UNLIKELY PARTNERS #JERK/ASIAN WINGS WITH PASTA/CORN SALAD

When Friday arrives, my culinary needs goes over the top and a bit out of the norm. Anything is possible. Didn’t feel like dining out. I craved the taste of my humble kitchen. After all, Monday to Thursday, I try my utmost best to eat with a fine balance.

Had a few wings in-house and decided to go ‘jerk’ with same. Went on to use up the packets of Chinese delivery/take-out sauces such as hot pepper/duck sauces along with a few other ingredients like honey, ketchup and soy sauce.

With that amalgamation of spices and ingredients, I was able to turn out some rather spicy, slightly sweet/tart chicken wings. It was like two nations (Jamaican/Asian) meeting culinary-wise.

JERK/ASIAN FLAVORED CHICKEN WINGS
JERK/ASIAN FLAVORED CHICKEN WINGS

To go with my jerk/Asian flavored wings, I decided to serve a shell pasta, corn, avocado and veggie salad which could be had either cold or warm. The creaminess of the salad  balanced the spicy jerk/Asian wings.

PASTA AND CORN SALAD
PASTA AND CORN SALAD

Though my supper was unique combos, they turned out to be perfect culinary partners. I was super-happy.

 

I GREEKED UP MY POTATO SALAD

With spring in the air, we can’t help but to go a bit lighter on our choices of foods. I did that over the week-end. Instead of the typical potato salad containing mayonnaise, I decided to opt for one that contained fresh vegetables and a few items that a Greek salad would have.

SOME OF THE INGREDIENTS FOR SALAD
SOME OF THE INGREDIENTS FOR SALAD

I made the dish my own by adding one of spring’s foods, green beans along with blanched green bell peppers, roasted red bell peppers, vine-ripe tomatoes, scallion, parsley, Spanish and Kalamata olives.

So instead of the heavy mayonnaise, I used:

  • Extra Virgin olive oil
  • Mustard
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Garlic (crushed)
  • Salt and Black pepper
  • Dried basil/oregano

and made an emulsifying type of dressing.

This dressing was then added to cooked red-skin potatoes and vegetables so as to soak up all the aromatic flavors and spices. I finished off my potato salad with crumbled feta cheese and chopped parsley I had on hand.