Help, So Reach Across Species Boundaries
a time when it is proper to ask for help. Perhaps there is something you
need moved that is too heavy for you. Perhaps you need to paint a room
in your house. Perhaps your car has just exploded on the interstate and
you need to push the flaming hulk out of the way.
principle extends to the kitchen, and you might find yourself in a
situation where you must go outside your species, and even the animal
kingdom, for assistance. In these times, its common to turn to our old
friend, the stewed tomato.
with our good friend, the onion. Cut it. Slice it. Free it of its
orbular bond. Once warmed in some oil and garlic, it will repay you.
looking at the solitary onion in the pan . . . it is lonely. There are
days when it will prefer to make this trip by itself. This is not one of
them. It understands where you are headed, and knows it is not by itself
up for the task. Do not let it meet its destiny feeling unfulfilled.
small chunks say, one-inch square a green pepper and some mushrooms.
Add, and stir. You might hear what you think to be vegetables sizzling.
It is not. It is the soft, excited talk of vegetables greeting their
have come to the point of softening but before they go limp add the
chicken, a whole leg quarter.
eschew dark meat because it has flavor. They prefer the blander breast
with its more pleasing texture. The breast would certainly work here,
but the legs and thighs are typically cheaper. Allow the combination of
flavor and frugality to blow your mind. Think about it again, and allow
your mind to again be blown, just to let it sink it. A twice-blown mind
is more apt to remember.
drumstick from thigh. The question here is what affect proportion has on
relationship. With a whole chicken, large chunks of vegetables are
proper. But, here we are driven by the size of our vegetables. Smallish
vegetable chunks dictate smaller pieces of meat. In all things,
proportion is a key ingredient to a successful relationship.
chicken, and turn it until browned, salting and peppering the outside of
reached a danger point. You must keep things moving in the skillet, the
vegetables most of all. They have produced very little juice, and there
is the ever-present danger that a chunk will grow fond of being on the
bottom, and resist later being moved. It might cling on, fighting for
dear comfort and wind up burned.
at all costs, because it throws the relationship of all things into
disarray. Pepper wonders why onion is so privileged, mushroom bad mouths
pepper, and onion questions the moral fiber of the chicken. Loose talk
of conspiracy arises, and there is the possibility of mutiny. It is the
ruin of meals.
regularly over a moderate heat is a good way to prevent harmony from
going sour, at least until it is time to introduce the mediator stewed
chicken is browned, add stewed tomatoes. Stir them in. They will enforce
the peace by releasing the juices that will create a burn-free zone on
Toss in a
small handful of dried oregano and stir, so that everything is nice and
mixed. Your best interests are now represented.
covered, for about 20 minutes. Perhaps sit down for a quick game of
euchre, call your mother, create your own blog to log your various aches
and pains. Stop in and occasionally stir there is always the dark
possibility that good order has broken down but otherwise do not
chicken is close to done, boil some water and throw in a handful or two
of wide egg noodles. It wont take long for these to cook, just about
six or eight minutes, which is about how much time is left before the
chicken will be practically falling off the bone (the sign of lusciously
obviously, comes the draining of the noodles and the topping of same
with stuff from the skillet. Salt and pepper it again to taste, and add
enough of the tomato mixture so that it can again represent your
interests noodles unsauced are unhappy noodles, and will exact revenge
on your taste buds.
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