Monday, March 30, 2009

Hot recipe of the week: Jamie Oliver's Chicken in Lemon and Milk

I'm coming out from the corridors of the library archives to say hello. I'm sorry I've been gone. One month out from finishing my final reports has left lunettes a very tired, boring cook. I can't write about pasta and meatballs every week for a month, and lentil soup never ever looks pretty when I make it.

On the other hand, something piqued my interest this week. Apartment Therapy's The Kitchn had a recipe linked for Jamie Oliver's Chicken with Lemon and Milk. I decided to pick up a chicken yesterday and give it a try.

I had to substitute limes for lemons and some dried herbs for fresh, but it was a really nice chicken. It's kind of hard to futz this up.

I had some trouble turning the chicken as it had a tendency to stick to the pan while browning, so be warned some of the skin will go during the process. Thankfully my enameled cast iron cleans up really pretty with a good soak.

I made sure to leave the pot lid on for an hour and then basted and uncovered the chicken for the last thirty minutes. The result was a moist, tender chicken with a great sauce.

I couldn't really taste the cinnamon in the dish. I did take Apartment Therapy's recommendations and used the pan drippings for potatoes.... butter and chicken fat can never go wrong. It was good.

All in all, I'd make the dish again. The curdled milk isn't as gross as it seems - the 'cheese' gets a really nice, butty flavor and the sauce goes very well with the chicken, which is moist as all get-out to begin with.

Crab legs

So I decided to pick up a few crab legs last night while shopping at my local H.E.B.

This further proved that I really shouldn't try to cook fish at home - the smell just does me in every time. I had to air out my place until late in the night from the strong smell. If you're in central Texas, you probably shouldn't be buying fish from a grocery store anyway.

It was kind of neatly carnal to attack them with my hammer, though. 'Neat' being a one-time experience that is not likely to be repeated.

Still cleaning shell shards off the floor,


Review: Grapples

Okay, so I bit.

Grapples? They're kind of grayish-red when you get them. This picture makes them look really nice and juicy, but they're more purplish in real life.

They have an aftertaste that is highly reminiscent of grapes, but it's really hard to taste it while you're eating them. I imagine that grape burps would be interesting. My apartment smelled strongly of grape flavor while they were in the fruit basket.

Cost: $4.99/4, in a special case. Free Frisbee with purchase of three packs!