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It’s been a while since my last post, but don’t know why it feels longer than it really is! I was in Bali last week with my son, we had such a great bonding time just him and I. The weather was so nice and warm, as soon as I landed I thought: O maaaan! I miss summer so much, and so I instantly made good friends with the pool which was literally at my door step (that was the best resort everrr!), I was also eating ice-creams evvveryday, can’t believe I did that .. but hey ! I did some yoga classes too, if that makes me look any better..

Oh, and one more thing Balinese massages, a must try !!

But you know what, by the end of it I was so ready to go back home sit on my cosy couch and enjoy a delicious home made meal with my family.

And here I finally am!

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SO, I am now back to the cold weather in Sydney and cold in my kitchen means using the oven and stove a lot, and I mean aaa lot!! feeling cold makes me crave spices and heart warming dishes like stews, soups and sweets some times, and yesterday I turned those cravings into a spicy sweet and sticky oven baked drumsticks dish! I really hope you like it as much as we do..

I would consider this one an entertaining lunch or a really good looking snack. OR, if that’s all you are making for dinner, then make sure you make enough of it .. they vanish really quickly!

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I don’t know about yours, but my kids come home from school everyday staaa-rving as if they haven’t had anything to eat for 2 days!! they have to have some sort of food immediately to keep them sain until dinner is ready.

Yesterday they came back from school, and as soon as they walked in they knew what was cooking.I was taking some final pictures of the dish and usually my final shot is like …emm.. over 20 shots! especially with pretty dishes like this one. They were standing behind me waiting impatiently for me to finish so they can dig in!

My daughter: Mum come on! you already took this shot from the exact same angle 3 times!!

Me: I know it’s hard to explain ok? may be 1 more and I’m done.

my son: Muuum that was 5 !

Me: ok done! enjoy ..

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sweet 'n sticky chicken drumsticks
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 10 min
  1. 1 kg medium sized chicken drumsticks
  2. 4-5 garlic cloves, crushed
  3. 2 tablespoons ground paprika
  4. 1 teaspoon of cumin powder
  5. 1 tablespoon sea salt
  6. 1 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
  7. 1 teaspoon of chili flakes
  8. 1 tablespoon of tahini paste
  9. 1/3 cup of sugar cane molasses
  10. 1/4 cup of buttermilk
  11. 1 teaspoon of white vinegar
  12. juice of half a lemon
  13. toasted sesame seeds(to serve)
  14. coriander leaves(to serve)
  15. 2 small red chilies thinly sliced(to serve)
  16. handful of chopped spring onions(to serve)
  17. 4 table spoons of light olive oil
  1. preheat oven to 200 Degrees Celsius about 400 F
  2. cut two slashes in each side of the drumsticks (close to the bone)
  3. place chicken in a glass bowl
  4. combine all ingredients in a separate bowl except for the olive oil
  5. pour over the chicken and mix well to coat all over
  6. leave to marinate in the fridge for at least one hour. ideally 2 hours.
  7. Add the oil to the chicken drum sticks in the bowl; toss to coat
  8. transfer to a shallow baking tray, coating with half the amount of marinate in the bowl and discarding the other half. to avoid excessive liquid.
  9. bake turning occasionally, for 45 mins or until chicken is cooked through and the sauce has reduced and become sticky.
  10. at this stage, take your tray out and brush chicken with sugar cane molasses and place back in the oven for an extra 10 mins or until the drum sticks skin darkens and caramelizes.
  11. when ready place the chicken on a serving plate.
  12. garnish with some coriander leaves, sliced red chili, lemon wedges, spring onions and toasted sesame seeds.
  13. you can serve it by its self with some green leaves salad or with steamed basmati rice for a more filling meal.