Thursday, February 17, 2011

cookin'


While in Cape Cod for a New Year's wedding, we were served a shish-kabobbed chicken bite with a peanut sauce... and it was so good. So when I found this recipe on Pioneer Woman's (I have a crush on her) Tasty Kitchen blog, I wanted to see if I could do it.

It was vurry vurry good. However, I must say this: Maybe I'm just new at this whole being-completely-in-charge-of-a-meal-thing and all, but it took me longer than 20 minutes to prepare it. I mean, sometimes I think these "prep times" come from those cooking shows. You know the ones where they say something like, "Today we are going to roast quail and make an apricot glaze from the tree we grew directly in the kitchen! And it is SOO easy! It only takes 21 minutes!" Then they show you their counter which has all of the ingredients diced and shredded and pureed all in their own individual measuring cups. Whoa. I didn't know apricots were peeled, seeded, and sliced when you pulled them from the tree! And the counter! There is plenty of space because the mess has miraculously disappeared and the food is back in the cupboard. Wow! I wish I could cook like that!

Anyway, back to the "Satay Chicken with Peanut Sauce."
I made the marinade first. I don't think I have ever used turmeric. It is quite strong.

Then I measured the 4 tablespoons of lime juice. Trying to hit the tablespoon with the cascading juice was hard. Eew! Raw chicken!

But I learned that half of a lime equals two tablespoons, so the rest was allowed to cascade into the much larger bowl.

Whisk. It IS a fun word, Katie. However, I need to learn to hold still if I'm going to take a picture. Whisk whisk whisk.

Just so you know, I cut up the chicken. It wasn't conveniently chopped when I pulled it out of the freezer. Raw chicken grosses me out though, and I didn't want to take a picture of it. It has to marinaTe in the marinaDe for an hour. See the little bowl? You have to remove 5 tablespoons of the marinade for the peanut sauce.

After an hour, harpoon them on skewers. If you have wooden skewers, please soak them in water, please. Flambe skewer is not an appropriate entree. Turmeric stains your hands, so wear gloves. And if all you have are your bathroom cleaning gloves, just don't tell anyone.
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Just kidding.

Go outside and wait for a handsome man to drive up on a motorcycle. Ask him if he would man your grill. Men like to man things, so most likely he will say yes. If you try to take his picture, he might smirk... obviously, he is used to women trying to take his picture.

Saute the onion that YOU chopped for 5 minutes in the oil. Add the chili, the saved marinade, the brown sugar, and water. Get it really hot, but don't let it boil. Why? I really don't know.

The handsome motorcycle man showed me how the mess miraculously disappears!

Remove from the heat and whisk in the peanut butter until smooth. The recipe says to NOT use natural. It is all I had so I DID use it.

Pour the sauce over the skewered chicken. Or, remove the chicken and then pour the sauce. That is what the motorcycle man did. And, of course, it was easier to eat that way. You can see a little bit of flambe skewer in this picture.

It was quite yummies in our tummies.
P.S. I would cut the turmeric in half if I made it again. I learned turmeric is like curry. It makes you wonder, "What was the point of all those other spices?"

11 comments:

pamphlet said...

If you get any cuter or more creative with your blog - you will be pressured by your fans - like me - to write MORE! I enjoyed this one VERY MUCH! Love you!

pamphlet said...
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pamphlet said...

Oh - and give the motocycle man a hug for me - he did a good job in making the mess disappear!

Katie said...
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Katie Larissa said...

Um, what I have to says is: Is that YOUR hand in the whisking picture? Because, dang, I am jealous of your tan.

Owl of the Desert said...

Wow, I'm impressed! Looks very yummy!

Charlie said...

:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D


when you come up...make it for us!


Just kidding...no really!

elliebird said...

yeah, the prep and cook times on those recipes are so unrealistic.
and motorcycle man is very handsome. i don't think i've actually met him yet.
who is charlie, btw?

Amy said...

Actually, Katie, the flash was a little overwhelming in that picture so I darkened it a little. I'm not really that brown!
Ellie: Thanks! I think so too! And I assume you are referring to charlie from Pioneer Woman? It's her basset hound.
Mom: Thank you! I'm glad you like it!

Charlie said...

whoops.ok sorry.charlie..is me.your little sister


I got tired of nasada.


Yeah.that was probably scary.
"make it for us!"

Amy said...

oh. I'm a moron. All I saw was the "C" and I assumed it was Chelsea. I thought that was kind of a weird question from Ellie.
;)