Hey kids, guess what? It’s almost the WEEKEND!!! Woohoo. I’m sweating bullets over my practical exam tomorrow- we’re making chicken en cocotte, and I missed that day for our New Orleans trip.
This morning I did a 4 miler with my running buddy at 5:45 and then climbed back in bed. Once I got up again, the rest of the morning was spent finishing a take-home test and writing a paper for my hospitality class, then going over materials for tomorrow’s exam. Despite the run, I didn’t even get hungry until noon (weird). Lunch was a Kangaroo Pita stuffed with a Morningstar Farms Garden Veggie Patty, pickles and mustard; some carrot chips with salsa, and a bunch of grapes.
Back to studying after that, then a trip to Target for Chloe food. She’s been eating kitty chow for the past two days- which makes me a bad mommy, but she LOVES it. It just confuses Piper, though. Poor thing. Look at how huge she is:
She always hangs out in the office with me while I study/mess around on the internet.
For Christmas my mom gave Zach and I this contraption:
Which is actually a “Deep Dish Chicken Cooker”. You fill the well in the center with beer, wine, lemon juice, spices, etc. and then basically impale a chicken on top. You also plug its little neck with foil to trap in all of the flavors. Lovely visual, no?
After baking for about an hour and a half, this is what you get:
I used some leftover red wine in the well, along with chopped garlic and herbes de provence. I also rubbed the chicken with olive oil and sprinkled on some kosher salt, pepper and rosemary.
It turned out great! I ended up making some couscous to go alongside. Before class I made a little salad/pilaf-type dish, using:
- 1 Cup of cooked couscous (flavored with lots of curry and cumin)
- Chopped skinless chicken breast
- Handful of dried cherries
- 2 Tbs or so of toasted almond slivers
- 1 Chopped Scallion
On top I drizzled a vinaigrette made of olive oil, red wine vinegar, more curry and cumin, salt and pepper. I let all of this marinade while I was in class and then heated it in the microwave when I got home.
Along with a couple slices of the Peace Bomb bread topped with melted Dublin cheese (w/ stout- so yummy), eaten while watching tivo’d Office.
Oh, before I forget- click here to see what Brian suggested that we make for dinner. Nice.
Off to study a little more before bed. I hear we may be having a quiz along with the practical, which would be SO NOT COOL.
Us, nothing. This is our one calm weekend, sandwiched between super busy ones (next weekend is the big St. Patty’s parade, along with the Old 97′s concert). Brian’s pushing to see The Watchmen- but it’s almost 3 hours long!!!