Monday, January 23, 2006

Garlic, Grime, and Goofy Ideas

It felt like a leisurely weekend, but we sure got a lot done. Friday night, Mr. T's visit was a hit. We talked for quite a while over our dinner of dinner (recipe to be included below because I love you) and a great bottle of wine. I wanted a white with the meal, but the garlic stood up to the red pretty well, so it worked. It was a Malbec from the Navarro Correas estate in Mendoza, Argentina. So smooth and delicious and I think he said it ran him $10. Rock. On.

Garlic Clove Chicken
2 lbs skinless chicken pieces
Flour for dredging
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 head of garlic (about 10 cloves, peeled but whole)
1/2 c Dry Sherry
1/2 c chicken broth/bouillon

1. Dredge the chicken (cut into similarly sized pieces so as to cook evenly and quickly) in flour, salt and pepper.
2. Heat up the wok and then saute the cloves of garlic until they are brown and mushy. Remove and set aside.
3. Brown the chicken in oil.
4. Add the garlic back to the wok with the Sherry and broth.
5. Simmer for 30 minutes.
6. Serve with rice. Exercise immense self control so as not to consume it at a rude and rapid pace.

We intended to stay up late, wiling away the hours with more witty conversation and interesting movies, but, in the grand tradition of post-collegiate life, we crapped out early from having worked a full day after a full week and imbibing. Meh, it was fun and we didn't have to impress each other, so who cares, right? We're going to try this again on a Saturday night when we're a bit more lively. T slept over and we had a big eggs and toast breakfast. We rarely make those and I forget just how yummy they are. When he left for home and we left for the final round of apartment cleaning. The fridge went much faster than anticipated, and as soon as we turn in our keys, we're done with the old apartment. Yay!

We had a quiet night in Saturday, watching Criminal (see sidebar) and talking. On Sunday, the choir performed a Handel piece. One of the members played his silver and gold trumpet as part of the accompaniment and it sounded fantastic! But I still hate him because he has perfect pitch - Exhibit A in my brain's collection entitled "Life is Not Fair."

Then last night we decided to get another cat. Yeah, just like that. Kidding! We've been thinking about it for a while, but we decided that if we want one, we should do it soon. We're thinking about spending a weekend away just the two of us, and pretty soon it'll be conference season and I'll be gone like 3 weekends a month. Best to lull the feline with love and constant attention and then leave when it least expects it. Because we care, ya know? Anyway, we drove to the home of the people who rescued Persephone, but the only kitties she had still needed to be spayed and we figured we would let her be the bad guy. We'll probably get one of them later this week. Weee! (Tiny plug: if you're looking to adopt a kitty and live in MD, she's awesome and easy to work with, knows the cats personalities and will take any cat back at any time, no questions asked.) Don't worry, I'll inundate you with photos as soon as I can.


Plankiest said...

Oh my stars and garters! Another kitty! Yay Yay Yay!

You will have so much fun! Can't wait to see pics!

Anonymous said...

Have not said hi in FOR-EV-VER (said a la 'Sandlot' style). Thanks for the recipe. Smokin' Sexy pic btw. How can you get a away with not wearing a sign that says "Caution: Hot" everywhere you go? Is that legal?


P.S. do you have email for any of our Mexico friends?