This Week’s Menu: Will That Be a Table for Two or Three?

Black pepper chicken thighs with mangoes, rum and cashews (photo credit: NY Times)

With YaYu over in Oahu this week it’s just Brett, WenYu and me holding down the fort here at dinner – except for the nights when WenYu is working. YaYu will be home on Friday evening, so we’ll be back at full strength for three nights until she leaves for China next week and then I’ll be working around WenYu’s schedule again.

It’s making meal planning a bit of a challenge, but on the plus side it means there should be lots of leftovers once again for lunches and such. I also have the chance to fix or try dishes that YaYu doesn’t particularly care for, like chicken adobo with bok choy (I thought she liked it, but she let me know last month it was not a particular favorite. WenYu, on the other hand has been asking me to fix it). The black pepper chicken thigh recipe came across in my Facebook feed a couple of weeks ago and is right in our wheelhouse when it comes to flavors. I’m trying it while YaYi is gone though because she doesn’t care for cashews. If the rest of us like the dish though I’ll make it again after she’s home, but let her take out her cashews.

Here’s what’s on the menu this week:

We’ll need to pick up a couple of fresh mangoes this week at the farmers’ market, along cucumbers, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, sweet onions, green onions, papaya and bananas. We need mung bean sprouts as well, but will stop by Big Save to get those – they spoil quickly and I won’t be cooking with them until Sunday. We may also need to buy the sweet onions there as well if we don’t see them at the market.



5 thoughts on “This Week’s Menu: Will That Be a Table for Two or Three?

  1. That recipe looks great! Mango, cashews, & rum . . . what could possibly go wrong? 😉

    M is out of town this week, so we are eating up our easy freezer meals, and I’m enjoying not making a huge salad every night. The kids are enjoying the change of pace, as M makes their lunches every day. The same way. He is a man of routine.

    Enjoy your solo time with WenYu!


    1. I want to make that vegetable salad you mentioned last week, the one made from diced vegetables with a lime dressing – it sounds like something we’d love at our house.

      I am loving being able to chat with WenYu – when YaYu is here she monopolizes her time (which is totally understandable).


  2. I make chicken adobo but with white vinegar (peppercorns, bay leaves, soy sauce, garlic). My child was not appeased because it was not like my aunt’s adobo. haha. My aunt uses, like the recipe you linked, the apple cider and brown sugar. I am not a fan of sugar in my cooking but will cook it up for the child this way. My aunt also adds the usual peppercorns, bay leaves, soy sauce, and garlic. Plus paprika and ginger. Those two are new to me. But I have to admit I do love my aunt’s adobo because its family-home cooking.


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