Friday, April 04, 2008

Food and Blogging: The Series Continues

There is no interest in my sardine tacos, or my use of coffee as a spice. I asked several bloggers, to send me recipes; preferably easy to prepare, common ingredients, ethnic etc. In addition if I print the recipe, I'll plug your blog. Send recipes to me at the email address at my profile. I was going to print them all in one post, but I acquired too many. Political agreement doesn't matter. Atleast every month I'll continue this series. Leave comments about food, the blog, restaraunts etc. Everyone who sent recipes, will eventually have them published. I'm going in random order.

The next recipe in the series, comes from the blog White Rabbit. The blog owner Andrew Keogh desctbes himself, "The law I do is concerned with blood splatter patterns, bodily fluids and firearms residues as opposed to the more esoteric (and lucrative) commercial stuff. I am also a published novelist." My favorite post in Andrew's blog is this one about annoying bloggers.

Now the main event:

Chicken with Sherry Vinegar and Orange


garlic - 3 cloves, peeled and crushed

ground paprika - 2 tsp

thyme leaves - 1 heaped tsp

olive oil - 5 tbs

chicken breasts, skin left on - 4

sherry vinegar - 3 tbs

1 large orange, cut in half then into thin slices, skin left on

1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped

chicken stock, home-made or fresh ready-made - 200ml

juice of a lemon

cold butter, cut into cubes - 50g

chopped flat-leaf parsley - 2 tbs

Prep Time

30 minutes +


Serves 4

Preparation Instructions

Using a pestle and mortar mash the garlic to a paste with a little salt, then stir in the paprika, thyme, half a teaspoon of pepper and 3 tablespoons of the oil.
Rub this paste over the chicken breasts and set them aside in a china or glass dish, covered with clingfilm for a couple of hours (or overnight if that is more practical for you). If push comes to shove you can get away with half an hour.
Heat the remaining oil in a casserole or saute pan and add the chicken pieces, cooking them over a medium to high heat until golden all over. Remove the chicken with a draining spoon and add the onion to the pan. Stir well and cook till soft and translucent - about 5-10 minutes.
Pour the sherry vinegar into the pan, scraping up any tasty bits on the bottom of the pan and stirring them in. Pour in the chicken stock, bring to the boil and add the orange slices and the lemon juice. Return the chicken to the pan and leave to simmer gently until thoroughly cooked - this will take 20-25 minutes.
Remove the chicken pieces from the pan and place them in a warm serving dish. Bring the sauce to a rapid boil, then stir in the butter and parsley. Taste for seasoning, you may need a little more salt. Spoon the sauce over the chicken and serve.

If cooking and blogs is not enough, read this really good Marxist analysis of Tibet.RENEGADE EYE


Anonymous said...

Cooking and blogs is nowhere near enough and this here red-blooded 'Publican ain't going to no Marxist blog...accept for this one of course;)

Jobove - Reus said...

Your fight for the freedom and the democracy impresses me, I follow with difficulty your writings, some of them are fantastic, he is still a friend like that, regards and the strong one embraced

impresionant post for Tibet !!!

white rabbit said...

Just one correction - the recipe will feed 4 not 2 - I think two chicken breasts apiece is somewhat over doing it for 2! With salad or gnocchi or somesuch.

Thanks for plug for blog - wasn't quite expecting such a roll-out! And also for my novel which needs it :( - it is a very political work of fiction - a post 9/11 dystopia set in a Fascist Britain of the near future. Okay - that's enough self-promotion ;)

Naj said...

I very much liked the Tibet Analysis. Very nice; thanks!

steven rix said...

IF you guys want to watch a good documentary on Tibet, may I suggest the 5 eps docu called "A year in Tibet" from the channel BBC4.
Here is a link:

PS: Tibet became very expensive, it's even more expensive than in the US to rent a motel (twice the price at least).

Aaron A. said...

I love the recipe focus.
Food, like religion and politics,
can be such a form of identity. The aroma can Marcel Proust you places.

nanc said...

ren - i've noticed at a couple of blogs i attend that a food or drink post will bring people together quicker than anything else - this is a very good idea.

i like my chicken with the skin OFF!

Frank Partisan said...

If you send me recipes, to the email address at my profile, I'll post it and plug your blog eventually. I do this about once a month.

Eitan: I go to rightist blogs that will link to me, or provide good debate here. I'm joined at the hip with Sonia's blog.

Nanc: You should read my blog from the start. I was pro war, when I started blogging.

I post about food and blogging atleast monthly.

Té la mà Maria - Reus: Tibet is very complex. I'm cursed with having several positions at once. I can argue good and bad about all the alternatives.

Naj: Tibet is quite complex.

White Rabbit: I changed the # of servings. OK to promote as much as you want.

Politiques: I'll checkout that blog. Interesting about motels in Tibet.

Aaron: You can figure out my interest in cooking, comes from knowing JP.

Anonymous said...

Spring is here and I've been eating lighter, veggie - poultry meals for a month already. I'll save this one.

I missed your sardine taco recipe. Sounds interesting. Please leave a link.

Lew Scannon said...

I must have missed this. I have a string of recipes for all occasions, as I am a professional chef (no, seriously) and am always finding new ways to improve old foods.

jams o donnell said...

Great idea Ren. I'll have to sort out some of our simple recipes. Vegan can be very tasty!

Frank Partisan said...

Rudy: Mexican sour cream is the secret to a good taco. What's the difference between Mexican and US sour cream? The packaging.

Lew: Send me one simple recipe. I prefer for my blog, food that is simple to prepare, Ethnic, easy to find ingredients etc.

Jams: Send me a recipe.

Every month I'll highlight one blog and a recipe attached to it.

Jennifer said...

Write something on Zimbabwe!

Frank Partisan said...

Unsane: This week I'll have something on Zimbabwe.

Graeme said...

I've got to learn how to cook

Jack Abraham said...

I tried it and it worked out great! Thanks for posting the recipe.

My Blog

Unknown said...

The tibet analysis is crap, I don't think any true marxist should support the top-down collectivisation of Stalinism.

Here's an article that I think is a far better grip on the reality of the situation.

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