Recipe Review: Pad Grapow (Cravings by Chrissy Teigen)

I recently took a look at Goodreads’ list of the best cookbooks of 2016 and put a few of them on hold. I got into cookbooks when I worked at the public library during college, but since it’s rare that I want to make every recipe in a single book, I usually check the books out from the library and save the recipes with the most potential. Cravings by Chrissy Teigen was one of those books.

I took a look through the book today and decided to make Pad Grapow Chicken, which is Thai basil chicken. I was looking for a recipe that would be on the healthy side, delicious, and still easy to cook. This recipe has relatively few ingredients, was something new, and looked like something my family would enjoy. After a quick stop at the grocery store, I got to work.

1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into thin strips
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
5 cloves of garlic
1 serrano chile
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 cups fresh basil leaves
Cooked rice for serving

In a bowl, toss the chicken with the oyster sauce and soy sauce and marinate for 10 minutes. Mash the garlic and chile until finely smashed.

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the garlic-chile mix and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Increase the heat to high, add the chicken, and cook, stirring, until just cooked through, about 4 minutes. Add the basil and cook until wilted, about 1 minute.

Serve over rice.

A couple of notes –

  1. If you aren’t familiar with oyster sauce, don’t be put off by the name! It is a brown, salty sauce that is commonly used in Chinese food. It does not taste like fish.
  2. I used a garlic press for the garlic cloves and serrano. It worked perfectly. You could also cut into tiny bits, you mostly want the flavor to come out and add to the taste of the chicken.
  3. If you aren’t comfortable using a serrano, a slice of mild green pepper would add the flavor without the kick.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Definitely check out the cookbook – whether it’s from your local library or by purchasing – there are quite a few tasty looking recipes (and pictures – John Legend, mmm) inside!

 

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Beauty Review: Dr. Jart+ Vital Hydra Solution Face Mask

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I was very lucky this weekend to stumble upon a real life Kbeauty store in Chicago Chinatown! I was in town with family for an event and we went to Chinatown for lunch before heading home. I kept my eye open for Kbeauty, but nothing caught my eye until just before we were leaving.

I went into a store called “Korean Beauty Store” and really loved the experience. I saw a ton of products that I have purchased during the last year, and it was neat to see some of the more “well known” products in real life. I personally love touching and smelling things, especially if I’m planning to spend money on them, so this especially exciting to me. I also enjoyed having the opportunity to chat with the salesgirl and learn about the products right then in there without having to do my own research.

Since I have more than enough products at home right now, I decided to check out a couple of new face masks. I asked for recommendations and the salesgirl suggested the Dr.Jart+ Dermask Vital Hydra Solution Deep Hydration Sheet Mask. At this point in the day I had spent several hours outside in 3 degree weather, so I figured a super moisturizing face mask couldn’t hurt and decided to take one home.

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This was my first Dr. Jart mask, and I was pretty impressed with it. I loved the smell (roses!!) and was surprised by the thin texture. It is probably the thinnest mask I have ever used, and definitely the first one that I have had to peel off of a second sheet. I was a little worried that I would tear it, but it all went very well.

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Next, I tried the mask on. This mask did not fit as well as some of the others that I have used. The thin texture allowed the mask to cling to my skin, but it did not match my eyes and mouth. I haven’t had a problem with this before and it wasn’t much of a problem this time, though it was not ideal.

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The mask in general looked a bit silly on me. I was super tired and did not work very hard to take nice pictures.

As you can see, the mask material was very thin and allowed my skin impurities to show through.

I was ready for bed after 20 minutes with the mask on. When I took it off there was still some liquid, but it felt nice and absorbed very quickly.

All in all, I enjoyed the mask and would use another one. I paid a bit too much for the product (around $6.00) but they are available at lower cost online. The Amazon link says 5 for under $15, which is a much better deal.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this mask.