Eat Pretty: Thai Chicken With Spicy Coconut Sauce

This, friends, was a dinner creation that ended up being too good not to share: Thai-style grilled chicken with charred sugar snap peas and tangerines tossed in a spicy mint dressing and garnished with charred chopped peanuts. Its 15 easy, common-to-most ingredients (soy sauce, brown sugar, lime, ginger, etc.) and ready in about half an hour. Also, rather than making a mayo-based dressing, I use reduced coconut milk to make it healthier. It's also one of those great salads that tastes even better the next day, cold (perfect to pack for lunch).

Ingredients
Grilled Thai Chicken:
-¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
-3 tbsp brown sugar
-2 tbsp lime juice (reserve zest for dressing)
-1 tbsp turmeric
-2 tbsp pure sesame oil
-6-8 cloves garlic, minced
-2 tsp ginger, minced
-2 tsp white pepper
-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (around 1.5 lbs chicken)

Spicy Basil & Coconut Dressing:
-¾ cup unsweetened coconut milk
-2 tsp lime juice
-1 tbsp lime zest
-2 tsp ginger, minced
-2 tsp basil, minced
-½ tbsp fish sauce (optional)
-2-4 birds eye chilies, thinly sliced (or use any hot pepper, adjusting quantity to taste)
-drizzle of pure sesame oil
-pinch salt & sugar

Charred Sugar Snap Pea & Orange Salad:
-1 naval orange
-½ lb sugar snap peas
-2 tsp pure sesame oil
-1 tsp torn mint leaves
-salt & pepper

Method
1. Combine marinade ingredients for grilled chicken in a medium mixing bowl. Place chicken in a shallow dish and coat completely with marinade. Place in refrigerator to marinate while preparing dressing and salad. (Please, be careful when handling this marinade as it contains turmeric, which will leave behind a yellow stain on plastic Tupperware, your manicure, kitchen towels, etc.)
2. Combine dressing ingredients in a small saucepan and heat over moderately low heat, whisking frequently, until the dressing has thickened, 3-5 minutes. Transfer dressing to a bowl or container to cool while preparing salad.
3. Take chicken out of refrigerator and heat lightly oiled grill pan over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Grill chicken, turning over once, until just cooked through, 14 to 16 minutes total. While chicken grills, prepare the salad.
4. Using a sharp knife, peel the orange taking care to remove the bitter white pith. Halve the orange lengthwise and slice it crosswise 1/8 inch thick. Transfer slices to a medium bowl.
5. In a medium skillet, heat 2 tsp. sesame oil and add the sugar snap peas in a single layer, working in batches if necessary. Cook over moderately high heat, without stirring, until nicely charred, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer peas to the bowl of orange slices and season lightly with salt and cracked black pepper. Sprinkle with torn mint leaves and toss lightly.
6. Transfer grilled chicken to a cutting board and cut into ½ inch slices. Divide salad onto four plates and drizzle with dressing. Top the salad with chicken slices and garnish if desired. Enjoy immediately, or save for lunch. (Just let the chicken cool first, it'll keep for up to three days.)

—Amy Kothari

Amy Kothari is the founder of the artisan jam and jelly company Big City, Small Batches and shares her recipes and food photography on her blog, Tastes Like Chicken.

Wipes: The Secret To All Vacation Packing

WIPES: They Are Great. Great for travel, great for gym, great for saying "meh, I would prefer to bathe from the comfort of my couch while wearing this tracksuit," great for everything. Should we switch to a face wipes-based economy? Maybe start pegging our currency to sunscreen towelette futures? I'm no economist, but if my recent experiences are any indication, the answer is a resounding "Probably Not, But Still... Wipes Are Pretty Awesome."

Once upon a time in a kingdom exactly as far away as the airport, a girl snuck through security with a ton of beauty stuff in her carryon...and zero Zip Locs. Why? Because she had replaced literally all her products with wipes. That girl was me (Surprise; it's Lacey! Hello, friends!), and now I'm here to preach the good word.

The list below has the wipes I use when I travel, but when I get a rec from you I'm always super excited to try it. So if you have an amazing wipe I missed, please do add on in the comments!

Best Perfume Wipes
Tiny glass atomizers and roll-aboard bags do not mix, hence the genius of Pinrose's Petal Packs. They look like after-BBQ wet naps but smell like classy lady fragrances, and they've saved my backpack (and my Le Labo Jasmin 17) from disaster several times. I'm a big fan of Moonlight Gypsy, a lovely rose-infused incense that wears all day without being overwhelming, but I also hear rave reviews about Pillowtalk Poet. If you're going somewhere warm, it's also excellent for ladies (like, ahem, myself) who have renounced antiperspirant in favor of natural deo. If you're on the border of Funkytown, these things will steer you safely back to Smell Good-Landia.

Best Sunscreen Wipes
Sunscreen in a wipe is just such a good idea for vacations. You're going to need more than a couple measly ounces if you're slathering it on, right? So I usually just throw a pack of these broad spectrum, mineral, non-nano SPF 30 Babysafe Sunscreen Towelettes in my bag. They're really gentle, they don't leave that chalky cast on skin the way some physical sunblocks do, and having them with me really encourages me to be vigilant with reapplication. I do have concerns about the fact that I'm throwing away 20 wipes over the course of a trip. BUT having biodegradable wipes go into the trash isn't any more wasteful than tossing a huge plastic bottle into your hotel room's trash (hopefully you'll be able to recycle, but that's not universally available).

Best Face Wipes
When it comes to face wipes, I'm of two minds. The best (best!) ones I've ever used are Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Cloths. They solve one of my biggest issues with Cetaphil, which is that it doesn't quiiiite cleanse enough on its own. With the wipe there's a gentle physical exfoliation, so you truly do get completely bare skin with moisture barrier intact. You also use way, way less product, which is nice.

But Cetaphil isn't exactly paraben free, and it's chock full of SLS, too. So hard as it is, I'm trying to break the habit. During my last trip, I switched over to Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes, which are equally amazing and full of certified organic goodness. They smell like rose geranium and juniper, they feel a little astringent in a pleasant, non-drying way, and even the box they come in was created using wind power and post-consumer paper. The only downside is that they're individually wrapped, which puts a huge damper on any feel-good, "I'm saving the world one face washing at a time" stuff you might otherwise be experiencing.

Best Body Wipes
No longer are we limited to Boogie Wipes, Wet Ones, and the off-brand squishy cotton packages of yore. These days, you name it and somebody's soaked a piece of cloth in it and sealed it up in vacuum packets for resale. Which is why it's strange that great body wipes are still kinda hard to come by. After a lot of searching, I've decided on Heritage Store Castor Clean Towelettes. They're natural, simple (basically just witch hazel and baking soda), portable, gentle, and cheap. They don't smell like anything, they get sweat and gunk off you, and they don't have any harsh surfactants, which is nice for sensitive-skinned peeps.

Best Lotion Wipes
There are a couple brands that make lotion-infused wipes, but for my money I like either Pacifica or Lotion Lab. Pacifica's lotion wipes smell like a tropical vacation (Lemon Blossom scent FTW), while the Lotion Lab Shea and Cocoa wipes smell like absolutely nothing at all. Both, however, are nicely sans parabens!

—Lacey Gattis


Greetings again readers!
I’m going to start off with telling you about a little bit about my skin; during summer with the humidity here in Australia my skin pretty much becomes an oil slick. However during the colder months it’s like my skin becomes the Sahara Desert and unfortunately this winter is no exception.



But this winter I am lucky enough to try the Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask by Indeed Labs*. The box contains four sachets which hold sheets soaked in the formula. The key ingredient in this product appears to be the “3D hyaluronic acid” which basically equates to a whole lot of moisture! Instructions for these mask are simple: cleanse your face, slap on the mask for 15 minutes, take it off and rub in the excess. So the first thing I love about this product is that there is no mess to wash off your face like other masks. 

The next thing I love and what you all came to read is, it really does make a difference and is so moisturising without leaving me oily! The excess product absorbs into your skin without leaving any oil or film behind and my skin feels so much softer afterwards. It also looks more plump and healthy.

I feel like the one downside to this product is that it is fairly pricey compared to the amount you get in the Hydraluron tube. So for me, as a special treat I love these and would definitely recommend them to others.


Oh and don’t worry, they come with peep holes!

Don't forget to follow me at my other social media pages:

-Katerina xxx

P.s. It's also a great way to scare housemates/family members.





Greetings again readers!
I’m going to start off with telling you about a little bit about my skin; during summer with the humidity here in Australia my skin pretty much becomes an oil slick. However during the colder months it’s like my skin becomes the Sahara Desert and unfortunately this winter is no exception.



But this winter I am lucky enough to try the Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask by Indeed Labs*. The box contains four sachets which hold sheets soaked in the formula. The key ingredient in this product appears to be the “3D hyaluronic acid” which basically equates to a whole lot of moisture! Instructions for these mask are simple: cleanse your face, slap on the mask for 15 minutes, take it off and rub in the excess. So the first thing I love about this product is that there is no mess to wash off your face like other masks. 

The next thing I love and what you all came to read is, it really does make a difference and is so moisturising without leaving me oily! The excess product absorbs into your skin without leaving any oil or film behind and my skin feels so much softer afterwards. It also looks more plump and healthy.

I feel like the one downside to this product is that it is fairly pricey compared to the amount you get in the Hydraluron tube. So for me, as a special treat I love these and would definitely recommend them to others.


Oh and don’t worry, they come with peep holes!

Don't forget to follow me at my other social media pages:

-Katerina xxx

P.s. It's also a great way to scare housemates/family members.




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(By Malene Birger Kafi camisole, Kahlo short, Topshop boots, Louis Vuitton bag, necklaces by Balenciaga, Hortense, and Bones & Feathers Collective)

Black and gold with a half bun was all that felt right yesterday cause it’s sticky leather car seat and multiple iced almond milk lattes per day weather round these parts. This camisole I got in Stockholm last year is the airiest oversized thing – the lace hem makes it feel so feminine that I prefer it with something basic or of denim construction. It’s all about putting on something pretty and then going a little out of your way to mess it up.

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