Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Something new something fresh

Cooking for family, friends and fun is integral to my blog, this is where I publish stories and recipes around the three:).Today I begin, a weekly feature on my blog called "Cooking with friends" Every Wednesday, I will feature a friend of mine and her wonderful recipe:)).Iam very excited and hope you all enjoy reading it as well.

Today's chef is my friend Joyeeta, a sweet and wonderful person she's also a wonderful cook(though she doesn't want to admit to being one.)We met after she came across my blog and we started talking to each other:Joyeeta is inspired by her mom's cooking,and literally cooks up a storm everytime she hosts a party.I have been to many of her parties and you can only imagine,how much good food I have tucked in because of her.Recently,I went to another of her awesome parties and she had yet again outdone herself.Joyeeta has been a sweetheart to share all those recipes from the party and one by one I will feature them all .

Joyeeta and I at the Husky Stadium

Here's one of her many recipes,"chicken Satay with Peanut sauce". Try it, its really yummy:)

You need
For Chicken Satay
Chicken Breast cut lengthwise into strips
Wooden Skewers soaked in cold water for 1/2 hr or more
1 can coconut milk
2 tbsp Thai red curry paste (eyeball the measurement)
Siracha chilli sauce (1 tsp)
Cumin powder (1 tsp)
Corriander power (1tsp)
Minced Shallots (2 tbsp)
Dark Soy Sauce (2 tbsp)
Brown Sugar (1 tbsp or more depending on taste)
1 tbsp oil

For peanut sauce(Courtesy of the Joy of Cooking)
1 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
4 tbsps firmly packed light brown sugar ( i just used dark)
1 tbsp fish sauce (i used a little)
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp canned Thai Massaman Curry Paste (i used Thai red curry paste)
1/2 tsp curry powder

This is how you make it
Chicken satay :Mix all the ingredients of the marinade and taste it to adjust any of the ingredients before adding the chicken.
You can also puree the marinade.Put the washed chicken strips into the marinade and let it sit for 2hrs to 4 hrs.Thread the skewer with each chicken strip.Hi Broil for 10 mins on one side,5 mins on the other.Time varies with each oven so keep checking to see if it's cooked, it should have a nice golden brown color. Garnish with basil leaves.

Peanut sauce :Combine all sauce ingredients in a medium saucepan.Whisk in a 1/2 cup hot water thoroughly.Simmer, stirring occasionally, over low heat until the flavors are well blended, 15 to 20mins. Stir in:Fresh lime juice.Serve it warm with the chicken satay!


Joyeeta said...

You are the sweetheart not me, thank you so much for such a lovely dedication. This coming from a Super Chef like yourself is a big compliment. I am lucky to have such a person like you in my life and to think it all started from a visit to your blog :)
Here's to a lifetime of sharing recipes with each other and more wonderful memories to look back on!
Thank you :) *hugs*

Meenal Mehta said...

:)) Thanks Joyeeta and you are very welcome.hehe ..

MY day is already made with what you said , more words would be redundant

Vandana Verdia said...

Hey you two!!! Three cheers to both of you on this!
The Chicken Satay was really yummy!
Meenal: Another great section and for the rest to follow - bring it on baby!!!
Proud of you girl!!!

Meenal Mehta said...

Thanks Vandy ...on cloud nine right now:)xoxo

Ishita said...

awww...u guys are so cute!!! complimenting each other :)

Meenal Mehta said...

hehe.. what I can say , J and V have made me go red in the face with the compliments:)

Vicky Xavier. said...

Hi, first time here.absolutely love ur way of presentation. U both look great. Chicken satay seems yummy dear.

Raaga said...

Thanks for dropping by :)

I used to know a Meenal Mehta who worked with me at GE Capital many years ago.

You have a nice blog... will spend time looking around now.

Asha said...

Great tribute to your friend and friendship, enjoy. Yummy chicken Satay recipe, good one! :)

Meenal Mehta said...

@Vicky- thanks so much for the kind words , and welcome to my kitchen

@Raga ..thanks for returning the favor:)I used to work at GE , hmm...did we work together? which dept?

@Asha ..thanks Asha:)) yes it was very yummy

Anonymous said...

Your pic in the last post is so glam.
And so nice to have such a nice friend


Vani said...

Thanks for stopping by, Meenal! What a great idea to feature a friend every week. Chicken satay looks wonderful!

Meenal Mehta said...

@Sandeepa ...thanks , was trying to act all Hawaiian :))

@Vani..thanks for returning the favor:)and stopping by my kitchen.Glad you like the idea

Jaya said...

Thanks for visiting my place and I must admit you have a lovely blog here ....with so delicious recipes..
even i like the idea of featuring friend's recipes here ....This one looks very yum...
hugs and smiles

Lavanya said...

you have a very nice blog meenal..and lot of new recipes..i have to try some..thanks for stopping by ...from now onwards i will follow your blog:)

Smitha said...

Thanks for stopping by my pages. Happy you liked it too. Would love to have you back. You have a nice space yourself:)
Love the recipe and I really liked how friendly you are:)

Indhu said...

Hi Meenal,
Thanks for stopping by. I love this new idea - Cooking with friends... spent a considerable amount of time going through your blog - love your recipe collection :)

Bharti said...

What a sweet feature. Everything looks delicious.

Varsha Vipins said...

Hi Meenal..:)..So good to meet a fellow Seattelite..:)
Even tho am not a big fan of Thai food,this looks so so yum..In skewers,they look delectable..!!:)

priar's, said...

Hi meenal,
u have got a gr8 blog.....chicken satay is real next post is similar to it:)

Reeni♥ said...

This is one of my favorites!! I don't have a good recipe, this looks so delicious!! I will definitely be trying this one. Thanks for visiting my-your blog is so yummmy!

Nits said...

Great to see Joyee's recipe up there, the satay and sauce were indeed scrumptious!!

Meenal, great idea of featuring friends!! Keep it on!!!

Raaga said...

you know... we didn't work together. I think you were with transaction processing? I was with accounting services. I went on to HR within accounting services. We met on the bus... from AIIMS/IIT to office or something. For some reason even though we barely met/kept in touch, I've thought of you every now and then. If I remember right, you have mixed parentage too?

Food Fanatic said...

can i participate? :D

Raaga said...

Cham said...

The satay looks delicous, great tribute to ur friend. U ve a nice place Meenal :)

Happy cook said...

Thankyou for visiting my place.
I love chicken satay and these looks delicious.
It is always exceltn to havve a friend like joyeeta, especially if the freind can cook so good.

Anu said...

Wow... Nice start! Waiting to see new recipes thru the "Cooking with friends" in your blog :)

Arch said...

First time here...lovely blog - "Cooking with friends" is such a great satay - must have tasted super !

Cynthia said...

Dear Meenal, thanks so much for taking the time to visit my blog. I hope you come back.

I am thrilled to discover your place. The stuffed bittergourds made me hungry. I think I'll make some next weekend. Haven't had it stuffed in a long time. I generally stuff mine with curried baby shrimp :)

Meenal Mehta said...

@ Jaya, thanks so much  glad u like the recipes
@thanks Smita, will be back and hope the same from you too

Meenal Mehta said...

@Indhu, thankyou to you too for returning the favor. Iam glad you like the recipes. I hope you visit again
@Bharti ..thanks for your appreciation

Meenal Mehta said...

@Varsha ..cheers and a hello to you from a fellow Seattlite too I have to say the chicken satay tasted great

@Reeni..thanks for visiting , Iam glad you like it and hope it turns out well for ya

Meenal Mehta said...

@Nitya, thanks a bunch sweetie to you on the way

Meenal Mehta said...

@Food Fanatic ..sure , I am glad you want to participate.Would you be able to send me a recipe and a picture. Can you also tell me something about yourself? I will follow up with you on email

@Happy Cook, thanks for visiting and yes it good to have good friends and friends who cook well are the icing on the cake

Meenal Mehta said...

@Anu..Thanks so much..This was my first post and I am already having so much fun

@Arch,thanks for visiting, it did taste great and Iam glad u liked the idea was my pleasure visiting your blog you have a great one right there . bitter gourd stuffed with baby shrimp sounds yummy..Do you have the recipe somewhere on your blog.

Meenal Mehta said...

@ Thankyou Cham..hope to see on my blog again :)

Food Fanatic said...

hey Meenal

Thanks for responding to my request. I'd like to participate and will get in touch shortly. how about we chat on gtalk sometime soon :)

Meenal Mehta said...

@Priar ..thanks I just saw your comment ...your greek kebabs look great

@Lavanya ..thanks so much for visiting and glad u like what you see

Meenal Mehta said...

Hey foodfanatic ,

yes looking forward to hearing back from ya :)

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