Sweet and Sticky Sesame Chicken

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Fear takes different forms.
When we are young, we are afraid of the darkness.
We grow up and find that it’s not that scary.
We grow up and start getting scared of things we never expected to induce fear in our spines.
We fear getting older.
We fear responsibilities
We fear the death of someone dear
We fear ending up alone, dying alone, meeting new people, getting out of our comfort zone and trying something new,…
We fear failure as we fear success.
We are afraid of other people’s jealousy, their opinions, their comments, their criticism.
We are afraid of ourselves. No wonder we’d be afraid of others.

As adults, all the fears inside our heads materialize in front of us. And sometimes we stand helpless in the face of those fears that block the road for us.

Fear stops us from doing what we want to do. And unless we put our fears in front of us, and get nuclear on their asses, we will still be controlled by them.

But that’s not easy.
Just, one step at a time.
We can do it
Yes we can

I was binge-watching (as it has been going on for some time now) Desperate Housewives, and this closing line came up to fit exactly what I wanted to say in this post:

“There is much to be afraid of in this world. But what we fear has nothing to do with gruesome masks, or plastic spiders, or life-like monsters. It’s the thoughts in our heads that terrify us the most […] How do we conquer these terrifying thoughts? We start by reminding ourselves, what does not kill us just makes us stronger!”

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES S04E06: Now I Know Don’t Be Scared

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If you’re scrolling to check the recipe, the long list of ingredients might spread some fear across your spine.
But fear not. Most of the ingredients are things you can find in your kitchen cabinet, or in any supermarket nearby. So conquer those fears and rush into the kitchen because this is a kickass recipe and I’m sure you’ll be licking your plate clean, if not the cooking pot itself!

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Serves 4 persons

Ingredients

For the sauce

  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp sweet chili sauce
  • 1kg skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper (or black pepper)
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 3 tbsp corn starch
  • 5 tbsp flour
  • Vegetable oil
  • 3 large carrots, sliced diagonally
  • 3 regular zucchinis, sliced diagonally
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 cm ginger root, minced or grated
  • 4 stalks green onions
  • 2 tbsp sesame
3 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • Salt

Procedure

  • Cut the breasts into cubes and season with salt, white pepper, nutmeg, cloves, and plenty of corn starch and flour then set aside
  • In a large wok or pot, heat 1/4 cup vegetable oil and fry the chicken in batches without overcrowding the pan. Cook undisturbed for 3-5 minutes on each side until golden and crispy
  • Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels while you fry the rest. Add more oil if needed
  • In the same bowl with leftover seasoned flour, mix the sauce ingredients and set aside
  • In the same pot or wok, adding more oil if needed, put half of the garlic and ginger then add the carrots and toss in the oil for 5 minutes until slightly softened on the outside. Add the zucchinis and onion and toss to cook
  • Add the chicken and toss to combine
  • Pour the sauce and sesame seeds and stir until it thickens slightly
  • Add the sesame oil and green onions and take off the heatFor the rice:
  • In a large pot, pour 2L of water with around 2 tablespoons salt, the cardamom, cloves, and coriander and cumin seeds and bring to a boil
  • Wash and strain the rice until the water runs clear. Carefully add to the boiling water and reduce to medium low
  • Boil for 12-15 min until the rice is cooked. Pour over a colander and it’s ready to be served

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Each week, we get all the stuff we need for our weekend event Blooming April and take the one-and-a-half-hour road up on Thursday to start preparing the space and the food before the weekend arrives.

Fridays are busy for us here. We lay out the mats with the tables on top of them, we wash the water and arak pitchers, we fix the garden and the house inside, and we work on the food prep with what we can make a day ahead. Despite the work load we have, I cannot miss the chance at enjoying a delicious lunch. Continue reading

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This is not really a sponsored post, but I did receive the packages for free and decided to include them in a recipe with review

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A couple of weeks ago I received a cold package from Tanmia, a local chicken producer and supplier. The package contained samples of their newly launched ready-to-cook products: Chicken Escalope, Chicken wings in barbecue sauce, Chicken legs in tomato sauce. I am not usually into ready-made stuff, but I decided to give them a try. Continue reading

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It’s never the same. No year is similar to the one it follows or the one it proceeds. Each year brings different experiences, new joys, new sorrow, new lessons. It’s all in how you perceive it.

Three years ago around this time, I was planning and working on starting this blog. I started it without any prospect on how it will grow or what will happen to it. I still kind of don’t, but I’m still blogging for the joy of it. Continue reading

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During the days of Sprouts, I used to give “lectures” to guests regarding food consciousness. Few were those who are aware of what goes into their food, most of those were the ones who cook.

We have not been very aware of our nutrition except for the past few decades. We have been, and somehow still are, subject to what we’re told to eat and not to. With the rise of ready-made and processed foods, we ate without knowing what is going into the food. It was only until recent times that some of us became aware of what goes into what we’re eating. Continue reading