Thursday, August 18, 2016

Last day of Summer League, Rain,

I expected sandwiches at the bowling alley final banquet. We got Kentucky Fried. I enjoyed it although I was a good girl and removed most of the breading. Pity, it's the best part. However, Matt couldn't be less interested and would have preferred sandwiches with the result that he didn't have much lunch at all. Much to my surprise I won the ladies' high single with handicap. Matt won one of the many 50/50 prizes - so didn't do badly. In fact the two other guys on our team also won prizes for high single and high triple - I think. As usual my ticket didn't turn up on the 50/50 draws and there were lots of them for the last day. Ah well. Of course I bowled pretty well today as it didn't count for anything except my personal satisfaction. Our team members wanted to know why I hadn't done that during the season. I wish I had. The winter league starts on September 12th. The Monday before being Labour Day. We will be bowling tomorrow - wasn't sure because the lanes are being "dressed". Unlike most people, Matt and I bowl right through to the Winter League.

We have been having more rain together with thunder and lightening today. From the sublime to the ridiculous. Everywhere is looking very green though which is nice to see. I hear the Cape Cod area is still parched though. The weather seems totally unbalanced with some areas in drought and others being flooded.

I would never have thought about using pecans to coat chicken.

Pecan-Crusted Chicken
This recipe coats tender chicken breasts with a buttery pecans flavored with spicy chipotle and zesty orange. Serve with a spinach salad.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast, about 1-1 1/4 pounds, trimmed
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves, or pieces
  • 1/4 cup plain dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest, freshly grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

Instructions

Step 1
Working with one piece of chicken at a time, place between sheets of plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet or heavy skillet until flattened to an even 1/4-inch thickness.
Step 2
Place pecans, breadcrumbs, orange zest, salt and ground chipotle in a food processor and pulse until the pecans are finely ground. Transfer the mixture to a shallow dish. Whisk egg white and water in a shallow dish until combined. Dip each chicken breast in the egg-white mixture, then dredge both sides in the pecan mixture.
Step 3
Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add half the chicken and cook until browned on the outside and no longer pink in the middle, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm. Carefully wipe out the pan with a paper towel and add the remaining oil. Cook the remaining chicken, adjusting the heat as needed to prevent scorching. Serve immediately.

Have a great day
 

20 comments:

  1. Hi Jo - well done on your win .. that's very clever. The Pecan-crusted chicken sounds delicious ... and when rain comes it's good for the ground - though not too much ... take care - cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks Hilary. Yes, it does sound good.

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  2. Well done on your bowling win! That recipe looks so delicious but I don't think my cookery skills are quite up to it!
    That's Purrfect

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    1. Thanks Patricia. Really? It looks pretty simple to me. Get Carlton to do it LOL

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  3. Well done on bowling. It is a sport I truly have no gift for. We got three inches of rain in one day and I had no standing water on ny lot. That is because it was so dry here it all got soaked up. Grass is now green but now I have to cut it.

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    1. I'm not that good Denise. I would like to get a prize without the handicap. Sorry you have to start mowing LOL. Can't win can you?

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  4. Glad you won a prize. Sorry it was chicken and not sandwiches.

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    1. Thanks Alex. Yes, Matt would have been happier.

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  5. Congratulations on the the prizes. It's always nice to have your achievements acknowledged.

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  6. Sounded like a great wrapup to the bowling season. Congrats on all the winnings!

    Betty

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  7. Hi Jo,

    I want to apologise for my sporadic visits to your site. As you will know, I'm struggling to concentrate.

    Well done on having the ladies' high single. I have such fond memories of being on five-pin bowling teams. I keep visualising going to a five-pin bowling alley in Kelowna, BC.

    That recipe is very appealing to me.

    Thank you for your kind, supportive emails, Jo.

    Gary

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    1. No problems Gary. I do understand. 5 pin bowling is such fun isn't it? Only in Canada. Pity!! Hope you get to realise your visualisation.

      You are very welcome. Wish I could do more.

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  8. What a great way to finish up the season. I'm with Matt. I can't stand KFC. It's like deep fried bone to me. The chips are nice though.

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    1. Thanks Pinky. There is lots of flesh on the chicken. I enjoy it but the best part is the breading which I remove.

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  9. Congrats on your win.

    How about the deep fried meat, is that less worse than the deep fried skin? Or is it the fatty skin thing? I know some folks won't eat the skin because of the fat.

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    1. Thanks Ivy. You are right about the meat, but chicken skin is supposed to be very much a no no for dieters or weight maintainers. Such a pity as I do like it. Must admit I never even thought about the meat being deep fried.

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  10. We've had a couple of brief overnight showers but I haven't seen a rainy day in months. And nothing in the forecast either. :(

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    1. Sorry about that JoJo. Last night it came down really hard for a while although the ground doesn't look that wet this morning.

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