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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

COOK'S CORNER: One Sauce Wonder

Ever so rarely, one stumbles upon a recipe that becomes a foundation for a variety of great dishes. That type of recipe is called "a keeper". Keep it handy and keep on making it!

Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce is just such a recipe. I initially served it alongside vegetable wraps, but found it so tasty that I could conceivably slather it on wooden shingles and still enjoy it.

The beauty of this easy, yet exotically spiced recipe is that it can be so much more than a dipping sauce - it works equally well with meat, pasta or a salad.

The only thing I insist upon is using fresh lime juice. Bottled juice is a pale substitute for the real deal.

Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce

125 ml peanut butter

50 ml fresh lime juice (about 4 limes)

50 ml soy sauce or fish sauce

5 cloves of garlic

25 ml sugar

15 ml grated fresh ginger

5 ml grated lemon rind

5 ml chili paste (chili flakes can be


2 ml grated lime zest

Combine everything in a blender or food processor until smooth. Use as a dip or in one of the recipe ideas below.

Sates With Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce

675 g sirloin or chicken breast

3 garlic cloves

60 ml soy sauce

30 ml brown sugar

30 ml oil

60 ml Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce

Extra Peanut Sauce to Serve on the Side

8-10 bamboo skewers,

soaked for 30 minutes

Cut beef or chicken lengthwise into strips about 1.5 cm wide. Thread the meat onto skewers.

Combine remaining ingredients and marinate the meat for an hour in the fridge. Broil about 15 cm below the heat for 5 minutes per side. Serve on a bed of rice and generously drizzle peanut sauce over meat.

Serves 4.

Pasta With Spicy Peanut Sauce

500 g pasta, freshly cooked

1 cucumber, halved lengthwise,

thinly sliced

1 red pepper, thinly sliced

3 green onions, thinly sliced

3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

1 cup Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce

Rinse pasta under cold water to cool. Drain well.

Combine the next 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Add peanut sauce to taste. Serve pasta immediately.

Serves 4