or a crap oven, I had to start making some adjustments and start making my own bread.

It can’t compete with the bakers on our Island but it turned out okay and tastes nice with toppings.

Bread is reasonably easy – flour warm water an oil makes good naan, flour and yoghurt does too. You just need to experiment and get the correct ratios.

With the family at home, especially at this time, comfort food is always a bonus so my boys said they felt like some KFC.

So I made some mash potato with gravy, some colourful coleslaw, tasty chicken, a loaf of bread and some slices of starfruit. And tomato and carrot – always try to have some raw foods with every meal.

These meals can be adapted in any way. Your meal, your taste buds.

Bread

2 tsp brown sugar

4 tsp yeast                         

½ cup warm water

Mix and leave for 5 mins

2 cups self-raising flour

1 tsp baking powder      

1tsp salt                              

Add to yeast mix. If still too wet add a little more flour, however do keep it a little sticky. Cover and let it prove for half an hour.

 

4 Tbsp oil

Flour when needed                       

Once it has doubled in size, add some oil and mix in some flour. Knead until it is combined, but a little sticky.

Form a shape and put in an oiled heated pan, pat some oil on the top of the bread, cook on the lowest setting of electrical pan where it turns itself on and off. Cover pan. Cook for about 15 mins each side; each side does get a little brown, it is a little heavy, but has a nice consistency and tastes yum.

Chicken

3 thighs with drum

Cut to any size. Boil in salted water till cooked and blood runs clear (if you cook chicken with potatoes it saves time, then separate once cooked.

Chicken coating

4 Tbsp corn flour

3 Tbsp flour

1 Tbsp chicken stock                      

¼ tsp salt                            

¼ tsp pepper

1 tsp dried herbs

Mix all dry ingredients together, coat cooked chicken well, fry in hot oil till crispy, drain on absorbent paper.

Mashed potatoes

6 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and sliced

Cook potatoes from cold water start till soft. Drain, add butter and milk, mash and season.

Quick slurry gravy

Mix 2 Tbsp of the previous coating mix with 2 tsp of soy sauce and 1 cup water. Simmer in pan together till cooked and thick.

Coleslaw

1 cup cabbage, any colour

1 medium-sized carrot

½ onion

¼ cup spinach

1 Tbss mayo

2 Tbsp vinegar

1 tsp brown sugar

Slice all vegetables thinly, mix mayo, vinegar and sugar together, add to slaw mix.

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