As I mentioned in the harrowing Venus Dogtrap post, I spent Wednesday doing serious carpentry ... the kind with angles that have to match up.
As if ...
You can work up a serious appetite running back and forth to the chop saw, climbing up and down on the really cool work platform thingie, and pulling various tools and other objects out of Bears chewinator.
Before I knew it, I was waaaaay past normal supper time.
When I finally called a supper break, it was supper for one as the girls were off shopping for a pending girl trip to a mountain cabin in Nawth Georgia, and Junior was away playing Guitar Hero and Rock Band at his buddy's house for a few days.
So it was just me ... as is often the case around here in the summer.
After I successfully fought off a fried chicken jones that would have involved driving and cleaning up, it was time to find food "inhouse".
In the semi-empty fridge, there were 3 small leftover baked potatoes, some salad fixin's, and two "convenience breasts" ... that's what we call those frozen skinless, boneless chicken breasts.
We call 'em that because they are breasts and they are very convenient.Now I had a plan.
Into a small bowl, I whisked together a big slosh of Nellie and Joe's Key Lime Juice, chopped garlic, a squirt each of rooster sauce and tabasco, some course black pepper, a few squirts of teriyaki sauce, and a sploosh of olive oil, and a bit of thyme. This was set aside to "meld".
I splashed a little VOL into a hot cast iron pan and laid the naked breasts (no seasoning yet) into the hot oil.
While the breasts were browning, I coarsely chopped the cold baked potatoes, gave them a little tumble in olive oil, and set them aside.
When the chicken had browned just a little, I tossed the potatoes in around the breasts and let them cook on the range for a little while.
Then I poured the sauce I had prepared over the whole pan and slipped it under the oven broiler for 10 minutes or so, just to finish it off with a nice brown glaze.
Served with a simple Caesar salad on the side and a cold beer (Yuengling), it was pretty amazing.
Quick, flavorful, and rustic.
That's MAN food ladies.
Pretty healthy too. Check back over those ingredients ... you see any salt?
You don't need it if you season it creatively.
So now you know ... FC doesn't open a can of soup or pop in a frozen pizza when the family's away.
There's going to be more manfood around here this week as all the girls are going up north to Georgia starting today. They have a connection at the GA Aquarium so they're getting a backstage tour there and then it's chick cabin time with some more girls.
I was invited, as was Junior, but we could see a bit of thirdwheeliness occuring, plus girls need to be just girls sometimes. Girls gotta bond too.
We guys compromised and agreed to "Bear sit" for a few days while it was all girly in the cabin, and then we might cruise up for a few days to restore order.
It's a damnfool husband who doesn't understand compromise.
This one does.