Super Spicy Orange Chicken Stir-Fry


As I’ve mentioned, involvement in cooking is sorta new to me.  I’m trying a bunch of different recipies – some turn out good, some bad – but I just cooked this bad boy and it’s amazingly good.

A teaspoon of red pepper should be enough to warm you up – any more and injuries may occur:

Active Time: 15 minutes

1 1/2 cups jasmine rice or long-grain white rice (10 to 11 ounces)
3/4 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons finely grated orange peel
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 small red onion, halved, thinly sliced Large pinch of dried crushed red pepper
1 1/2 pounds chicken cutlets, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-wide strips
1 8-ounce package stringless sugar snap peas


Cook rice according to package directions. Cover to keep warm; set aside. 

Meanwhile, whisk juice, soy sauce, and cornstarch in medium bowl until cornstarch dissolves. Mix in orange peel. 

Heat oil in large wok or nonstick skillet over high heat. Add onion and crushed red pepper. Stir-fry 30 seconds. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Add to wok and stir-fry until onion is crisp-tender and chicken is just cooked through, about 4 minutes. Add sugar snap peas and juice mixture. Toss until sauce thickens and comes to boil and peas are crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with rice.

Super Spicy Orange Chicken Stir-Fry


from Seth Godin…


This is so cool: because we only look at things we want to look at, only talk about things worth talking about, the amount of fabulous in the world continues to rise exponentially.

Even though we’re at the tail end of the great recession, think about all the cool stuff in your life. Not just stuff you can buy, but experiences, works of art, innovations of all kinds… the bar has been raised for what you need to do to be noticed, and the market is responding.

Not only do I notice more fabulous, but it sure seems as though the creators of it are more engaged, dedicated and yes, joyful, than I can remember. If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do work that matters, this is it. You can’t say, “but I need to make a fortune instead,” because that’s not happening right now. So you might as well join the people who can say, “I love doing this.”




Something’s definitely missing…

I was listening to the excellend iThinkX podcast this weekend – iThinkX is a themed music podcast and this week's theme was Protest!  Along with great tracks from Leadbelly and Nina Simone, the was a song by Autechre, from an EP that was released in 1994 in protest of the Criminal Justice Bill, which was basically a law that allowed for the police to break up raves which the government at the time saw as a threat to the fabric of society, or something.

The music was amazing – I immediately understood and loved it and wondered why I'd not heard it before.  

Quite simply, in my teens – when this record was released – you either listened to Nirvana/Rage Against The Machine OR you listened to house/techno and other electronica.  You did not, by any means, mix the two.  There was a real and demonstrated animosity between the two tribes – and lines had been drawn that you were loath to cross.

Despite the arbitrary nature of the division, it was one I adhered to.  But looking back now, what music like Autechre (including most of Warp's catalogue!) did I willfully ignore?  How much great music did I deny myself while listening to "Bleach" 100 times?

So – I suppose that's my question.  Anyone wanna give me a place to start for 90s electronica?  I got some catching up to do…
Something’s definitely missing…