Here’s my first lesson in forward meal planning – forward plan! I can’t slow cook lamb shanks if I don’t take them out of the freezer first. So, my plan to cook lamb shanks has been put off until tomorrow (provided I remember to get them out of the freezer!).
Another hurdle today is feeling rotten and not wanting to cook. Hello, cold. How nice of you to join me. Oh, headache? You decided to come too? Sure. Pull up a chair.
This is exactly the type of day where we would buy takeaways – I feel yuk, Mr T is at the doc for back pain, the kids are tired and ratty. So this is exactly the type of day I need to get past WITHOUT buying takeaways!
I have, in front of me, a packet of chicken nibbles. After some extensive googling, I’ve decided to cook STICKY SOY AND HONEY CHICKEN on rice with a salad on the side for Mr T and I, carrot sticks for the kids.
I nearly decided on Coca Cola chicken, it’s a recipe that has fascinated me for a long time (I think I saw it on Masterchef once). But, all of the recipes called for an hour of marination which would just end up being too late for dinner tonight. Shall definitely put that one on the list for another night.
STICKY SOY AND HONEY CHICKEN
2 T Soy Sauce
1/3 C Tomato Sauce
2 T Honey
1 T Brown Sugar
2 T Apple Cider Vinegar (I don’t have this. I will use red wine vinegar which will hopefully offset some of the sweetness as well)
1 t Minced Ginger (Don’t have this either. It’s added to the shopping list)
2 t Minced Garlic
1/3 C Boiling Water
The method? Put the chicken on a baking tray, mix together all the ingredients in a bowl and pour over. Bake for 40 minutes, turning after 20 minutes.
I want to say at this point, the simple fact that I am gathering ingredients and cooking from scratch, has drawn interest from Princess. Perhaps it was the jar of brown sugar that drew her into the room (like a moth to a flame is a 4 year old to sugar) but she came in guns blazing, wanting to help. This recipe is a really good one for kids to help with due to it’s simple measurements and ingredients.
Win. We loved it. I worried it might be overly sweet but it wasn’t. The flavour combo was just right and went well with the rice and salad.
Gosh, I better get those lamb shanks out of the freezer already!