Thursday, March 20, 2008

Feel the burn

I had pieces lined up for posting about stuff that's happened from all the way back in December to yesterday but it's going to have to be this one because I burned my arm badly today. I was turning one of the chicken wings I was shallow frying when the oil splattered all over the inside of my right arm. Now I've got 2nd-degree burns from my elbow halfway up to my shoulder, and most of the way down to my wrist. Yeah I'm on painkillers. This was at around 7:15pm and I was only halfway done cooking our Thai dinner. I didn't stop cooking. Plated everything at 7:40pm: Green Papaya Salad, Chicken in Plum 7 Pineapple Sauce, Green Curried Mussels, Squid & Prawns, Pineapple & Bagoong Fried Rice.

Chicken in Plum & Pineapple Sauce

You'll need:
Some chicken pieces
Lemongrass root, bruised
Shallots, chopped
Green onions (optional)
Fresh pineapple or canned pineapple chunks (reserve the juice)
Plum wine (or just store-bought Thai plum sauce, white wine, and some sugar)
Hoisin sauce
Thai basil leaves to garnish

Put the chicken in a bowl and marinate with about a cup of plum wine or plum sauce mixture, the lemongrass, about a tablespoon shallots, and the green onions for at least half an hour (or even better, overnight)

Put the cornstarch in a bowl and whisk in enough water to make a thin batter (just thick enough to coat the back of a spoon). Take the chicken out of the marinade and put it in the batter making sure the pieces are well coated. Deep fry the chicken.

Meanwhile dilute a tablespoon of hoisin sauce in about a cup of the pineapple juice (add water if there isn't enough juice) and add it to the marinade. Put the mixture and pineapple chunks in a shallow pan and simmer til syrupy. Time it so that the mixture is ready and boiling just when the chicken is done frying. Put the chicken in the sauce and toss to lightly coat.

Transfer to a plate and garnish with fresh basil leaves.

First aid for burns

It's amazing that there are still people who believe toothpaste is the proper first aid treatment for a 1st to 2nd degree burn. Nobody in my family, of course, but there are people who believe it. Put the burn under the tap for minutes. It's that simple. The menthol in your toothpaste won't cool it. Look it up.

This was my 2nd disaster of the day. The first one was when I found termites in my library.

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