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[VIDEO] Tender-sweet chicken satay

[VIDEO] Tender-sweet chicken satay

Not the easiest cooking session, with a toddler in the kitchen who was less intent on helping and more intent on making as much mess as he possibly could with water from the sink! At least this is a very simple dish, a lovely way of tenderising meat and a favourite in this house since I first made it when Archie was around 9 months old (in the early days we tended to use leg and thigh instead of chicken breast as Archie used to prefer the texture). It is not a classic dry grilled chicken satay. The coconut milk, which is added to the marinade and to the pan, ensures that the chicken is extremely moist and tender and the delicate “citrus” spicing makes for a fragrant and extremely moreish dish. You needn’t be too precise on the ingredients for the marinade and it will not be too adversely affected if you do not have them all or if you improvise slightly… I served this with plain jasmine rice (cooked as per the “Indonesian Salmon” video) and simple steamed brocoli. Tender-sweet chicken satay Preparation time 5 minutes (plus however long you want to leave the meat marinade – that can be anything from 5 minutes to overnight!), cooking time 15 minutes. This amply served 3 of us. For the marinade: 2 tbsp peanut butter (I use the sugar-free one from Whole Earth). 150ml coconut milk 1 tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp Thai fish sauce A couple of good squirts of honey 1 tsp ground coriander 1 tsp turmeric 2 garlic cloves (crushed) A 1.5cm cube of ginger, chopped...
[VIDEO] Oven baked chicken and vegetable risotto

[VIDEO] Oven baked chicken and vegetable risotto

I would hate for anyone to watch this blog and think that cooking is always an easygoing, relaxed and blissful experience in our house. The reality, as any parent knows, is that sometimes it is hard work and on Thursday, after a promising start, a very tired toddler in full Delinquent Mode and his equally tired daddy made for a tricky mix in the kitchen… The recipe itself didn’t cause any problems. It is very easy to make and is one of our most regular meals here. But in fairness to Archie, the day had got late and his mixture of tiredness and hunger left him more interested in wreaking havoc than helping with the dish. If there was one lesson I learnt this time, it is to never again put a bowl full of rice in front of him when he has “M.I.S.C.H.I.E.F” written across his forehead. In this kind of relatively difficult environment, it was a fortuitous choice to make this tantrum-proof (his tantrum, not mine, although it was a very close call), fail-safe risotto . It’s a really delicious, comforting dish on a cold, dark evening and eating it was the perfect antidote for all of us to the ambient stress which had gone before. A classic case of the end justifying the means… Tonight I am cooking a pasta and hope to post it on here by Wednesday. Oven baked chicken and vegetable risotto Preparation time 10 minutes, total cooking time 30 minutes. Easily serves a family of four, with more to spare. As it takes the same amount of effort to cook risotto for three people...

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