Breaking bread: The art of building relationships

From the dawn of civilization, men have always used food as a means to make merry, to celebrate an occasion or mark an important date. It is these breakfasts, lunches and dinners that build our bonds, be it within the family, the community or at the workplace. A family that eats together is said to always have stuck together.No wonder corporate executives have the so-called “power lunches” when they needed to break free from the dreadfulness and coldness of meeting rooms when they want to settle with a deal or come up with something creative.

Everyone from advertisers to religious leaders knows the importance of a shared meal and hence always encouraged it. For example, fast food chains like KFC or MC Donalds came up with terms Bucket and family pack to bank on the idea that a good meal must be shared and that intern is good and healthy for a relationship. When it comes to religion there are Passover feats, Sacraments etc to mark an important day with a meal to remind themselves of the important dates and rituals.

In a more personal level, people, more often in the beginning of their relationships have dined in and dine outs to know each other better because its more casual and you have a reason to meet over something- A drink, a meal or two.

The meal is an essential part of relationship building, it improves the quality of the relationship by building closer bonds when people break bread together and share!

Crispy Fried Chicken Wings (Recipe)

Crispy Fried Chicken Wings
Crispy Fried Chicken Wings Poster
Crispy Fried Chicken Wings Poster

We all love chicken, don’t we?  Wanna make Crispy Fried Chicken Wings on your own? It’s a simple and easy delicious dish. It’s sort of like Munchie and salty which goes super well with a cold beer. It’s one of the easiest fried chicken recipes you’ll ever make.

Crispy Fried Chicken Wings
Crispy Fried Chicken Wings

Ingriedents:

  • Chicken Wings
  • Fish Sauce
  • White Pepper
  • Cooking Oil

Instructions:

(For this dish, I suggest you use the flat wings because it has higher skin to meat ratio).

  • Put the wings in a flat bowl or container, season it with fish sauce.
  • Toss them and let it marinate for half an hour and then flip them halfway through.
  • Now dry off the marinade by putting it on a paper towel.
  • Sprinkle White pepper on it.
  • Dust the chicken with rice flour/corn flour. (to create moisture from the skin)
  • Once it’s done shake off the excess flour,
  • Heat up your non-stick frying pan with a quarter inch of oil in it.
  • Once you get enough heat shallow fry it on medium flame
  • Keep frying until the colour turns deep golden brown.
  • Then flip it the other side and fry it for another couple minutes.
  • Once it’s cooked, remove and put it in a paper towel.

Make sure the skins are dried. (You don’t need to serve it with sauces, it’s good on its own).

This recipe will show you the magical ingriedents that fish sauce produces, the flavour that comes out of it is incredible.

Shrimp Fried Rice Recipe (Khao Pad Goong)

Welcome to Bread and Melody, You will learn how to make the recipe for Shrimp Fried Rice (Khao Pad Goong) classic Thai fried rice with shrimp. Shrimp fried rice is a portion of typical street food available at every restaurant in Thailand.

Ingredients:

Shrimp Fried Rice Recipe
Shrimp Fried Rice
  1. Shrimp (5-6 pcs)
  2. White onion (small size)
  3. Spring onion (2 pcs)
  4. Beans (4 pcs)
  5. Carrot (1)
  6. Garlic (2-3 cloves)
  7. Egg (1)
  8. Bowl of cooked rice
  9. Red Chillies (3-4)
  10. Fish Sauce (teaspoon)
  11. Soya sauce (tablespoon)
  12. Oyster sauce (tablespoon)
  13. Vegetable oil (3-4 teaspoons)

Instructions:

Take 2-3 garlic, peel and mince them.
Slice onion into wedges lengthwise.
Slice the spring onion bottom roots and cut them finely.
Cut your beans and carrot into smaller pieces.
(In order to make good Shrimp Fried Rice  you need to use rice that day old rice which works very well)

  • Turn on your stove and add about one tablespoon of oil for frying, (make sure the oil is nice and hot).
  • Put the minced garlic and red chillies stir fry it for about 15 sec.
  • Add your shrimp and stir-frying continuously for about 40 sec.
  • Add half of your rice. (a little bit of rice first is going to soak up all those delicious shrimp juices).
  • Crack in an egg and mix it up with your shrimp and rice. Stir-fry until your egg is cooked.
  • Then toss in the rest of your rice give it a quick stir.
  • Add a tablespoon of soya sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce and a pinch of sugar.
  • Toss in your carrot, beans and sliced onion fry it for another 40 sec.
  • Then the green onions, a few more sec. and remove it from the heat.

You may serve it with cucumber, a squeeze of Lemon and sprinkle of pepper. (You will love the little sour tinge from the lime juice)

(Khao Pad Goong)

Shrimp Fried Rice (Khao Pad Goong) is a good classic lunch dish to fill your empty stomach .

Thai Basil Chicken Recipe (Pad Gaprao)

Welcome to Bread & Melody Blog. Here you will learn the Thai Basil Chicken Recipe, the famous and iconic Thai Basil Chicken (Pad Gaprao). Pad is a stir-fry and Gaprao is a basil delicious easy dish super famous which is well known in Thailand. The reason why it is famous in Thailand is because of its aromatic fragrance and abundant availability that grows like weeds which can be found in every corner of the country. In general, the younger the Gaprao (basil) the more aromatic they tend to be.

Ingredients:

Thai Basil Chicken Recipe
Ingredients of Pad Gaprao
  1. Boneless Chicken (500 gm)
  2. Red Chilli (fresh)  (4/5 pcs)
  3. Long beans (3/4 pcs)
  4. Garlic (5 pcs)
  5. Fish Sauce (4 tablespoons)
  6. Soya Sauce (5 tablespoons)
  7. Dark Soya Sauce (3 tablespoons)
  8. Mint leaves (handful)
  9. Basil Leaves (handful)
  10. Water
  11. Sugar (1 teaspoon)
  12. Vegetable Oil (4/5 tablespoon)

Instructions:

  • Make a paste with garlic and red chilli which will be the base of the stir fry. Chopped garlic must be kept aside.
  • Take a bowl and mix the sauces (Fish Sauce, Soya Sauce and Dark Soya Sauce) together with Sugar. Add some water and make sure you dissolve the sugar by stiring it well.
  • You can make Pad Gaprao with any kind of meat you want but the most common type is either chicken.
  • Chop the chicken into bite sizes in a chopping board with a big cleaver or a knife.
  • Cut the beans into shorter pieces.
  • Heat up your non stick frying pan with vegetable oil in it.
  • Heat up your non stick frying pan with vegetable oil in it.
  • Now, put the chopped  garlic. Then the garlic and red chilli paste right away. (you don’t have to wait for the oil to get it hot).
  • You may let it cook until the garlic starts to get brown a little bit.
  • Now put the chicken. Cook for 2-3 mins untill the chicken is sort of in smaller pieces.
  • Put the mixed sauce and get it mixed up well with the chicken.
  • Toss your beansin. If you want them nice and soft you want to add them early so maybe at the same time as the sauce. But if you want them to be still crunchy you can wait untill the chicken is mostly done.
  • Now you might add the basil and mint leaves after the heat is off. Just use the residual because you might not want to cook the leaves to death. Just toss it.

Now that’s done. You can just serve your dish with steamed rice and fried egg. You might also want to season it with Sliced Cucumber and a squeeze of Lemon on top of it (optional).

                                (maximum cooking time should be 15 mins)

Thai Basil Chicken
Pad Gaprao

In Thailand, Thai Basil Chicken Recipe (Pad Gaprao) is sort of a classic dish you would find at a streetside restaurant for a quick lunch and that’s why it is a cool dish to make. It’s quite a simple dish but featuring of basil and mint leaves really boosts it up and it’s got a flavour as you’ve ever had again.

Top songs to be played at funeral service

As we all have been experiencing the loss of someone who is closed to us. We feel unacceptable, painful and got our heartbroken at the time of their departure. We feel broken, shattered and their memories won’t let us go.

I created a playlist of songs and hymns for you to listen while mourning the death and loss of someone who has been special to us.

  • Always Look on the Bright Side of Life – Eric Idle
  • The Lord is My Shepherd – Traditional
  • Abide with Me – Traditional
  • Match of the Day theme
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful – Traditional
  • Robbie Williams – Angels
  • Enigma Variations (Nimrod) – Elgar
  • You’ll Never Walk Alone – Gerry and the Pacemakers
  • Cricket Theme/Soul Limbo – Booker T & the MG’s (test match TV theme)
  • Canon in D – Pachelbel
  • My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
  • Last of the Summer Wine theme
  • Only Fools and Horses theme
  • Time to Say Goodbye – Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli
  • Four Seasons – Vivaldi
  • Ava Maria – Schubert
  • Coronation Street theme
  • You Raise Me Up – Westlife
  • Over the Rainbow – Eva Cassidy
  • World in Union (Rugby Theme) – Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and other versions
  • Nessun Dorma – Puccini
  • Adagio – Bizet/Albinoni

BREAKING BREAD: THE ART OF BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS

From the dawn of civilization, men have always used food as a means to make merry, to celebrate an occasion or mark an important date. It is these breakfasts, lunches and dinners that build our bonds, be it within the family, the community or at the workplace. A family that eats together is said to always have stuck together.No wonder corporate executives have the so-called “power lunches” when they needed to break free from the dreadfulness and coldness of meeting rooms when they want to settle with a deal or come up with something creative.

Everyone from advertisers to religious leaders knows the importance of a shared meal and hence always encouraged it. For example, fast food chains like KFC or MC Donalds came up with terms Bucket and family pack to bank on the idea that a good meal must be shared and that intern is good and healthy for a relationship. When it comes to religion there are Passover feats, Sacraments etc to mark an important day with a meal to remind themselves of the important dates and rituals.

In a more personal level, people, more often in the beginning of their relationships have dined in and dine outs to know each other better because its more casual and you have a reason to meet over something- A drink, a meal or two.

The meal is an essential part of relationship building, it improves the quality of the relationship by building closer bonds when people break bread together and share!