Sticky Chicken Thighs with Soy and Mirin

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A few years back I was asked by the men in my family (3 boys and a husband) what I would like for my birthday. “A garden grill” I answered in front of 4 pairs of surprised eyes. They didn’t let me down (as always) and my grill had been my partner in my cooking experiments ever since. Grilling meat or veggies is really (I mean really) easy. All you need is a good marinade or a flavorful spice rub. Marinating chicken in soy is a definite win. Adding mirin just makes it perfect. This chicken is so delicious it’s hard to describe. It’s sweet and spicy, sticky and moist. Perfect for a quick meal. Just serve with rice or a summery salad. Continue reading

Cold Noodle Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing

 

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There’s nothing like a really cold noodle salad packed with crunchy veggies and flavored with the absolute deliciousness of peanut butter. It so easy to make and you can just improvise and add any veggie you fancy. It’s really great that you can cook something really delicious without frying or sautéing anything. This is a vegetarian version but if you are not, and happen to have some left over roasted chicken, just throw it in. The dressing is really, really delicious. I’m a huge fan of peanut butter and in this recipe it adds so much flavor. Continue reading

Spicy Oyster Mushrooms with Lemon and Garlic

 

oyster1I bought all these mushrooms once to make a pasta sauce but never got round to it, as –and this is typical- I already cooked far more food than my guests could consume. So I got stuck with portobellos, cap and 500 grams of oyster mushrooms. The portobellos turned into a tasty mushroom stroganoff and the caps into a creamy mushroom soup. And that left the oysters. So I decided on something really quick, flavourful and spicy. I cooked them in my griddle pan with a little bit of oil then added tons of flavor with garlic, lemon and soy sauce. I finished them with a generous sprinkling of chili flakes (don’t even think of leaving them out) and yum! Seriously good eats! Continue reading