Thursday, July 21, 2011

Chicken: Inspired and Infused

Song of the moment: Walking With A Ghost by Tegan and Sara. Props go out to one of my benevolent hosts in San Francisco for introducing me to such a vector (magnitude: loud; direction: straight to my brain). I almost literally see giant wave arrows blasting from my speakers pointed at the middle of my head. It's warping my sense of self and making me want to rock.









With heavy finger dragging over multiple keys at once, I pause- wait for it- to show my appreciation for the <- backspace key.

The arrow draws your eyes from the text. Slowing you down. Emphasizing a past full of mistakes and misgivings.

"You're twenty-six, Tommy, and what have you got to show for yourself?"

Or is that arrow simply a memo-to-self to hit the << back track arrow and repeat Walking with a Ghost?


South Style Beer Braised Asian Inspired Chicken-n-Rice

2 Chicken Legs
2 Chicken Thighs
4 cloves of Garlic
Chunk of Ginger
1 Sweet Potato
2 Carrots
7 bunches of Baby Bok Choi
5.5 oz Bachelor's Brew (one of my homebrewed Beers)**
2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
1 tbsp Rice Wine
1 tbsp Honey
Pinch of Rosemary
Olive Oil

Chop and saute Garlic and Ginger in some Olive Oil in a large pot. Cut the Sweet Potato into chunks roughly 1 cubic centimeter in size and add those. Toss in the Chicken and brown. Add the Beer, Balsamic Vinegar, Rice Wine, and Honey and Rosemary. Cover and let cook on a relatively low temperature for about 20 minutes, turning the Chicken and stirring after 10. Add the Carrots and let cook for about 10 more minutes. Add the Bok Choi. Serve as soon as soon as the Bok Choi is wilted to your desire. Salt to taste and serve over a bed of Wild Rice.

I was surprised at how harmonious and savory this dish was. I often expect the worst when adding a bunch of random ingredients, but rather than feel cluttered and chaotic, the natural sweetness of the Honey and Sweet Potato and Carrot and Beer was balanced nicely by the Rice Wine and Vinegar and perfectly complimented the Chicken.

*With my Cock Out?

**I bet Fat Tire would be a superb substitute.

***Full disclosure: I made this meal last night for dinner, but didn't want to post two recipes on the same day. You actually thought I would braise Chicken at 9:00 AM?! Good! Because I would.

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