I think you can always tell what’s going on with the weather by the food people crave.  When the days get shorter and the weather turns colder, you can’t help but crave those stodgy, stick-to-your-ribs meals like mashed potatoes and stew.  But, now, as the days are getting longer and we can wear a light jacket to work rather than a heavy wool coat, the food seems to reflect that – lighter dishes with cleaner tastes.

Well, that’s how things seem to work in Casa del Red, anyway.

Now, all we need is for the spring veg to start appearing!  We’ve already started seeing the first crop of rhubarb – soon to follow will be asparagus and peas!  Green things!  And they ripened ABOVE the ground!  Hooray!!!

At any rate, my spring fever hit with a vengence on Monday.  The Wondermutt and I took a nice long walk in the warm sunshine that afternoon, so I thought something simple, healthy and flavorsome would be good for dinner that night.  And, when it comes to clean taste that packs a wallop, you can’t beat Thai food.  So, I rummaged around through my cookbooks for marinade inspiration and to make sure I captured the four flavors found in most Thai dishes, and I came up with this recipe.  You can always adjust it for your taste – particularly the amount of heat – but this is what worked for the mister and me.

Thai Spiced Chicken Skewers

  • 4 Tbsp Nam Pla (Thai fish sauce)
  • 4 Tbsp peanut oil 
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 chillies, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • handful cilantro
  • 4 chicken breasts, cut into 2″ pieces
  • cherry tomatoes
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 yellow pepper, cut into 1″ pieces

Put everything except for the chicken, onion, tomatoes and pepper into a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour into a zippy bag and marinade the chicken with the onion and pepper for at least a couple of hours – preferably all day.  Heat the oven to 400 and skewer the chicken pieces, tomatoes, onion and peppers and cook for 30 minutes.  Or, you could always cook ’em on the grill for a real taste of summer!