Kitchen Exploits | Family Favourites #5 - Berry Baked Chocolate Oatmeal

This week's Family Favourites on Kitchen Exploits takes us to languid, unhurried mornings, breakfast spreads laid out casually on a family table, coffee smells, dew in the air, and pleasurable communal eating with loved ones. It also reminds me of this book I have been wanting to get, to enjoy a visual documentation of two women's kitchen tables in a year of mornings.

Our guest blogger today, Zee of Oven Haven, marries beautiful photography and delicious writing on her blog, and posts on gorgeously healthy food she makes on Instagram, often for her toddler. Let us welcome Zee!

:: On most weekdays, breakfast in my household revolves around hurried toasts, reheated frozen pancakes, overnight oats in a jar, and anything else that takes less than ten minutes to go from stove to table. Weekend mornings, on the other hand, are spent over carefully-planned and leisurely-prepared (and enjoyed, if I may add) dishes, punctuating the monotonously laborious prior days with a well-deserved indulgence. This is one of my favourite fuss-free breakfasts worthy of a decadent weekend brunch, but can easily be prepared on a weekday night, stashed away in the fridge, and pulled out to bake in the morning, just before you head the showers, and finish up the thousand-and-one last minute errands that always seem to crop up way too early in the morning.

A refreshing change from your bowl of morning porridge, this baked oatmeal boasts a rich flavour from the bursts of tangy berries and the natural sweetness of pillowy bananas, with a texture falling somewhere in between the firmness of granola bars and the comforting moistness of regular oatmeal. The hint of warm chocolate, along with the unrefined sugar here, lends a depth to meld everything beautifully together, concomitantly giving you a guilt-free treat that is not too sweet for the first meal of the morning.

I’ve personally enjoyed digging into my jar of homemade date syrup (my toddler’s sugar choice) for this, but have included other options for your personal preference. Also, this baked oatmeal is extremely versatile, so feel free to have your reins upon it;- switch up the fruits to the season’s produce, halve / double the recipe, omit the cocoa, increase the sugar amount, add in chocolate chips, etc.

Berry Baked Chocolate Oatmeal 
1 cup organic rolled oats 
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (or raw cacao powder) 
½ teaspoon baking powder 
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 
¼ cup date syrup (or brown sugar, or honey) 
1 egg 
1 cup milk 
1 large ripe banana, sliced 
½ cup fresh blueberries 
½ cup sliced strawberries 
  1. Preheat the oven to 190C. In a greased 8-inch baking dish, arrange your fruit slices, leaving some for the topping. 
  2. Mix the rolled oats, cocoa powder, baking powder, cinnamon (and brown sugar, if using) in a bowl, then scatter over the arranged fruits. 
  3. Top with the remaining fruits. 
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the egg, milk, and date syrup or honey (if you're not using brown sugar), and pour half of it over the mixture. Gently shake the baking dish a bit to let the mixture settle in, then pour in the remaining half. 
  5. Bake for about 30 – 40 minutes, until the top is golden brown, and the milk mixture has set. ::

Kitchen Exploits - Cookbook Commendations | My Favourite Recipes by Ellice Handy

I haven't forgotten about Cookbook Commendations!

Here is a gem of a cookbook that I need to share with you: My Favourite Recipes by Ellice Handy.

I was introduced to the second edition (1960) of this book by my mother-in-law. The book is a much-loved staple in her home, and the genesis of many of the dishes that she makes. It is a classic among Singapore and Malaysian cookbooks, and having seen what it can do, I knew I wanted a copy for my home.

In Ellice Handy's words, the book is "not for those who know everything about cooking, but for those who have a desire to learn to cook". She also says "Don't look upon cooking as a drudgery as it's fun and should be enjoyed...Invite the family to share in the joy of preparing a meal, even your husbands."

The end of that last sentence cracked me up, and made me think about the possibly bewildered men in those days, asked by their wives to "share in the joy" of prepping meals for the family, thanks to Ellice Handy.

In my mother-in-law's copy of the book, the measurements used were in katis, pounds and ounces, dessertspoons and teacups. It was quaint to read, but frustrating when I actually wanted to make something and had to take time to do the conversions. The latest edition still list measurements in dessertspoons and teacups, but includes useful weight conversations of katis to kilograms.

The book contains chapters for European, Chinese, Malayan & Indonesian, and Indian dishes; Cakes, Pastries & Desserts, and Snacks. You can expect a whole variety of recipes like Lamb Roast, Chap Chye, Pai Tee, Steamed Crab, Gado Gado, Pulot Panggang, many Curries, Drop Scones, Bhajias and Sandwiches, among others! It is truly a cookbook that reflects the author's time, but full of evergreen dishes that home cooks, especially in this region, will be interested to learn to make. Her encouraging, easy-to-follow instructions, makes this book a joy to use.

I first saw a copy of this latest edition at Books Actually. It is also available at Kinokuniya.

If you are an alumni of Methodist Girls' School, (like Ellice Handy was), you might want to see if it is still being sold at the school.

I haven't seen it sold elsewhere online, but if you do, I'll appreciate a heads up in the comments :)

I hope you will enjoy this recommendation. Happy reading, and cooking!

FOX Kids & Baby | Little Men & Little Miss Collection

Say HELLO to my little monkey modelling her new Little Miss Sunshine tee from FOX Baby. She is our sunshine-y, gungho baby :)

If you haven't already heard, FOX Kids & Baby has a range of adorable Little Men and Little Miss outfits. I chose a matching t-shirt for Bubbles too, and she always insists on wearing it when her sister wears hers! They light-weight and comfortable, great for everyday wear.

The kids' tee goes very well with the FOX Kids & Baby range of coloured jeans, like in this photo. Bubbles now has three pairs - in pink, purple and blue! Just in time as she hit a growth spurt recently and her old jeans are now too short.

Now, if you purchase $60 worth of products, you can buy a Little Men or Little Miss plush toy! The toy will only be S$4.90 if you are a FOX member, and $12.90 if you are not.

There are a whole bunch of different characters - FOX gifted us two pink plushies - a Little Miss Princess and a Little Miss Cawaii. We purchased a Mr Strong and a Little Miss Sunshine as gifts for friends too.

And just look at this cute kid in his new Mr Bump outfit!

Go check out the range at the stores soon!

Kitchen Exploits | Family Favourites #4 - Vegetarian Moussaka

I hope you have been enjoying the Family Favourites posts! We are on to our 4th guest poster in this series, and I am delighted to introduce to you Claire of Fellow Fellow - a beautiful blog that covers design, illustration, design and DIYs. If you read Fellow Fellow or its Facebook Page, you will notice her trademark gorgeous photography. I am delighted to have some of her beautiful work on A Dollop of Me!

Here's Claire, sharing a Vegetarian Moussaka recipe:

On the weekends, my husband and I love getting into the kitchen to whip up something yummy for dinner, and this vegetarian moussaka is one of our favourites. It might not be the quickest dish to get on the table, but the taste certainly makes the effort worthwhile! Plus it’s filling, and pretty health to boot :)

Vegetarian Moussaka 

3 large eggplants 
3 Tbsp salt 
4 Tbsp olive oil 
1 onion, diced 
2 garlic cloves, minced 
¼ tsp ground cinnamon 
¼ tsp allspice 
1 tsp dried oregano 
3 tomatoes, diced 
400g can brown lentils, drained and rinsed 
2 Tbsp tomato paste 
1 cup vegetable stock salt and pepper to taste 
4 Tbsp bread crumbs 

*The recipe also calls for 6-8 button mushrooms, but I’m not a big mushroom fan, so I just left them out.

White Sauce
2 Tbsp butter 
3 Tbsp flour 
1 ½ cups milk 
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese 
Salt and pepper to taste 

Step 1. 
Preheat oven to 180°C. Remove ends from eggplants and slice into 1cm thick rounds. Lay rounds out on a large tray, sprinkle each side of eggplant with salt, and let sit for 20-30 minutes. This will draw out any bitter juices and excess liquid. Rinse, pat dry with a paper towel and place eggplant on an oven tray lined with baking paper.

Using 3 tablespoons of oil, brush both sides of each round of eggplant and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until soft and golden brown.

Step 2. 
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan and cook onion and garlic until clear. Cook mushrooms now if you’re using them. Add cinnamon, allspice, oregano, tomatoes and lentils and stir to combine. Add tomato paste, vegetable stock, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until liquid has been reduced.

Step 3. 
Prepare the white sauce by melting butter in a saucepan over medium heat, add flour and stir until mixture becomes frothy. Slowly pour in the milk, whisking as you go. Bring to a boil, and whisk as mixture thickens. Remove from heat, stir in cheese and season with salt and pepper.

Step 4. 
Now you’re ready to start assembling!

I decided to make mine individual-serve moussaka by using 4 small bowls, but you can also use one 30 x 20 x 6cm casserole dish.

Take your bowls, grease with butter and spread a thin layer of bread crumbs across the bottom. Top with a single layer of eggplant, followed by a layer of sauce. Continue layering eggplant and sauce until you run out, or are near the top (finish with sauce). I ended up getting 3 layers of eggplant and sauce in each small bowl (if using a large dish, do just 2 layers).

Step 5. 
Pour the white sauce on top and smooth out with a clean spoon. Sprinkle with bread crumbs (I also shaved some parmesan on top) and bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes, or until golden.

This is a great dish to make ahead of time, and just put it in the oven when dinner time rolls around!

This girl of mine

This little girl of mine. A little, spunky, endearing doll.

She bestows me with hugs and kisses every day. She laughs easily, and is fiercely independent. She has no qualms about scooting off to join in play with other people, and always wants to do many things on her own, sometimes getting angry with herself when she is not able to.

She now says a number of words, and relishes our responses when we understand her.

She loves insects and animals, and never fails to chase and attempt to hug and kiss any that she sees. 

She is still being breastfed, and asks for "Milk, Peas!" several times a day, and (unfortunately) night.

I am exceptionally sleep-deprived this week because of this dear Bun.

Looks like I need to steel myself from her adorable-ness and start sleep training soon!

Visit the Rise & Shine Expo – The Premium Expo to Shop, Learn and Have Fun

The Rise & Shine Expo is happening very soon!

Admission is free, so do block your calendars and you can look forward to the following:

1. Lots of Great Buys
There will be many premium brands offering great discounts. The Expo has attracted over 120 exhibitors showcasing more than 500 products and services for newborns, toddlers, preschoolers and parents! You can see some of the brands here.

2. Stage Activities
Seminars by renowned speakers, performances and contests will be scheduled throughout the three days of the expo.

For some of your children, a highlight would be the Meet & Greet with Nickelodeon’s characters from Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go! and Ni Hao, Kai-lan.

3. Booth Activities
Besides events on the stage, a variety of interesting hands-on activities have been planned by the Rise & Shine sponsors. Check them out here:

4. Exciting Contests for the Whole Family:

a. For Kids: Colour My Feelings 
Kids up to 12 years old can participate in the first SG record-setting colouring contest, “Colour My Feelings”. First 500 entries will also receive a creative pack worth $20 that includes oil pastel from Crayola, origami paper set etc. And registration is only $10. Sign up now!

b. For Mummies: Belly Beautiful Contest by Philips AVENT 
A contest for expectant mummies to dress in your best and charm our judges and win attractive Philips AVENT hampers worth up to SGD500!

c. For Babies: Cutest Cherub Contest 

d. For Toddlers: Sunshine Parade 

5. Lucky Draw 
Stand a chance to win more than $10,000 worth of prizes in the Sure Win Lucky Dip! Spend at least $250 in total during the Rise & Shine Expo and present your receipt at the redemption booth outside Hall 401 for your chance to have a go at the lucky dip. Read all about the lucky draw here.  

6. Goodie Bags & Door Gifts 
If you have signed up for any of the workshops, seminars. or kids’ classes, you will be entitled to a $50 door gift! Goodie bags will also be given out to the first 500 visitors, while the first 50 will receive an additional Drypers Jumbo Pack. Read about these gifts here.

Quick, sign up for the events you are interested in, and bring your whole family the Expo!

Kitchen Exploits | Family Favourites #3 - Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites

Did you enjoy Family Favourites #1 and #2 on Kitchen Exploits? If you haven't read those, do pop by to leave a comment and show our guest bloggers some love! :)

This week, I am delighted to have Beverly, a fashion savvy mother-of-two, to join us on this Family Favourites series. Beverly loves her family, food, and fashion, and often makes hearty meals for her husband and two little boys.

Here is Beverly sharing with us a quick, yummy, and rather healthy dessert!

:: Nothing stops Singapore's heat and humidity dead in its tracks quite like a chilled dessert. Problem is, most desserts are really sweet or tough to prepare!

These Frozen Chocolate-banana Bites are a total hit in our family because they are just as adult-friendly as they are kid-friendly. You can also make them in a huge batch, and freeze them for ages, whipping one out (or 10) any time you or your kids feel like a quick snack or after-dinner treat.

Here's the recipe!

Put a dollop of smooth peanut butter on a banana slice.

Plop the whole thing into a small bowl of melted gooey chocolate 
(choc chips melted in the microwave with a splash of milk). Coat well. 
Place on a greased baking tray and freeze for at least 3 hours 

Enjoy your Frozen chocolate-banana bites. WARNING: freakin’ addictive!!!!

Additional tips:
  1. Try substituting the banana with small chunks or slices of kiwi as well, for a vitamin-packed dessert! 
  2. I use unsweetened chocolate since I use extra ripe bananas, so I don't feel I need extra sugar. 
  3. You can store any extras in an airtight box, with a sheet of baking paper between each layer of bites. ::

Marriage Quotes & Reflections

“Love is a commitment that will be tested in the most vulnerable areas of spirituality, 
a commitment that will force you to make some very difficult choices. 

It is a commitment that demands that you deal with your lust, your greed, your pride, 
your power, your desire to control, your temper, your patience, 
and every area of temptation that the Bible clearly talks about. 

It demands the quality of commitment that Jesus demonstrates in His relationship to us.” 

- Ravi Zacharias 
I, Isaac, Take Thee, Rebekah: Moving from Romance to Lasting Love

Treasures from the playground Bubbles brought home. Their natural prettiness lifted my spirits.

It has been a frazzled few weeks for us. Bubbles' food allergies and phobias. Bun not sleeping. Food poisoning. Quarrels. Kids getting sick. Tiredness. Birthday planning. Stuff breaking down in the home.

This week, Roboman and I were scheduled to write the prayer page for our church's bulletin. We do this once a month as a joint service, and would you know, the act of writing these pages has held us both in check.

Poignantly, without prior discussion, each of us focused on the topic of love. 

Yes, Love.

In my younger days I used to sing Love Changes Everything, one of my favourite songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with heart-fluttering romantic images in my head. 

Love, love changes everything
Hands and faces, earth and sky
Love, can make the world go round
and a day seem like a lifetime
Love, love changes everything
Pain is deeper than before
Love will turn your world around
And that world will last forever.

Today, when I re-read the lyrics, I still find them so true, but the truth I know today is so different from how I thought love was all those years ago. Look at the lyrics and tell me if you too can see how declarations like "a day seem like a lifetime" and "that world will last forever", can mean very different things depending on where you are in your relationship with your partner!

The quotation at the top of this post, by Ravi Zacharias, really speaks to me.

Love is indeed a commitment. A commitment that comes with demands and testing. As I seek to continually love, I am consciously reminding myself of my commitment, and am reminded of God's love for me, despite me. 

Is this also love to you?

Kitchen Exploits | Family Favourites #2 - Corn and Bacon Fritters with Guacamole

For this week's Family Favourites on Kitchen Exploits, let me welcome a talented and beautiful woman, Rachel, also known as The Pleasure Monger. Rachel is a mother of a lively, chatty daughter who turned one recently.

If you haven't seen the stuff Rachel bakes, or the food she has styled and photographed, I highly recommend that you have a look at her website for some serious drool! Welcome, Rachel! :)

:: My husband, M and I love to cook and if we had a choice, we would spend all day tinkering with recipes in the kitchen. We used to do that when we were living in London, you know..when we had our own kitchen and easy access to good and affordable produce in the ubiquitous farmer's markets, and when we were just, well, us.

Moving back to Singapore brought a few changes to our lifestyle. We no longer have our own kitchen as we live with my in-laws, and cooking in someone else's kitchen is always slightly awkward because the existing workflow just doesn't work for us. Quality produce isn't hard to come by in Singapore these days but they do come with a hefty price tag; having been spoilt rotten with the large, cheap-ish selection in London, M and I are now reluctant to shell out more than what we used to pay for good ingredients. Also, we somehow birthed a baby girl shortly after the big move across the globe, which essentially means that we are exhausted and time-strapped, with nary an ounce of energy left to experiment in the kitchen. Now that our daughter has turned one, things are surely getting more manageable on the parenting front. We find ourselves thinking more and more about exciting dishes that we could try making at home and are dying to cook up a storm again, but we are still largely keeping to recipes that are affordable, quick and easy to execute. Basically, anything that makes sense for our health, pockets and schedules while keeping us 'belly' happy on the palates, is good to go these days.

We also try to cook dishes that are suitable for our daughter, as this helps us enjoy food as a family (and shaves time off meal preps). She basically has anything that we have, that doesn't have salt and added sugar, and usual offenders that don't sit well with most babies such as chillies. We are pretty fortunate in that she doesn't suffer from any food allergies (thus far), so cooking for her has been relatively fuss-free.

This recipe is inspired by our daughter's love for avocados. She practically inhales them and avocados are now a staple in her diet. We often keep a huge stash of that buttery goodness, and at times, end up with too many ripe ones at home. What we like to do is to chuck them into a spicy guacamole, and serve them with anything we can think of - crackers, nachos, chicken, salads. Our current favourite pairing is with corn fritters, which are perfect for kids too, except that we were feeling indulgent; we threw some bacon into the mix, and added sausages for a bulkier meal. This made for a very satisfying and flavoursome lunch, even though it is (too) easy to prepare! I hope you enjoy this as much as we did.

Corn and Bacon Fritters with Guacamole 

(A) Corn and Bacon Fritters 
250g tinned corn kernels*
170g streaky bacon, diced 
2 tablespoons finely chopped onions 
100g self-raising flour 
2 eggs, lightly whisked 
1 tablespoon fresh milk
Ground black pepper to taste 
Olive oil, for pan-frying 

*These are already cooked, and soaked in water. Don't get the ones soaked in brine.

1. Sautéed onions and bacon until bacon bits are crispy.
2. Drain corn kernels and discard any liquid. Set aside.
3. Add bacon bits and finely chopped onion to corn kernels. Then, add flour, eggs and milk to the corn mixture, and season with black pepper (to taste). Mix thoroughly and form patties that are about 3 inches in diameter and 0.5-1cm thick. The recipe should be enough for 8-10 pieces.
4. Generously grease a non-stick frying pan with some olive oil, and pan-fry the patties on medium heat, until both sides are golden brown and slightly crispy to touch. This should take a few minutes.

(B) Guacamole 
4 ripe avocados 
1 medium onion, finely chopped 
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped 
1 large tomato, diced, plus extra for garnishing 
2 heaped tablespoons chopped coriander, plus extra for garnishing 
20 generous dashes of Tabasco sauce #
Juice of half a lemon 
Sea salt to taste
Ground black pepper to taste 
Sour cream (optional) 

# May omit this if you can't take the heat, and substitute with more lemon juice and black pepper for flavour.

1. Mash everything together with a fork. I like to leave it slightly chunky instead of making a smooth paste.
2. Top with sour cream if desired, and garnish with extra tomatoes and coriander.
3. Serve with corn and bacon fritters, or nachos for that Mexican hit! ::

I don't want you to die, Mummy

The recent days have been emotional ones.

There was a storm on Thursday morning that caused flash floods around Singapore, and disrupted traffic on many roads.

I drove by this big tree with my girls in the back seats, as I do at least four times each weekday, on my regular schedule. In the short 10 minutes I drove past the tree and then back towards it again, the rain torrents had knocked it over.

Given the extremely slow traffic that morning, and a big bus in front of our car, I didn't realise what was happening just in ahead of us. I was busy taking quick photos of the rain through our car's moon roof, admiring the big, fat, raindrops splattering down on us:

Then I saw it.

The huge tree and surrounding shrubs across both the to and fro lanes. I was composed enough to snap a blurry photo. The tree branches and leaves blocked the view of the road completely, and I wasn't able to see the vehicles on the other side of the tree at all.

The bus driver in front of us, who had a better view from where he was, waved his hand signalling for the rest of us to make a U-turn, as there was no way any vehicle could drive through the fallen tree.

As I carefully made my turn, driving past a long line of cars stuck on the road, I realised how close we were to being hit by that tree. My babies and I could have been hit twice within that 10 minutes, on our journey up and down that road. A tree of that size would cause considerable damage. I started to tremble and tears started to flow from my eyes in shocked spurts.

I tried to take deep breaths to calm myself, but the sobbing peaked when I drove past the wreck of these two cars that were hit by another fallen tree. It was just too close for comfort.

Even as I thank God for His hand of protection on us, the shock of it all has been lingering these two days.

Today, Bubbles came to squeeze and kiss me out of the blue, saying: I love you very much, Mummy, I don't want you to die. I can only reason that it was the tree incident that brought about this thought in her.

I didn't feel ready at all to have a conversation about death of loved ones. But the conversation had to take place. I told her about heaven and eternity, and how we all have a short span of life on earth. She said she was going to pray that I will live forever. I told her that I believe I would, and that she would too; not on earth, but in heaven, where there is always joy and no eczema.

It was a conversation I need to pick up properly again with her. We need to talk about this again sometime in the future when the both of us are ready to do so.

Right now, I thank God for life, for love, for loved ones, and for His divine will and timing.

Will you join me in this short reflection on death, and along with it to rejoice in life and with living?

Kitchen Exploits | Family Favourites #1 - Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Welcome to the first installment of Family Favourites on Kitchen Exploits!

This week's featured blogger, Pam, is a mother of 3 lovely children. Pam is one of those gifted people who owns an innate ability to create beautiful spaces around her. From the food she makes, to how she dresses her home, I was drawn to the many pretty things she created by viewing her photographs on Instagram.

Let us welcome Pam as she shares a hearty chicken dish - Zesty Honey Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes - or as she aptly calls it: Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

:: I don't know about you but there is something very comforting about a roast chicken. 

It's easy to put together and there are plenty of variations that you can play with. Each in its own delicious way. The best part is, all you have to do is marinate it, pop it into the oven and wait an hour. Voila! Can't be any tougher.

This recipe was inspired by one of my favourite cook books, La Tartine Gourmande. If you haven't seen it on the shelves, you really need to go out there and have a browse. There are amazing food photographs in there. It is a treasure trove of recipes in there, mostly gluten free. I've experimented with a few and every one of them turned out beautifully.

We normally serve this during one of our weeknight dinners, because everything can be prepped before hand, making it really easy for me to prep something else whilst this is in the oven. (I normally marinate it in the afternoon) My kids love pairing this with pasta salad, but if you can also eat it with a garden salad. My girlfriend pairs this with chicken rice! It's really up to you to decide on your sides. =)

Anyway, back to this roast chicken. I love how the thyme adds another dimension to the gravy. It's woody and brings a soft aroma to the chicken. Cherry tomatoes bring the zest to the dish and I like that it's sweeter than the normal hydro-phonics tomatoes (which are rather tasteless to me). You can also add grated ginger to the chicken if you like it a little spicy.

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner
(Zesty Honey Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes)
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons of honey (more if you like it sweeter)
10-15 sprigs of thyme, or oregano
5 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup of olive oil
Sea salt and pepper
1 chicken, chopped into 10 parts (ask the butcher to do it for you! much much easier!)
A handful of cherry tomatoes (you have the option to halve it)
1/4 cup of cold water

  1. In a bowl, combine the lemon juice,  honey, thyme , garlic and oil. Season with sea salt and pepper and mix until it is smooth. 
  2. Arrange the chicken parts in a roasting dish and coat it with the marinate. I like to leave it for a couple of hours or if you are in a rush, one hour will suffice. Refrigerate it.
  3. Preheat the oven to 190C. Add the tomatoes and the 1/4 cup of water to the chicken, and then place the tray in the oven for 50 minutes or until brown.

Mommy's note:
It's our usual weeknight's dinner so if you want to make the steps easier. Just marinate the chicken the night prior and pop it into the oven when you get home. 

Don't throw the leftover chicken carcass or sauce! It can be used as a salad dressing for the next day! ::