How about a quick, refreshing nibble that is Chinese?
The day before go to the store and buy 2 chicken breasts (boneless & skinless), rice vinegar, sesame oil, scallions, 1 green pepper, 1 lime, cilantro and your favorite wraps. (For this, I like the ones that are flavored with garlic and green onions.)I hope you have soy sauce at home. If not, buy that, too.
Do add to your grocery cart, your favorite Chinese or Japanese beer. Yes, beer. Bubbly joy for the afternoon!
The night before, slice the chicken into long strips, then marinate them in 2 T. of rice vinegar, 1 T. of sesame oil, and the juice of the lime. Add black pepper and just a light dust of salt.
The next morning, as you wash your sheets and other linens in sea grass-scented fragrances, broil the chicken to a luscious brown. Cool.
Slice your green pepper in long lovely strips, and cut your scallions on the long bias. Yes, this is different, and it gives the impression of lovely lithe grasses blowing in the wind! Toss those together in a dusting of soy sauce and cilantro leaves you have plucked from the stems with your own fingertips! Warm the wraps if you wish before your Delight arrives.
Arrange all on a huge serving plate. Add o-hashi, or chopsticks to enable you to assemble your scrumptious repast.
Serve with cold beer, warm wet hand towels (like they do after a meal in the Orient) and a warm and loving heart!
Thank you. Or as the Chinese say, Shia, shia. Or the Japanese, Domo arigato!
Oishi des, ne? (Delicious, yes?)
(copyright 2009, Cerise DeLand)