The Spice of Life

December 06, 2003


J. cooked dinner tonight. It was good. She used one of my recipes, but she implemented the details herself. As usual when we share a recipe, we each make very different dishes from the same basic ingredients and method.

J and I both cook. Neither of us is professional quality, but both of us are good home-style cooks. During dinner I was reminded, as I often am, about the good things that come when you share a house with another cook. We still rotate meals and menus, but with two of us cooking we get two different meat loafs, two (or five - there are variants on variants) different spaghetti sauces, and so on. That is a good thing.

It is remarkable what a difference the cook makes.

That is all, it was a simple little thought.

Low fat Chicken Fajitas
Two boneless chicken breasts, cut into slices or strips
two green peppers, cut into strips
two medium onions, cut into strips (julienne)
chipotles in adobo
garlic - about a tablespoon, chopped
ground cumin
oregano
salt
pepper
olive oil
You need a cooking pan that can get hot, we use either an iron wok or a big cast iron fry pan.

Take 2 or 3 chipotle peppers and a proportionate amount of adobo sauce
put in a bowl big enough to marinade the chicken
chop up the peppers, remove seeds if you desire to make them less hot
add oregano, salt, pepper
add garlic
add a long tablespoon of olive oil (a dollop)
mash into a marinating paste

Cut the chicken into slices or strips, place in the marinade bowl, toss to cover
let sit

cut pepper into strips lengthwise
cut onion into strips

saute onion in olive oil with a pinch of salt, oregano, cumin seeds, black pepper
when translucent,
add green pepper
cook until the green pepper just changes color - should still be crunchy
Remove onion and pepper to a serving bowl.

Wipe out the pan
Saute the chicken, might take two batches

while sauteing the chicken, heat the burritos (we drop them in a dry cast iron fry pan)

To serve, put a tray of burrittos, a bowl of chicken, and a bowl of peppers & onions on table.
Serve with salsa.
If you mix milk and meat, put some sour cream on the table.

Easy, and about fortyfive minutes from "I'm hungry" to saying grace.

Posted by Red Ted at December 6, 2003 08:42 AM | TrackBack