Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Shopping, Urology, Delicious Recipe,

I have bitched about the shopping before, had arranged for someone to help on Wednesday, nobody available, so decided to go ahead and pick up Monday. When I got home, I discovered a bunch of stuff was missing, it didn't seem to have transferred through at all. Not sure why. The young man who delivered the groceries to our trunk was really helpful with a couple of things though. We have a chandelier which takes bulbs with the tiniest threads and he finally found them for us. Also a couple of those Grand Ferero Rocher I talked about last week. Yes I know, shouldn't have them, but... they really are delicious. We both ate the whole outside chocolate again this evening. Greedy pair.

Liz Seckman asked if we didn't have some young men in the building who would help with the shopping. Not as far as I know. She has four hulking great sons. Wish we were close.

So, hopefully the driver will be here tomorrow (today now) to take us to Matt's hospital appointment with the urologist. Talking of which, I seem to be having pain in my right kidney, will try and ask him about it when we get to the hospital, or before we leave.

This is a recipe I have just come across and have bought some drumsticks with which to make it. I do like drumsticks very much for their moist meat. This is  actually delicious. I cheated a lot, used coriander powder and dried tarragon. Crème fraîche was sour cream or cream with a little lemon juice. However, we both thought it was good. Forgot, no crusty bread, served it with egg noodles. However, the times quoted are a lot of nonsense, took a lot longer to brown the drumsticks for a start. But I do highly recommend this. Certainly a recipe I will cook again. I had 10 drumsticks in the end, had 3 each tonight, 2 for tomorrow. I could have eaten 5 quite happily. I might make up the quantity with some chicken breast.

Chicken Dijon

Melissa Clark's favorite part of the chicken is the drumstick, because it's juicy and easy to brown. She likes using only drumsticks in this mustardy stew—thickened with tangy crème fraîche—so that all
the meat cooks at the same rate.

1 tsp coriander seeds
2 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
8 medium chicken drumsticks (about 3 pounds)
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 Tbs whole-grain mustard
3 Tbs crème fraîche or sour cream
2 tsp chopped tarragon
Crusty bread, for serving

1. In a large skillet, toast the coriander seeds over moderately high heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer the seeds to a mortar and let cool. Crush the seeds coarsely with a pestle.

2. In the same skillet, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Season the chicken drumsticks with salt and pepper, add them to the skillet and cook over moderately high heat, turning, until golden brown all over, about 10 (at least 20) minutes. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 (5) minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the broth and crushed coriander and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over moderately low heat until the chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes.

3. Transfer the chicken to a platter, cover and keep warm. In a small bowl, whisk the mustard with the crème fraîche and tarragon. Whisk the mixture into the skillet and simmer the sauce over moderate heat until thickened, about 5 (nearer 10) minutes. Return the chicken to the skillet and turn to coat. Serve the chicken with crusty bread.

Servings: 4

Author: Melissa Clark
Source: Food and Wine

Have a great day


  1. I wish we loved closer too! I'd trade you hulking boys for all those hours of editing you give me. :)

    The chicken sounds delicious. I bet they would be delicious cooked in the air fryer.

    1. I forgot to mention my chicken wing/drumstick cheat! Bake them in the oven for a bit, just long enough to get them warmed up. Then fry them up. I do this to prep wings for the Super Bowl. With all my guys, I make at least 12 pounds of wings and to fry them up from freshly thawed would take forever. Instead, I spread them out on baking sheets and bake for about ten minutes and then fry them up, transfer them to a roaster to keep them warm until game time.

    2. That's a good idea Liz. I will try that next time. Thought about using the air fryer but changed my mind. Loved closer??? Yeah, your crowd would be very helpful.

    3. My air fryer has a picture of a drumstick and shows 15-20 minutes, not sure if that's for one drumstick or several.

  2. You have a lot of problems with the shopping service.

    1. Not with the service Diane, just with getting it from the ground floor to our apartment. The service is excellent.

  3. Does the sugar inflame you and cause more pain or does it not effect you? Hopefully, it doesn't hurt more after eating them.

    Sorry to read about your kidney hurting. That's no fun at all.

    I have a good friend that orders her groceries, too. Sometimes with problem and sometimes without.

    1. Not that I'm aware of Ivy. Never noticed any problems. I am not totally sure about the kidney hurting, maybe just my back.

      I don't have problems ordering my groceries or picking them up. It's taking them up to the apartment we find difficult.

    2. Makes sense.

      How goes your back feeling today?

    3. Not bad today Ivy, thanks.

  4. Stuff was missing? I'd stop shopping there if that kept happening.

    1. Not happened before Alex. I think it's something to do with items being unavailable when I place my order but I do think the system should tell you what they are cutting. They do warn you that some items may be cut due to unavailability.

  5. I wish I knew of a service that helps people regarding your grocery dilemma. you need someone from your car to your apartment because groceries are heavy. I would get your kidney pain checked out as maybe it is an underlying infection

    1. Community Support Services will help Birgit, they just were not able to do so this week.

      I am supposed to go to the infectious diseases dept. at Grand River Hospital plus I am having an ultrasound (presumably of my kidneys) on Thursday.