Do you go through phases of craving certain chefs? Their style, their food? I do. Right now, I am craving Donna Hay. The simple flavors and ingredients. Recipes that really let the herbs shine through.
Once again, she does not disappoint. I found her Spicy Chicken and Mint Salad in issue 41 of her magazine. And unlike most people, who are subbing chicken for meat, I'd like to be a little different and sub ground beef for chicken. That's what happens when you have half a cow in your freezer.
This was so light and fresh. I have completely fallen in love with what I call the holy trinity of Thai: fish sauce, brown sugar, and lime juice. Pour that over old tires and I'd probably pronounce them excellent. The only thing different that I did, besides substituting ground beef (which was woefully overcooked, but I spent too long on the couch sharing a glass of wine with hubby, whilst lamenting about my day), was to omit the red onions because I didn't have any. Also, I just used whatever kind of mint is it that I have growing.
Spicy Chicken and Mint Salad
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
500g chicken mince
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 birdseye chillies, chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 Lebanese cucumber, thinly sliced
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup Vietnamese mint leaves
1/4 cup spearmint leaves
1/4 cup round mint leaves
Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok over high heat. Cook the chicken, in batches, for 3–5 minutes or until browned, breaking up any lumps with a wooden spoon. Add the garlic and chilli and cook for 1 minute. Stir through the fish sauce, lime juice and sugar. To serve, toss through the cucumber, onion, Vietnamese mint, spearmint and round mint.
This will be my entry for this week's Weekend Herb Blogging hosted by Rachel at The Crispy Cook.
Also, guess what?? It is the hubs and me (me and the hubs?) anniversary! Yep, 22 years of bliss. I had to stop and add that up, because I do not keep track of such things, it's sad to say, but I do not possess the romantic gene. Hallmark hates me.