Monthly Archives: March 2010

Chicken stew yum

Finally uploaded photos from my digital camera onto Flickr. This, dear reader, was a miraculous dinner.

I had the original Ina Garten recipe in my files and had almost forgotten its existence until I had reorganized my loose recipes.  Anyhow the original calls for way too much butter, cream, making your own biscuits, roasting the chicken, etc. I adapted it somewhat.

  • 3 whole (6 split) chicken breasts, bone in, skin on 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade yes, it came from a box, I don’t care. Was yummy
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter – omg no – try 5 tablespoons
  • 2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions)
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream totally did not need the cream
  • 2 cups medium-diced carrots (4 carrots), blanched for 2 minutes – I like my carrots al dente, tyvm
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen peas (2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen small whole onions
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley

Used a rotisserie chicken I had in the fridge. Just took off the skin and shredded/chopped it roughly. I halved the amount of butter and it worked just fine. The rest of the adaptations I made are listed above. I also did not make my own biscuits. Instead I used the no name supermarket large biscuits in a roll. I’m sure it’s even better with homemade biscuits.

It made a ton so it fed my neighbor, my mom, and me for multiple nights that week. Would totally make this again.

Keeping the Faith

Remember Twin Peaks? The first season of that still stands as possibly the most brilliant television I have ever seen. Then came the second season. Unfortunately it was not anywhere close to being brilliant television. I watched it till the bitter end though. The very bitter end. In fact…it was this past weekend that I finally brought myself to junk the VHS tapes I had made when it aired.

Well, now my beloved Lost is in its sixth and final season. It’s starting to feel a lot like that second season of Twin Peaks.

I’m still doggedly watching though. We’re getting answers; I’m just not loving the answers we’re getting.

If I had to put my finger on why I’m not loving this, I think it comes down to time travel. I’m not a big fan of the time travel device — Dr. Who notwithstanding. The problem with time paradoxes is that they get messy very very quickly. There are two many holes to plug up and I don’t think I’ve ever seen or read a story where the writer(s) was(were) able to do that successfully. So when they started up with the time travel, I allowed some doubt to creep in. It’s been there ever since.

But I’m still watching…

Separation between church and state

No, not really, more like between my personal life and my work life. As much as I would like to keep the two totally separate, there is too much crossover. And because I am not the US of A, I’ve decided to take my two old blogspot blogs and move them over here. I would say that you should update your bookmarks except that I think “you” comprises one maybe two people.