Hi everyone. Now that the kiddies are in bed, I can tell you all about a great new website and discussion group, www.cookingwithfriendsclub.com . They have been hard at work, trying to get women to see the benefits of cooking with one another for fun, efficiency and to learn from one another.
Cooking with others is a GREAT way to learn the basic skills of cooking, even if you are just a shopper or cleaner upper, watching a friend cook. I have spent many an afternoon in front of friends, family, even babysitters who pick up new skills and tricks just by observing and I have learned from others as well.
We need to start with small, reachable goals and wipe away those self-defeating thoughts that tell us that our efforts will result in a mediocre dish or a meal that our kids won’t eat. Again, cooking is a skill that we must learn, like everything else, and we need to practice, learn from our mistakes, learn from others, maybe cook
with others and get the support we need to make the cooking happen.
Here’s a healthy and EASY recipe for Chicken or Fish that you can make alone or with a friend:
4 Boneless Chicken Breast halves (or 4 pieces of salmon or other fish pan fried in a little canola oil until opaque in the center)
1 TBS peeled and minced fresh ginger
1/2 cup veg. or canola oil
1/4 cup scallions, white and green parts chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
2 TBS soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
salt to taste
Steam chicken over simmering water until white in the center. Make sure it is not raw so cut into it and look. Guests or family will prefer a cut into piece of chicken over raw chicken any day!
Meanwhile, stir together the ginger, scallions, oil and salt in a bowl. You can add more ginger, scallions or salt to taste but one at a time.
When the chicken or fish is done, drizzle with the soy sauce and sesame oil and serve. Let each guest or family member have their own little bowl of scallion ginger sauce. Kids especially love their own little bowls for sauces. As a reward for accompanying me to the Asian Food Store today, I let my daughter pick out little japanese dipping bowls for all her siblings for just $1.99 each. She was thrilled!