I’m still around and about floating and fluffing and shooting photos (and my mouth off) and wildly pontificating but the frequency of writing it here has declined.
For the last few months my aim has been to really get on my own two feet financially. No mean feat for someone who has been stay-at-home Mama Bear for 4.5 years, has very limited hours in the week she can work and is not entirely sure what the hell she wants to do when she grows up.
I once referred to myself a ‘go-getter’ in a conversation with someone I cared about very much but they shut me down and asked –
“what did you ever go and get?”
As none of my pursuits were deemed a ‘financial success’ this person questioned my achievements, and made me question my worth.
At the time I was heart broken by the careless comment but now I think what-flippin-evs, dude.
If you’re are brave enough to try something, and you get a kick out of it, and make a little cash to float your boat then you have achieved something, because you weren’t afraid to try.
Not doing anything, that’s non-going, nor getting.
I get scared sometimes, but it’s mostly when I project too far into the future. I fear the unknown future jungle out there; the imaginary one inhabited by creatures with large teeth waiting to swallow me whole.
When I just get front and centre in my body, in my day, there’s nothing to fear.
Do the things you need to do in order to do the things you need to do. Like Inception, but without Di Caprio and Hardy.
After I spent an evening at my local brothel and wrote a piece about what I experienced, a few people suggested I try to seriously get into writing, and I guess that leads us to where I am now.
I am being commissioned for writing work, which is the dog’s bollocks, the chick’s tits and the cat’s whiskers all at once.
In fact, it feels rather go-getty actually.
So, if I’m not here as much, it’s because I’m out there, bringing home the bacon and getting myself on my two feet.
I’ve also delved back into the TV world, which is super interesting and kinda fun. I didn’t think I’d go there again but sometimes the perfect opportunity is presented by the universe exactly when you ask for it. I’m one of those annoying lucky people like that.
When I ran the Chicken Bastilla recipe for Steggles recently I ran a little competition where I promised to make a recipe for the winner.
Kristi asked for Chicken Burgers, and these Chicken Satay Burgers are the flipping bomb so I guess she’s lucky too.
This whole things looks like quite a lot of ingredients and you’re right, but it’s well worth it.
I’m a go-getter.
For the burgers –
- 500g lean chicken mince
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 clove garlic
- 3 teaspoon ground coriander
- 6 coriander roots, finely chopped
- rind of 1 lime
- lemongrass, white part only, bashed and chopped
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
For the satay sauce –
- 1 small red onion
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon shao xing wine
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- juice of one lime
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon coriander
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1 tablespoon honey
For salad –
- 1 carrot, grated
- 1/4 cabbage, finely sliced
- a good handful of chopped coriander
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon castor sugar
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon chopped pickled ginger
Buns for serving.
What you will need to do :
Throw all of your burger ingredients into a bowl and mix it well with your hands. You cannot really do this any other way. Don’t be scared.
Make them into the burger sized burgers you desire and set aside (covered in the fridge, of course) until you’re ready to cook them. BBQ is always king when it comes to burgers but on the stove will suffice if that’s your option.
Stick all of your satay sauce ingredients into a food processor or a bowl in order to blitz it with a stick blender. You want it to be smooth as a baby’s bottom. Once you’ve blended it, pop it into a saucepan and cook it off until it’s nice a thick. If it get too thick you can add a little water or coconut milk.
To make your salad you toss your veges and herbs together, and put your dressing stuffs into a little bowl, stirring well to combine. Add your pickled ginger, toss the lot until it’s all covered and you are good to go.
Construct your buns any way you see fit and chow on down.
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