Monday, August 1, 2011

Grilled Peanut Butter Chicken and the Coffin Shower

We bought our house a year ago and its the most adorable little city home a girl and her husband (who wants to live on a farm) can ask for.  Its still in the city so its walking distance to shops and restaurants (if a mile each way to dinner is a "lovely stroll" in your book) but still a single family home in a neighborhood with a big yard for the hubs to do man things like yard work and for me to garden kill flowers and herbs of all kinds.  A perfect compromise!

There are so many awesome things about our house, (mainly the kitchen, especially after the mini renovation we did), and a couple of less than awesome things.  And by "a couple of less than awesome things", I mean "a couple of atrocious bathrooms".  It has two, and they both left a bit to be desired.  But a bad bathroom is basically a clean slate if you have a good contractor/tile guy, so here we are.  The tile guy was in today to do demo on the Coffin Shower Bathroom.  The coffin is gone, but luckily we have picture memories of its beauty:

That's the kind of place you'd like to shower, yeah?  Doesn't it look cozy?  Kind of how cozy you'd imagine a....COFFIN would feel?  I mean, really, who doesn't want to start every morning surrounded by yellow fiberglass?  

I love yellow fiberglass, but I love ceramic tile even more.  And a shower space TWICE as big as a coffin.  So today the tile guy ripped this monstrosity out and will begin building our new shower tomorrow.  I'll be sure to post pictures when its done.  In the meantime, I'll share some photos of the REST of the house, which isn't nearly as ugly.  Thank goodness for THAT!

Anyway, on to cooking talk.  I found this grilled peanut butter chicken recipe on Nicole's blog, Prevention RD.  It rules, so check it out!  Its easy to love a recipe with chicken, peanut butter and hot sauce.  I mean, really.  I served this with grilled corn and grilled zucchini.  And white wine.  Of course!

Grilled Peanut Butter Chicken
Source: Adapted from Prevention RD

1/2 cup natural peanut butter (I used regular creamy and added a bit of peanut and sesame oil)
3 Tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp red pepper flakes
Few splashes of Frank's hot sauce
1 tsp ginger, grated or finely chopped
1 lb chicken breast tenders

In a bowl, prepare the marinade by mixing all of the ingredients except the chicken.

Put chicken in a Ziploc bag and pour marinade over chicken. Make sure chicken gets completely coated. Set in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Place chicken on hot grill (or foil tray) and cook for 3-5 minutes per side, until chicken is cooked thoroughly.


  1. Okay, first of all, totally laughed out loud when I saw the title of this post!

    Secondly, I love your house. LOVE. Can I buy it from you? Haha. Your kitchen is amazing. Your dining room is how I want mine to look when we buy our first house. Love the chairs. Love the wine buffet thing you've got there in the corner. Love, love, love. Oh, and did I mention, love?

  2. Oh right, and the chicken sounds really good! :)