Soy, orange & ginger chicken and squash traybake
I love a dish that you can cook all in one, and I really fancied finding a new way to use butternut squash- entering into Autumn there are lots of lovely squash and pumpkins around, and i had an inkling that soy sauce would go really well with baked squash, giving it a bit of caramelisation. I mixed in some orange and zest to help it along with some sticky, sweet flavour, and then some ginger and garlic to finish it off.
This all baked together beautifully with the chicken, ...
Chinese char siu pork (bbq pork)
I wanted to have a go at making my own char siu pork as I love the look of it! We never get takeaway as there isn't anywhere to get it where I live, but I still love the takaway experience (lots of dishes to help yourself to!) so will often do a Chinese, Indian or Mexican at the weekend. Because there are so many amazing flavours in these cuisines anyway, you really don't need all the fat and oil that you would get in a takeaway dish in order to have something that still tastes amazing.
Chinese chilli beef
I tried to find a way to make this crispy chilli beef, but I'm just not sure you can achieve that without frying it in a lot of oil (if you have found a way PLEASE drop me a line!). But anyway, this was still really tasty, for me as good as something you' get from a Chinese takeaway but completely without the guilt factor! The great thing about making your own Chinese food at home is that you can involve lots of vegetables and still keep it feeling very take-away-ey!