Monday, August 8, 2011

Chicken Bog

I asked Ivan today what he might be craving for dinner tonight. When his reply was Chicken Bog, I thought he was kidding. I have never eaten chicken bog let alone heard the name. As I was researching the history to see what made this dish so memorable for Ivan as a child, I came to find that the history ran deep, chicken bog most likely dates back to Charleston during the 17th century. I decided to make the dish and see if it brought back memories of Ivan's childhood in Charleston.
Sure enough it did, and surprising to me this dish was absolutely amazing!

I steered away from the typical chicken bog recipes, here is what I used:



1 pound of skinless chicken breasts, whole
1 pound of smoked sausage, cut in 1/2 in
1/4 cup butter
1/8 of a red pepper, minced
2 tsp of salt and pepper
1 clove of minced garlic
3 bay leaves
8 cups of water
3 cups of uncooked white rice


Place the chicken, sausage, butter, spices (garlic, salt, pepper,red pepper, onion, bay leaves), and water in a stock pot.

Boil. Cover lid and cook for 25 minutes.

Remove chicken from the stock pot. Let the chicken cool, and shred the chicken with two forks.

Add the rice and bring to boil for 10 minutes. Keep the cover on and let the sausage and rice simmer for 10 minutes.

Add the chicken back to the pot and stir.

Ham, Chorizo and Cheese Quiche with Bacon

I wanted to make breakfast for dinner tonight, but with a twist. I decided to make a quiche and applewood smoked bacon.

First I placed one half of a chopped onion, diced ham, and chorizo in a pan. I simmered these ingredients to combine the flavors, as chorizo should be seared before cooking to enhance both the flavor and texture.

Then I whisked 3 eggs, 3/4 cup of milk, and salt and pepper. I let the ham, chorizo, onion mixture sit until it cooled.

Once cooled, I combined the eggs and meat. I added shredded cheddar to the mix. I then poured the mixture in a pre-made pie crust.

350 degree pre-heated oven and 45 minutes later... this simple breakfast quiche was transformed into a delicious dinner meal.

I also bough thick cut apple wood bacon and cooked this at the same time as the quiche... and like that. Dinner was served. I'm not sure why this was the first time I have ever made a quiche, because it's simple and extremely delicious.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Rock Sole and Basmati with peas

For dinner I pan seared a rock sole fish. First I salted and peppered the fish and rubbed it in with my hand. I lightly floured the fish on both sides and placed them in a pan with hot olive oil. Rock sole is extremely easy to cook, once the first side is seared, flip and you will begin to see the fish transform into a flaky yet crusted delicious fish.

I removed the fish, but kept the olive oil and flour left on the bottom of the pan. I added 1 clove of crushed garlic, lemon juice from half of a lemon, and a quarter cup of dry wine. I simmered this to make a beautiful sauce to top over both the fish and the rice. yumm!

As a side, I cooked Organic white basmati rice. After the rice was finished cooking, I placed a small bag of frozen peas inside the pot and covered it for 10 minutes to let the rice and peas finish cooking.

The final product: