Yes, I am still alive and I have not been swallowed up by the kitchen. Some of you might have thought that since I don't really know the difference between convection or microwave oven...ha ha. And yes I have been cooking up a storm, but that is not what has kept me away from the blog.
We have had visitors...whoo hoo! For the first time in two years and we had them back to back for the last three weeks. First JJ's Mom (Oma Joke) came to visit then it was the Miranda Family (5). Everyone just left on Sunday so life at the van Herksen household is getting back to normal. I kind of miss being a tour guide.
Back to normal means cooking. Well, actually this is our "new" normal (first time in seven years I use our kitchen to make dinner during the week). Blanca our new "empleada" doesn't really know how to cook and after my crash culinary course with my mother-in-law, combined with my secret desire to ROCK it like Nigella in the kitchen I have decided to create a weekly menu and try to stick with it.
Today's selection was a complete hit with the boys...and really I decided to make this dish for them more than anyone else. Can you tell from my presentation? Sam's reaction was "Comer Monstro." Luka said "Wow." I say that is an extremely positive response.
I made Apple Turkey Fingers and Sweet Potato Fries (please note that sweet potatoes in Chile are white). Just click on the links for the recipes.
They are super duper easy and so quick. The prep time is like 5 minutes and then you just have to let them cook. In total about 25 minutes (refer to the recipes here and here).
I can't tell you how yummy it was. JJ also loved it and although we technically don't eat dinner (we love our Herbalife shakes) we couldn't help but sneak a few bites of this dinner. Luka asked if I could also put it in his lunchbox for tomorrow...SCORE!
I think what sealed the meal was the dipping sauce, otherwise known as the "nose." Neither recipe included a dipping sauce, but I knew the boys would ask for mayo so in an attempt to stimulate their rather timid taste buds I invented something. After all I did need something for the nose people!
So here it is...I will call it Kick Ass Curry Sauce. I just started adding things as I went along, but this is the basic recipe:
Kick Ass Curry Sauce
- One part light mayonnaise
- Two Parts Plain Natural Yogurt
- Dijon Mustard
- Curry Powder
Basically just mix the mayo and yogurt together then add about a teaspoon of Dijon mustard and sprinkle some curry powder...just keep playing around with it until you get the combination that tickles your taste buds. Then add the honey at the end. Just start with a couple of drops and see how sweet you like it.
Really delicious, easy and healthy dinner the whole family can enjoy!
I also froze a couple of the turkey sticks to use on a night where we need a quick dinner for the boys.
Just in case you were wondering the eyes are raisins.
I promise to post about all the fun places we went with our houseguests soon...