Friday, April 20, 2018

Tutenkhamun, Bowling,

Those of you who know me, know I don't watch much TV. Jeopardy is my favourite and that's about
it on a regular basis. This week I seem to have been glued to Public Television. Stories of the dangers of Victorian homes, stories about the Queen and more about the weather and climate changes of our world. Thursday night was the same. They had an excellent programme from the ITV channel in England called Tutenkhamun. It started at 8 and went through til 11 with slight programme breaks - not long at all. I was fascinated from start to finish. It was basically all about Howard Carter who found the Royal Tomb and of Lord Carnarvon who was his sponsor. It was all about the vicissitudes they went through before actually discovering the tomb and then even more after having discovered it. Everyone believed Carter was wrong and that the area where he was digging had been gone through thoroughly and that there was nothing else to be discovered. He proved them wrong. It didn't help that the Egyptians were very anti British, sometimes violently, at  the time with, I might say, very good reason. There was one scene at the end of World War I where someone was complaining about Carter to the army and saying he spoke like the locals, dressed like the locals and even ate his meals with them. He was therefore presumed to be unstable and the army let him go. To us this seems incredible. Anyway, if you ever get a chance to see this production, I can highly recommend it. A movie but excellently done IMHOP  - there was a romance between Lord Carnarvon's daughter and Carter. Who knows if that happened or not. I just did a bit of research and the author apparently believes, from many sources, that they did have a romantic relationship but the Carnarvons emphatically deny it, well they would wouldn't they?

We went bowling this afternoon, played two games and Matt beat me both times. Horrifying. When we got home I spoke to our neighbour who arranges the coffee klatches and I have printed up business cards with invitation/reminders to everyone to try and attract more people to the group.

So now I am late for my bed.

This is a delicious recipe which I haven't made in a long time, not sure why.

Chicken Breasts in Island Aromas

1- 1/2 tsp olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped scallions (4 bulbs)
2 Tbs finely chopped shallots (2 shallots)
2 Tbs chopped fresh mint
1/2 tsp fennel seeds, ground
1/2 tsp powdered ginger
2/3 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup dry sherry
1- 1/2 tsp sugar
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 tsp grated orange zest
1 tsp grated lemon zest
salt and pepper to taste
2 sprigs Rosemary
1/2 cup dry white wine

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a small pan heat oil over med heat. Add scallions, shallots, 1 tbs mint; sauté until softened, 2 - 3 mins. Stir in fennel and ginger. Add orange juice, lemon juice, sherry and 1 tsp sugar; bring to a boil. Simmer until reduced by half, 5 - 10 mins. Set aside

2. Place the defatted, trimmed, chicken skinned side down on board. Make a horizontal slit on thinner, long edge, cutting nearly through to opposite side. Open each breast to form two flaps and sprinkle with zests. Season. Pat closed and place between plastic wrap. Pound to flatten slightly.

3. Place rosemary sprigs on bottom of a baking dish, put chicken on top, season. Pour wine and warm citrus sauce over. Bake uncovered 25 - 30 mins until chicken not pink inside. Transfer to platter and keep warm.  Discard rosemary.

4. Pour sauce into pan, boil, reduce by half. Taste and adjust seasonings. Spoon over chicken and sprinkle with remaining mint.

Servings: 4

Source: Eating Well

Have a great day
 

16 comments:

  1. One of my favorite art exhibits I ever saw was the King Tut one. I never got to Egypt in my travels and doubt now that I ever will. I have seen many tv productions about the tombs.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was here in Toronto shortly after we arrived in Canada Denise, but I didn't get to see it. I would love to have done so. Nope, never been there either. I have seen tv productions before but I really enjoyed this one.

      Delete
  2. Carter was just blending. Probably the best way to avoid being killed by locals.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Lawrence of Arabia did the same thing but the insular British of the day were horrified "We're British" was the word. That was a sentiment carried on for a very long time Alex, I remember my mother saying that once in France meaning we should be served first in a restaurant. I think she learned to change.

      Delete
  3. Tell Matt congratulations!!! Maybe you'll get to win next week.

    I enjoy documentaries. I changed up my Dish programming and picked up several new channels that all do different kinds of documentaries. I've been in nerd heaven!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Depends what they are about of course Liz. I think this was more of a film than a documentary. It was very good though.!!
      Didn't realise you were a nerd!!

      Delete
  4. I always found Egyptian Pharaohs very enchanting! Glad you enjoyed the show.

    http://www.volatilespirits.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Me too Anupama. It was a good movie.

      Delete
  5. Hi Jo - that era of Egyptian exploration was fascinating ... Howard Carter certainly opened up life for us ... Tutenkhamun was amazing ... I missed the London exhibition in the 70s ... but have seen other exhibits at the British Museum. Good luck with the bowling - cheers Hilary

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I didn't realise Carter had persuaded Carnarvon to buy a license for an area that everyone thought was played out. I never have seen any of it Hilary, I do so wish I had. Thanks

      Delete
  6. Hope you get more people in the group. Sorry Matt won.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, I hope so too Ivy. It's a big building with a lot of people, nice to get to meet and socialise.

      He wasn't.

      Delete
  7. I love documentaries too. Have you read any of Bill Bryson's books? He really goes in depth on the history of the dangers of Victorian houses.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No I haven't Pinky. I was unaware of the dangers before this programme. I will have to look out for them.

      Delete
  8. I'm going to have to check out that documentary when I get time or pick up the Bill Bryson books. Regarding the recipe, I have never been able to find ground fennel, nor have I had much success grounding it myself. I guess I'll have to try and find it online.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I certainly enjoyed it JoJo. Surprised you can't find ground fennel.

      Delete