That’s what Friends are for – Baked Parmesan Chicken

Let’s talk a bit about friends. There are all kinds of friends; casual, situational, childhood, fair-weather. There are also those rare kindred spirits  you feel as if you’d known forever, even if the calendar says otherwise.

How are these bonds forged? How do you quantify the unquantifiable? Is it the fact that they are always game for that ridiculously early yoga class? Is it because they make a killer latte or that they aren’t stingy with the name of the hairdresser that makes them look so fabulous? Perhaps it’s because they willingly helped you both pack and unpack this summer? Maybe  it’s because their name appears on the donor list of every single fundraising mission you have embarked on?  Or is it because they are both a wine lover and a fearless co-chef? Passionate reader, loving mother, wisdom dispenser, career advisor….You all know who you are :)

It might also be the fact that they share every good recipe they come across. My most recent favourite is this  amazing baked chicken recipe that I am about to share with you, as everybody could use a good friend, right?

Baked Parmesan Chicken

Baked Parmesan Chicken
Original origins unknown – shared with me off a well-used piece of scrap paper

  • 2 lb chicken thighs/drumsticks, skin on
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp dried mustard
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne/chipotle/paprika – favour your preferred flavour profile
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped parsley/oregano/thyme (see above)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

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Happy Accidents – Braised Kale with Coconut

I am not sure about the rest of you, but man….I hate Sunday nights. Monday morning and the school-lunches/can’t find my keys/stockings have a run in them/Mom-I-forgot-to-tell-you-but-I-need-ten-dollars-in-small-change is undeniably imminent.

In an effort to combat the Sunday night blues, I like to end the weekend with a meal that allows for some quality time in the kitchen – something that takes a bit of effort but pays big dividends. This week’s cooler weather had me in the mood for a hearty curry so out came my copy of Vij’s cookbook. I have made his recipe for “Family Chicken Curry” so many times that the book now obediently opens to that page by itself.

Suffice it to say that the curry was lovely, as was the cauliflower rice pilaff that I made to go with it. A totally unexpected surprise, however, was the kale. Now, this is where I should be telling you a cautionary tale about reading through the entire recipe before you make it. Had I read through the instructions, I would have realized that a) the spices and kale needed to be steeped in the coconut for 4 hours and b) that I was to grill the kale on a BBQ. Neither were going to happen at 6:00pm on a very chilly/windy Sunday night. This time my terrible habit of rushing headlong into things paid off as I improvised a bit with delicious results.

Coconut Braised Kale

Braised Kale with Coconut
based loosely on Grilled Coconut Kale by Vij

  • 2 bunches of kale, stemmed and roughly chopped
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 250 ml coconut milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • juice of half a lemon

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