A few of us cooked dinner at my sister’s house yesterday, which was a challenge on many levels. For a start, too many cooks, etc. Secondly, when I proposed a stir-fry, a German friend didn’t even know what I meant…and my explanation was less than articulate. Thirdly, my sister’s cupboards, whilst not quite bare, are also not overflowing with options.
We had the ingredients for the stir-fry: chicken breasts, button mushrooms, onions and mangetout (snowpeas, for you Americans out there). But we lacked a sauce, and had to improvise from a kitchen stocked mainly by a Portuguese cook. In the end, we rustled up a pretty decent peanut sauce using honey, cider vinegar, white wine, ground ginger, seasoning and chunky peanut butter. I wouldn’t do exactly the same thing again, but with modifications it could work very well.