Day 13: Too much trouble by half

January 13, 2007

Three pans, two bowls, one chopping board, two knives, two wooden spoons, two forks. A washing up mountain for us, courtesy of Saucy BBQ Chicken Sammies with Pepper and Scallion Potato Salad [recipe]. This was pretty tasty food, but far, far too much trouble. I liked the method of cooking the chicken; poaching it in beer and stock resulted in very moist, succulent chicken and a kitchen that still smells of beer. Mmm, beer. We might make this again but would probably just use a good bottled barbeque sauce, rather than open one of those really annoying tins of tomato paste to only use a couple of tablespoons worth. We bought a jar of hot peppers to put in the potato salad, based on the colour of the peppers rather than the strength. Just before opening the jar, I noticed it said they were the hottest peppers in the world. I asked L if they were really hot, so of course he tried one. Several dollars in the swear box and a blistered lip later, we decided to be hot-pepper free. I used balsamic vinegar in the potato salad instead of the pepper juice, and the potato salad turned out pretty nice. Almost reminiscent of a summer day spent grilling and eating.

All in all, this was a reasonably tasty dinner, but the preparation effort was not offset by the end result. This is one of those meals that you crave once in a while, but when you have it, it should be done properly. And for that, we’ll take a trip to Famous Dave’s.

Tomorrow, T-bone steak with chipotle everything. If only it was prepared with garlic and butter…

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  • Reply GM January 19, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    We actually loved the chicken sandwich, but won’t make it this way again. We felt like the chicken could have been far less maintenance if thrown in a crock-pot. This would have saved us from cleaning two addition pans.

    As for the salad, I made the mistake of:
    1. Inviting friends over for supper
    2. Adding the hot peppers

    Instead of wine, we ended up finishing off a ½ gallon of milk and a container of sour cream trying to kill the burn. Even though I felt guilty at the time, I let my little brother take the rest of the salad home with him to see how his roommates would react. Crazy enough, they loved it. Free food – I guess all college kids love that.

  • Reply Helen | One Year Project January 19, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    Ha, they could prove their manly manliness in the face of the peppers, perhaps.

  • Reply lia February 9, 2007 at 2:26 am

    I have to ask…why did you buy a jar of hot peppers instead of fresh jalapeno peppers, which are really tasty and range from mild to spicy?

  • Reply lia February 9, 2007 at 2:34 am

    My apologies…it’s late and I was looking at the wrong recipe. Feel strangely compelled to read through all of your entries at once. V. interesting project. FYI–if you remove the seeds and white stem, hot peppers lose much of their heat.

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