Making a fresh mayo is a degustation. I make it specifically for what we are eating. Thin mayo with a whole egg, thick mayo with just the yolk. It's just something that is so easy, delicious, and satisfying to eat. Bought is good, but not as good as homemade.
I made some yesterday and forgot the mustard! It was the shock of a general election!
Still the ingredients are not cheap, and I am a non food waster. This gave me 24 hours to come up with a solution while the failure was in a mug in the fridge with cling film over it. Everyone on the web said ditch it. I am not that kind of a girl! I had to sleep on this one, although I did have enough food science background to know the eggs should coalesce to the bottom in the fridge, and the oil rise to the top...It did!
I explained to my Husband I thought I could make something like Kentucky Chicken and seasoned oven chips. I would drain off the oil top, and use the egg part to breadcrumb the chicken.
We bought two chicken legs for €2.30 in the chiller cabinet at our village Diagonal shop. I marinaded the de-skinned and slashed chicken for about two hours in a couple of tablespoons of oil, a teaspoon of garlic granules, a teaspoon of turmeric, half a teaspoon of coriander powder, and a good grate of nutmeg, salt and pepper.
During this time we played a league game of pétanque singles to play each other for the Jersey Liberation League singles trophy we are both in. Ha, I won both games, 13-6 the 13-12. Both very strongly played games. My husband was giving me the same looks that Crab did before I put it in the Freezer.
Game over and back to the kitchen. I put up three dishes. Plain flour, the eggy part of the split mayo, and some blitzed French loaf breadcrumbs quickly dried in the oven as it heated up.
Floured the oily chicken pieces. Then egged them with the congealed egg part, then breadcrumbed them with the French Baguette.
In the Meantime I had peeled and left chips in water while we played Pétanque. Quickly dried them, and put them in a saucepan on a medium heat to completely dry them off and steam them a bit. Left the Husband in charge of them while preparing the Chicken.
I used the rest of the oil with cumin seeds, a crushed dried chilli, some turmeric, and a quarter teaspoon of coriander in another bowl. I asked my husband to toss the chips in that when they were dry.
I put the whole lot on a baking tray in a 200C oven for 15 minutes and checked on it, then turned it down to 180C. For another 15 mins after turning over the chips.
I decided to move the chicken onto another dish and move it lower in the oven for a further five minutes.
My husband said it was better than Kentucky Fried! Very filling, I could only eat a drumstick, and my Husband only ate the thigh. The oven Chips were the best we have made. My Husband always makes the Oven Chips, and this was that Look. 'You did it better'.
I should have put the leftover Mayo on the table too, but I can't face another teaspoon of mayo right now!
I have never liked photos of food, but this blog is mainly about making food go futher. About not wasting things. About being creative and putting effort into food, so it has more nourishment, and not eating more, but better. And having great tastes. Interesting food.
You may think from this blog we eat too much, but I have actually lost six pounds since January, I also take a medication that puts weight on at about a stone a year. The thing I do not eat is Sugar, desert, sweets, or eat between meals. I do drink wine, and Beer! The key to eating well is not to eat too much.
Use a Plate that has an edge, and a small centre. An old fashioned plate. If you want to make food look more, use a smaller plate. It's about nutrition, not quantity.
With detant and more collaboration in the kitchen, I am sure the Brits and French can completely (Fanny) stuff the Americans over Kentucky Fried Chicken, media Driven Politics, (MDP), and still keep our Borders secure!