But there's always time for food. This: a smoked salmon and roasted potato-beet cake, with poached egg and coriander hollandaise.
|This looks like gross ground beef, but it's not. These beauties are a mixture of roasted potato and beet, sauteed shallots, thyme, chipotle sauce, egg and cream, and panko bread crumbs. I made them the night before so they could set in the fridge.|
This was all fine and good, but on Sunday evening I was up for something a tad less involved: a recipe that comes from my history, from my childhood, from my heart.
It's not a recipe that has ever been written down so it doesn't have a fancy name. I guess we'll call it Tessa's Chicken with Epiphanic Olives. It's easy, it occasionally changes lives, and you don't even have to measure squat.
Here's what you do:
Here's what you do:
1. Chop one onion and saute in olive oil in a heavy pot until translucent or until it starts to smell oniony. (Shut up, spellcheck. Oniony is a real word.)
2. Add a couple of chopped carrots and cook for a few minutes. You could also add mushrooms and/or celery to this.
3. Add chicken breast with ribs. I used two large breasts, with skin removed. You can use any kind of chicken here, as long as it's still on the bone.
4. Cook this until it starts to brown and then add a cup or two of dry white wine. Cook for about five minutes so the wine has a chance to reduce. (If you only have a couple cups of wine in your house, don't make this dish because then you'll be out of wine. Nobody wants that.)
4. Add one large can of stewed, or crushed tomatoes, one box of chicken or vegetable broth (4 cups), a few sprigs of thyme, a couple bay leaves, 3-10 crushed garlic cloves and a small jar of green olives with some of the olive juice. I also added some kalamata olives, for added complexity. Really, I added the black olives for aesthetics.
5. Bring it to a simmer and cover. Cook slowly for a couple of hours. Uncover and continue cooking until the sauce is of desired thickness.
Take the chicken out to remove it from the bones. You could shred it or just cut it up into pieces. Serve with rice or couscous, and you've got yourself a hearty, delicious meal, with plenty of leftovers if you're a small family of four with children who don't eat meat or olives.
***Here are some things I learned this weekend, mainly related to the power of mindfulness:
- My mind is not open nearly wide enough
- There are realities I haven't yet thought of, but that reside within me nonetheless
- We all have the ability to think beauty into truth
- I have awesome children
- (I already knew that last one, but some days I am ultra aware of this fact.)