|Posted by Bee & John on February 6, 2014 at 2:20 AM|
Well... it had to happen, a brand new cookbook going "use me". "use me"... so I did.
How can you tell if you hav a good cookbook? Well... to me, it is making something that you LOVE to order at restaurants. If it is BETTER than what you would normally get from that restaurant? It's a great cookbook.... well maybe it's only a good recipe, but work with me here LOL
With that little test in mind, I decided to try the Satay Chicken and the Peanut Sauce from Nico's Cooking Passions cookbook. Why... welllllll.... my parents were Dutch.
I can almost SEE that look of complete puzzlement on your face!!! Yup, the Dutch are KNOWN for their satay. Why? The Dutch were great travellers and some of the recipes came back to holland from many parts of the world... in particular Indonesian recipes. My mum used to make a mean Nasi Goreng, Gado Gado AND Satay. Mind you, her satay sauce was jsut a mixture of chicken stock, curry powder, peanut butter and Maggi seasoning... delicious but basic (nice and quick tho)... so it isn't just my favourite dish, but a familiar favourite from my childhood too.
I pulled up my proverbial sleeves (it WAS 40oC!) and dug right in. First of all... it was EASIER than I thought it would be, much easier and REALY delicious!!!
Remember, a true satay chicken is mearly a FLAVOURED chicken... not spicy... and the peanuts are in the sauce, not in the chicken marinade.
I must admit to NEVER doing the skewer thing before with chicken... slimy little pieces!! Raw chicken doesn't worry me actually, but if you don't like the touch of chicken bits, a) get your Butcher to chop your thighs into bits (not YOUR thighs you understand.. the chicken thighs) and b) stir fry the meat, don't worry about the skewer part.
Verdict? Delicious!!! Easy to actually do and not squillions of ingredients.