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Savoring Tuscany : Recipes and Reflections on Tuscan Cooking
by Lori De Mori
Part of the Savoring Series, which is one of my favorite series of books about Regional Cuisine, Savoring Tuscany is a beautiful book filled with sumptuous recipes and delectable writing about the cuisine and culture of Tuscany. As with all the books in the series, Savoring Tuscany is put together beautifully and all of the recipes are well written and presented. The recipes that we tested were all superb and the book is an excellent source for fans of Tuscan cuisine.
Recipe - Thai Satay
by Tourism Authority of Thai
The Tourism Authority of Thailand shares this recipe for chicken Satay. While a traditional Indonesian recipe, Satay is extremely popular in Thailand...maybe even more than it is in Indonesia!
Recipe Submitted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand
1 1/2 pounds chicken breast
1/4 teaspoon roasted coriander seeds powder
1/4 teaspoon roasted cumin seeds powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon turmeric (roots) powder
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
3 slices galangal
1/2 tablespoon finely chopped lemon grass
1 tablespoon salt
5 garlic cloves
1 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons sugar
small wooden skewers
Slice the chicken breast finely, width approximately 1 1/2 inches. Pound together, or blend in a blender, the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, pepper, turmeric, curry powder, galangal, lemon grass, salt and garlic. Pour the blended ingredients into the coconut milk. Add sugar and vegetable oil and blend again so that all the ingredients are well mixed. Add the chicken slices and marinate for 2 hours. Thread the chicken slices onto the skewers. Pour the marinating sauce into a pot and heat until boiling. Place the chicken slices over a charcoal grill (barbecue) and apply the sauce to the chicken while turning . When cooked through, serve with Satay sauce and cucumber sauce.
Recipe and photos reprinted with permission from the Tourism Authority of Thailand, which is a beautiful and informative site about the culture, history, and food of Thailand. There is a huge amount of useful information about traveling to and in Thailand, sightseeing, festivals, and much more for anyone planning on visiting "The Land of Smiles".