6.08.2011

Bug Juice


When I was little my Grandpa called soy sauce 'Bug Juice'. Why? He felt that if you squished a bunch of bugs, that's what it would look like. Naturally, this made all of us laugh hysterically. "Bug juice! Grandpa wants bug juice!"

Tonight for dinner I planned on making teriyaki chicken. After getting started, I realized I was out of teriyaki sauce. I hate that, don't you? When you start making a dinner only to find half way through that you don't have all the ingredients? No? Just me? I'm the only one who forgets to check? Moving on.. so in my panic I think, "Ok, I can add some onions and ginger...maybe some garlic? Still give it an asian flare.." Whilst looking in the fridge I spot some soy sauce. Bam! I can use that! Ahhh, even better - I'll call it bug juice and my kids will think it's hilarious and eat every bite of their dinner.

So I finish up and it smells really good, I toss some bug juice on the top and bring it to my boys. I tell them the story of 'bug juice' and they laaaaauuuugh and think it's so funny. In my proud mommy moment I decide to call this dinner 'Bug Juice Chicken' and we'll eat it all the time because it will be so good, blah blah blah. We all take a bite... and it's nasty. I mean, it was fine? But nothing noteworthy. I mean, the whole thing didn't make ANY sense. Dinner fail. We scrapped it and I made sandwiches.

I still want to master 'Bug Juice Chicken', I just don't want it to taste like bug juice.

5 comments:

Tayva said...

That was hilarious!! And you know who would think "bug juice chicken" is a good idea? Grandpa! (And I have a recipe--with no name so far--for you to try) XOXOX

{lizzythebotanist} said...

i usually marinate in soy sauce, brown sugar, fresh ginger (or dry if i'm out of fresh), minced onion, and s & p. brown sugar is the ticket! if i have pineapple or oranges around i'll also use some juice in the marinade. i don't really eat chicken, but the kids/steve usually love this and i do a salmon fillet for myself. it's the only way i'll eat salmon. mmm...

Sheila said...

So cute! You can make your own teriyaki sauce! http://www.food.com/recipe/teriyaki-sauce-55859
Put that "bug juice" to good use!!
I love you and your darling family!

Jewels said...

Thanks for the tips! Liz - I use the EXACT same ingredients! Brown sugar, s&p, onion...Along with the teriyaki being out of service, I didn't have any pineapple or brown sugar. I know. I seriously need to check my cupboards before getting started...

Rosey said...

You're the funniest! And I love that after all is said and done the sandwiches were delicious! Ha ha! Actually funny story when we were little we would watch my dad put on his Old Spice after shave and not know what it was but smelling it we asked him what he was put on his face? "Bug Juice" he replied... so of course any time I smell Old Spice I immediately think of him and "Bug Juice!" Love it.