Apricot-Pineapple “Sticky” Chicken, All Glossy And Slathered In Some Good Stuff

Sticky Chicken and Toasted-Green Onion Rice

I’m a very touchy-feely sort of person. From a young age, I have always felt quite comfortable offering someone that I know a little rub or pat on the back, or a quick peck on the cheek, if I’m more familiar with them.

I love hugs, kisses and the radiating warmth of a caring touch on my own shoulder or arm, or even a playful tousle of my hair; I appreciate my hands meeting with someone else’s and being clasped together in a friendly grip in combination with a deep, soft smile that communicates through the eyes, “I’m really happy to see you”.

Sticky Chicken

Sticky Chicken

Sticky Chicken

All of these wonderful gestures show me the kind feelings that someone has towards me, and for the connection, if ever-so-brief, that they seek to experience with me. They show me that someone cares and that I matter to them. These precious little affirming moments make me feel acknowledged, and remind me that I exist to other people, and that it does, indeed, matter to them that I feel special and loved.

Toasted-Green Onion Rice

I see all of the tender little touches that we share with each other and the kind words and moments of genuine connection that we exchange as little pieces of love that over time get woven together to become the beautiful and shiny armor that we wear on a daily basis; that we put on and take out with us into the world to help protect and buffer us just a little from not-so-touchy-feely elements out there in our daily lives. They coat us in a sort of proverbial glossy, sweet and sticky “sauce”, one that protects and tastes oh-so satisfying and sweetly delicious, and makes all the difference in the world.

Sticky Chicken and Toasted-Green Onion Rice

To acknowledge another human being in a kind and caring way is to confirm that their very existence counts. And it seems to me that at the very core of things, what each and every one of us is after is to feel that we exist and matter. Don’t all of our pursuits in life, if broken down to their very essence, seem to point to that, ultimately?

Sticky Chicken and Toasted-Green Onion Rice

The sweetness that we provide one another has a deep effect on us; the “coating” that we can give in the form of acknowledgment and purposeful connection makes a difference; it’s a salve that makes for a more richly flavored life, one with a hint of warm sweetness that adheres to our heart and soul, and gently perfumes and cascades over all else we come in contact with.

Sticky Chicken and Toasted-Green Onion Rice

I love being a touchy-feely kind of person; I love receiving, as well as giving, those seemingly-insignificant little love taps and glossy-sweet acknowledgments that confirm that we’re all inter-connected on a deeper level, and that our existence depends on one another.

I love the taste of a kind gesture; the flavor of a meaningful and uplifting word. And I can’t think of anything better to be slathered or glossed up in than the genuine kindness, concern and care that comes from a fellow human being.

Taste what’s good and pass it on.


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  • shanah September 6, 2014, 8:50 am

    Omg, just made this, it’s super good, glad I found this blog!!!!

    • The Cozy Apron September 6, 2014, 3:04 pm

      Hi Shanah! Thanks so much for sharing your experience—I’m very excited that you enjoyed this recipe, and that’ll be back on the blog for “seconds”! :-)

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