Monday a week ago was it time to try out another recipe that was talking to me, from “Acorn in the Kitchen” – his “Chicken Drumstick in Wine and Garlic Sauce”
Don’t know his name, I guess it’s Acorn – what do I know !!!!!!!!
The dish has very few ingredients – and even if it took nearly an hour in total to cook, it made itself all on it’s own.
Couldn’t get any fresh drumstick from my supermarket – loads with wings, but no drumsticks – so I went for frozen, very good quality and they were very big.Followed “Acorn’s” recipe – but because I had a bottle of frozen leftover wine in the freezer, remember that after I had taken my ingredients photo, I had to add about 3 tsp of sugar to the sauce – otherwise it had been uneatable. The dish was so easy to make and only one pot to wash up afterwards. It’s a dish that suits me to the teeth.
“Acorn” recommended eating the dish with home made chips, but it was ages since I eaten rice. Must been over a year ago – not because I don’t like …. only that I always forget.
So I had been craving for rice for a couple of days prior. But just plain rice doesn’t really do it for my – by the way I’m very good on boiling rice too. To boil perfect rice is really an art. A perfect rice is dry and VERY fluffy – if it’s not sticky rice you’re after.
The secret behind perfect rice is that you use the double of amount of water to rice (4dl rice = 8dl water, 4 portions), not less and not more. Put cold water and rice plus seasoning with salt on high heat – and when it boils rapidly – put a lid on and turn the heat down to medium heat/low so it’s slowly boiling for about 20 min. Don’t touch the rice. If there is some water left let it boil a bit longer. So when all the water is absorbed by the rice, take it of the heat and let it rest under lid for about 7-10 min. Then you fluff it up with a fork.
For my rice here I used a very small amount of saffron (just a pinch) and raisins that I put in from the beginning before I put it on the heat – I give it a stir so the saffron mixes with the water properly.
The dish was really nice with rice and it’s a dish that I will do again .. and again and again. Because it was so easy to adjust to me as a lonely diner.
Thanks a million for a great dish, “Acorn” for a great dish – now will I catch up with your bread and cakes again.
We all know the “Chicken Dance” – that drove everybody mental in the early 1980’s – The name of the original Swiss song was “Der Ententanz” (The Duck Dance) – The song was composed by accordion player Werner Thomas from Davos, Switzerland, in the 1950s. In Spain it had many title – Pajaritos a bailar / El baile de los pajaritos / Pajaritos a volar / Y el mundo a bailar /El Pollo Loco . (information from en.wikipedia.org)
I have so many great memories with this mad song – I really hated it and was sick and tired of it then … but it’s truly wonderful to have it back.
Chicken Run funny quote:
Rocky: “Now, the most important thing is, we have to work as a team, which means: you do everything I tell you”
Photo provided by and thanks to: haro-online.com (chicken run)