Asian Beef with Basil
First of all, this recipe turned out looking nothing like the picture. The lemongrass from the marinade was a dominate flavor so if you're not of fan of that, I would skip this recipe. The overall flavor of the dish was just okay. For something that takes almost 3 hours from start to finish, I expect something spectacular.
Javanese Tempeh Sambal Goreng
This was another dish that used lemongrass but I liked how the flavors were much more balanced than the Asian Beef. Sambal Goreng is a dish that combines fried meat (in this case seared tempeh) with veggies in a coconut sauce - so, it's basically a curry. We loved it but, sorry, no link because it came from the New Vegetarian cookbook.
Green Beans and Mushrooms in Black Bean Sauce
I don't have a recipe link for this dish either because it came from Gordon Ramsay's World Kitchen cookbook. Ever have a takeout dish that was swimming in black bean sauce? This dish was just like that. So good!
Dreena Burton's Jerk Chickpeas (not Asian but good!)
I really loved this recipe. I served the chickpeas on brown rice and the dish was hearty and filling. Christian wasn't a huge fan but I think he had a negative opinion before he even tried it simply because it contained chickpeas. He also said that it smelled funny but I think the dish tasted exactly like jerk chicken I had in Belize.
|Eating jerk chicken while the chickens (and cats!) run underfoot in Dangriga, Belize.|
Chicken Shawarma (Middle Eastern)
This was our favorite recipe from the week. The chicken has a little bit of a kick from the curry but the cucumber-yogurt sauce (like tzatziki sauce) cools it off nicely. I grilled the chicken indoors on my cast-iron grill pan. The chicken only took about 7 minutes to cook. I served the chicken in pitas with the sauce, spinach, and chopped tomatoes.
Here's what I'm cooking this week: