Sunday, February 28, 2010
Butts and Breasts
When I arrived home from work the other day, the whiny barred owl was sitting in the majestic live oak tree that commands my front yard. I almost didn't photograph it ... the light was going quickly, I needed to let Bear out, and I have posted a bazillion barred owl on a limb shots here at PF.
BUT, I could not help myself, so I walked around for a few minutes shooting from different angles while Bear, who knew I was home, went crazy inside the house.
I think this rear end view is a new one for PF barred owl photos, so enjoy!
Nature's perfect food.
I picked up a nice little basket fryer yesterday and tried it out as soon as I got it home. Winn Dixie had some whopper chicken breasts on sale, so I grabbed a pack for my test subjects.
I skinned them, cut them into thirds, and soaked them in a brine of salt and Tony C's Cajun Seasoning.
While they soaked, I unpacked and washed the new fryer.
I breaded them lightly with House Autrey chicken breading and let them rest on a piece of parchment paper long enough to get a good adhesion, and then into the oil they went.
The little booklet said 20-25 minutes for chicken wings. That seemed insane to me and there was no mention of Dolly Parton sized mutant chicken breast cooking times, so I channeled my inner teenager.
Ohhhhmmmmmmmmmm .... going back to 1975 .... ohhhmmmmmmmmm ... summer job at Crescent Beach Maryland Fried Chicken Stand .... ohhhhmmmmm .... how long did we fry that chicken .... ohhmmmmmmmm .... about 13 minutes ....
Back to the future.
I set the timer on the fryer for 13 minutes and let her go.
When the chicken came out, it was so beautiful, I didn't cry or anything girly like that, but it was a wonder to behold.
I did burn my fingers and my tongue as I dug in to it's steamy, juicy, crispiness.
I ate the first batch while the second batch was cooking.
Skinless and hand trimmed of huge yellow globs of fat by me, it was about as "healthy" as true fried chicken can get.
Sorry milk and eggs, fried chicken is nature's perfect food.
Ya gotchur protein, carbs, and fats all in one nice, neat, delicious package.
Now, I'm going outside. It is a spectacular day out there.
Here's a little owl video ... narration by Bear.