Day 302: Take these broken wings, and learn to fly again…

October 29, 2007

This evening we made Wingless Buffalo Chicken Rolls with Blue Cheese Dip, which was thankfully the fourth and final variation on the phyllo pastry rolls of the last year few days. The rolls are made with ground chicken, hot sauce, scallions and garlic, seasoned with salt and pepper, wrapped in layers of phyllo pastry, rolled, buttered and baked in the oven. The dip was a simple sour cream and blue cheese mixture. The rolls were served on a bed of lettuce, with celery sticks on the side.

The meal is supposed to recreate the flavours of chicken wings. If you have a craving for buffalo wings, we would strongly advise that you skip this recipe and go in search of the real thing. The chicken rolls were dry and stodgy. Just because the ground chicken was mixed with hot sauce did not mean that they were in any way reminiscent of chicken wings. Realistically, they are more like a vaguely spicy distant relation of the sausage roll. We were not impressed and will not be revisiting this dish.

To use up the remainder of the phyllo pastry, we did however make up some spinach and goat cheese filling, as inspired by Recipe 291, Spinach and Goat Cheese Chicken Rolls in a Pan Sauce. We made much smaller rolls, less than an inch in diameter, and they were in all honesty the best rolls we have had this week. In future I would make them with puff pastry for it’s satisfying puffiness, rather than phyllo pastry with it’s dangerous, potentially throat- ripping, shards.

We took the girls for N’s 2 week and A’s 2 year check-up at the doctor today. They did great, both are growing well. N seems to be headed into the first of many growth spurts; she’s been nursing almost continuously all day, I am hoping beyond hope that she doesn’t want to do so all night. L, A and I got flu shots today- A was very brave- now L and I are certainly suffering from that dead arm feeling. We kept A out of daycare today, we took the day off with the intention of enjoying the sunshine. We spent most of the morning in Starbucks so that I could feed N; it was a branch with a play area, which is like gold dust around here. Of all the things that you don’t appreciate pre-kids, a box of toys in a secluded-ish area with access to good caffeinated beverages may be at the top of the list. After A’s gloriously long nap, we spent most of the afternoon in Target; oh yes we were really getting the most out of the beautiful autumn weather. We briefly debated whether to take the new fancy double stroller + one shopping trolley (cart) or take two shopping trolleys. The discussion was prematurely halted when we discovered the monster trolley, the minivan of shopping trolleys. I can’t find a picture online, but it was the enormous trolley plus the double seats in between the pusher and the cart. Trying to steer that thing was a challenge of epic proportions; suddenly we felt that we had very much super-sized our family. Speaking of which, I installed the infant car seat in my car and discovered that there is no longer room for me in there. When A was little, the car seat was positioned in the center of the back row, and everyone was happy. Now the seat is behind the driver’s seat, and I have to move my seat so far forward to accommodate it that my keyring gets jammed between my knees and the dashboard, and my face is practically pressed against the windscreen. I may have come home and started looking online for used minivans…

Anyway, tomorrow we will be eating London Broil with Buttered Potatoes and Caramelized Zucchini and Mushrooms. We are very pleased that our pastry-wrangling days are behind us.

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  • Reply Jen November 13, 2007 at 10:33 am

    Careful having too much caffeine while nursing! 🙂 (if you still are, anyway) Enjoying your blog. We have remodeled during three pregnancies and did all of the work ourselves. It’s not easy, but oh the memories you will have to laugh about later on!

  • Reply Helen | One Year Project November 14, 2007 at 10:39 pm

    Three pregnancies spent remodeling, oh my, congratulations on being able to laugh! I have already consigned our remodeling experience to the darkest depths of my (admittedly very poor) memory! As for the caffeine, I certainly don’t overdo it but it is a necessity in my days, and the baby seems fine. Everything in moderation…

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