Sunday, May 06, 2012

Chicken and Datils On Sunday

This recipe arrived in my email a week or so ago, and it sounded too simple and too delicious to delete.

Even though I lost a some breast skin (on the chicken) by multitasking and not turning it as often as I should have during the browning stage, the meat was extremely flavorful and moist.

The recipe includes a quick pan gravy section too. I served it with brown rice and a salad for a simple, healthy, and very tasty meal.

The only change I made was using a bigger chicken (5 lb) vs the 3 pounder called for in the recipe ... and I fudged in a a little more of each seasoning for that reason.

I love rustic food and I really love cast iron's ability to go from the stove top to the oven and back again.

This has been a banner year for spreading the datil pepper around the planet.
I have shared seeds of the best tasting pepper on the planet with a ton of people, some of whom, simply order the seed/recipes deal, but others write the neatest snail mail notes or emails.

I love reading them and getting feedback on how their plants made out.

My own datils are out of this starting tray now and in their own large pots and out in the garden. They have really kicked in the growing thang with this spring's hot, summery temps.

I have only two tomato plants so far, but both are full of blossoms. One is Bush Goliath and the other is Heatmaster.
Both are new to me, so we'll see how they do in TOMATO PURGATORY.

It's not easy being a tomato plant in hot, humid, fungusy, Florida.
Well, not easy for those who don't get a dose of fungicides and  pesticides.

And mine don't.

The blueberry crop is large, but not as CRAZY large as last year. That seems to be a normal cycle with them.

We will pick our first real harvest today, as opposed to drive by munching that occurs when one is in close proximity to the patch.

That has been occurring for weeks.

The big challenge for the plants this year is the ongoing spring drought.

It is so dry here.
All my swampy places are dry and barren, but it is good weather for building stuff outside and that is where I need to be right now.

I worked all day yesterday on a fencey-guard rail sorta structure to delineate the parking area here at PFHQ and I'm feeling it today.

Even though my post-post hole digging muscles say, "No, please, not that torture device again" ... I must go.


Aunty Belle said...

Good mornin' FC. Hope yore muscles ain't screamin' already.

That chicken looks fittin'. Cain't go wrong wif cast iron--besides, wimmen who cook wif cast iron doan need to do no bicep/ triceps workout.

If that fig tree of yores is still small, relocate it , mebbe? Closer to the action. Does y'all have guava trees? We had one but it wuz also lost in the thicket of hedges--Uncle took it from the woods where mayhap we can snag another.

Good luch wif' yore tomatoes--I tried some hanging baskets of tomatoes this year--hopin' to curb the fungusy plague by keepin' plants away from the ground, an' plenty of air circulation. It's an experiment.

how hot are them datils?

Wendy said...

It all looks and sounds so good! Yes, it has been abnormally dry here but we have 3 days of rain coming starting tomorrow.

Get some rest! :)

Floridacracker said...

Actually, as I knew it would, resuming labor actually got rid of the cranky muscle syndrome. In for a peanut butter bagel lunch and a blog check.
Cast iron is the best. Funny how I have come full circle on that.
I do have some guavas trees that we call the Aunt Florence guava, because it came from my late Aunt Florences yard. They get froze back almost every year up here so I have yet to see an actual guava from it. Tough as nails tho. You caint hardly kill it.

Good luck with that tomato plan. Might work.
Datils are very hot, but with a unique flavor.
Not as hot as habeneros, but getting up there.
If you ever want seeds just let me know.

Hi, yes it was! I like that it didn't take a lot of fussing over once the cooking started and that it didn't dirty a bunch of pots and pans. Rain? Really? I am off to the weather channel!

Deb said...

Chicken looks yummy. We're having a rare treat of sea scallops here tonight, as it is The Hermit's birthday.

It rained all night here. I'll try to send some your way.

Floridacracker said...

Happy Birthday to the hermit!
Thank you for the rain wish!

Anonymous said...

Hi Fc,

What did you flatten it with and why?


Floridacracker said...


Anonymous said...


Ummmm, it looks like it was flattened in the picture. The breasts aren't rounded. I think it looks good, more rustic....shoot, now I feel silly.

I thought you were using a new cooking technique.

Gulp. Sorry.....patio

Floridacracker said...

LOL! You're right, it does look kind of flat. I think the old bird is just really relaxed after an hour in the tanning booth.

Anonymous said...

Mornin' FC,

Yeah, that's the ticket!

Guess who is going to be a day older on Saturday?

Sure wish there was a key lime cake in my future.


Floridacracker said...

Um, Patio, I 'm thinking you will be four days older by Saturday. But any excuse for a key lime cake is s good one.

Anonymous said...

I'm such a dork...okay four days and one year!!

And yes, any excuse is a good one!

Floridacracker said...

I knew what you meant :) just funnin ya. I hope your birthday is a happy one, Patio!