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Monday, February 3, 2014

Sweet and Sour Chicken


The day I lost almost everything in my life, my sister looked me in the eye and told me that soon everything would turn around and be fine again. I looked back at her, not sure if I felt the same way. The good days just seemed so far away. But today, several weeks after, these days just don't seem so far away anymore. SO perfectly fits in her new school with her new teacher and friends. She is a healthy, smart, and understanding 5 year old who is on her way to "big school". MR is MR. Loving, loyal, and a good partner. We argue regularly, but we also make up within minutes of the fight. We have a roof on top of our head, we live in a heated house, we eat 3 times a day and naughtily in between meals too, and we laugh and enjoy our time together. We don't have the most recent smartphones and we don't go out as often as we used to, but I'm satisfied with my life right now. And as for me personally, I'm starting a new job. It's not what I thought I would be doing a year ago, but I'm thinking it might be even better! So today, I woke up super happy. So happy that I thought I'd spread my happiness to others, starting with my husband. And how do I make MR happy? Through his stomach with one of his favorites, Sweet and Sour Chicken!!!



So I started with slicing 2 chicken breasts in cube size. Then in one bowl, I beat one egg while in the other I mixed 3 tablespoons of flour, 3 tablespoons of cornstarch, 1 tablespoon of oil, salt, black pepper, and 3 tablespoons of warm water. In a wok, I heat a cup of oil until hot. Dip the chicken cubes into the egg, in the flour mixture next, then fry in the wok until golden brown. Transfer to a plate and set aside.



Prepare the sauce with 4 teaspoons of cornstarch, 4 teaspoons of water, the juice of a small can of pineapple rings, 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar, and 1/4 cup water. Mix with a spoon and set aside.



Next are your veggies. I used carrots, ginger, onion, garlic, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, and pineapple.



Tip: keep everything within reach before you proceed to stir-frying.

Heat your wok on high heat and add a tablespoon of oil. When it gets hot, add your vegetables except for the pineapple. Continuously stir so it doesn't burn or stick for a couple of minutes.



Add the chicken and pineapple. Again, continue to stir repeatedly.



Add the sauce.



Stir together for a couple of minutes. Enjoy!



Lunch is served: Sweet and Sour Chicken and White Rice


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