April 21, 2018 | Rome, Italy | °C


By Germano Zaini
Published: 2015-08-14

My advice is to forage around for what's still usable and organize a buffet dinner around what you have. It's fun and you free up more space.

As for what to serve, try chicken satay. Satay was born in Java centuries ago, and has since made its way around the world. Anything on skewers is perfect for a stand-up meal. Add salad and cold rice, with some beer or prosecco from Valdobbiadene.

"Housecleaning" Chicken Satay


  • Chicken breast 800 gr.

  • Peanut butter 100 gr.

  • Soy sauce (Shoyu) 4 tablespoons.

  • Powdered curry, 1 teaspoon.

  • Lime and lemon, juice from one of each.

  • Chili sauce, 1 teaspoon.

  • Grated ginger, 1 spoonful.

  • Grated shallot, 1 spoonful.

  • Salt as needed .


In a bowl, mix the soy sauce and peanut butter and stir so they blend.

Add the shallots, lime and lemon juice, the hot chili sauce and grated ginger, stirring the mix. Then add the teaspoon of curry powder.

Soak the skewers in cold water so that there's less chance they burn in cooking. Cut the chicken into strips and stick it on the skewers to crate a zigzag, wave like pattern.

Stick the skewers into the mix and then place them in a glass container. Refrigerate to marinate overnight.

The next day, remove the skewers and place them on a baking sheet. Let them grill in the oven at maximum heat for 15 minutes.

Serve the skewers with some lime juice, all the while proudly surveying your newly cleaned out home in all its uncluttered glory.

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