Saturday, March 27, 2010

Chicken Wine

At the worst of the dry, hot spell, it was this bad:


Parched to a crisp.


The little grass patch next to my car was completely devoid of grass.

Each day that I picked my kids up from school in the sweltering afternoons, I would feel so sorry for some of the children who had to trudge to the bus-stops or back home, bent over with their heavy school bags and getting scorched by the merciless sun. The heat was unbearable.

Then, everybody's rain dance must have worked, because the rain FINALLY came.


After just one day of rain, patches of green started appearing the next morning.



But as they say, when it rains, it pours. And it continued raining till mushrooms appeared, as they always do after a few days of wet weather. Now, if only they were edible.

Cold, wet nights means warming food. And that, for me, is Chicken Wine, which you can get the recipe from here.

I'm keeping this post short. Too busy ... too many things on my mind, and I'm exhausted.


The ingredients that go with the chicken, sesame oil and alcohol.


Steaming up my camera.


Allowing the steam to dissipate ...


Lots of shredded old ginger to give the dish some kick!


One and a half cups of cognac went into this, and it was divine. Needless to say, I was radiating heat after dinner. New moms and people who are convalescing after an illness will benefit from the warming properties of this dish. I made my daughter take some too, as she is always feeling cold, even in warm weather.

50 comments:

  1. Ju I have neven experienced such dry spell when I was living in Singapore, imagine those fat kids that are made to run to loose weight? Back to your food- this is my favourite and I cook this all the time! LOVE the photos, LOVE how you teased us with part covering the dish before revealing the master piece!

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  2. This is real good....especially with lots of ginger.

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  3. mmmm...this cognac ginger chicken sounds so nourishing and absolutely delicious!

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  4. Hi Ju! Am glad to hear the weather is better now. Living in the Philippines for most of my life, I know what it means to have to live with hot and HUMID weather! But cooler days have arrived and your dish sounds delicious. Take care!

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  5. Ju, no worries about us! We'll still be your greatest fans despite the wait. Your posts never disappoint us! Love your chicken dish! Love your way of writing!

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  6. Oh no..I just brushed a key on my board and my post left:(
    This dish looks wonderful..wonderful enough to warm your daughters hands and heart.
    I wish I could help w/ all you have to do ..and all you have on your mind.
    It usually all gets done.. and nothing ever stays the same as a wise friend told me this week.♥
    It's sad when the grass gets that parched...You're a great mom:)
    Just thought I would mention that too.

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  7. Ooh...*drool*! My kind of comfort food, perfect with a steaming bowl of rice. But I usually skip the cognac, too heaty for me. :)

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  8. I shall forever associate you with Cognac, Ju!! From crostini to sugee cake to wine-ginger chicken!! :D

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  9. ..it's also unbearably hot here in the Philippines, I hope it rains here too :)

    thanks for the delicious recipe Ju, I love chicken and I love it more when it's healthy and easy to make, can't wait to try this! :)

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  10. OMG Ju....what weather you've been having, too. At first I was going to wish some of our rain your way.....now let's just hope for some temperance (in the weather) because it won't be happening in the Chicken Wine. I can't wait to make this. I think we still have enough chill in the air to make it taste even more sublime :-)

    Diane

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  11. This looks wonderful Ju. My kind of food. Thanks for the reference to your previous post. I'm trying this for sure!

    (Great job capturing the change in weather by the way... the weather has gone to some crazy extremes of late)

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  12. Dalle mie parti la primavera stenta ad arrivare, ma io sono ottimista e spero che arrivi presto.
    Compimenti per questo pollo al vino, lo provero' quanto prima. Ciao Daniela.

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  13. I guess I have to make this myself because I know I won't find it in my town. It looks fantastic and anything with ginger and garlic and sesame oil works for me!
    Thank you again for keeping me hungry :)

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  14. What i love about this dish is the smell of cognac. Did anyone felt high....

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  15. Chicken wine, family dine, lotsa love keeps everybody healthy and fine! :)

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  16. Oh Ju ~ that looks DIVINE! You're right! It is a perfect dish for a comforting meal. Your photos make my mouth water. :D

    I'm so happy you've received the much needed rain ~ and your photos are so cheerful, too! Such a pretty covered dish. xo

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  17. hope u're feeling better, Ju:) chicken looks lovely. just like how my ah ma used to make whenever any of my aunts gave birth. i think it'd be perfect for silly british weather

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  18. Wow....the heat can be frightening but what a miracle after the rain. It's brilliant that you took all those beautiful pictures. I'm sure you enjoyed showing and teaching your kids about how nature works.....by your pictures :D I love chicken wine too. Have been cooking often here to beat the cold.

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  19. I could use some of this right now Ju...it looks so warming and comforting...
    I am feeling the same way as you at the moment...busy and exhausted...
    But you perked me up with your post!
    L~xo

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  20. Ju
    I love this dish and you won me over when I saw that ginger on top of the chicken! Yum!

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  21. Woah, that's a lot of cognac!! haha Ah the power of rain...no wonder it's so necessary in this world. This dish looks great!!

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  22. This reminds me ...

    I asked Tammy if she saw the bottle of Hennessy XO a friend gave me, and she said they had it for dinner :(

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  23. Dry spell in SG? OMG... that is unheard of. I am glad it is getting better. Can you make me some chicken wine soup when I return ;)

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  24. This is my favourite too, but I use my mom's homemade rice wine, yummy!

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  25. This is a lovely dish and I like it with lots of ginger.

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  26. Hi Ju,
    Very delicious chicken wine you have. The picture tells a thousand words! :)

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  27. What a great meal. The chicken looks so nice and juicy.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    *kisses* HH

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  28. yes the weather is crazy :(
    that aside.. thats my kinda dish!
    love chicken with some wine.
    kids so lucky to have you as their mom.
    hope you're coping well with your "full-time" job!
    take a good rest if you need to, you deserve it!

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  29. I am always touched when I see you cook dishes like these - homely and familiar stuff that probably doesn't make it onto a restuarant menu but are so comforting- and coming from a contemporary,young home-maker like yourself, I am really happy - there is hope for tradition!

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  30. We're finally coming out of winter and my the garlic that I planted last September is up about 5" already!

    "Steaming up my camera"..LOL! Looks so good, we love chicken and ginger.

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  31. hi ju
    your photos are superb and it is true that the old ginger must have given a real kick to tha dish !! Hello from Paris Pierre

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  32. wow, the cognac must have been amazing! we keep a bottle for steak au poivre or pate, and this should go on that list!

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  33. Loved this dish! I like to add lots of shredded gingers too.

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  34. love chic in wine !! one of my favourite comfort food!!

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  35. such a comfort dish. I PRAY for the rain when I cook dishes like this haha. love the generous amount of ginger :)

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  36. Agree...a lot of ginger..I like!

    They shd change the song "rain rain go away, come again another day" ....

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  37. My mom used to always make me eat this too!

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  38. teochew nang...kaki nang... that looks awesome!

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  39. Superbe très jolie recette merci pour ce partage

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  40. WOW, it seems like we're suffering from too much heat. IT's also the same condition here in M'sia

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  41. Nice.I love chicken wine too but dont know how to cook that

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  42. Putting shredded ginger and cognac is a great idea! Never tried to cook chicken with these before. It definitely sounds warming and I should trythis before the winter ends here.

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  43. I saw these MASSIVE mushrooms on my way to work yesterday, they were white and gorgeously huge. Too bad they'll probably send me off to the hospital or something.

    I love chicken wine, especially on nights that are mildly coldER than the usual warm stifling ones. :) Hope you're better rested now!

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  44. My domestic helper cooked this yesterday and it was heaven. Reminded me of the time when I was doing my confinement...

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  45. The weather is definitely crazy! I remember wanting to go for a picnic, and my mom commented, "But it's too hot for that!", and barely a couple of days later when I was going out, my mom commented "But the rain won't subside, noe!". Haha :P

    Gorgeous presentation of the chicken, dearie! :)

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  46. That looks good, my mum also makes me take 'tonic' stuff on rainy days ^^

    Thanks for your suggestion. My best friend Blacktulip has offered to help me post items onto the blog, but that would be the last resort. Recently I talked to some people about getting around the banned websites in China. Got some new ideas. Will be trying them out when I reach BJ.

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  47. Hello Ju!

    Brussels calling!! What a superb & divine chicken dish! I also love cognac in my cooking! Yummie,...!!!!

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  48. I would die for some of that chicken right now!! My dad used to make something similar so it reminds me of being a kid.

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  49. hihi,

    I am a FTWM, nw surfing net for some idea for my dinner tonite & found ur blog. U had a very nice blog.*_*

    I am very interested to make the chicken, i am going to marinate it tonite so would like to check hw you fry the chicken? Simply with garlic? Other than oil do i need to add in any other ingredients?

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  50. All for sales: I provided a link to my recipe in my above post. Maybe you missed it. It's here:
    http://thelittleteochew.blogspot.com/2009/07/kai-zhao-chicken-wine.html

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