So this post is a little random – random because I haven’t updated this blog in a while. The last entry was about a project I started in mid-July, which I have not finished. BUT it’s not because I’ve been lazy, oh no, the last thing I want to do right now is forget about that project because in my mind it’s looking AMAZING! And I can’t wait to wear it – yea that’s a hint.
The reason is that Jay and I have moved back to Toronto and all our belongings (including my precious yarns, needles, sewing machine, fabric scraps, etc.) are currently in some pod in a massive truck somewhere in Canada between Vancouver and Toronto. Each night I say a quick prayer to the craft gods, “Please keep my yarn safe.” I then wipe a single tear as I mentally kick myself for not bringing more yarn with me to our temporary apartment.
About this apartment. It’s a million times better than the first temporary place we stayed in – lucky for me I only had to sleep there for five nights while Jay had to suffer for a whole month as he left Vancouver before I did. But this one is clean, bright, comfortable, and it has an en-suite washer and dryer (win!).
However, I have one major complaint: the kitchen.
In the ad, the property manager describes the kitchen as “an equipped stainless steel designer kitchen” and while it is stainless steel and designer the only things it came equipped with were: two sets of basic cutlery, two mugs, two dinner plates, a couple of glasses, and three pots of different sizes. Note the lack of roasting pan or colander let alone a cutting knife and board. That’s right, no knives or surfaces to cut on.
Ah, but a true lover of food always comes prepared. In my suitcase I packed a small cutting board and a knife, you know, for just in case. Yes, I love me a lot
And so that is how for tonight’s dinner I am making
Garlic Yogurt Chicken:
Chicken drumsticks, or whatever you prefer.
Garlic, 4 cloves, minced or grated but of course this kitchen has no cheese grater.
Ginger, approx 1 tsp, again, would be good to have cheese grater but thinly sliced is good too.
These amounts are for five drumsticks so adjust to your proportions. Also note that I did not use any spices because there aren’t any so please add salt if you like. Maybe some oregano would be nice too.
Preheat oven to 375F. In a microwave safe bowl melt about 1-2 Tbsp of salted butter (I found some in the fridge left by a previous guest). Mince the garlic and ginger and add to bowl with melted butter. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into the mix and then add about 2-3 Tbsp of yogurt. Coat the chicken pieces in the yogurt sauce and place in an oiled roasting pan pouring whatever sauce is left over on top. I also topped it all with a few lemon pieces. Bake covered. I’m really terrible (still) at judging when chicken is cooked but I’d say about 40 minutes to an hour is good depending on how much chicken you have.
So I mentioned there is no roasting pan here but I miraculously found some foil in one of the empty drawers! Yes, we can still bake the chicken! I placed the drumsticks on top of two pieces of foil and sealed it all into a nice package.
This took about an hour to cook but I may have over-cooked the chicken just a tiny bit.
Overall this was a pleasant success, considering the lack of kitchenware and spices. Not bad, not bad at all. I wonder what else I can put together while we’re in this apartment…