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Awesome Fried Chicken

I don’t have junk food very often, and when I do I am always a bit disappointed. It really is quite easy to make at home and tastes much better, and you know what goes into it – there are no nasty chemicals or preservatives. I have always wondered what the secret herbs and spices are in KFC, and I set about attempting to make the best home-made fried chicken.

This is the recipe that I came up with and it was really really good – I would have liked a bit of chilli, so I have added chilli as an optional ingredient. You can use either whole pieces of chicken leg, thighs, wings or breast, or you can make nugget sized pieces. If you want to minimise the frying time, you can always poach the chicken in advance (poach it in a nice flavoursome stock), and then you just need to fry it until the batter is nicely brown.

Homemade Nuggets

Homemade Nuggets

This is enough batter to coat nuggets from 2 large chicken breasts – will serve 3 or 4 as a main course:

Half a cup of chickpea flour

1 cup of self raising flour

1 teaspoon of garlic salt

1 teaspoon of onion salt

1 teaspoon of powdered onion flakes

Half to 1 teaspoon of chilli or curry powder (optional – for the heat lovers)

1 1/2 tablespoons of caster sugar

Half a teaspoon of ground pepper

Half a teaspoon of smoky paprika

Half a teaspoon of cumin

Half a teaspoon of nutmeg

1 teaspoon of oregano

1 teaspoon of sage

1 teaspoon of thyme

1 teaspoon of ginger powder or grated fresh ginger

With the herbs you can use fresh or concentrate if you don’t have dried.

Method:

1. Mix all of the above ingredients together in a bowl.

2. Add 200mls of water (you can use cold soda water if you want a lighter batter). Mix well. The batter will be quite thick and gloopy – this is good as it will stick nicely to the chicken. It should be a thick dropping consistency so if you lift your spoon up it will slowly slide off the spoon. If it doesn’t slide at all, add a little more water.

3. Chop your chicken (raw or pre-poached) into the desired portion sizes.

4. Coat with batter.

5. Fry in approx 1-2 inches of hot oil – time depends on the size of the pieces. My nuggets took about 4-5 minutes. Turn frequently so that they cook evenly.

Serve with anything you like – I like the following options:

  • salad
  • corn
  • peas
  • home made potato wedge
  • fresh mayonnaise
  • tomato sauce
  • chilli mayo

See my recipe for super quick mayo

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The Tuck Shop, Northbridge

Tuck Shop Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I finally tried the Tuck Shop Cafe for brunch last week. I have heard a lot about this place and decided to see what the buzz was about.

When we got there, we had to wait in line for a table, but the waitresses were lovely and found us somewhere to sit within 15 minutes.

The menu has something for everybody, including breakfast dishes, pancakes, nasi goreng, cheese kransky, meatballs, and salmon. Every dish was described beautifully and I wanted to try them all. There is also a chalkboard with daily specials, and I chose a date, banana, honey and cinnamon smoothie from the specials board.

smoothie

My partner had coffee – which was Toby’s estate. This was nice coffee, but not the best in Perth.

For my meal I chose the chorizo with paprika potatoes, peppers, spanish onions and crispy pork belly with fried egg. This was absolutely delicious – and very filling.

chorizo meal

My partner chose the beans with ham hock, parmesan toast and fried egg. There were some home made onion rings on top. This dish was extremely tasty.

Beans, ham hock, parmesan toast

The cafe also has a nice range of cakes. We chose a brownie and a strawberry lamington for afternoon tea at home. They were very nice.

I will definitely return to the Tuck Shop Cafe – I am keen to try the other offerings on the menu. Based on the brunch that I had last week, I can see what the hype is about. The Tuck Shop cafe is one of the best cafes in Perth.

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