Thai Chicken Patties

As promised in my last post, I’m trying some new recipes and doing more cooking at home this week.  It’s amazing how quickly one’s abs disappear after eating a few restaurant meals.  Ugh – chicken wings you are so tasty but so bad for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tonight we tried Thai Chicken Patties with Cabbage Slaw.  We made a few modifications to the recipe – some on purpose and some on accident.  Tim is not a huge fan of purple cabbage (on account of the fact it turns freakishly blue when it gets wet), so we used all green cabbage.  I got lazy/rushed at the grocery store and thought that parsley would do fine in place of cilantro (big difference!!).  Tim didn’t think parsley would taste good in the dish, so I googled cilantro substitutions and found that some people use celery leaves and/or mint leaves instead, so that’s what I did (using fresh mint from the garden – yay!).  I cannot find coconut aminos anywhere in the QC, so I was planning on using tamari instead.  However, when I started to make the dish, I realized that we had no tamari or soy sauce.  Again, I googled subs and ended up using a concoction of Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, and fish sauce instead.  And, finally, we had no sriracha, so I used chile paste instead.  Oh!  And I was lazy and didn’t want to fry the patties, so I just sauteed the whole mess in coconut oil.

Verdict?  TASTY!  Tim and I really liked this dish. It has a lot of unusual flavors and is very light and fresh.  I will definitely make this again, but next time I will try to get all the proper ingredients. I think this meal would taste even better with the cilantro and red cabbage.  Also, as I was looking up the link to this recipe, I saw the blogger’s picture of the crispy chicken patties, and they look mouth-wateringly delicious.  Next time, I do it right!

I did have to chuckle at the blogger’s comments on the recipe – she said it’s an easy, quick recipe.  Before I read that, Tim and I were both commenting that the recipe seemed like a lot of work – a lot of chopping and a lot of ingredients.  I guess if you don’t mind chopping, it’s an easy recipe!  But, easy or not, it’s definitely worth the effort.

Tim and I did get our garden in the ground yesterday too, in case you were on the edge of your seat wondering about that.  We planted a vast array of peppers, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, peas, etc.  We spent about $100 between dirt, compost, plants, and seeds.  Hopefully we will get something tasty out of it!  I do need to find a good squirrel/chipmunk repellent.  Those dirty bastards are already digging up holes all over the garden.  ARGH!!  I found a recipe for hot pepper tea that I’m going to make and try.  I’ll let you know if it works.

Take care, and have a fantastic evening!!

Paleo Cookies and Happy Chihuahuas

Tim and I have an absolutely ancient chihuahua named Lucent.  We are currently sitting in our back yard enjoying this absolutely perfect spring day, and he is slowly wandering around the yard, pausing in patches of sunshine, looking for rabbit poop which is evidently delicious.  He’s old, he is partially blind, his back bends at a right angle, but he is still a happy little dog, as long as there is sunshine and tasty poop.  Ah, to be a dog…

I haven’t written lately.  Life was out-of-control busy these past couple of weeks, but busy with fun stuff – drinks with friends, hair highlights, art classes, etc.  Yet, busy it was, and I had no time or inclination to write.  Also due to the busyness I did not cook at much as usual and tried only 1 new recipe:  The Best Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies.

These truly are really good paleo cookies.  They taste like ALMOST normal cookies.  I followed the suggestion in the recipe and took the cookies out of the oven right when they started to brown.  They tasted great right out of the oven, but the next morning they were super limp and doughy.  I slid them back on to a cookie sheet and popped them back in the oven for maybe 5-7 minutes.  They came out PERFECT.  These are some tasty sons of bitches, so I have to be careful how often I make them.  They have 1.5 cups of almond flour in them, and I’ve read a few articles lately (like this one here) that make me question my (incorrectly prepared) nut consumption.  It would be waaay too easy to overeat nuts when they are made into cookies this tasty.

Next week is a much more sane week.  I’ve already planned out meals for the next 10 days, and I’m looking forward to cooking at home and trying some new recipes.  Besides that, we need to swing into full gear for tri-training (only about a month left – eeeeek!!).  On Saturday we are doing the Beer & Bacon Run at Sunderbruch Park to help prepare for the off-road tri run.  Pray for a sunny, 70 degree day!

Tim and I also purchased the goods to make a couple square foot gardens.  We got some compost, top soil, plants, and seeds.  This is a new venture for us, so wish us luck.  If we get $100 of produce out of these, or a least some meditative, out-doors time, I’ll be happy.

And that’s my update for the week.  Hope you are enjoying this beautiful Saturday!