Sunday, March 27, 2011
Arroz Con Pollo
I don't know why I wrote Chicken and Rice in spanish for the title of this blog post. It is definitely not the traditional Latino style chicken and rice recipe. I guess my thought process was that Arroz Con Pollo sounds more exciting than Chicken and Rice.
This Chicken and Rice recipe is one of my new favorites.
In the words of my mother, who gave me the Death Stare when she thought I ate the last of this dish......."After taking my first bite, I stared into the heavens and thanked God for this meal!"
Really.....that's what she told me.
It is packed with flavor. Fresh lime, ginger, mustard seeds, whole coriander. I could have eaten a whole pot of this flavorful rice, without the chicken. The chicken was the icing on the cake.
I wish I could drive a few miles down the road, to a farm and pick out a fresh chicken. The writers of my 3 favorite food blogs will sometimes write about going to a farm to get fresh vegetables, fruits, and sometimes even chicken! Tartelette , one of my favorites, just blogged about living near the water, checking on her crab traps, and going to the marina to pick up some freshly caught fish.
After reading their blogs, I day-dream about living on a farm.
Really, I do.
But then reality hits, and I know that I am not about to wake up at the crack of dawn to feed the chickens, and the cows, and the goats, and whatever other animals I may have....AND dig holes to plant seeds.
So then I begin to day dream about living next to a big farm, where I can walk down the road and buy my fresh food.
Yes...this sounds much more achievable.
That's the life.
Oh, and did you know that the skin on a fresh chicken is yellow, because the yellow feathers have just been plucked off? I didn't know this tidbit of information, until I watched Luke Nguyen's Vietnamese cooking show on the internet (BY THE WAY, I LOVE EVERY SINGLE MEAL HE MAKES ON HIS SHOW).
Now, every time I look at my white-skinned chicken, I get a little sad inside. Not really, but kind of!
Enjoy the recipe. A VIDEO OF HOW TO MAKE THIS DISH WILL BE POSTED BY WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY!