Meatless Monday: General Tso’s Quorn Chik’n

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Having never eaten General Tso’s chicken, it would seem kind of silly to decide to cook such a thing on a whim. However… rule number one in Julie’s kitchen: have no fear and jump right in.

So what the heck is this dish? Basically, it’s pieces of breaded and fried chicken, covered in a slightly sweet, slightly spicy sauce. It’s found in numerous Asian restaurants, though its origins are in Taiwan. If you want to read a more in depth explanation, check this out.

While everything I cook at home is vegetarian (with the exception of fish), every now and then I do miss cooking/eating chicken. One of the most realistic chicken-like alternatives I’ve found is Quorn Chik’n. Generally I just cook it as I would real chicken. This dish is pretty simple to throw together. We enjoyed it with veggie fried rice, but you could serve it with plain steamed rice or noodles.

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General Tso’s Quorn Chik’n

Serves 6 or so.

Ingredients:

For the Chik’n marinade:
1 egg white
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons vodka
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 packages Quorn chik’n tenders

For the dry coating:
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

For the sauce:
3 tablespoons soy sauce
4 tablespoons rice vinegar
3 tablespoons vegetable broth
4 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh minced garlic
2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger
1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
2 tablespoons chopped chives

1 1/4 quart sunflower or peanut oil
1 cup fresh pineapple, cubed (optional)

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Directions:

Beat egg white in a large bowl until lightly foamy. Add soy sauce, rice vinegar and vodka. Whisk to combine. Set aside half of marinade in a small bowl. Add baking soda and corn starch to the large bowl and whisk to combine. Add the Quorn Chik’n to the large bowl and turn to coat thoroughly. Cover and set aside.

Combine flour, corn starch, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk until well combined then add the reserved marinade, mixing just until mixture has coarse, mealy clumps. Set aside.

To make the sauce combine soy sauce, wine, vinegar, chicken stock, sugar, sesame seed oil, and cornstarch in a small bowl and stir with a fork until cornstarch is dissolved and no lumps remain. Set aside.

Combine the oil, garlic, ginger, red chili flakes in a large skillet and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until vegetables are aromatic and soft, but not brown. Stir sauce mixture and add to skillet. Cook, stirring, until sauce boils and thickens, about 1 minute. Add scallions. Transfer sauce to a bowl to stop cooking, but don’t wipe out your skillet.

Heat the sunflower or peanut oil in a large wok or Dutch oven to 350°F. Transfer the chik’n from the marinade to dry coat mixture, tossing in between each addition to coat chik’n. Once all the Quorn chik’n is added to the dry coat ingredients, toss with your hands, pressing dry mixture onto the chik’n so it adheres, making sure that every piece is coated thoroughly.

Shake off excess coating and carefully lower the flour-coated chik’n into the hot oil, one piece at a time. Once all chicken is added, cook, stirring around until the chik’n is cooked through and very crispy, about 4 minutes. Transfe to a paper towel-lined bowl to drain any excess oil.

Add the chink’n to the empty sauce skillet and return the sauce to the skillet. Toss chik’n, folding it with a rubber spatula until all pieces are thoroughly coated. Fold in the fresh pineapple if you’re using it. Serve immediately with rice.

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Saturday Sites: Week Thirty-Four

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1.) OH NO. I think this video was made about me. Bwahaha.

2.) I can appreciate these wine pairings!

3.) This video… and wisdom is great.

4.) Would you swim in this pool?

5.) These enchiladas are on my list of things to make.

6.) What does your Myers-Briggs personality type say you were like as a child? I’m an INFJ.

7.) 24 American Behaviors Considered Rude in Other Countries.

8.) These are the best six seconds.

9.) 19 Relationship Truths Every Couple That Makes It Has To Accept Without (Too Much) Complaint.

10.) I’m unreasonably (or very reasonably) excited about this album.

11.) This art project.

12.) I really enjoy a glass of rosé these days… and I am not alone.

13.) Kara… I hope you do a version of this in November. Teeheehee!

14.) A public act of self-acceptance.

15.) These photos of the world’s oldest trees are gorgeous.

16.) These potatoes sound delicious!

17.) What happens when dad’s left alone with the baby?

18.) I love discovering new things to do with zucchini this time of year

19.) I can relate… and not always just on Mondays.

Peaches and Cream Oatmeal

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At least once a week, I get a text from one of my girlfriends I’ve been friends with for over two decades. Having moved back to Kaua’i with her husband recently, expecting her first baby girl in a few short months, this morning message often includes a photo of the beach with words such as “enjoying my oatmeal at the beach!” I try to contain my jealousy and refrain from writing “thanks for the induced homesickness bi-yotch!” (Teehee!)

The other thing these messages often do is leave me a hankering for some good oatmeal. Since I don’t generally eat breakfast, this craving hits around 1:30 or 2 PM. While I do enjoy overnight oats very much in the summer, I also thoroughly like oats that have been cooked on the stove.

Around here we throw all sorts of things into our oatmeal — peanut butter, sunflower butter, honey, maple syrup, homemade jam, bananas, other chopped up fruit we happen to have on hand, cranberries, currants, walnuts, macadamia nuts, etc., etc. Since my favorite locally grown peaches happen to be available right now, I am a huge fan of peach-filled oatmeal… Like the following recipe!

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Peaches and Cream Oatmeal

Serves about 6.

Ingredients:

2 1⁄2 cups water
1⁄8 teaspoon salt
2 cups old fashioned oatmeal
2 tablespoons sugar
1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
1/2 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons heavy cream
3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons brown sugar (or to your liking)
2 ripe peaches, peeled, pitted, and diced

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Directions:

Bring the water to a boil. Add the salt.

While stirring constantly, gradually add the oatmeal. Return to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Allow oats to thicken for a few minutes. Once they have thickened, stir in the milk, cream, butter, vanilla, and brown sugar. Gently fold in the diced peaches.

Serve with a little additional butter, cream, and brown sugar if you’d like.

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Day to Day Life: Week Thirty-Three

A wee little peek at the last week:

Our friends Janet and Ray gave us a bunch of tomatoes out of their garden, so I made a bunch of sauce.
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And jarred up a few jars of said sauce for later.
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Red.
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Pink.
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Pink and tan.
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Last minute/totally not planned-out dinner one night – Quorn Chik’n turned into General Tso’s Chik’n and un-pictued fried rice.
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Brought to you by bourbon and Apple Photo Booth.
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Coraline-Chicken.
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Practicing good hippie habits… and I am SO excited.
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The easiest treat. Frozen bananas, unsweetened cocoa and honey peanut butter blended up until smooth!
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The hubby played a set with Al Torre at a little festival here in town.
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Future Christmas card.
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Silas has been playing kids’ water polo on Sundays. Today there were only two boys.
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We took the kids shopping for some school clothes then got Mexican food… My hubby and I ordered margaritas, but the woman who took our order came back and said, “I am so sorry! We are out of tequila! But! If you like horchata (which the kids had ordered and we did last time we were there), we have a new drink with horchata and spiced rum… and it is GOOD.” So that is what we had… and it most certainly was good!
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I hope you’ve had a wonderful week!

Saturday Sites: Week Thirty-Three

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1.) If I were better at photoshop, I think this would be a fun endeavor

2.) I’m curious about this recipe.

3.) 9 Books to Read by the Time You’re 30. I haven’t read most of these yet, so perhaps 9 books to read in your 30’s?

4.) This short film clip on addiction is worth watching.

5.) 8 Reasons Why Mentally Strong Adults Were Usually Emotionally Sensitive Kids.

6.) Real struggles for people with thick hair. The struggle really is REAL.

7.) I Followed My Mom Around Costco and This Is What I Learned.

8.) I have watched this approximately 4,000 times… and it makes me giggle every single time. “You don’t have any syrup?”

9.) Saveur’s 50 best sandwiches… and lots of them look deeee-licious!

10.) I feel like our backyard needs this.

11.) According to psychologists, coloring is the best alternative to meditation. I knew there was a reason I’ve been investigating these adult coloring books!

12.) I might drink all the drinks.

13.) These words.

14.) We are very big fans of burritos around here… and I am thoroughly surprised at some of the places the following “33 best burritos in America” are located.

15.) Some important words: urinal pranks.

16.) These images make me wish I’d tried to watch the Perseid meteor shower this week!

17.) This rosé lemonade sounds like a good, easy, drink alternative for the end of summer.

18.) I shall add this to my Christmas want-list.

19.) How would you sum up your life in six words?

20.) Yes. Loudly.