I've been asked for my recipes for the chicken wings and mango salad I made tonight. So, here they are.
Please keep in mind that I rarely measure when I cook (baking is quite another story) so I am guess-timating. You will, of course, adjust quantities and ingredients to suit your taste.
Spicy Thai-style Chicken Wings
• 20 chicken wings—the full thing, not split apart • some cracked black pepper (to taste) • 2 teaspoons (or so) of ginger, freshly grated or finely chopped • 2 cloves of fresh garlic, finely chopped • 1 teaspoon of sugar • ¼ cup soy sauce • splash of vegetable oil • juice of one lime • fresh cilantro to taste • chili garlic paste, to taste (how much heat do you like?) • slices of lime for garnish
1. rinse and dry the chicken 2. mix all other ingredients in glass bowl 3. add chicken for at least an hour 4. preheat oven to 450º F 5. place marinated chicken in single layer on baking sheet 6. cook in preheated oven for roughly 20 minutes 7. serve with slices of lime, sweet-and-spicy dipping sauce, and a Spanish Garnacha
• 2 medium size ripe mangoes • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped • fresh cilantro, roughly chopped, to taste (I use about two tablespoons chopped) • 2 teaspoons (or so) fresh ginger, finely chopped • juice of 1 lime • Romaine lettuce • a sprinkling of sugar, if you like
1. squeeze lime into a glass bowl 2. peel the mango, dice it, and add it to the bowl 3. add garlic, cilantro, and ginger, then stir to combine 4. season to taste with sugar (sometimes I add a little salt) 5. chill well before serving 6. break up lettuce and spoon mango over top 7. serve with your spicy Thai-style chicken wings
We're back at the Forest House after a day out and about Waimea and Kamuela.
We had a huge and delicious lunch at Huli Sue's, then we headed to Kamuela Liquor Store where we picked up various bottles of wine, including three Garnacha, two from Spain and one from—wait—Italy (Sardinia, actually), where it's called Cannonau.
I've tasted one of the Spanish Garnacha, the 2008 Viña Borgia (Campo de Borja, DO). You can see it in the video below. This fruity wine will go well with the spicy Thai-style chicken wings and mango salad I'm making for dinner tonight. It's price ($6.99), especially for those of us hailing from B.C, makes it that much yummier.
Before you click to watch, I want to apologize to the fine folks of Waimea: I pronounced it Waime-o in the video. Oops.
We had supper at the Aloha Wine Bar in Waikolo Beach Resort (Queens' Shops) last night. While noshing, we sipped four featured wines and watched 2010 Winter Olympics from Vancouver on high def TV. Simple and civilized. And very affordable.
Read more detail in my February wine column, "Wine Trends" in My City, hitting Abbotsford streets February 25.
For now, here are some pictures...
Aloha Wine Bar entrance
Pomaikai, our fabulous server
Rueben Sandwich extraordinaire... "Even better than the one I had in Montreal," says Rick