My nanny has really become quite a “farmer” lately and often brings me produce from her yard. This morning she brought me a couple of vine ripe heirloom tomatoes. They looked so enticing that I wanted to bite into them and eat them right away. But my better sense prevailed and I decided to make a salad for the family to share. I can’t think of a better gift than home grown vine ripe produce.
1/2 English cucumber
1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar glaze (I think Lemon juice would have been fresher tasting but I was out of lemon)
1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
When the produce is this fresh, simplicity is the best way to go. You can taste the food’s original flavor.
Because I am between projects, Peter and the girls just think that I have all the time in the world to run all their errands for them. This is the problem with freelancing. People think you have more time than they do. Just as I sat down with a book, Peter called me to go buy a broom for him. What for? I asked. For my golf travel bag. Please make sure that the stick is longer than my longest golf club so it will absorb the impact and protect the clubs if the bag is thrown down by the handlers.
I have been asked by a Chinese film company to adapt an internet novel into a screenplay. I thought that writing would be a perfect job because I wouldn’t have to leave home. But at home I’m never alone enough to write even when I’m alone.
Audrey came home from school very anxious about the League of Creative Minds debate that she will attend at Stanford University this Saturday. The topic is the coalition against ISIS, and she will represent Iran’s position. She needed my help but I was equally ignorant on the issues. Thank goodness for Google. We could easily access all the information at our fingertips. However, she still had many unanswered questions when she was reading the online material about the ISIS crises. Angela decided that it was time for her to give both Audrey and me a basic history class on the Abrahamic religions, starting from the birth of Ishmael. Audrey got more and more confused and asked more and more questions. She did learn a word that was repeatedly used in all the articles on ISIS: quagmire. As you can see, I had a lot on my plate before I got to cooking dinner. I am glad I chose a very easy and quick recipe from rasamalaysia.com.
1 1/2 lbs chicken drumsticks (I used thighs and I halved the recipe for only two people)
One 2-inch piece ginger, peeled and chopped
5 garlic, peeled and chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon sesame oil
3 heavy dashes white pepper
Pinch of Chinese five-spice powder, optional
Pinch of salt
Rinse the chicken and pat dry with paper towels. Add the ginger and garlic to the chicken and gently rub them on the chicken. Add the rest of the ingredients to the chicken, stir to mix well so the chicken drumsticks are nicely coated with all the ingredients.
Set aside to marinate for 30 minutes. ( I marinated for 60 minutes)
Pre-heat the oven to 375F. Line the chicken on a tray lined with baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes in the middle of the oven, or until the surface turn golden brown and charred. (I used the toaster oven at 375F for 17 minutes and broiled the chicken for about 3 minutes in the end.)