With just the two of us, a regular chicken is just too big, so I started buying Cornish Hens. They come two to the pack, at 1 1/2 pounds each. One half bird is enough to feed one person. Cornish hens taste just like regular chickens, and are not baby chickens. For more information, please see the Wikipedia article on Cornish Game Hen.
I love barbecued chicken, but barbecues have been outlawed in our city, so I am stuck with less conventional ways of barbecuing. Last year, I bought a cast iron grill/griddle just for the purpose of barbecuing steaks and making pancakes. It also does a fine job with chicken, and I use the top of my wok to cover foods so they can completely cook. Of course, I have to have my windows wide open, and I shut off the bedroom where the fire alarms are to prevent them from going off. My grill/griddle is easy to clean, just put it in water while it is still warm, but not hot.
I used Hoisin sauce, because my son had expressed a desire for Chinese food the day before, but you could use whatever barbecue sauce is your favorite. I served it with Same Day Fried Rice and we had ourselves an Asian feast!
Chinese Stove Top Barbecued Cornish Hen YouTube Video
I love fried rice! Plain rice at the Chinese restaurant just doesn’t thrill me as much as fried rice, with all the goodies. If you get the Yang Chow fried rice, it comes with chicken, pork, beef and sometimes, shrimp. It’s my favorite, and quite often, all I will get because it is a meal in itself.
The secret to good fried rice is using day old rice. So you have to make extra rice if you want fried rice the next day. That means rice twice in a row, and either I don’t make enough, or I just don’t want it twice in a row. This is a problem, but I have found a solution.
The solution is to use pre-cooked rice that comes in a bag. Uncle Ben’s makes one, and it works perfectly. That way, you can have fried rice any time you want to, as long as you have the pre-cooked rice on hand, you’re good to go.
I have been a fan of Chinese Chicken Salad since the 1980’s when I first had it. Everyone once in a while, I have all the ingredients to make it. This afternoon, Spane and I went and had a very filling lunch at Everest Burgers, so we didn’t want a heavy or big dinner. I asked him if salad would be good, and he said yes. Then I went to my pantry and saw that I had Mandarin oranges, I knew what to make.
This salad has everything but the chicken, and if you happen to have cooked chicken, you are more than welcome to add it to this salad. Make sure you have a sharp knife because you will be chopping the greens and the onion into small pieces.
You could add other fruit to this salad as well, like lychee nuts, or even cherries. I had unsweetened coconut chips which had just enough sweetness, sweetened coconut would be too powerful, so I don’t recommend it. Please choose whichever Asian salad dressing you like, we like Girard’s Asian Dressing.
My son loves roast pork loin, and I do, too. It’s so tender, and flavorful, but can easily take on other flavors. One of the best things about pork loin is having a sandwich from the left overs. Chinese pork roast sandwiches are particularly good.
Originally, for my Chinese dinner, I was going to make the same Asian Pork Roast I made for Ascencia for Chinese New Year 2013, but when I looked in my pantry today, I spied a jar of orange marmalade and knew I had to make Szechuan Orange Pork Loin Roast instead. Cooking it in the Nesco made it simple, and kept the roast very moist and tender.
If you want to make this, and I hope you do, please understand that it is quite spicy, so you will probably want to have something with it to cool the palate. Fried rice is a good idea, or Asian Coleslaw. We kicked our dinner up a notch and had Szechuan Green Beans as well.
This is for my friend, Adel Luzuriaga of Realty Benefit Systems, who introduced me to these wonderful beans at Harvest Inn in Glendale. Sadly, the restaurant is now closed, but the recipe lives on. I love beans made this way, and I’m glad that Adel and I were able to share them together.
I just finished reading 9 Dragons, a Harry Bosch novel. This time, Harry is in Hong Kong trying to rescue his kidnapped daughter. This book made me think about a few things.
My son Spane, how I would react if something like that happened to my child.
Eleanor Wish – I feel bad about what happened to her. You’ll have to read the book to find out what happened. No spoilers here!
Chinese Food! Gosh, when I was reading this book all I could think about was good Chinese food, specifically, Szechuan Green Beans!
I have been on an Asian kick lately, so when I made fried rice last night, I had extra ginger. I also bought carrots yesterday, hey, they’re good for your eyes, right? I also have a jar almost full of sesame seeds. Sounds like Carrot Ginger Sesame Drop Cookies, yes?
Today, Spane and I are going to Mass on the Grass at our local Catholic church, Holy Family in Glendale, California. Everyone has been asked to bring a dish, whether it be a side, or dessert. Even though it is still hot, I could not resist turning on my oven for cookies.