Care to divulge any details about those yakitoris? Since it sounds like there's a contest involved I understand if there's a need for secrecy!
But boy, they look GREAT!
No contest, just a sponsored challenge. I belong to a blog called 37 Cooks. We came together on the Face Book Serious Eats Water Cooler group. Sandra, our very organized and enthusiastic leader, happened to have two gallons of Slap Yo Mama seasoning and put it out to anyone on the Cooler, that she'd be happy to share. 37 of us responded and shared our dishes. From there, we decided it would be fun to challenge and support each other in cooking challenges--a ton of fun and cooking escapades.
Somehow, it evolved and through different members and followers of the blog, we also ended up having companies sending us samples of their products to play around with. This was totally unexpected for most of us, and we were all delighted by these opportunities to experiment with some really great products at no cost to us--just our time in the kitchen having a boat load of fun.
Not every challenge is a sponsored challenge. We just like to have fun cooking. I must say, though, one of my favorites was the Teet's Smokehouse Challenge. TXCraig1 has said that they have some of the finest smoked sausage he's had--and ya know he has a palate from hell.
The current challenge, which is what the chicken yakitori dish is from, evolved from The Spice House Challenge. This challenge won't be on the blog until January. Currently I believe we have Davidson's Safest Eggs challenge on plate and then there will probably be a hiatus for the holidays. I must say I admire the people that manage the 37 of us and get our recipes and photos posted.
The Spice House Challenge is very near to my heart because I actually contacted them and asked them if they'd like to sponsor us. They are my Aleppo Chile supplier, along with many other very fresh and vibrant seasonings. So, they decided to sponsor us, to my delight. They have been very generous and gave us 5 full sized seasonings of our each and everyone's choice to play with.
I wanted to play with some of their new things and some stuff I haven't ever heard of. Amchoor, which is a powdered green mango powder has a sweet tart flavor which I thought would be interesting in the marinade I made with the Japanese Seven Spice for the marinade for the chicken that included honey, mirin. soy sauce, ginger, garlic, amchoor, sesame oil and Aleppo Chile.
Quick marinade--30 minutes at the max, which gave me time to make some rice for the carb heavy guys, before grilling the chicken. Some lettuce and marinated vegetables topped it off. I didn't go for the rice. I wasn't hungry enough. Next time I will make extra so I can have them in a rice flour roll.
Yep, I've been out of the loop--have not been feeling well, but I am now, so I'm chatty. Here I am!