The final three recipes done in 2012 are what we call ‘Mom’s recipes”. Being home for the holidays gave us a chance to learn a few dishes and tips from our Mom. So Recipe #29 is Mom’s ‘BBQ’ Chicken – the term BBQ being used loosely :). This is my mom’s go-to seasoned chicken recipe that we just happen to call BBQ Chicken. It is tasty enough to be part of your dinner party menu yet simple enough to be made before work on a weekday and savored throughout the week. All ingredients are added to taste so there is no way to get it wrong!
- Apple cider Vinegar
- Any Smoked/Honey BBQ sauce
- Any mixture of spices for example, I used Herbes de Provence, Chinese Five Spice, Garlic Powder, Salt, Crushed Red Pepper
- Thaw chicken and separate into serving sized pieces (leg, thigh, breast etc). Soak in Vinegar.
- Drain and lay out pieces in a shallow oven-safe pan.
- Generously cover the meat with all of the spices one at a time.
- Generously pour BBQ sauce over the seasoned meat and use a spoon to spread across the entire surface. Don’t be shy with the sauce. Once baked, the seasoning-infused sauce will do nicely if poured over rice.
- Flip each piece of meat so that the seasoned side is on the bottom and repeat steps 3 and 4. Alternatively, you can cover the bottom of the pan with the sauce and seasoning mixture to avoid having to flip the meat. Clean the sides of the dish for a neater look if you’d like to serve this directly out of the oven.
- Bake for 45 minutes
- Serve and enjoy!
Here is how it went:
Not being able to pronounce Clafouti was hardly a deterrent for us in making this dish. This is one we’d been itching to make for quite a while and it’s definitely going to go down as one of the most surprising dishes we’ve made this past year!
Chef John’s recipe was, as usual, super easy to follow and the recipe itself was totally uncomplicated in terms of the ingredients and method. We basically mixed the thing together, stuck it in the oven and sat down to a game of Dutch Blitz (BUY THE GAME!!) in another room while the laws of thermodynamics did the rest!
When it was done, we brought it to the table to be sampled by our card mates… I’ll say about 10 minutes later, the empty Clafouti pan was ready for the dishwasher!
A few things though… as we’d had a bit of the custard left over we decided to pour it into two soup bowls and bake. These bowls were the first batch of the Clafouti to be completely devoured! They puffed up nice and huge, like big, sweet, custard-y balloons and were hollow inside! Who would’ve guessed, right?? Even without the cherries, the custard itself was so flavourful; it actually reminded us of a waffle cone. We began to think that we could perhaps do another Clafouti- minus the cherries- and spread it a bit thinner like a crepe…and fill it with ice-cream… sort of like an ice-cream sandwich/crepe! We also used Maraschino cherries (you know, the candied variety). We, uh, won’t be doing that again haha, invest in some real fruit people! Enjoy!
We would like to wish everyone a very happy and fulfilling 2013.
2012 was our first year managing a blog – an enterprise we started on a whim during one afternoon last January. With a simple goal, learning 31 new recipes, we could not have made it without the encouraging words and intriguing recipes of our family and from readers and commenters who identified with our failures, rejoiced with us in our successes, played along in our recipe games and stuck with us through many theme changes and dishes with no vegetables (:)). With the wealth of food blogs out there and the preciousness of time, we are delighted that you would spend even a moment with us. Thank You!
We leave you with a few stats that WordPress.com compiled in the form of a 2012 annual report. It contains some interesting trends that we hope to address as 2013 progresses. Enjoy!
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,500 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.
Click here to see the complete report.
P.S. The final 4 recipes done in 2012 (Recipes 28 through 31) will be posted within the next few days.