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weekend buys

Weekend Buys: Butterfly Sweater, Peachy Beer, Playful Utensils, and Cheese, Delicious Cheese.

What is your favorite part about the weekend? For me it is sleeping in, brunch with friends and family, taking the pup to the dog park, and of course….SHOPPING. Welcome to Weekend Buys! A recap of a few of my favorite things I discovered and bought over the weekend.

1. J.Crew Merino Tippi Sweater, www.jcrew.com | 2. Dogfish Head Festina Peche, www.dogfish.com
3. Sabre Old Fashioned Tart Slicer, Fork, and Spoon, www.didricks.com
4. Trader Joe’s Unexpected Cheddar Cheese, www.traderjoes.com

There is one thing that I didn’t include in the picture above – a doggy pool! After searching for it for the past two weeks, I finally found one. It might be August, but summer is not over yet and I don’t think it is every too late to throw a doggy pool party. That’s Bailey, my pup, in the first picture and his awesome pool pals, Bella and Hudson in the other picture.

So, how was your weekend? Did you get anything interesting you would like to share? Please comment below! :)


Recipe: Pan Fried Bull Head Chicken Wings

Everyone has their own list of pantry/fridge essentials. If you frequently cook Asian food, your pantry is probably always stock with soy sauce, rice vinegar, rice wine, and sesame oil. Now, add this to your pantry if you don’t already have it – Bull Head Barbecue Sauce. Made with dried shrimp, brill fish, chili, garlic, shallot, and sesame, this is not your typical American barbecue sauce. Known as “sa cha jiang” or “sa cha” sauce, Bull Head is the go-to brand for it. During the winter months, also known as hot pot season in my family, we easily go through two 26oz cans of the sauce. If you’re new to the sauce, don’t worry, it also comes in a smaller can. For hot pot, it’s served as a dipping sauce and is used to flavor the soup base as well. It’s also great in stir-fried dishes, especially ones with beef or lamb.

It’s hard to describe the taste of “sa cha” sauce. It’s not too salty or spicy at all (unless you buy the spicy version), and there really isn’t another sauce that taste similar. It is just good and this recipe, Pan Fried Bull Head Chicken Wings, is the first of many recipes I want to develop to showcase this essential Asian pantry ingredient.

Pan Fried Bull Head Chicken Wings

2 lbs chicken wings
4 tblsp Bull Head Barbecue Sauce
5 slices of ginger, about 2 inches wide
2 tblsp sake
2 tblsp soy sauce
2 tblsp fish sauce
2 heads of peeled whole garlic cloves
2 or 3 steams of Thai basil, hand torned
1 large red onion, thick lengthwise slices
2 or more Thai pepper, diced [optional]

In a bowl large enough to hold the chicken wings, combine Bull Head Barbecue Sauce, ginger slices, sake, soy sauce, fish sauce, and whole garlic cloves. Mix well and add the chicken wings in. Marinate for at least 6 hours or overnight.

Take chicken wings out of the refrigerator 15 minutes before cooking.

In a large non-stick skillet, heat up 2 tsp of oil on medium heat. As the pan is heating, remove as many of the whole garlic cloves from the marinated chicken wings and place in the pan. Add sliced onions. Season with salt. Cook until onion is done but still a little firm. Set aside.

In the same pan, heat up 2 tsp of oil. When pan is hot, add the chicken wings. Cook in batches. Cook drummettes first and then the mid sections. Cook with the pan lid tilted on the pan to prevent oil splashing out. Pan fried for about 5 to 7 minutes of each side depending on the size of the chicken wings. Set aside.

When all the chickens are pan fried, rinse the pan with water and wipe dry. Heat up the pan and add the onion. Cook for 1 minute until the onions are warm. Add the chicken wings, Thai pepper, and Thai basil. When the Thai basil begins to wilt, remove everything from the pan and the dish is complete.

Served with white rice. Serves 6 to 8.


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