Love Your Food!
Seriously, it’s really hot in here! My oven and stove have been working over time. I’m putting my beautiful new cookbook to good use. I roasted a chicken and made stock from the bones which became the base of a comforting white bean, kale and pumpkin soup. I roasted the other half of the pumpkin so I can make some sort of deliciousness with that soon. I’ve got kale, daikon and carrots fermenting on my counter for the next 48 hours. More on that experiment later! I also concocted a Super All-Purpose Peanut Sauce from the book that is awesome with the chicken. Can’t wait to try it in a wrap or with a great big stir fry, YUM!
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Super All-Purpose Peanut Sauce
From Sharon Hanna’s The Book of Kale
1 tbsp peanut, vegetable or coconut oil (I used grapeseed)
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced (I grated frozen ginger)
1-4 red chili peppers, chopped or 1 tsp hot sauce or red pepper flakes (I used 2 chillies)
1/3 cup natural peanut butter (I used crunchy almond butter)
Juice of 1 lime or 2 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
1/4 cup coconut milk, water or beer (I used coconut milk)
2 Tbsp brown sugar or honey (I used honey)
1 Tbsp sesame oil (I used raw since she didn’t specify toasted)
1 Tbsp soy sauce (I used gluten free tamari)
Heat oil in small saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute garlic, ginger and chilli until golden brown and fragrant. Add remaining ingredients and, whisking, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, continuing to whisk, until thickened. Makes about 1 cup. Can be kept for several days in the fridge.
My sauce was thick right off the bat so I added a bit of water. This would probably make a great marinade if thinned out a bit more. I’ll probably try to freeze extra in an ice cube tray. Or not… it’s pretty damn good!
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