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Belacan Fried Chicken

“Guess what I’m craving?”

Belacan Fried Chicken

belacan fried chicken

I asked Nate this the other day. The only time I say this is when I’m craving fried chicken so it was a no-brainer that Nate responded with, “Fried chicken! …KFC?”

I almost said yes to KFC but when I thought about it, I responded, “maybe I’ll just fry some chicken at home. Some belacan fried chicken?” “Yum!” was his reply. (yeah, he’s so not typically American—doncha just love him?!?).

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Announcing “Grow Your Own” #40

Thank you to all the participants in last month’s “Grow Your Own” roundup. Let’s do it again!

GYO 39

Spring is officially in swing in the Northern Hemisphere. There are those of you whose gardens are not yet ready for planting, but you are still using up food stored from last year’s harvest. Some of you may be harvesting Winter crops like citrus or greens. A few outdoorsy-types are even foraging for mushrooms, ramps or nettles.

Then there are those of you who live in tropical climates with year-round growing seasons. And let’s not forget those who are in the Southern Hemisphere, where it is the peak of the Summer growing season, and all that it entails. I’ve even noticed that a lot of you are growing sprouts these days – you’re all welcome to participate.

Show off

What are you cooking with all this stuff you’ve grown / harvested / foraged? Here’s your chance to show it off! The rules are simple:

  • Make a dish that uses at least one item from your very own garden or farm and post about it. If you hunted or foraged, those items are also eligible. You can also use something that was given to you, but the giver must have personally grown or raised the item. If you paid for it, then it doesn’t count.
  • Anything edible that you have grown or raised qualifies, including fruits, vegetables, herbs, sprouts, edible flowers, nuts, grains, legumes, dairy products, eggs, livestock, and anything else I might have forgotten. Produce from both indoor and outdoor gardens are welcome! Different regions will have different things available, so feel free to feature things unique to your area. (Rambutan trees, anyone?) We are all about celebrating variety!
  • Please make sure your dish is posted during the month of the event because we like to celebrate seasonal items. One post per blog, please.
  • As a courtesy, please include a link to this announcement in your blog post, and then update later with a link to the round-up.  A sample link would be like:

This post was entered into the “Grow Your Own” roundup, created by Andrea’s Recipes and hosted this month by House of Annie.

Ready to participate? Because I and lots of other people would LOVE to see what you’re cooking! To enter, just fill out the fields in this form:


And make sure to include a pic (no wider than 300 pixels) of your food as well! The deadline for the February GYO roundup is March 31.

Aloha, Nate

Previous March GYO roundups:

March 2008
March 2009

“Grow Your Own” roundup #39

With over 40 entries from 8 different countries around the world, this month’s “Grow Your Own” roundup has a lot to offer! Many of the US entries are about using up foods harvested the previous Summer, but some entries celebrate foods available right now in Winter, such as carrots, kale, or even foraged truffles.

You’ll notice a lot of lemon and tomato entries – two crops people grow a lot of at home. There are also entries featuring some unusual crops, such as hops and kefir. So without further ado, here are this month’s GYO entries, listed by ingredient.

Bananas and Papayas

Tropical Upside Down Cake with Banana-Cooking in Mexico

Tropical Upside-Down Cake by Kathleen of Cooking in Mexico in La Cruz, Nayarit, Mexico

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Spiced Pork with Fried Ginger and Curry Leaves

Savory, spicy pork tenderloin – so delicious!

spiced pork with fried ginger and curry leaves It’s been a while since we posted. So much has been happening with us. The most important news is that I just got a new job!

I haven’t actually worked full-time in forever and this is my first job in more than 10 years. I started today actually, and I’m quite blasted after a whole day of orientation and meeting people in different departments. But I felt a need to write a post tonight.

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