Holiday Dilemma Friday, Nov 22 2013 

I have been living outside of the United States for 8 months now.  One thing I am noticing living this far from home is that when a holiday rolls around I just am not feeling it.  As Thanksgiving approaches I am debating how I should handle this holiday.  I keep going back and forth in my head should I even bother with the traditional meal I have eaten for 35 years of my life; should I depart from that; or should I start my own traditions with my husband.  He is not American and does not have a clue what I am even talking about when I try to describe my holidays.

I am leaning towards new traditions.  I am having a hard time this year establishing any kind of traditions.  I feel like I have let myself down by not doing all those special things that I would have done if I was in America.  I know that my husbands holidays are lacking as well, partly because I have no clue what is expected for each one and mainly because food is a large part of holidays; no matter where in the world you are.  I am  seriously struggling to learn how to make the dishes he is use to eating.  It has been UGLY… really ugly!

With less than a week to go till the big event I am no closer to a decision than I was at Halloween when I started thinking about this.  The one plus is no matter what I decide I will not have the stress or feeding a crowd of people and for that I am THANKFUL.  It is nice to slim down my circle and just worry about us, I think everyone should do that once in a while.  If you are the one making dinner every year, pass it off to another relative and be able to actually enjoy the holiday.  Let the kids handle the dinner or your sibling we are not superwoman/superman and if we do not take time to enjoy life it will be gone before we realize it.

Hell maybe I will just throw in the towel and make him take me out to dinner!  I have no one to impress here, he won’t miss not having a turkey and days worth of cooking.  Then I will get to enjoy being with my family!

Chinese Food DTs….a General Tso’s fix Thursday, Nov 21 2013 

Now that I am in Jordan I have all the great Arab foods to choose from but on the flip side of this I had to leave behind some of the foods I LOVE.  Chinese food is one of them.  In the US I would eat this 2-4 times a week.  Mostly for lunch at work but also on those nights at home when I did not feel like cooking.  I get here and of course as with everywhere there are Chinese restaurants around but they are not like the Chinese food I am use to in America.  If there is a similar one here I have yet to find it.

So my search after a few disappointing meals out to eat was to fix these yummy dishes I love at home.  Sounds like a simple plan right? Well let me tell you it’s not.

Yes you can Google the recipes but as I am finding out all recipes are not created equal and it’s a crap shot whether or not you pick a good one.  My poor husband he has had to eat a lot of what I call my “science experiments”; he is a good sport about it though and lets me continue without any complaints.

One winning recipe I have found is one for General Tso’s Chicken.  Now I only have about 5 more to replace at home and I will have my Chinese buffet at home.  My poor husband;  I am not sure that he will make it.

Here is a quick pic of it on my plate last time I made this dish.

Here is a quick pic of it on my plate last time I made this dish.

General Tso’s Chicken

  • 2 lbs         Boneless Chicken Breasts

  • 1 T.          Oil

  • 1              Egg

  • 1 1/2 tsp   Salt

  • 1/4 c         Flour

  • 1/2 c         Cornstarch

  • 1/2 c         Water

The Sauce

  • 1 T.          Oil

  • 1 T.          Rice Vinegar

  • 1 tsp        Minced Garlic

  • 1 1/2 T.    Soy Sauce

  • 1 T.         Cornstarch

  • 1 1/2 T.    Water

  • 5 T.          Sugar

  1. Cut chicken into 2 inch squares; place in a large bowl

  2. Stir in Egg, Salt, Pepper, Water and 1 tablespoon of Oil; mix well

  3. In a separate bowl combine Cornstarch and Flour;  add to the Chicken; stir to coat the pieces

  4. Now you will deep fry the Chicken pieces

  5. Add the Chicken in small batches and cook until it is completely done and the pieces are golden brown

  6. Remove Chicken and drain on paper towels

  7. In another pan combine Oil, Rice Vinegar and Garlic; simmer for a few seconds until you start to smell the Garlic cooking

  8. Add into the pan Soy Sauce, Cornstarch, Water and Sugar; stir with a whisk to ensure it is mixed well

  9. Add the Chicken back to the pan;  the sauce will quickly become thick and stick to the chicken

  10. Serve with rice 🙂