The new bathroom is lovely. I particularly like my new walk in shower. Poor Baxter was a bit confused when he wandered in and then couldn’t work out how to get out again. Do you like my floor tiles? I love how well they have turned out. And I was nervous about having the walls painted black but had seen a picture I really liked and for a change, decided just to go for it. I am normally so conservative in my decorating. But this time I threw caution to wind and figured I could repaint if necessary. It worked out so well. There is not a lot of wall on display, so it isn’t overwhelming and it contrasts the plain white wall tiles so well. It has inspired me to be more adventurous in my decorating choices. Are you a conservative or adventurous decorator?
I’m still getting myself back in to my routine after moving back from Mum and Dad’s and knowing what I have in my kitchen. I was so sure I had some chicken mince in my freezer and planned a number of meals around this. When the time came to get the chicken mince out of my freezer, it was nowhere to be seen. One explanation is that the dogs have learnt to open the freezer and are sneaking food, but I feel if that was the case, it would be more likely that steak would have disappeared. It is probably more likely that I am just a bit disorganized.
But I did have chicken breast, broccoli, noodles and some black bean sauce. I whipped up this black bean chicken and broccoli with noodles. It is super quick to make and if you don’t count soaking the noodles in water, it is a one pot dish. You just need to make sure you slice the chicken nice and thin so it cooks quickly.
This is one of those recipes that shows you can pack in a lot of flavor to a quickly cooked meal with the right ingredients. I am a huge fan of black bean sauce and like to have a bottle around the house. It is a strongly flavoured sauce so you don’t need to add much to it.
Preparation time is 5-10 minutes and cook time is 12 minutes. I put the kettle on just before I start cooking so I can get the noodles soaking then slice the chicken and broccoli and get everything cooking. It is one of the few meals where I actually manage to do prep and start cooking at the same time to reduce the overall cook time. There are about 610 calories in this meal including the noodles.
- 75g dry pad thai rice noodles
- 150g of skinless, boneless chicken breast, thinly sliced
- 1 tsp of peanut oil
- 2 tbs of black bean sauce
- 1/4 - 1/2 tsp of dried chilli flakes (depending on how spicy you like things)
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp of minced garlic (equivalent to 1 clove)
- 1 cup of broccoli chopped in to bite sized florets (about 70g)
- 1 spring onion, sliced (for garnish)
- Put the noodles in a large bowl and cover with boiling water. Let them soak for about 7 minutes (follow the instructions on the packet)
- Heat the peanut oil in a wok (or skillet) on medium-high
- Add garlic to the wok and fry until golden (about 1- 2 minutes)
- Add the chicken and chilli flakes to the wok and fry until the chicken is sealed and is starting to go golden (about 4-5 minutes)
- Add the broccoli and black bean sauce and cook for 1-2 minutes. The broccoli should be warm but you don't want it getting soft.
- Drain the noodles and add the noodles and sesame oil to the wok.
- Cook the noodles until they are warmed through.
- Pop in a bowl and ganish with spring onion