Chicken skewers baked in a creamy peanut satay sauce and served with a crunchy sweet chilli noodle salad
I may be a little premature with these very summery, chicken satay skewers. But…….it’s a good one to practise and enjoy during the spring months. Once you’ve made it a couple of times it’s quite a simple dish to knock up – should a BBQ day happen to unexpectedly creep up (fingers crossed eh). So I admit there’s a lot of ingredients in this dish, but it all goes so amazingly well together and tastes so fantastic that I can’t bring myself to take anything out. And I would urge you to try this before you reduce the ingredients list.
So it’s been while since I lasted posted a recipe as I have been so ridiculously busy. Firstly with the 4 week cooking course I recently completely at Ashburton Cookery School and secondly with all the work I’ve had to catch up with in my day job. Thankfully I managed to get a couple of mini breaks in between all the madness.
The first break was part of Ben’s birthday present and we spent the weekend learning how to build a pizza oven with the fabulous cob oven company. A PIZZA OVEN!! Arghh – so exciting. So the idea is that we are now armed with the skills to build our own oven in our own back garden!! That’s right – Wood-fired Pizzas fresh from Debbie and Bens back garden! (hopefully – best not shout about it too loud eh 🙂 )
Anyway, I’m feeling very excited for this summer. So this is what got me thinking about alfresco dining and my summer recipes. The chicken satay skewers and noodle salad is a recipe I’ve had for a while and simply love on the BBQ……don’t get me wrong I love a big burger with loads of melted cheese and a good salsa, but sometimes it’s nice to have something different on the BBQ (or in the pizza oven!!).
The second mini break was over the Easter weekend where we spent a few days in Wales. Very relaxing, but it also turned out to be a little productive with the purchase of some tiny spoons (explanation to follow) and the creation of this amazing meatball baguette:
And yes it tasted quite fantastic – recipe will follow, once I’ve had chance to redo and remember what actually went into this amazing sandwich 🙂 Ben did write down the ingredients but apparently whilst dictating the methods to him I told him the back of the oven “quicks cooker”. So definitely one to be tested again…with a little less wine I think.
So back to the tiny spoons
– this leads me onto my next big life event…..MY 30th!! I don’t intend to discuss or mention this number again as I’m still confused as to how my 20’s are nearly over. However, focusing on the positives, I’ve decided to put my newly learnt cooking skills to the test. So in celebration of afore mentioned number of years since I was born, I’m planning a little gourmet/ birthday drinks evening. I’ve not decided fully on what I’ll be cooking yet but I do know that it will be appetiser style (lots of appetisers) and so I felt the need for tiny spoons. A lot of tiny spoons!!
Not much of a plan so far but I’m sure it will all be fine 🙂
So back to the satay chicken: the dish that officially brings my blog into summer; whether its time or not. The satay itself is another easy sauce – I seem to have quite a few. But honestly it all just goes in the processor with a bit of water to help create a nice smooth consistency and that’s it.
It’s also suitable for freezing so it really could liven up an unexpected BBQ in the blink of an eye – or in the time it takes to defrost it at least.
Both the noodles and the skewers could be dishes in their own right – but are 100% better together!!
Here’s hoping the BBQ weather appears soon! Enjoy!