A collection of leftovers can make a most interesting and tasty meal.
Yesterday, I posted the recipe for “Grilled Chicken with Ginger”, and I still had a perfectly one half of a yardbird that I just could not let go to waste. As I was taught by my Grand and my Mother, nothing ever goes to waste in a cook’s kitchen.
And with that being said, I foraged around in the fridge and the pantry to see what I could find.
Lo and behold……..a half of a Vidalia onion, some Shitake mushrooms, some baby spinach, some leftover Thai pickles, a few steamed buns, and just enough Korean barbecue sauce I made from scratch a few days earlier.
The left over adventure began with a few slices of Vidalia onion, a handful of Shitake mushrooms were sauteed in a pan with a drizzle of olive oil. The left over grilled ginger chicken was add to the onion and mushroom mix along with Chinese 5 Spice powder and Korean barbecue sauce. Baby spinach and Thai pickles were added to left over pillowy steamed buns along with the meat and mushroom filling. The perfect side dish to accompany the chicken and Shitake baos was the left over steamed Jasmine rice. This quick and easy meal was done in less than 20 minutes!
The 2014 World Cup is taking place in Brazil …….. and there is no better way to celebrate this world event by drinking a Caipirinha. Caipirinha (pronounced kie-purr-REEN-yah) roughly translates to “country bumpkin” and it is the national drink of Brazil, where it originated, and is a common beverage of choice during Carnavale. It is made with cachaça, an intensely sweet Brazillian style of rum that is made from sugarcane juice. The market is changing and now it is possible to easily find a premium cachaça to use in this drink, which is highly recommended because it is the main component of the drink. The Caipirinha is the strongest national cocktail of them all in Brazil, where it orginated in the state of São Paulo around 1918. The Caipirinha as we know it today would have been created from a popular recipe made with lemon, garlic and honey, indicated for patients of Spanish flu pandemic—and which, today, is still used to cure small colds. As it was quite common to put a little alcohol in any home remedy in order to expedite the therapeutic effect, rum was commonly used. “Until one day someone decided to remove the garlic and honey. Then added a few tablespoons sugar to reduce the acidity of lime. The ice came next, to ward off the heat,” explains Carlos Lima, executive director of IBRAC (Brazilian Institute of Cachaça). It is imbibed in restaurants, bars, and many households throughout the country. Once almost unknown outside Brazil, the drink has become more popular and more widely available in recent years, in large part due to the rising availability of first-rate brands of cachaça outside Brazil. The International Bartenders Association has designated it as one of their Official Cocktails. The Caipirinha is a perfect cocktail to adapt for seasonal fruits and is fun to use with different fruit combinations.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 3 minutes
Yield 1 Serving
1 lime, cut into small wedges
2 teaspoons Superfine sugar, or to taste
2 ounces of cachaça or white rum, to taste
Place the lime wedges, pulp side up in the bottom of an old fashioned glass or heavy tumbles. Add sugar, to taste and muddle the lime and sugar together with a long handled wooden spoon. Add the cachaça, stir and add the ice cubes. Stir again and serve immediately.
Be sure to crush the pieces of lime pulp side up or too much bitter lime oil will released from the zest. Keep the sugar mixed in the drink by stirring often. Cachaça, a spirit distilled from sugarcane, is one of the most popular drinks in Brazil. Some of the better varieties are available in larger liquor stores in the U. S.