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weather: cloudy
outside: 12°C
mood: ecstatic
At about the 5 hour mark, the top of the chicken was looking a bit dry. We thought maybe we should flip it over so that the top side could drown in the juices for the rest of the time. Well, the meat just about fell right off when I touched it with the two-pronged turkey carving fork.

Then, the realization hits me that that might be because we have a much smaller bird than the recipe calls for. Check the recipe: "3-4 lbs whole chicken". Dig through the fat ass in the garbage to find the chicken package wrapping: "1.23kg" which is about 2½ lbs. Uh, it's done now. =)

And it was having a lot of difficulty maintaining molecular cohesion as I was trying to lift it out of the stoneware pot onto a serving platter. The legs managed to stay attached but both wings fell off. It undid itself at the seams in a few places after I got it transferred, especially when I opened the butt end back up to scrape out the onions (Husband Guy doesn't like onions).

The rosemary... I hauled out two empty rosemary stems. >KD I picked up as many of the needles as I could, but I was still picking out needles throughout dinner. =)

But dinner turned out fabulous! We just had rice and chicken in front of the TV (Mavericks vs. Trailblazers). We didn't bother making anything else because we knew we'd have way too much food if we did. The chicken turned out so well. The meat jumped off the bones for you if you stared at it too hard. The inner breast meat actually tasted really good too, I'm amazed. The onions were so sweet and yummy. If we had put any other vegetables in, they'd be incredible too.

We still had some left over, so I separated the meat from the bones and saved both. I saved the juice in a container as well. Tomorrow, I'm going to do The Chicken Vegetable Soup Sequel that Faz wrote about *teehee* I think I'll substitute rice for the noodles because we have plenty of that left.

Husband Guy and I are both very happily stuffed right now. =)

Hope you all have a wonderful Easter holiday!



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Apr. 19th, 2003 09:51 pm (UTC)
Eh? Who would use rosemary in xiaolongbao? Or was it just a stray Planeswalker? =)
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Apr. 19th, 2003 10:12 pm (UTC)
Huh... interesting... \=}
Apr. 20th, 2003 06:25 am (UTC)
Your chicken tale makes me drool. Messy. Sounds soooooo good.
Apr. 20th, 2003 10:56 am (UTC)
Register for a slow cooker!!! And if you don't get it, buy it yourself =D That's what I'm telling every engaged couple I come across =)
Apr. 21st, 2003 04:13 pm (UTC)
Ooh! Excellent idea! And we'll need something like that, too, especially next year!

Now I need to learn about slow cookers. :P I know nothing, so I wouldn't know what features or whatever to look for! Got any suggestions?
Apr. 21st, 2003 05:33 pm (UTC)
Rival Smart-Pot 38601-W, 6 Quart!! =) It sounds like Rival is THE NAME in slow cookers. I got mine at The Bay, although they don't have it online. =P

That's the one I have. It has a timer and a Keep Warm mode. They have other ones too without the timer and in other sizes.

It might sound massive for 2 people, but this is the only one that will be big enough to fit a whole chicken for the whole chicken recipes. And it'll be great for those Potluck parties.

It's about CDN$75 (almost $80 once you figure in taxes). So, it's probably something you'll want as a gift. Then, if it's too big, you can buy a smaller one on your own for $30-40.
Apr. 20th, 2003 12:56 pm (UTC)
Hey, congrats on the successful experiment. I tried cooking last year before I got my job too. Chicken is versatile which is cool. Try seasoning with salt, pepper, lemon/lime, paprika and some cayenne pepper. You can mix in a bit of that lemon pepper too.
Apr. 20th, 2003 01:06 pm (UTC)
And chicken tastes good too =D

I have to find a lemon pepper that doesn't have MSG, though... if that's even possible. I just looked at the label last night and saw a whole bunch of unhealthy chemicular crap =P
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