I had big plans last Friday. I had a hankering for grilled steak with fresh corn, green beans and some perfectly ripe cherry tomatoes. In fact, I even bought all of my ingredients while I was at work (yay for being a meat distributor — a good steak is easy to find!) and biked them all the way home. The bike ride was not fun, and might be why you do not see a picture of a fat grilled steak at the top of this post.
See, when you bike a backpack brimming with goodies uphill 8 miles on a sunny Friday afternoon it does something to your motivation level — like kill it completely.
As I was unpacking all the groceries, I spied a bag of chicken wings in the fridge and suddenly the thought of starting up a grill seemed like too much effort. And the thought of chicken wings sounded like the most brilliant idea ever.
I have talked before about my serious love for my grandmother’s chicken wings. They are Heaven on Earth. They are the reason I keep five-pound bags of frozen wings on hand at all times — because it just doesn’t make sense to make any less than that. I can eat about a third of a batch in a single sitting. It’s not pretty, but it’s true.
So…my grilled steak turned into this:
And even though that steak is still languishing sadly in my fridge, I don’t feel any regrets. Maybe today will be its day to shine…or maybe not. It’s hard to say.
Click here for chicken wing recipe — it’s so easy it’ll blow your mind!
- Half of a yellow onion, sliced thinly
- 2 TB or so of minced ginger and garlic
- 1 TB or so of minced Serrano chili pepper (optional)
- 2 ears of corns (or about 1 cup of thawed kernels), taken off the cob — make sure you scrape the cob to get all of the milky goodness
- A half pound or so of blanched green beans
- Fresh lime juice to taste
- Soy sauce, sesame oil and fish sauce to taste
- White & black sesame seeds for garnish (and pretty edible flowers if you have them!)
- Ripe and delicious cherry tomatoes, halved (optional)
Sauté the onion, garlic, ginger and pepper until tender. Add the corn and beans and toss until everything is hot. Season to taste with the rest of the ingredients. Top with sesame seeds and tomatoes and dig in!