Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Another meal done right

I'd like to think that my grandpa and his Basian mother are looking down on me with a bit of pride for serving this combo of tropical fruit salsa, fruit glazed chicken and roasted sweet potatoes. The truth is I love chicken and I love black beans with sweet potatoes/yams and it turns out that these are very traditional Caribbean foods.

Fruit salsa is hella easy and so scrumptious.

2 mangoes or what have you..
red onion, diced, about 1/4 cup or more
cilantro about 1/2 cup, depending on your devotion
half a sweet pepper, of the non-green variety, diced
juice of 1 lime, or lemon
hot pepper flakes, or a dash of your favorite hot sauce, my current fave is a Korean hot sauce.

You can make this into a meal if you add shredded chicken.

Peach/Apricot Lacquered Chicken, courtesy of Gourmet magazine

3 garlic cloves, grated
1, 3 inch piece of ginger, grated
2/3 cup apricot/peach preserves, we scored some Bonne Mama on sale
1/3 cup soy sauce
dash of hot pepper sauce

I used 4 large-ish pieces of bone-in chicken, do I remember what cut? No. I am so not a meat person. All I know is that it was organic and I hope, treated pleasantly. The recipe is for 4 lb.s of chicken wings. But clearly you can just use this sauce on lots of things to great effect. As long as you reserve some sauce to baste and broil it at the end, so it sticks a tad and gets a bit crispy. I think it would be astoundingly delicious if grilled. The boys went nuts over this stuff.


Emily said...

mmmmmm. that looks so good. i'm definitely going to make that for the fam sometime soon. tell me when school is out so we can hang. xo e

Kelita said...

School is out for me already and Henry is done on Monday 6/22. Let's make plans for something. Maybe we can try to do a once a week/2 week, craft thingy. See when your hubby can watch girls and I will see when my hubby can watch kids and maybe on some morning we can get together for tea and conversation.
A lot of my friends in the village are moving. It can be tough living in these transient academic communities!!


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