Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Juno Probe, Mandarin,

Everyone is over the moon (unintentional) about the arrival of Juno at Jupiter. I do hope it will supply the scientists with all the answers they are expecting. I was interested that a speaker on GMA today divided the mission into engineering and scientific. The Engineering part is now over and the Science begins. I was also interested that they intend for Juno to burn up in Jupiter's atmosphere once they are done with obtaining what information they can. As pointed out, we have been polluting our own skies with space junk, we don't want to do the same elsewhere. It has taken a lot less time to get there than I would have expected, only 5 years. I somehow had the idea it would take a lot longer. I was also impressed Google had a doodle up today too. They must have had this prepared well in advance I think.

Went, with a friend, to the Mandarin for lunch. Matt was the first to go for dessert and came back
saying there was chocolate covered bacon, and yuk. I was just about to go for some sushi so I went to the desert table and brought back a slice of bacon for my friend and I to share. She said it was disgusting, I thought it was delicious. Matt wouldn't even try it. When I went for dessert I got another slice. My friend's complaint was that the bacon was cold but as Matt pointed out, if it had been hot the chocolate wouldn't have stayed on. We bright females didn't think of that. Someone suggested it would be good with chocolate fondue to dip in it. To me it just tasted like salty chocolate, basically. Friend tried to take a pic but it wasn't very successful. The top part of the rasher is plain with the rest having a layer of bacon on one side. Because it was Canada Day on Friday, they are serving all kinds of "Canadian" type foods including Poutine which I would find disgusting but then I do NOT like soggy fries. Gravy on my fries has never appealed to me.

Sorry I haven't been doing my job commenting on other's blogs but life is a tad harassing at the moment. I will get back into the swing of it soon, I hope.

This sounded a tasty way to cook chicken.



Butterflied Grilled Chicken With a Chile-Lime Rub



WebMD Recipe from EatingWell.com


A quick and efficient way to cook a whole bird on the grill is to butterfly it. This method is so
popular, especially in Southern California, that large chains have thrived selling chile-rubbed butterflied chicken to happy patrons. When cooking a whole chicken on the grill, try searing the chicken first over direct heat then finish cooking over indirect heat (as instructed in this recipe). That way you avoid the all too common problem when grilling—chicken burned on the outside and raw in the center. For best flavor, let the chicken marinate in the rub overnight in the refrigerator. Serve with lime wedges and fresh salsa.

Ingredients

3 tablespoons chile powder, preferably New Mexico chile, or Hungarian paprika
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons lime zest, freshly grated
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano, preferably Mexican
1.5 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 Pinch of ground cinnamon
1 3 1/2- to 4-pound chicken

Instructions

Step 1 Combine chile powder (or paprika) and oil in a small bowl with lime zest and juice, garlic, coriander, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper and cinnamon to form a wet paste. 
Step 2 Using kitchen shears, cut the chicken down one side of the backbone, through the ribs. Make an identical cut on the opposite side to remove the backbone completely; discard (or reserve it for stock). Place the chicken cut-side down and flatten with the heel of your hand. Generously smear the spice rub under and over the skin and on the interior of the bird. Place in a nonreactive baking dish (see Tip). Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or up to 24 hours. 
Step 3 Preheat half the grill to medium-high (or build a medium-high heat fire on one side of a charcoal grill); leave the other half unheated. Have a squirt bottle of water ready by the grill.
Step 4 Leave all the spice rub on the chicken. Place the chicken skin-side down over the heat and grill until the skin begins to color and char marks form, about 5 minutes. (Extinguish any flare-ups with the squirt bottle.) Flip over and grill 5 minutes more. Move the chicken to the unheated side. Close the lid and cook, making sure the chicken is flat against the grate, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a thigh without touching bone registers 165°F, 30 to 40 minutes. Transfer to a platter and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before carving.

Have a great day
 

20 comments:

  1. I read blogs when I can and comment if I have something interesting to say. Otherwise, blogging becomes a 'job' and I do not need another job.

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    1. Very true Denise. It can become a job if you overdo it.

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  2. I didn't even know Juno made it b/c not one of my friends shared anything about it. I didn't know till I saw the google doodle.

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    1. Did you not have the TV or radio on JoJo. Everyone was going wild over it.

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  3. That looks good with the chicken :) I tried chocolate covered bacon awhile back; it was tasty ) Lunch did sound like fun.

    betty

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    1. I'm so glad to hear you liked chocolate bacon Betty. I think Matt and my friend thought I was weird.

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  4. I don't like soggy fries either and always order the gravy on the side. My husband drowns his fries in gravy and then adds catsup. Yuck!
    I hope things calm down soon.
    Chocolate covered bacon, hmm...

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    1. A woman after my own heart Yolanda. Chocolate bacon is delicious. Only chocolate one side, but quite thick.

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  5. The Google doodle was clever - as they usually are - and I agree that it's good that we won't be leaving space junk orbiting Jupiter. I'm with Matthew about the chocolate coated bacon, though. Sounds horrible.

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    1. You're right Helen, they usually are clever. Honestly, it's a delicious way to eat bacon.

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  6. Fondue! Clever idea. Then the bacon could be hot.

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    1. True Alex, but I didn't mind it cold.

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  7. I felt a little nauseous thinking about chocolate covered bacon. Chicken sounds better. I heard a statistic that said the average American eats 60 pounds of chicken per year. Wow!

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    1. It's good Susan. I wonder how much Canadians eat?

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  8. Gravy on fries would be like gravy on mashed potatoes. I'll try anything once.

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    1. I'm not a big mashed potato fan Diane, unless they are like our favourite Goat Cheese Potato purée. I really am not a big gravy fan either although I like the French style gravy I make, in small quantities that is.

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  9. Bacon and chocolate? Reminds me of the "anything" fried phase, fried pickles, oreos, ice cream, etc., And I too, think it sounds yuk, because all I can think of is what it will do to my thighs!!! Haha! Also, hope you won the day at bowling!

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    1. Didn't have any of those Lisa, but I thought the choccy bacon was delish. Bowling is a bit hit and miss these days although my team took most points on Wednesday.

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  10. Chocolate on bacon just sounds very unappealing. I just think it's an artery buster. I am with you about poutine-yuck

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    1. It's yummy Birgit. Probably not good for arteries, I agree.

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