Monday, June 15, 2015

A dream of a recipe

I should start out by saying that I am not a Johnny Cash fan.  Partly it's because I can't stand most country
Young Johnny Cash in studio
music (there are a few exceptions - but I even avoid those) and partly because with his nasal voice and his dreary stereotypical subject matter, he epitomizes everything about country music that I can't stand.

So this morning I woke from a bad dream that had Johnny Cash as the focus.  

I dreamed that I was required to transcribe a Johnny Cash music video as it was being recorded in a studio by Mr. Cash.  Although there would be no audience, the recording would be a straight run-through with no interruptions and no retakes.  I talked with the man but briefly, and only in preparation for the work.  There was a lot of pressure on me to get it right.  

And then the very first song that he did was a recipe for Chinese chicken salad.

Needless to say, I woke up before getting into that nightmare of a dream. 

Maybe not so coincidentally I came across an interesting recipe for Asian chicken salad recently that I'm eager to try.  I'll share it here.  I may omit the habanero sauce.  The jury's out as to the hot pepper sesame oil.  Plain sesame would be just fine, seems to me.

Asian Chicken Salad
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 head large cabbage, chopped into very thin strips
  • 2 tbsp  cilantro
  • 1 tbsp  sesame Seeds
  • 4 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 / 4 cup white wine Vinegar
  • 2 tsp  ginger (ground)
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp  hot pepper sesame oil
  • 1 tsp habanero pepper sauce
  • 1 / 4 tsp salt blend
  • 5 whole chopped green onions, green and white parts

In a small bowl or jar with a lid, add soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, olive oil, hoisin sauce, hot pepper sesame oil, pepper sauce, salt and chopped green onions. Secure the lid and shake vigorously.

In a large plastic bag or large bowl, combine chopped cabbage, shredded carrots, cilantro, sesame seeds and shredded chicken. 

Add enough prepared dressing to coat and toss until well incorporated. Adjust amount of dressing as needed.
Makes 9 servings @ 1.5 cup.

1 comment:

  1. Here's a recipe I absolutely have to try:
    Crisp Cucumber Salsa

    - 2 cups finely chopped seeded peeled cucumber
    - 1/2 cup finely chopped seeded tomato
    - 1/4 cup chopped red onion
    - 2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
    - 1 jalepeno pepper, seeded and chopped
    - 4-1/2 tsp minced fresh cilantro
    - 1 garlic clove, minced or pressed
    - 1/4 c reduced-fat sour cream
    - 1-1/2 tsp lemon juice
    - 1-1/2 tsp lime juice
    - 1/4 tsp ground cumin
    - 1/4 tsp seasoned salt
    Tortilla chips
    In a small bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. In another bowl, combine the sour cream, lemon juice, lime juice, cumin and seasoned salt. Pour over cucumber mixture and toss gently to coat. Serve immediately with chips.