Monday, May 30, 2011

Lettuce Wraps Recipe

As most of you know, my husband and I love to sail. Well, he loves to do the sailing and I love to be on the boat and sunbathe and feed people, Pop some champagne and relax. So we are talking about buying a boat. This is my first post about the boat that we may purchase. We have plans. He wants to retire and spend the rest of his days sailing. I want to spend the rest of my days with him cooking and travelling. My daughter is 18 and my son turns 17 in a little over a month. So you can see why we have these plans in our sites. Still in the early stages, but we are right now tossing around a name for this boat. I plan to blog from my galley on all the foods and flavors I create. We will be tossing names around for the next year, but it has been fun trying to come up with them. If anyone knows of a word or two that has to do with gourmet food and travelling and sailing, let me know. I looked up what the true definition of "gourmet" is, because we had tossed around the idea of the travelling gourmet. According the dictionary a "Gourmet" is a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink). That is fitting for sure.  Right now the name in the lead is Bon Vivant. In French it means "Good Living". Dictionary defines it as: "a person who enjoys the good things in life, especially good food and drink". What do you think? Hopefully this time next year we will be closing in on purchasing her and we will have a name.

In the meantime, I am in my grounded kitchen in Carlsbad California. You can find me at local farmers markets and sprouts gathering the best ingredients I can get. My Orange, Lemon and Lime trees sing to me just outside my kitchen window.
What is on the menu tonight?
One of my favorite appetizers! Lettuce Wraps!

1 head of Lettuce, about 8 large leaves from the head for wraps
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb. Ground Chicken
1 cup carrots (sliced into matchsticks)
1 cup chopped shitake mushrooms
1/2 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
1/4 cup sliced almonds
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 green onions, chopped, for garnish

*optional additional sliced almonds for garnish

1. Preheat large skillet. Drizzle with olive oil. Add sesame oil and ground chicken. Add mushrooms and onions. Brown chicken. Add garlic and carrots. Then add almonds, brown sugar, vinegar, ketchup, grated ginger and soy sauce. Mix well and simmer until sauce has thickened.

2. To serve, spoon ground chicken mixture into lettuce leaves. Garnish with green onions and almonds.

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