Friday, June 20, 2008

Top Chef I Ain't

I'm in the midst of making dinner. Went through the fridge to see what I need to use up. Grabbed some baby white turnips and garlic scapes from the CSA. Found some chicken thighs in the freezer. Bacon in the fridge.

So I render up some bacon while the chicken defrost, still not sure what I'm going to do. I decide to flour up the chicken and add a couple glugs of oil to the pan and fry them up. They're looking pretty good.

I take a ladleful of bacon/veggie oil out and throw it in my French oven (fake Le Creuset) - brown the garlic and the turnips. Add in the bacon. I make a soy sauce glaze (with hoisin sauce, soy and rice vinegar) and throw that in. In goes some spinach from the CSA.

I don't know what happened, but it went from yummy sticky to icky pretty fast. I think I let the sauce "caramelize" (ie burn) too much.

Hopefully the chicken will be cooked through...

5 minutes later:


It's rather yucky. Too salty. Goopy. Chicken was bloody. Nasty.

My minute rice was okay. And the damn baby turnips were okay as well. And I can pick out some bacon.


I steamed some shrimp, which was most excellent. I regarded the chicken thighs, popped them in the oven at 350, forgot about them, smelled really good chicken about 30 minutes later and they turned out really nice. Those poor thighs - microwaved, pan fried, braised and then oven fried. Oh, and eaten.

1 comment:

deeje said...

Heh. It's days like that where I just accept the inevitability of microwave popcorn for dinner. Sometimes it's awfully nice not having a family to feed.