Things that go 'Bock, Bock' - Mediterranean
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.
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.
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 didnt
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
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.
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.
©2004 by 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 mothers 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), Rons 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 dates 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 dates house, and
afterwards, either watching a video or doing
something else. Click here
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