Every morning the bird chirping sound wakes me up. No, not the real bird’s song, my phone has set this alarm sound to bird chirping sound. The sound is peaceful but still loud enough to wake me. Early morning, I get a feel of being in woods. What a nice way to wake up isnt?
But here’s the thing, it’s not an easy task waking up morning. I am not talking about 4 or 5 AM, I am talking about 6 AM. I am not a early riser at all and even the bird chirping sound doesn’t help me some days. And since the time I wake up, it’s a complete mad rush until both kids and hubby are out of house. Cook, pack lunch boxes, dress the up, drop them to bus stop – the drill happens twice and I get to breathe a sigh of relief only after that.
Past few months have been even more difficult. Renovation work at home has stolen away from me my“free time” “me time”. Soon the kids and hubby are out of house, the laborers are in and constant watch women job has become my role. I am constantly answering to their queries, watching their work and instructing/checking with them on things that is yet to be done. It almost feels like never ending task. And a lot of stress is building in.
What do you do when you are stressed out? I, most of the time, tend to eat, I tend to over eat. Last few weeks the story has been that. I have been cooking a lot and eating a lot of it as well. Normally when I cook something in big batches, I always try to share it with the under privileged children near my community. It always feels good to share those extra cabs and extra fat with those who are in need of it,, instead of stuffing all in my mouth!
On one of the Sunday’s last week, I made this delicious garlic chicken cheese balls. Not just kids, and hubby, but I ate it too, a lot!. I usually shy away from fried stuff, but I guess I was stressed and just went on hogging these delicious cheesy balls all the way through the day.
Now, while I am writing this post, I realize how much fat I have in taken. Gosh, I need to run 10 runs on the ground for the next 15 days to burn all those fat and calories. Now that made me go back to my work out sessions, to get rid off all those extra fat I have taken in due to stress. Yeah I just stared to workout again after a big 3 months gap! Lot to loose, lot of hard work needs to be done.
Taking about extra fat, it’s always okay to eat the fried food in moderation once in a while, but don’t go hogging like I did, even if it’s not the stress, but the hunger! Don’t shy away from any food that will make your body crave more, eat all, eat in moderation. Enjoy life!
A great party always starts with a great starter like this garlic chicken cheese balls. Minced chicken with garlicky flavor in it and stuffed with cheese deep fried to perfection, makes a great starter. Crunchy yet soft centered with gooey cheesy is absolutely delicious and very addictive snack. These are perfect for kids after school snack.
500 grams minced chicken
1 tablespoon onion powder
8 to 10 cloves of garlic, minced
1 ½ teaspoon garlic, finely chopped
Salt to taste
1 tablespoon pepper powder
2 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
Oil for deep frying
Mozzarella cheese cubes for stuffing
½ cup all purpose flour
2 eggs beaten
¾ cup bread crumbs
- In a wide bowl add minced chicken, onion powder, minced garlic, finely chopped ginger pieces, pepper powder, oregano, red chili flakes, salt to taste and mix well.
- In a wide pan heat oil for deep frying.
- Make lemon sized balls of the chicken mix. Place a small cube of mozzarella cheese in the center and roll well into neat balls.
- Coat the chicken balls with all purpose flour first, then dip it in eggs and finally coat bread crumbs. Repeat this step for all chicken mix.
- Once oil turns hot, reduce heat to medium. Drop the rolled balls 2 to 3 at a time and deep fry until golden brown. Remove from oil and drain it on kitchen towel.
- Serve immediately with any dipping sauce of your choice. These are great finger party food.