Easiest Honey and Soy Chicken Wings {Speedy Recipe}

Soy and Honey Chicken Wings

This is it. This is the ultimate easy recipe. It’s extremely versatile – for party as finger food (kids and adults absolutely love them,) cold for kid’s (and adult’s) lunchboxes, eaten hot with salad and rice for dinner, turn into sandwiches for lunch. So cheap and easy. Three ingredients. What else do you need?

Soy and Honey Chicken Wings

Honey and Soy Chicken Wings
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Ingredients
  1. 20 chicken drummettes and wingettes
  2. 4 tbsp soy sauce
  3. 3 tbsp honey
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200'c degrees
  2. Marinate the chicken wings in soy sauce, ensure even coating on all wings for 10 minutes (up to 3 hours)
  3. Spread out the wings (including the soy sauce) in a single layer in baking tray(s) that have been lined with baking paper to make cleaning up easy.
  4. Pour honey in fine drizzles over all the wings, turn them over and ensure both sides of the wings get even coating of the honey.
  5. Bake the wings for 25-35 minutes, the wings will swim a little in the soy/honey mixture but don't worry, turning the wings over half way through will ensure browning on both sides.
Serve with
  1. - Green salad, Greek salad,
  2. - Rice, fried rice,
  3. - Shredded meat in a sandwich with mayonnaise
  4. - Cold in a lunch box or picnic
  5. - Use in place or any BBQ chicken recipe
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Prospect Espresso, Camberwell {Melbourne Review}

Prospect Burger at Prospect espresso

Prospect Espresso. I’m surprised we haven’t tried this lovely place considering it’s pretty close to home but ventured into it one day we did after I had a blood test at Melbourne Path nearby. Mum and Mini were there with me. We got there at around 11ish on a weekend and the place was bustling. We had to wait a few minutes for the table but luckily not too long.

Flat White at Prospect Espresso

(Flat White – $4)

We ordered drinks – a flat white for me, a babycino for Mini and an orange juice for Mum. Coffee was great and Mini was terribly happy with her babycino ($?) I have been back a few times to get takeaway coffee including an iced coffee since and I have to say the coffee is consistently great. The orange juice ($6) was not so great but it was in the middle of Summer so I personally would say Mum had it coming for ordering fresh orange juice in Summer. Who does that? Repeat after me: citrus is a Winter thing. If you’re eating oranges in Summer, they are either months old or came from the US. Don’t do it. Same with apples.

Babycino at Prospect Espresso

(Babycino for Mini – $?)

Smoked Trout Salad with Peas, Zucchini, Snow Pea Shoots

(Smoked trout, zucchini, peas and snow peas salad – $16?)

Because we have all eaten breakfast, we settled on the lunch menu. I ordered the smoked trout salad with zucchini strips, fresh peas, snow pea shoots and ($16?) and it was the most darling of salads. The leaves and peas were so fresh they were beautifully sweet and really complimented the smoked trout and the quite rich crème fraîche(?) sauce. I really thoroughly enjoyed it. We were sitting in this gorgeous cafe with lots of sunlight shining through and it was the kind of salad that made you happy it’s Summer (too bad it’s Autumn now – not that I don’t love Melbourne in Autum, I just love Summer more.)

Golden chips at Prospect Espresso

(Thick cut chips – served with the Prospect Burger – $20.5)

Mum ordered the Prospect Burger ($20.5) which is their Angus burger with bacon, cheese, tomato, lettuce and pickle on a brioche(!) bun served with thick-cut chips. Mum finds Australian food size completely overwhelming so while I was palming off some of my lovely salad to Mini in an attempt to train her in eating salad (she does, yay!) I got to try a bit of the burger. It was delicious. The meat was juicy and everything was put together well. No complaints whatsoever. The chips were also well made and they were served with mild aioli and I am always a sucker for adding oily sauces onto deep fried things for extra calories.

It was a very pleasant lunch in a small, cozy cafe. The food was well made and thought out and the coffee was great. The high-ish price tag is common within the area and obviously a favourite with the locals. While there wasn’t a kid’s menu, they were quite accomodating with having Mini and the service was decent. But I really love the food and coffee. Will definitely be back.

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Prospect Espresso [ Website ]
Address: 2A Prospect Hill Road, Camberwell VIC 3124
Phone: (03) 9882 7359
Hours: Monday – Friday 7am – 4pm, Saturday – Sunday 8am – 4.30pm
Public Transport: Camberwell Train Station (260m), Tram 72 (10m), Tram 70 & 75 (400m)

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Broccoli Rice and Being a Veg Ninja

roast peri peri chicken with broccoli rice recipe

Allow me to share with you one of those favourite family dishes. You know you have them in repertoire. There are the something really fast that you can get dinner going in 15 minutes and there are the really easy recipes that makes you look like a good parent for feeding your kids well. Because we, the adults, are fairly fussy, we also make sure that the stuff we make we want to eat too.

So I went over to my sister-in-law’s for lunch one day and she served up roast chicken. The chicken was really flavourful and tender and amazing and I ask her how she did it. She said she just bought the pre-marinated chicken from the supermarket. I never actually considered this! I had peri-peri chicken before but being a sucker that I am, I made it from scratch using this recipe. And it was great. But it was time consuming. So one day I thought I might try the pre-marinated peri-peri chicken from Aldi and I never looked back. They are butterflied and cook much faster than a normal roast. We get one of these chickens once every couple of months.

roast peri peri chicken with broccoli rice recipe

The next part, of course, is what to eat with it. I looked up a few Portugese recipes (working with what I had in the fridge/pantry) I found this recipe for broccoli rice (arroz con brocoli) which is basically rice cooked with broccoli, garlic and olive oil so I decide to ‘veg ninja’ it into a side dish with lots of vegetables. The concept of ‘veg ninja’ has been brought to my attention by a fellow parent on Instagram and it’s basically when you try to shove in as much vegetables into a traditional dish that does not have vegetables in it (think putting peas into spaghetti alla carbonara, cabbage into tom kha gai and having more veggies in fried rice than the actual rice) in order to make your kids eat vegetables. Well, this is one of those recipes and I love it.

Do you have a veg ninja trick? Please share!

Broccoli Rice
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups cooked long grain rice
  2. 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  3. 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  4. 1 head broccoli, cut into small florets
  5. 1/2 red capsicum, diced
  6. 1 small zucchini, diced
  7. 1 onion, diced
  8. 1 tomato, diced
  9. 4 tbsp juice & fat from the roast chicken (or substitute with some concentrated chicken stock - adjust amount accordingly when using chicken stock)
Instructions
  1. Steam or microwave the broccoli florents with a bit of water until slightly soft but not yet fully cooked - around 2 minutes on High.
  2. Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan on high. Fry garlic for a minute until softened but not coloured. Turn the heat down to medium.
  3. Add broccoli florets, red capsicum, onion and zucchini. Fry for a few minutes until they begin to soften. Add splashes of water if required to keep the vegetables from cooking unevenly.
  4. Add rice and fry until everything comes together and the vegetables are cooked.
  5. Add tomato and chicken juices/stock and fry until the tomato begins to soften and fall apart. Ensure there is enough liquid so this doesn't turn into a fried rice.
  6. Turn off the heat, cover the pan with a lid or foil and let the rice sit for about ten minutes.
Serve with
  1. - Peri peri roast chicken or any other roasts
  2. - Any meat really
  3. - Try covering it with cheese and bake (I haven't tried it but I am thinking it might be a good idea!)
Adapted from Traditional Portuguese arroz con brócoli recipes
Adapted from Traditional Portuguese arroz con brócoli recipes
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Top Paddock, Richmond {Melbourne Review}

Soft shell mudcrab with salad and lime mayonnaise in brioche bun at Top Paddock

We had a fairly bad experience with Top Paddock previously when we got there one weekend. It was quite busy, we were ignored by the waitstaff for quite a while (literally ignored, not ‘please wait’ just plain straight walking past back and forth without paying us any attention) and once we were seated, the venue was incredibly noisy due to it having lots and LOTS of bare walls with no noise absorber whatsoever. So we basically decided to walk out at the time as Josh is fairly sensitive to bad acoustics (it gives him a terrible headache.) But I was quite determined to eat there because I have heard so many good things about this place and bad acoustics doesn’t bother me as much. So I needed a new tactic – I needed a brunch date who wasn’t Josh and I needed to be there on a week day.

Top Paddock Cafe, Richmond, Melbourne

The opportunity presented itself when Mum was in town and we were on our way to Australian Open to see Roger Federer playing the second round against Simone Bolleli. Sure, Top Paddock isn’t exactly walking distance to Rod Laver Arena but it mattered not because I wanted to eat at Top Paddock, damn it. Luckily this time, we found parking easily (unlike last time when we had to pay exorbitant parking for a meal we didn’t eat – yeah still grumpy about that) and we were greeted nicely by the waitstaff and were seated in a nice sunny spot. A much better start this time. The venue itself is actually quite spacious and gorgeously fitted out – but yes the acoustics when busy really were absolutely atrocious (my friend pointed out, when I told her about this that I am old, I am. I admit it.)

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(Flat white – $3.80)

We were in a bit of a rush for the tennis but service was quite prompt and we didn’t have to wait long for coffee and food. We peruse the menu (and obviously I wanted to order everything but it was breakfast and we could only eat so much.) Mum decided to order the soft shell crab (first picture – Queensland soft shell mud crab & salad with lime mayonnaise on a brioche bun – $21) because I may have suggested that it’s one of their more popular dishes. Okay, I wanted to try it. It was really quite good. It was the meatiest, juiciest, best soft shell crab I ever had and the salad, mayo and the bun all complimented each really nicely.The only complaint about it is that the soft shell crab itself was overly salted.

Snapper with chilli-fried egg, avocado, tomato, lime and corn tortilla at Top Paddock Cafe

(Local snapper with chilli-fried egg, avocado, tomato, lime and corn tortilla -$19.50)

I decided on the snapper and while it was the prettier dish of the two and was quite good, I found this dish to be a bit scattered. There was nothing to tie all the ingredients together but the ingredients were definitely of good quality and I did enjoy the dish although I wouldn’t recommend it. The same complaint as the soft shell crab applied, the snapper pieces were over-salted. Whoever on the seafood duty that day must have been fairly heavy handed. The coffee was fantastic though.

So despite a fault start, and a few things that weren’t quite right, we enjoyed having a nice coffee and brunch in a lovely space on that sunny day. The food focused itself on really good ingredients and the prices reflect that. I wouldn’t hesitate to go back and sample a few more dishes there in the future.

Top Paddock Cafe [ Web Site ]
Address: 658 Church St., Richmond VIC 3121
Phone: 03 9429 4332
Hours: Mon – Fri 7am – 4pm, weekends & public holidays 8am – 4pm
Public Transport: Trams 78 & 79 (right out front), East Richmond Train Station (700m)

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