Sesame Chicken Recipe

Open Sesame! Look, I couldn’t resist and you won’t be able to resist this recipe from the bhall757 YouTube channel.


▢ 5 tbsp Vegetable oil

▢ 2 eggs – lightly beaten

▢ 3 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch)

▢ 10 tbsp plain (all-purpose) flour

▢ ½ tsp salt▢ ½ tsp pepper

▢ ½ tsp garlic salt

▢ 2 tsp paprika

▢ 3 chicken breast fillets – chopped into bite-size chunks

On to the Sauce:

*▢ 1 tbsp sesame oil – optional – you can leave out and just sprinkle with plenty of sesame seeds at the end if you prefer

▢ 2 cloves garlic – peeled and minced

▢ 1 tbsp Chinese rice vinegar – white wine vinegar will work too

▢ 2 tbsp honey

▢ 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce – use more or less depending on the brand and how spicy you like it

▢ 3 tbsp ketchup

▢ 2 tbsp brown sugar

▢ 4 tbsp soy sauce

Let’s Get to Work

Eggless Christmas Cake Recipe

This eggless christmas cake | christmas cake recipe | plum cake | eggless christmas plum cake is loaded with dry fruits and enhanced with goodness of spices. this cake is made in kadhai and does not require rum or soaking the fruits. so no soaking required. also no oven required as the cake is made in kadai/kadhai. there is no alcohol used in this cake like rum or brandy. also no eggs are used in the cake. this a must try recipe for Christmas. do try making it this Christmas and coming new year. enjoy it with your friends and family. christmas cake is explained with detailed photo and video. this is an eggless cake for christmas. cake recipes popularly made for most of the occasions and celebration feast

Ingredients for Eggless Christmas Cake:

For The Cake

-1 cup (240ml) warm milk

-1 tbspn vinegar or lemon juice

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup flavorless oil

¼ cup honey

1 tspn mixture of cinnamon powder, cloves powder and nutmeg powder

1½ cup (200g) refined flour/maida

2 tbspns cocoa powder

1 tspn baking soda

1 cup mixed dried fruits ½ cup raisins ½ cup black currants

2 tbspns tutti frutti

¼ cup almonds roughly chopped ¼ cup cashews roughly chopped

To decorate the cake

2 tbspns mixed dry fruits

2 tbspn of orange juice

1 tbspn brown sugar

Red Velvet Poundcake With Cream Cheese Glaze

This recipe was freely shared on Facebook back in 2016 by Monica Wilkerson Clark

Red Velvet Pound Cake w/ Cream Cheese Glaze

3 sticks butter (room temperature)
3 cups sugar
5 large eggs
3 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup sour cream
1 oz red food coloring
1 tsp white vinegar
2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 325°. Prepare a 12 cup Bundt pan by greasing and flouring (I used Baker’s Joy).

Using mixer cream butter. Add sugar one cup at a time and mix until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl, mixing until yellow disappears.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda. Mix with whisk.

In another medium bowl, combine buttermilk, sour cream, food coloring, vanilla, and vinegar. Alternate adding flour mixture and buttermilk mixture to the sugar/butter mixture; beginning and ending with flour mixture.

Spoon batter into prepared pan and bake for 45-55 minutes. It took mine 70 minuted until the toothpick test was successful. Let cool for 15-20 minutes; remove from pan and let cool completely on wire rack.

Drizzle with glaze:
8 oz package cream cheese
1/4 cup butter
3 cups 10x sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2-5 tbsp whole milk (or condensed)
Pecans (optional)

With mixer, beat cream cheese and butter on low speed until well combined and creamy. Gradually add 10x sugar, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla, then milk, mixing until smooth and of drizzling consistency. Additional milk or 10x sugar may be added until it reaches the right consistency.

After drizzling I threw chopped pecans at it. 😉

Chicago’s Famous Christkindlmarket Goes Virtual for 2020

The Christkindlmarket tradition started in 1996 in the heart of downtown Chicago and has experienced tremendous growth, which led to the opening of additional markets in Illinois and Wisconsin. It has become the ideal place for families to create unique holiday memories with international flair.

Inspired by the 16th century Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany, one of the first holiday markets of its kind, the Christkindlmarket is well-known for its red and white striped vendor booths boasting high quality gifts, authentic German food and drink and mulled wine, called Glühwein, the signature drink of the market.

From the safety and comfort of their homes, visitors from around the nation can continue their annual tradition online. (Click to Visit Website)

A newly designed website allows people to shop some of their favorite Christkindlmarket products, participate in virtual special events, and learn about German customs.

One of the highlights consists of the daily virtual Advent calendar prize drawing on the Christkindlmarket Facebook page from December 1st – December 24th.

Special deals and promotions will also be announced on the Christkindlmarket Instagram page and through the newsletter.

Cranberry Harvesting

The cranberry harvest takes place once a year from mid-September through early November. There are two methods of harvesting cranberries.

Dry Harvesting

Dry harvesting uses walk-behind machines to comb the berries off the vines into burlap bags. Berries are then removed from the bogs by either bog vehicles or helicopters. The fruit is delivered to fresh fruit receiving stations where it is graded and screened based on color and ability to bounce (soft berries will not bounce). Dry harvested cranberries are used to supply the fresh fruit market. These cranberries are most often used for cooking and baking. Click here to learn more about dry harvesting.

Wet Harvesting

Cranberries have pockets of air inside the fruit. Because of this, cranberries float in water, and thus, the bogs can be flooded to aid in removal of fruit from the vines. Water reels, nicknamed “egg-beaters” are used to stir up the water in the bogs. By this action, cranberries are dislodged from the vines and float to the surface of the water. Wooden or plastic “booms” are used to round up the berries, which are then lifted by conveyor or pumped into a truck to take them to the receiving station for cleaning. More than 90% of the crop is wet harvested. Wet harvested cranberries are used for juices, sauces, sweetened dried cranberries, ingredients in other processed foods or in nutraceutical products.

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‘Blue Bloods’ and The Tradition of Family Sitting Together For Sunday Dinner

Every Blue Blood fans knows an episode is not complete without the family coming together for dinner. Now for more than a decade viewers have family dinner with Reagan family. The first episode include a spread of Prime Rib, corn, mashed potatoes and rolls. Tom Selleck cuts the prime rib and Donnie Wahlberg claims to be guilty of eating the food for real during the episodes.

Here’s a look back at the very first dinner scene:

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Amtrak Cross Country Travel by Train DC to LA

Traveling by train needs to be on any American’s bucket list. There is nothing like getting a grander visual picture of the terrain of the country in which one lives. This form or travel is only rivaled by car and each has its set of perks. If traveling in a group, no one has the stress or responsibility of driving. If traveling alone, it’s a much needed sabbatical from everyday life. You’ll be traveling for three nights.

Amtrak trains are more pleasant than one might imagine. Sleeping cars are rather expensive, making the trip average cost about a thousand bucks but you have a shower, bed and some meals covered. In coach the seats recline and they are much wider and comfortable the seats on a planes in coach these days.

Observation Deck Car

One of the best things about traveling by train are the options of where to sit and hang out. There is an observation deck with with large window and chair which face the window. The cafe area is the usually the most quiet and private area, complete with booths. You can pick up slightly over priced snacks and use the microwave.

There’s also the dining car. The food, in my opinion is not bad but also not extraordinary. Seems they take precaution to not overly season. Salt and pepper are provided. The breakfast is the most enjoyable meal option there to me. Pancakes, sausage and more are on the menu.

You are not likely to sit by yourself if you travel alone as they must fill the booths. It’s a great place to chat with fellow traveler and exchange stories.

Watch A Cross Country Trip documented by MCCN’s Editor

Travel Vlog Amtrak Trip December 2017 – The World As I See It – Crystal Johnson