Whinge and whine

Finished the Maeve Binchy book. It was nice, but she has written others that are by far better(in my opinion). There was a relationship that didn't seem like it would, or should, work out which she tried to tidy it up so it would be all happy endings. I won't say what or who in case anyone plans to read it and has not done so yet.

Dinner complications...... no wait, let me get to that in a minute. The comment issue has me more pissy than the dinner.

I have not figured around the comment problem on two blogs I like. So, Donna if you are reading this - I am very much enjoying your blog My Tasty Treasures. Your giveaway looks amazing, as does your chicken Marsala. I see you buy a much better brand of Marsala than we do. Does the better quality make a difference do you think? I made something similar to your dish and also used Marsala in a lamb recipe recently. When it hits the pan the smell is incredible. Makes you hungry immediately!

Also, another fun blog I can read but not comment to is Chez le Laquet! and so we will get around our communication issue by chatting this way.

I agree with you, the low energy light bulbs don't seem to be as bright. A trade off I guess. Loved the description of the farmers market. Doug says he'll stay with Simon at the ale stall.....sounds great. The pancetta fried up with a few veggies is definitely going on the list of things to try here. Yum!

Ok, the dinner. Well, I was going to give Nigella a one night break because I have been fairly diligent about knocking off the recipes in her book. So, since I had just acquired a Rachael Ray magazine and dog-eared a few promising recipes - thought I'd give the Tangerine Chicken a shot.

The main ingredients are chicken breasts, tangerine (obviously), Worcestershire sauce and more... So I decide I am going to measure it all out, chop all the veggies it calls for and do it as seen on cooking shows. When they are ready to toss things in the pan and stir and it's all neatly measured out.

I will admit to substituting boneless thighs for breast because we are just not great fans of white meat. It seems to dry out quickly. But no problem there as it is a matter of personal taste. I see that it calls for red onion. I thought I had a red onion. I did not.

Fine. I chopped a yellow one and figured it wouldn't make a huge difference. Next is two tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce. I look in the fridge at the two tall bottles in the door and one is malt vinegar for fish and the other is soy. I look and look....no Worcestershire sauce.

Now Worcestershire sauce has a bit of a kick. So now I'm thinking it won't taste anywhere near the same. But it's getting late and we live out in the sticks and a ride to the grocery store would take me 40 minutes round trip.

So, fine. I'll just make it with yellow onion and NO Worcestershire sauce. In the meantime I realize I am out of chicken broth so I shredded some leftover roasted chicken from the bones, tossed in peppercorns, bay leaves, celery, carrot, etc in a huge pot to make my broth.

I start frying the chicken in olive oil and then look around for the tangerines that I bought earlier in the day so I may grate the peel and juice two tangerines. Can't find them. I go out to the car to see if they fell in the backseat. Not there. Not in the hatch of the car.

I go inside the house, turn the heat off the simmering chicken and look again for tangerines. I am without three main ingredients and it's now 7:30 p.m. And the chicken broth is not quite ready. I am aggravated.

So we went for a pizza and watched some of season two of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Friday is our pizza night but....we had to improvise; so Thursday was pizza night.

The positive side is most of the veggies are chopped and I have the ingredients I need to finish up the tangerine chicken. By the way, the tangerines were on my desk at work.

Stay tuned for the Rachael Ray recipe..........


Wandering Coyote said...

Yeah, sometimes it just happens like that, doesn't it? I'm looking forward to reading about the tangerine chicken, though.

Donna-FFW said...

These are the days mamma warned us about.. ugh.. I can not wait to hear your review on the recipe though. It sounds interesting!! I am not sure the quality of the marsala would make a difference. They say cook with the wine you'd drink, but I do not drink marsala recreationally, everything else, yes;) I think any would be ok? I wonder if its my page thats causing you a problem, geez youd think theyd get back to you by now, have a great weekend!

Janel said...

I've been having problems posting comments too! Sometimes I just need to hit the Publish button again, sometimes it just plain doesn't work. I'm not sure what is happening.

Here's to hoping you have better luck with the tangerine chicken. I hate it when things like that happen!

A World in a PAN said...

I bet after the frustrating preparation that pizza taste better than other times! When something similar happens to me, I make pasta.

Le laquet said...

Lol! One problem after another - sheesh, like you needed the headache ~ thank god for pizza eh?!?

Joie de vivre said...

I changed my comment form once to have the comments at the bottom of the page like Donna does and someone wrote saying they couldn't comment! It makes it one more step to do it like you and I do it, but people don't seem to have a problem with it so I switched back.

A World in a PAN said...

Sorry Tina, I had scheduled the post about your award for March 18 and it's obvious that I did something wrong as I found it today, unpublished, in my posts list. It's up - and I put a link to your blog in the side picture of the award! THank you

Pierce said...

WC - The tangerine chicken was good...we Finally got it cooked the next evening. I will post about it.

Donna, I have also heard you cook with the wine you would drink - but I don't think it makes too big a difference.

Janel and Joie - thanks for the info about the comment fields. I think it depends on how each person has it set up and I may be resigned to commenting to some folks via my blog. :-(

Laura - You are very welcome! I haven't been online in awhile so I'll check you out today! Oh, pasta is a good last minute switch if there is an emergency.

Laquet - Then I cut my finger finishing that chicken meal up the next night.

More later..........

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