This dish is a Thai twist on one of my favorite recipes: milk chicken. Instead of roasting a chicken in milk and aromatics, like cinnamon, lemon and sage, I’ve used a basting sauce that is composed of traditional Thai curry ingredients– coconut milk, fish sauce, green curry paste, chiles and kaffir lime leaves. If you can’t find kaffir lime leaves, you can still make the curry without it. You can also switch up the curry paste, it doesn’t have to be green. This recipe makes insanely flavorful chicken and the best part for me is a bowl of jasmine rice covered in that delicious curry sauce in the bottom of the pot!
I like re-visiting old recipes, but we’ve rarely done it on HonestlyYUM. Today, we’re bringing back our conversation cardamom truffles. They’re so smooth and decadent and easy to make that we felt we had to bring them back! This time instead of flavoring them with cardamom we decided to make them boozy. Because what’s more important on Valentine’s Day than cocktails and chocolates?! These truffles have Old Fashioned ingredients in them– bourbon, bitters and orange zest, all creating a subtle boozy tasting truffle!
I’ve been waiting for the day I can post a recipe on this site about Szechuan peppercorns. If you’ve never tried Szechuan peppercorns before, it can be a strange sensation– they have the effect of numbing your mouth! Yes, that’s right, in certain doses, your mouth actually starts to go numb. Combined with spicy foods, like chiles, the combo of that numbing tingle and burning sear of heat is absolutely addicting. I realize that this all sounds a bit miserable but if you’re a addict of spicy foods, this is a whole new way to experience them! I grew up eating these peppercorns in their classic Chinese applications: in a spicy hot pot or steeped in a hot chili oil-laden noodle bowl. Those recipes are usually pretty intensive with lots of preparation and steps and I really wanted to use an easy recipe for a first-time Szechuan peppercorn-er.
Annnd, it just so happens Super Bowl is right around the corner, which makes something as addictive as a spicy, mouth-numbing, salty crunchy snack like Chex Mix the perfect reason to use this ingredient. A note about sourcing: I’ve never been able to find them in an American supermarket so I suggest ordering them on Amazon. I also get the Szechuan red chili flakes on Amazon. If you’ve never tried cooking with Szechuan peppercorns I hope you give these a go!
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Last fall, I attended a paella workshop with Chef Paul Canales of Oakland’s beloved Spanish restaurant Duende. And it was a blast. Paella was made from scratch (stay tuned for more on that later this week), while Paul schooled us on the history of Spanish cuisine and the various regions which make up the brilliantly unique flavors of the country. Afterwards, we feasted on a delectable spread of pintxos, cured meats, paella and one particular dish that absolutely blew my mind. It was . . . drumroll . . . a salad. Essentially, Ensalada de Col translates into “coleslaw” (say what??) but don’t let the unassuming name fool you – this salad is full of bright and bold flavors that will make you want to devour it in its entirety. Humble savoy cabbage is sliced paper thin and tossed with toasted pistachios, green olives and a garlic vinaigrette. The pièce de résistance is a delightfully generous shaving of Mahón cheese. Boom. I hope that you’ll give this salad a try. It’s so, so good.
Since we’ve been talking about travel bucket lists, I can’t help but reminisce about Spain, one of my favorite countries in the world. A few years ago, I returned with my entire family (with 17 month old Quincy in tow!) and traveled from north to south, enjoying pintxos, tapas, jamón, paella, and Spanish wine along the way. What are pintxos, you might ask? A pinxto, pronounced peen-cho and derived from the Spanish verb pinchar, is exactly how is sounds: a pinch of food that is pierced together by a toothpick. Hailing from the Basque region of Spain, the pintxo is essentially a smaller version of a tapa, however, they vary drastically depending on the town, restaurant or bar.