Last night I made one of my all-time favorite meals for dinner – Spicy Thai Chicken. It is a recipe I got my hands on while watching the Rachael Ray Show. It’s delish!
SPICY THAI CHICKEN
- 1 1/2 cups jasmine rice
- 1 tablespoon light vegetable or peanut oil
- 1 tablespoon Asian hot chili oil
- 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts
- 1 onion
- 2 red bell peppers
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2 cups fresh bean sprouts
- 1 teaspoon coarse black pepper
- 1/4 cup tamari (dark soy sauce)
- A few dashes Thai fish sauce, about 1 teaspoon or so
- 2 cups, about 40 leaves, fresh basil
- 1/4 cup salted peanuts
- A handful of cilantro
Heat oils in large non-stick skillet or wok over high heat. Cut chicken into thin strips and chop into bite-sized pieces. Add chicken and stir fry until golden, 2-3 minutes. Push chicken off to sides of the skillet, and add onions and peppers to the center of the pan. Stir-fry 2-3 minutes, then combine with meat.
Add the garlic, bean sprouts and pepper, stir 1 minute, then add soy and fish sauces. Adjust seasonings to taste and wilt in basil. Remove from heat and serve over rice. Garnish with chopped, salted peanuts and cilantro.
AHHHHHHHH!!!! I’m seriously beyond frustrated… like seriously!!!!
JMK and I have a specified birth plan that we have provided our midwife. We are planning to have a hospital birth, but we would like for it to be as intimate as possible. By intimate we mean that we don’t want to have our families waiting outside labor and delivery for the news that Little Miss C has arrived. Rather we would prefer that our families wait at home, and once Little Miss C has been born we will notify them right away. JMK and I would love to be able to make use of the hospital jacuzzi during the labor, as well as the shower (like I said trying to maintain a somewhat intimate environment). Also being that we have a midwife, we don’t have the constraint of having to stay in the hospital for 24 hours after the birth pending that all is well with both baby and I. JMK and I have discussed it and if all is well after the birth, we would like to proceed home, as I feel that I would be most relaxed to be resting in the comfort of my own home. If we are able to proceed home straight after the birth, than the midwives will need to run all necessary tests and really between my recovery and the tests… family wouldn’t have time to see the baby at the hospital. So it would make more sense for them to wait for the call to find out where we will be, and when the best time would be to meet the little one.
You think family would be respectful of the type of labor that we would like to have, but nope… someone always has to ruin it. For the most part the parents are okay with this… all except one. The one parent feels that JMK and I are being selfish, and that meeting the baby at home is no way for a grandparent to have to meet their grandchild. This parent also seems to be forgetting that there are many other grandparents, and that they are not the only one. This parent even said if they want to be at the hospital, then that is where they are going to be. Like WTF?! JMK and I have a birth plan… respect it! We understand you are friggin’ excited. Many people are… including us!!!!! It is not like we are planning on depreiving people of time to see the baby… We don’t want people waiting for us at the hospital when there is a very good chance there will not be time to meet the baby at the hospital given that we wish to proceed straight home after the birth. Plus, we don’t need our hands held! Also, the last time I checked… I’m the one having the baby… so if I want to do it a certain way. Respect it! I have a birth plan for a friggin’ reason.
I shouldn’t have to be stressed out about this, but how can I not be?! I would love to be able to call all of our parents and let them know when I go into labor… But now I’m almost afraid to call because I don’t think this one parent would be respectful of our wishes.
I really don’t know what to do…. *sobs*