sweet and sour cauliflower – recipe research

3-Ingredient Orange Chicken Sauce Recipe

Sauce Ingredients:
1 Cup BBQ Sauce Sweet Baby Ray’s
1 Cup Sweet Orange Marmalade Smucker’s
2 TBSP Soy Sauce
Crispy Chicken Ingredients:
3-4 Chicken Breasts We used 3
1 Cup Flour/1 Cup Cornstarch You can use both or either/or
2 Eggs
Oil We used vegetable oil



ORANGE CHICKEN SAUCE —– A few drops of cooking oil 1 tablespoon of brown sugar 1 teaspoon of white sugar 0.5 cup of orange juice Half a thumb size of young ginger – grated 3 cloves of grated garlic 1 tablespoon of black vinegar 0.5 tablespoons of dark soy sauce Some cornstarch solution (add enough to the sauce to thicken to your liking)






Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken


  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp soy sauce



You’ll first need to make the sweet and sour chicken sauce, which consists of sugar, apple cider vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, garlic, corn starch, and water. Add everything but the water and cornstarch to a saucepan.

Bring the sauce to a boil, then combine the water and cornstarch in a separate bowl before adding it to the homemade sweet and sour sauce. Let that bubble away for a few minutes until it thickens up.




  • Ketchup – and plenty of it – for a tanginess and colour. I don’t eat a lot of ketchup, but it’s a must for this dish.
  • Malt vinegar – it’s the best type of vinegar I’ve found for getting the ‘right’ touch of sourness.
  • Brown sugar – for rounded sweetness, and to counteract any bitterness in the vinegar.
  • Pineapple chunks in pineapple juice – yep, rather than chopping up a fresh pineapple, I find pineapple chunks actually work better, and the juice is an all-important element to the sweet–tangy flavour of the sauce.


Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe


  • -lace the cornstarch in one shallow bowl, and the eggs in another shallow bowl. Beat the eggs lightly.
  • Take each piece of chicken and dredge it in the cornstarch. Then dip it in the egg. Transfer that to a skillet with oil that has been heated over medium-high heat. And yes – you dip in the cornstarch then the egg – this is a little different than a lot of other recipes.
  • Cook the chicken in batches, just until it is browned. The chicken will bake in the oven, so this is just to brown and crisp up the chicken, not to cook it through. Transfer the chicken to a baking dish.
  • In a bowl, combine your sauce ingredients – sugar, ketchup, vinegar, soy sauce and garlic powder. Pour this mixture over the chicken in the baking dish.
  • Bake the chicken at 325ºF for an hour, stirring it every 15 minutes.
  • Serve the sweet and sour chicken over rice and be prepared to never want to get it for take out again!


Pandemic Diary Day #4, May 1

Still really sleepy. Not sure what’s up with that. Rearranged my room to have more table space, I think that’ll encourage me to get up and face the day / have more routine. Or something similar to that – something I look forward to each morning.

In the evening had “art time” where my friend and I wrote up most of an op-ed. Just have to clean that up and get that out ASAP.

Feeling stressed: need to complete several homeworks. And then final project: get the “following a ball” task completed and trained to show jitter.

Also, research: need to start fleshing out paper.

Spent an hour following the cat around – let her out of her room for a while today, all the way until sleep time.

Nice weather today. Onions are doing fine. Need to pesticide the roses again tomorrow against the black spot disease. Need to get the ivies off the brickwork.

Georgia’s open again, my biggest stress is how to combat that as a movement. Want to contribute to modelling side, or at least learn about it, but recognize that I need to focus on research. Concerns are weighing in for postdocs. My friend is stuck in Boston and wants to be with her family (abroad) if she’s WFH anyway, but wouldn’t go even if there were cheapish flights, because she’s worried about getting back into the US.

Some of the more interesting articles of late:



heck yea (but also disturbing that they are like “the demographics move against us, but heck democracy, just ‘get our voters to turn out'”)

No easy way out : https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/04/stop-waiting-miracle/610795/

And this I really enjoyed. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/04/pandemic-confusing-uncertainty/610819/