Updated Photo for BBQ Wings Recipe

Wings were on sale this week so I took the opportunity to take a new photo for the post when I made wings with a homemade Japanese-style BBQ sauce last night. I also changed the name of the recipe.



This baby’s a huge fan of these wings!


Chicken and Spinach Gratin Recipe

I really need to make this recipe more often! Unfortunately it takes a bit more time to prepare than a lot of my other favorite recipes. This gratin recipe is great on cold days when you want something to warm yourself up with.

I’ve edited the portions of how the original recipe is written on Cookpad a bit to reflect how I usually make it.

Ingredients: (Makes 3-4 servings)

  • 250 g of noodles of your choice
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 2 bunches of spinach
  • Any other vegetables that you would like to add, such as onions or mushrooms
  • About 5 tablespoons of butter
  • 6 tablespoons of flour
  • 2 cups and two tablespoons(450 cc + 30 cc) of milk
  • 1 chicken flavored bouillon cube
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • As much shredded cheese as you want (sliced cheese works too)


  1. Boil the pasta and put it into a separate bowl for later.
  2. Cut the vegetables and chicken into bite-size sizes. Boil the spinach.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180º C (360º F) if you’re using a regular oven. If you’re in Japan and using the oven function in a microwave like we do, preheat to 190ºC.
  4. Season the chicken with some salt and pepper. Heat up a small bit of oil in a pot and cook the chicken.
  5. After the chicken becomes a cooked color, add two teaspoons of butter and any other vegetables you plan to include aside from the spinach. Cook well and then add another 3 tablespoons of butter.
  6. After the butter has completely melted, turn off the heat and add in the flour.
  7. Once the flour has covered everything, turn the heat back on and mix them all together.
  8. Add two cups (450 cc) of milk and the bouillon cube in. Stir until it gets thick. If you were frying the the previous steps in a pot, then just add all this on top of the fried stuff.
  9. Add another two tablespoons of milk and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the pasta and spinach into the pot, and mix them all together.
  10. Butter a baking pan, and then pour the contents of the pot into the pan. Use as much cheese as you want on top. I like to pile it on!
  11. Bake in the oven until the cheese turns golden. It takes about 20 minutes uncovered for me, but I’m sure it’d be much faster in a real oven.

Homemade Japanese-Style BBQ Wings Recipe

While the Japanese flavored wings were pretty tasty, I decided I needed some BBQ wings in my life. Also I had some wings leftover since I bought too many before, so I figured I’d use them. This recipe was sooo good that we were sad when it was over!! I wonder if five more wings could fit in the frying pan. I think I’ll have to use the sauce for other cuts of chicken too.

I really need to figure out some better sides, but for now shredded cabbage is an easy go to.

Original recipe on Cookpad

Ingredients: (Serves 2 for dinner, 4 for bento)
600 g of wings (about 10-12 wings)
A bit of salt and pepper
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
☆1/2 tablespoon of grated garlic
☆1 teaspoon of sugar
☆2 teaspoons of soy sauce
☆4 tablespoons of ketchup
☆2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
☆2 tablespoons of mirin (sweet cooking sake)

1. Make a cut along the bone. Add salt and pepper.
2. Heat up the vegetable oil in a frying pan. Fry the wings until they turn golden on both sides.
3. Add 1 cup of water and the ingredients marked with ☆ into the frying pan. Put the lid on and cook on low heat for 5-6 minutes.
4. Remove the lid. On medium heat, shake the pan while the sauce boils until it thickens.

Dinner on November 10: Sweet and Sour Curry Chicken


Since this is my learning about cooking blog, I suppose I should blog my failures too. I really like this recipe, but I forgot to double the recipe for the sauce when I made it this week. Unfortunately it didn’t come out as good as usual as a result. I would’ve added more sauce but my chicken was already covered in mayo before I realized. I’ll have to make sure to remember for next time.

It’s not in this picture, but I did add some rice. I found it was too much food though, so I think I’ll be skipping it next time.

Recipe can be found here.

Tonight’s Dinner: Sweet and Sour Chicken With a Hint of Curry Flavoring


This is one of my favorites of the recipes I’ve discovered so far! I’ve been making it every week since I found this recipe. It’s so delicious. This time I made it with two chicken breasts instead of one. I used ingredients and a half for the sauce to make up for the extra breast, though I think just one tablespoon of curry powder would have been enough. Unfortunately I spilled the sauce everywhere just as I was about to put it into the pot! I was so upset, but luckily just barely had enough mirin left to remake the sauce again. I gotta be more careful next time…

Recipe under the cut.

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Tonight’s Dinner: Japanese Flavored Wings

Since I started on my cooking journey I’ve created a little collection of recipes I’ve already tried, but I’m still trying to do one new one a week. Wings were on sale this week, so I decided to finally use my premium subscription and try out one of the top rated recipes for wings from Cookpad.

I made us 8 wings each but I’m not sure that was enough. This recipe left us both wanting more!


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