New kitchen taking shape
We’re making progress here and there on the kitchen. We measured and planned out the cabinet boxes.
We also ordered a goose neck faucet that matches the sink. You wouldn’t believe the price we snatched these up for. I’ve been saying this a lot, but it’s true. I guarantee you’ll be surprised at the end when I give you the total cost of the kitchen.
Soon, we’ll begin working on the counter top for that section of the kitchen. We’re doing concrete counter tops. It may sound weird, but my husband has finally convinced me that this is actually a desirable option.He is gathering the necessary tools and materials to make the molds and pour the concrete.
We left the opening into the old kitchen until we can finish part of the new kitchen and move everything in. Then, there will be no need for the old one, and we’ll begin the demolition, and ultimately the construction of the bathroom. At that point, we’ll put the rest of the kitchen wall up, finish the cabinets, and add the island.
I’ve been walking back and forth between the counters in the old kitchen, and the stove in the new kitchen. This is a long distance for me to travel with anything in my hand. The chances of me tripping are rather high, even when there are no obstacles or varying floor heights. My feet rebel against me at least a few times per week. Luckily I haven’t tripped yet, and all the food has made it safely to the stove.
I cooked for the first time on the new stove, a couple of weeks back, and I am impressed. It heats up almost instantly and cooks evenly (a feat for an electric stove). It’s not enough to make me forget about my love for gas stoves, but it’ll do.
The downside to the ceramic cook top is the cleanup. It gets stains and spots on it simply from me looking at it. Well, almost. Really though, simple water boiling over gives it the worst spots.
The first thing I made on the stove was peanut chicken. This is one of our favorite dishes. I made it up one day when I bought some peanut sauce at the store. I serve it with rice and veggies, and sometimes, I eat it over lettuce or spinach. It’s simple and easy.
The only ingredients in the dish are chicken, peanuts, green onions and peanut sauce (and whatever spices you’d like to use when cooking the chicken to enhance the flavor). I use San-J Thai Peanut sauce, but really you could use any peanut sauce you’d like, or make your own peanut sauce. I’m thinking about experimenting with creating my own sauce. I’ll let you know if I ever have success.
If you’re curious, here’s how to make this dish.
First, cut the chicken into about three-quarter inch to inch pieces.
Coat the bottom of a skillet with a bit of olive oil or sesame oil, and heat the skillet at medium heat.
Then, dump the chicken into the pot and stir it around so that each piece gets a trace of oil on it. You can add any spices to the chicken that you think would complement the peanut sauce. I usually add some form of garlic (holla’ back, garlic lovers! ;)), oregano and pepper.
Stir the chicken so that it cooks evenly.
While the chicken cooks, chop up some green onions (the amount depends on your preference).
Add the peanuts once the chicken is mostly cooked, and continue stirring occasionally.
Turn the heat a bit lower. Begin pouring some peanut sauce into the skillet, once the chicken and peanuts have browned slightly. I only add a bit at a time, and try to let the sauce brown around the pieces of chicken. Keep adding sauce, as you like.
Stir in the green onions last.
Serve with brown rice and veggies, or spoon over a bed of lettuce or spinach.
My husband snuck more sauce in when I walked away from the stove for a moment. Grrr. There was waaay too much sauce. It hurt my mouth; my taste buds were swimming in salt. So, beware of too much sauce.