Cavemen in
the Kitchen

January
Things that go 'Bock, Bock' - Mediterranean Chicken


Chicken, if done well, is a close second to the cow. Honestly, a steak everyday would be the ultimate, but you sometimes need something else just to let you know how good steak is. So, using some of the recipes below, your siesta from steak will not be too hard.

Description:

Okay, the only thing Mediterranean about this is that it has lemons and they grow around the Mediterranean. Also, it sounds a heck of a lot better than ‘chicken wit lemon.’ The meal thing here takes care of a side and the main course so it is all good.

Ingredients

1. 1 chicken. When you get it, you want to get the kind that has been cut and spread out. In fact, it will look like the chicken that didn’t quite make it all the way across the road but instead got hit, squished and had its feathers knocked the hell out of it.
2. 2 potatoes, the brown baking kind that are healthy until we make them edible with too much butter and sour cream.
3. ½ cup of lemon juice
4. 1/3 cup of butter
5. 1 tsp dill
6. 1 Tbsp of capers

Directions

Get the oven going at 375º on bake. There are all sorts of things about chicken that people tell you about such as if eaten raw it will kill you, if eaten when not cooked all the way, you will die. Wow, what are you supposed to do? Try this: cook it. How do you know that it is cooked all the way? Well, when you think that it is, get a knife and find the thickest part of the bird. Cut down to the bone and pry the cut open. If it looks cooked and not pink, you are done.

Get a big Pyrex dish and put the chicken in the center of it. The dish has to be big enough so that the potatoes can be spread around it. Cut each potato into 4 pieces lengthwise. Then cut all 8 pieces into slices that are about 1/8” wide. When done, sprinkle them around the outside of the chicken so that most of the bird is exposed.

In a saucepan, toss in the butter/margarine and melt it over the stove. When it is done, add the lemon juice and the dill and mix it all together. Pour this evenly over the whole chicken thing. Then by hand, sprinkle the capers around the edge of the chicken along the line where it meets the potatoes. You want to do it this way, otherwise, the capers may rest on top of the bird and when you pull it all out of the oven, the capers are these black chunks that look like something that fell from the top of the oven onto the meal. Not cool.

Place the chicken in the oven and let the whole thing go about an hour. After that time, pull it out and check the chicken using the method mentioned above. Based on the results of your probe, act accordingly: let it go longer or take it out and turn the oven off.

Serving

This is a cool meal as all you do is bring it to the table and plop it down. Start by serving your date and begin by asking what kind of meat she would like. Then hesitate to see how she reacts, what she says, and then you act accordingly. This is kind of a barometer to see where her mind is and how the rest of the evening will go.

©2008, by Ron DesMarais

Related Books

Ron DesMarais started life in Charlottesville, VA and has lived in several parts of the United States. When people hear the number of times he has moved, the question invariably arises as to whether or not he was an ‘Army Brat.’ There is only a half-truth there and that is found by dropping ‘Army’; unless, you consider ‘Army of Darkness.’ After moving with his parents for several years, Ron continued his nomadic ways, which were spurred by his mother’s finding out where he currently lived. In the process of changing dwellings and never getting rental deposits back (which he claims were never his fault), Ron’s financial status required that he start cooking for himself, as he could not afford eating out. This resulted in his quickly getting bored with Top Ramen and deciding to get creative in the kitchen. Soon, a list of recipes with a limited number of inexpensive ingredients started coming together. What really bolstered the creation of his book Cavemen in the Kitchen, and the writing of it as not just a cookbook but a ‘dating aid’ as well was when Ron ended up at a date’s house after a financially draining evening out. As both were hungry but Ron too broke and both too tired to go out somewhere, Ron dug through her cabinets, found some items to work with and based on a recipe he had created earlier, he created a meal for both. She loved it and the results of the meal were amazing in ways those under 18 should not hear about. From that point, dates for Ron consisted of cooking dinner, either at his house or the date’s house, and afterwards, either watching a video or doing something else. Click here to order a copy of the book (Contains adult content.)



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