My grandmother, with whom I share the same middle name, used to sing a little song to me when I was little prior to tickling me with her fingers (which posed as a bee), "There once was a bee who lived in a tree; and all he could do was bzzzzz sting, sting, sting sting...." (then the tickling ensued).

This site is in memory of her and the warmth all grandmothers and mothers give in making good food and creating memories in the kitchen.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Lettuce Wraps

3/4 lb. ground turkey
1/4 c. chopped fresh basil
2 T soy sauce
2 T lime juice
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. garlic chili sauce or Tabasco
1 T sesame oil or vegetable oil
Lettuce leaves

Combine first seven ingredients in medium bowl and stir to blend well. Heat sesame oil in heavy medium skillet over high heat. Add turkey mixture and sauce until turkey us just cooked through, breaking up clumps with back of spoon, about 4 minutes. Transfer turkey mixture to platter.

Sauce for lettuce wraps:
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. water
2 T soy sauce
2 T rice vinegar
2 T ketchup
1 T lemon juice
1/8 t. sesame oil
1 T Chinese hot mustard
2 t. water
1 - 3 t. garlic red chile paste

Combine all ingredients together and mix well. Add to meat mixture in the lettuce along with fried Mai fun noodles.