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A Peanut Dish to Remember

Making It Grow Minute
SC Public Radio

Fifty-two year ago I went on a high school “educational” tour to Europe. In Amsterdam, we stayed on a government training ship for their naval recruits -- this was no luxury cruise ship, believe me. But the food was delicious. The Dutch colonized Indonesia in the late fifteen hundreds -- spices were among goods Europeans wanted, nutmeg and cloves came from this colony.

For our final celebratory meal, the ship’s cooks prepared a dish of spicy chicken on rice with peanut gravy and a soft fried egg on top that I’ve dreamed about all these years. Now I’m finding tips on peanut gravy as a healthier and more interesting way of seasoning broccoli, cauliflower and more than a fattening cheese sauce or just lots of butter. If you’re cooking new things, look up Indonesian peanut gravy and give it a try. 

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Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.