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sparkle kitchen – chicken satay

chicken satay

In this week’s At Home with Martin and Sylvia, Martin is inspired by one of Sylvia’s fairy houses and decides to build a child-sized house of sticks in the woods. Sylvia helps collect sticks and then has an exciting idea: “Maybe we should make everything with sticks. We could make stick beds and chairs and toys!” Even Momma is into the fun as she finds a way to serve lunch on a stick!

In Southeast Asia, marinated meats are served on skewer sticks to make a dish called “satay”. Satay was supposedly invented by street vendors in Indonesia as an imitation of the Indian kebabs brought to the area by migration in the early 19th century. While beef, pork, fish, and chicken are traditionally used, more exotic options include crocodile, lizard, and snake.

Don’t worry—the version below is just chicken! I’ve also tried to make it a little more kid-friendly, by subbing yogurt sauce for the traditional spicy peanut dip.


raw chicken satay

 Chicken Satay with Tropical Rice and Yogurt Sauce (Serves 4)

For the Yogurt Sauce

juice of 1 lemon

1/2 cucumber

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup greek yogurt

1 clove garlic, minced


For the Chicken

About 2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs

1 Tablespoon of curry powder

1 clove garlic, minced

2 teaspoons salt

1 Tablespoon olive oil


For the Rice

1 teaspoon fresh, grated ginger

1/2 medium red onion, diced

juice of 1 lime

1 teaspoon salt

14 oz can pineapple chunks, drained

14 oz can mango chunks, drained

About 3 cups cooked rice



Begin with the yogurt sauce. In a medium bowl, mix the yogurt, lemon juice, salt, and garlic. Then, using the small side of a box grater, grate the cucumber. Pile the cucumber shavings into a clean towel, and wring out as much liquid as possible. Add the cucumber to the yogurt mixture, stir, and refrigerate while you prepare the chicken and rice.

Cut the raw chicken into 1 inch strips, and place in a large bowl. Add the curry powder, garlic, salt, and olive oil, and use your hands to coat the chicken well. Thread the chicken onto skewers and cook for 5-6 minutes per side over medium heat on an oiled grill pan.

As the chicken cooks, you can work on the rice, which is super easy. Just put all of the ingredients in a large bowl and toss well to combine. Then, give it a taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking.

Plate up the chicken with the rice and yogurt sauce, and enjoy your meal on a stick!

The Sparkle Kitchen Series is created by Meryl Carver-Allmond.  Meryl writes about chickens, babies, knitting, gardening, food, photography, and whatever else tickles her fancy on any given day at her blog, My Bit of Earth.



friday’s kind words

Whenever a Sparkle family takes the time to share their experience with the stories, we are delighted and moved.  Each week we like to share some of the kind words we receive!

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We have just decided to home school our very sensitive boy and your stories have been instrumental in helping him heal from his experiences. He adores your stories and is now thriving at home (have to say, he was exceptionally thrilled that Martin and Sylvia are home schooled too)! Thank you for not only helping me to ‘hold’ my sensitive child, but also ‘holding’ parents around the world with stories that always seem to bring about reconnection, balance and calm.

Auromira, London, UK

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sparkle kitchen – rainbow pizzas

rainbow pizza

In this week’s Martin and Sylvia: More Adventures, Sylvia decides to hold a rainbow potluck where each guest is responsible for bringing a dish that’s a color of the rainbow.

Having a rainbow meal is not only a nice way to have a healthy feast, it makes for a beautiful one, as well. You can make a rainbow from a lot of different foods, but pizza — with its endless options for toppings — works particularly well. Continue reading “sparkle kitchen – rainbow pizzas” »

friday’s kind words

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sparkle crafts – go to sleep fairy pillow


go to sleep fairy pillow

It seems Martin and my Oliver both need a “Go to Sleep” fairy this week. Unlike Sylvia, I didn’t find one, but I do have a few tricks up my sleeve for encouraging restful sleep.

Warm molasses milk is a favorite, but when we’re all suffering from congestion, the dairy fairy isn’t invited to bedtime. A little gentle pressure and aromatherapy, though? Come on in.

A Go to Sleep Fairy Pillow is a project that can be completed in a 1/2-hour, even with some helping hands. You don’t need to be suffering from insomnia to enjoy the benefits of soothing scents and relaxing pressure points. They are also perfect for catnaps and savasana, or any ol’ sleepy time. Continue reading “sparkle crafts – go to sleep fairy pillow” »

spring fairy boats


This weeks FREE STORY on the Sparkle iTunes Podcast is a Martin & Sylvia story called “Spring Fairy Boats.” 

(This story is a “TEST” for the new Martin & Sylvia Series we’re working on called “Saturdays!”. Read more about it here.)

In the story, the whole family joins in a fairy-boat-making session!   Here brother and sister talk about the kind of fairy boats they each want to make:

“I just like to make boats that can carry fairies,” said Sylvia softly.

“Ah,” said Momma, “So Martin wants to build fast boats, and you want to build boats that can carry lots of passengers.”

“I’d go for looks” said Daddy as he came in from the bedroom, “I’d build a pretty boat with a tall sail and maybe a masthead – definitely one of those big steering wheels.” Continue reading “spring fairy boats” »

sparkle kitchen – asparagus


asparagus field

In this week’s Martin and Sylvia: More Adventures!, Martin and Sylvia are gearing up for their town’s annual Spring Fling celebration. There are lots of different ways to celebrate the coming of Spring, but my family’s favorite is by visiting our local pick-your-own asparagus farm.

 If you’ve never seen asparagus growing, it’s worth finding a similar farm or even planting some of your own just to observe it. Early in the Spring, the stalks emerge from the ground, fully formed, just as you see them at the grocery store. Standing in a field of them, it always feels like they can’t be original to this planet. Surely they must come from a far flung, mysterious galaxy to look so alien. Continue reading “sparkle kitchen – asparagus” »

friday’s kind words

Whenever a Sparkle family takes the time to share their experience with the stories, we are delighted and moved.  Each week we like to share some of the kind words we receive!


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Thank you SO MUCH for your new book for Sensitive Children…. [My son] was diagnosed with sensory processing disorder and anxiety. He is so very, very sensitive. Your stories have been immeasurably helpful. He listens to them every night and often in the car to and from occupational therapy.  Sparkle Stories have become a much loved, soothing part of our routines. This new book is a perfect addition for our family. THANK YOU!!!


- Michelle, Newton, NJ, USA

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