On the music front from yesterday opera didn’t win the airwaves after all but we did compromise starting with Jay Z and Alicia Keys New classic NYC anthem Empire State of Mind http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c.
Jay Z was the musical olive branch and I love this version better than solo Alicia anyway. BUT–she so rules overall in every way (and we all agree) that as a total its her recent release that won out, The Element of Freedom that
AND therefore, it is MH music pick of the week.
Meanwhile, back to the chicken. The beauty of this dish
(amongst other things) is that the flavor improves if made ahead. Prepared mid day while I still had energy and reheated before dinner deepens that rosemary-garlic-vinegary glaze. Sides were chosen based on what I could scrounge from the fridge and cupboard: carrots, peppers and potatoes (carrots agrodolce with mint and roasted peppers) recipes from: http://www.amazon.com/Lucindas-Rustic-Italian-Kitchen-Lucinda/dp/0471793817
And, since there was only one chicken in there stretching was the name of the game. First technique was to hack the chicken (back bone, wing tips and all) into small pieces before cooking which gives the illusion of more food. And, if you love bones it’s a boon for you (I do).
Multiple sides which edge into that aforementioned sauce means enough abundant platefuls to sate the five ravenous appetites around here. This morning, the few leftovers had been scarfed post midnight as evidenced from the plates left in the sink (this is an ongoing battle I haven’t given up on, btw). So, I can’t say it enough–shopping is half the battle for home cooking. All ingredients for this meal where purchased on the weekly shopping ship.