Archive for June 23rd, 2008
Is there anything better than roast chicken? I make it all the time but haven’t posted about it because it seems so boring. That said, it’s one of those dishes for which there are a million different recipes (high heat, low heat, fast, slow, combination, covered, uncovered, baste, no-baste etc.) and I’m pretty sure I’ve found the perfect one.
Strangely it’s in Marcella Hazan’s Essentials of Classical Italian Cooking, a cookbook that really is essential, but this recipe doesn’t appear to be Italian at all. My copy opens right up to it.
It’s very simple: you take a good 3-pound chicken (preferably Murray’s or Bell & Evans if you live in the US; those of you in the UK probably have many more options), wash it inside and out, pat it dry, and rub inside and out with kosher salt and fresh-ground pepper. Then take 2 small lemons, wash them and roll them on the counter to loosen them up, puncture them each in at least 20 places, place them inside the chicken and truss it up closely (but not tightly). Place breast down in a 350-degree oven for 30 minutes. Then turn it over carefully and cook for another 30-35 minutes; raise the heat to 400 and cook for another 20 minutes. This bird is self-basting – no need to do anything else. Remove and serve.
Thanks to Annette for the link. I’d like to see someone shoot the Cave Singers in a subway car. And that’s not a Bernie Goetz reference, either.
A simple but delicious lemonade recipe put together from multiple Internet recommendations:
Put a pitcher of good tap water in the fridge. Slowly heat 1 cup sugar in 1 cup water to make simple syrup. Using a knife, carefully cut several strips of lemon peel with as little of the pith as possible, and heat that with the sugar and water. Let the syrup cool. Juice 6-8 organic lemons. Add to the cooled syrup/lemon peel mixture, and add the cold water to taste. Put in some torn spearmint leaves and some lemon wedges. Add ice, stir, and serve immediately.
…and it’s not “The Dark Knight”, “Hancock” or even “Space Chimps”. Instead, much like the rest of you, I’m breathlessly awaiting the release of Chain Gang‘s long-awaited “Mondo Manhattan”. There’s every chance I’ll be writing these same words 12 months from now, but there’s worse things than watching this trailer, or basking in Ricky Luanda’s spirited narration.
OK, first the bad news. Upcoming New Pornographers appearances in Spain and Belgium have been cancelled, much to the band’s deep regret. On the sunnier side, there’s a bunch of large and larger events below happening later this summer, including an NP’s-curated festival that has some of us non-western canadians reconsidering our summer travel plans.
7- northampton ma @ calvin theater with grizzly bear
8 – Liberty State Park, NJ, All Points West Festival
9-phily, pa @ the electric factory w/ andrew bird
30-sf, ca @ slow food nation festival with gnarls barkley
31-vancouver, bc @ the stanley park singing exhibition – malkin bowl w/ neko case, destroyer, andrew bird, deerhoof, the evaporators
1 – vancouver, bc@ the stanley park singing exhibition w/ stevie jackson of belle and sebastian,the 1900s, visqueen, and special guest