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Tonight's dinner adventure begins in Peru 
May 9, 2014 10:03 pm 
Updated: May 18, 2014 5:38 pm

You can't help but be drawn in by a title that simply grabs you, shakes you, and pulls you in. I'm a risk-taker.

When it comes to taking risks while cooking, I’d like to think I’m usually 75% successful, so I usually jump in and give anything a try.  I enjoy cooking with a variety of spices and seasonings and I’m often researching which ones blend nicely with others.  I enjoy making dishes that have an international flair and I’m not afraid to change things up as I go along.  

Peruvian Inspired

Tonight is my first attempt at a Peruvian Chicken dish, to serve on a Peruvian-Style Rice, with a side of steamed broccoli.  The seasoning for the chicken included onion and garlic, oil and white wine vinegar, cumin and paprika, lemon and chili powder.  I wanted to stop there just in case I wasn't going in the right direction.  If all goes well, in a few weeks I’ll kick it up a notch, adjust the seasonings as needed, and reinvent the recipe again.

The rice, which I make in a rice cooker I’ve used regularly for years, starts with basmati rice, chicken broth, garlic, frozen peas, cumin and cilantro. I imagine the rice should pair deliciously with the chicken.

A little salt and pepper goes into everything.

Memorable Moments

Welcome to our family dinner table.  It seats my family of 6, as well as my older brother, and my mother, and quite often we have invited friends join us, and although rarely, unexpected guests stop by. 

We have dinner table rules to follow.  If you eat you may have conversation.  If you don’t eat well, well we don't want to hear you talk.  If you talk with food in your mouth, there’s going to be trouble.  Eating dinner with our family is not a race, so there isn’t a rush to finish, but since everyone serves themselves, finishing your food is expected, and taking a little of everything is mandatory.  There are no complaints about the food allowed at the table; however, praise is allowed.  Suggestions and criticism is welcome after the table is cleared.  Everyone follows the rules and we manage to enjoy almost every meal together.  We rotate who says grace, the setting and clearing of the table, which must be done properly, and having a turn at doing the dishes, except for Dad, since I do the cooking, and I make the rules.  Sometimes we have some great talks over a great dinner, sometimes you can hear a pin drop.  Those nights I ponder in peace about what went wrong with the meal.  Overall, dinnertime is fun, friendly, and an enjoyable time when we all get a chance to sit down together.  I sincerely hope my children grow up remembering these kind of moments, and all the rules they have been taught. 

Dinner Is Served

Our 10yo daughter, Destiny, really enjoyed the Peruvian chicken and rice.  She finished eating shortly after Mom, Dad, and Uncle, who usually helps himself to seconds.  Our 14yo son Justice separated the chicken, rice, and broccoli into 3 distinct piles.  Which means next time I serve the meal in a casserole dish already mixed together because I’m just that kind of Dad.  Grandma finished her plate, said thanks, and expressed that she liked the meal.  Our youngest daughter, 8yo Palace, was away for the evening so she couldn't enjoy the dinner. Our 9yo son Billy slowly picked away until he finally finished, which is normal for him.  We have a 1000 times rule when it comes to food.  You must eat a meal 1000 times before Dad puts it onto the Do Not Make list.  So far only a two things have ever made the list.  Hot dogs and Kraft Dinner. 

The meal went over pretty well.  The odds were indeed in my favour.  My recipe turned out nicely, with just the right flavour and a pleasing taste; it will be available soon for you to try.  I hope you and your family enjoy it, too.  Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.

Table Talk

Have you ever been to Peru and what was your experience like?  What are some of your dinner table rules?  As a dinner guest, have you encountered any unusual rules or practices?  Are there any foods you refuse to cook or eat?

May 10, 2014 6:21 am
My Peruvian Chicken and Rice recipe is now online in my recipe box.
May 18, 2014 5:38 pm
Thanks, BillJol, I saved your Peruvian Chicken and Rice recipe. It sounds really good to me; spices and herbs I like already, so I'm sure they'll be good together. Thanks for sharing. BTW, I like your table rules, too! :-)
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I'm happy to be the designated daily meal-maker for a minimum of 8 people which includes my four delightful picky-eater children (2 girls & 2 boys ranging in age from 9 to 14), my wife, my mother, and my older brother, and any friends that stop over for dinner.
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