International Flavor

It was a banner day chez Johnson yesterday. I cleaned the house. It’s probably pretty pathetic or a true sign of serious laziness when one feels justified in making such an announcement. But it was a lot of work. I discovered it is indeed possible to have small children at home all day and a clean house. All you have to do….is stand up all day long and clean.

If you sweep your dining room and kitchen floors three times in the course of a day, they can stay clean. If you do 4 loads of laundry, the bulk of your laundry pile will disappear. If you walk up the stairs with a paper towel and spray bottle in hand, following the trail of 2 dirty-handed boys, whilst scrubbing the wall vigorously, you may be successful in removing all their handprints. If you vacuum and sweep every floor surface in the house, it will actually look clean. At least until the next person comes home and doesn’t take off their dirty shoes. Or until someone empties the contents of your purse on the floor.

In addition to cleaning, I also cooked dinner. It’s  small wonder that we didn’t win the lottery yesterday. My discovery of the chicken satay burger recipe in the March 2009 issue of delicious coincided with the presence of ground chicken in my refrigerator, and fresh ginger and cilantro. The peanut sauce is most delicious and would fulfill all of your other peanut sauce needs. In other words, it would be worth making even without the chicken burgers. If you’re averse to chunks of things in your food, as I and my children are, put the onion and cilantro in a food processor so it’s extra fine.

For some added international flavor click on the link and listen to: ‘C’etait salement romantique.’ I don’t often listen to the radio when I’m in the car, much less pay attention to what is being played. But for some reason the radio was on yesterday, if at a noise level that only registers with dogs. The piano music grabbed my attention, as did the decidedly non-English lyrics, and I turned up the volume. And I used my high school french to decipher the artist’s name as it was being announced. And actually remembered it well enough to look it up on the internet last night.

No small feat(s) for moi, but I’m glad I did..and you might be too.

Chicken Satay Burgers (delicious, p. 106, March 2009)

270 ml can coconut milk

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/4 brown sugar

4 garlic cloves, crushed

2 tbs sweet chilli sauce

1 tbs grated ginger

1 tbs soy sauce

1 tbs lime juice

400 g ground chicken

1 onion finely chopped

1/3 c breadcrumbs (preferably whole wheat)

1/4 c chopped cilantro

To make satay sauce, place coconut milk, peanut butter, sugar, garlic, sweet chilli, ginger and soy in a saucepan over low heat. Stir for one minute or until peanut butter melts. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring, until thickened.  Add lime juice and set aside.

Place ground chicken, onion, crumbs, chopped cilantro and 1/2 cup of peanut sauce in a bowl and combine well. Form into 4 patties and chill for at least fifteen minutes.

Heat oil in a frypan over medium-low heat and cook patties for 3-4 minutes a side, or until cooked through. Serve with toasted buns with lettuce, tomato, onion, cilantro, chilli and remaining sauce.

3 thoughts on “International Flavor

  1. wow. good for you. i’m impressed! i don’t even have kids, but my house doesn’t stay clean for a few hours after i clean it….oh wait, i have a boy in his late 20’s, does that count????

    1. Brandi – yes ‘big boys’ count! Sherri, I think Jason did do the dishes…he’s good like that!

  2. Is this nesting? You should not be on your fee so much in one day. Hopefully J rubbed them for you AND did the dishes.


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