SWEET&SOUR, RETIREMENT AND MIDNIGHT SNACKS

I spotted these giant chicken espetadas at Checkers earlier in the week and bought them, mainly because I wanted the skewers, which are not sold separately in the store. I seem to be having a Malaysian moment this week and have been hankering for sweet and sour sauce, although espetadas are a Portuguese dish and the skewers are usually cooked over a wood fire. As there are no resident food police in my kitchen, I felt free to break the rules and made up a quick sauce:

3 Tablespoons All Gold tomato sauce
1 Tablespoon sambal oelek
1 Tablespooon smooth apricot jam
1 Teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
3 Tablespoons water
1 Tablespoon Maizena (corn starch)
1 Tablespoon sunflower oil

I was quite surprised to learn that the oldest wine company in Malaysia was only established in 1979. It seems beer is more popular, although the majority of Malaysians are Muslim and not allowed to drink. Interestingly enough, the top result for my search for ‘beer in Malaysia’ yielded an advert to ‘Retire in Penang’. Google can be so insulting sometimes, as if I am that old!

And the foodreference.com trivia of today in history?

1977 Buffalo,New York declared this day ‘Chicken Wing Day’ in honor of the famous Buffalo Chicken Wings, created by Teressa Bellissimo in October, 1964. Buffalo Wings were created by Teressa Bellissimo at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo,New York, for her son and some friends for a midnight snack.

Seems I have to go off and buy some chicken wings; O Bunn has a weekend sleepover party and I am sure the girls will forage for a midnight snack.

Apropos of all the chilli I’ve used in the kitchen during the past week and Side View’s weekend challenge, I found Thys le Roux’s latest cartoon especially funny:

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33 Comments Add yours

  1. deepercolors says:

    Never heard of it, but it sounds good. May have to try it – even the non-cook me. :-\

    1. theonlycin says:

      You should have the odd Portuguese butcher over there?

  2. nrhatch says:

    Cool skewers! Or should I say . . . They’re HAWT! 😉

    Great cartoon. 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m going to have a lot of fun with them skewers 😉

  3. Sparkle says:

    I honestly don’t understand how you manage to wake up so early in winter, I only do because of K but otherwise I would prefer to sleep in. Lovely skewers they are!lol @ the cartoon 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      I go to bed early, Sparky, I’m really at my best early in the morning 🙂

  4. souldipper says:

    Oh boy, here goes my determination to not snack after dinner. These time zones are killers when Cin’s cooking.

  5. SidevieW says:

    very good idea, i have had chinese type food twice this week already and am thinking dim sum again today.

    1. theonlycin says:

      mmm … as it happens I am going to Sandton this morning, but I must resist dim sum as we are having a braai at lunchtime 😉

  6. Naomi says:

    LOL! Great cartoon, and yes, Google can be so insulting 😀 Your food is looking delicious as ever!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you Naomi 🙂

  7. Tilly Bud says:

    They look delicious!

    1. theonlycin says:

      They are yummy Tilly 🙂

  8. mairedubhtx says:

    Yours look so much better than the original. Good idea you had.

  9. Ooh cool, can’t wait to see what you do with them skewers.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Got some yummo pork to play with tonight 🙂

  10. slpmartin says:

    Oh…these looks just wonderful…will have to try the recipe.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hope you enjoy it Charles 🙂

  11. pinkpolkadotfood says:

    The giant chicken espetadas / kebabs looks yummy! LOL @ the hotness! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hope your weekend was great Pinky 🙂

  12. colonialist says:

    With her surname, it would have been really cruel if Teressa looked like the back end of a bus! Sort of like having someone called Utter-Lee Gorgeous.
    I like the cartoon!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Also had to wonder if her surname was for real 😉

  13. bluebee says:

    Chicken looks delish, and I love those skewers (and the cartoon 🙂 )

    1. theonlycin says:

      I love the cartoon 🙂

  14. I might have been speechless too if I was that chick. It can be hard to out-do a good chilli! 😀 Those are nice looking squires. You might want them to cook with in future while I smile at the idea of sticking them in my hair! 😀 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hahaha, I’ll have to get you some for your hair!

  15. thysleroux says:

    Thanks for the mention Cin! I’ll have to do some more “food related” cartoons! 🙂

  16. theonlycin says:

    Yes, Thys, you must 🙂

  17. Tandy says:

    those skewers are worth buying pre prepared meals!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Aren’t they great? Let me know if you want some.

  18. I also once bought some sosaties at a Checkers somewhere, just because I wanted the skewers – the same ones!

    Delicious recipe 🙂

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