Feb 19, 2012

A Day in the Life Of - Sunday

We enjoy our Sunday morning routine.  It rarely deviates. 





  





Breakfast every Sunday = buttermilk pancakes swimming in maple syrup.  I usually toss in cinnamon, vanilla extract, banana and egg, just 'cause I love her.






Wanted to get lunch boiling before we left for church.  Today we're doing braised chicken breast, baby reds 'n gravy and leafy greens.

I use a 20 pound cast iron dutch oven to get her done. Season the chicken with salt, pepper and garlic, heat the iron to level 10.  Then saute in a butter/oil mix for a couple minutes, just enough to brown the skin and seal the juices.


 




Remove the chicken, then create a braising stock.  I used low sodium chicken broth, couple shots of Moscato white wine, tablespoon of butter, salt, pepper, garlic and a bay leaf.  Heat to boil off a bit of the alcohol, scrape the pot to deglaze the burnt chicken bits and summon the flavor.  I'm an onionholic, so added a thick-sliced sweet yellow before firing in the oven.




Slow cook for three hours at 275 degrees while at church.  The meat shreds off the bone, and I drained the liquid and added wheat flour to create gravy for the mashed potatoes.






I took a nap, woke up and daughter was playing a random game of markers in the driveway.



Couple neighbor girls staying over tonight since they are schoolless on Monday.  Planking the basement.


Snapple cap:



Cleaned out the backseat of the car and came across Pigtails' midget pencil:


I'm out, another post up tomorrow.

-Beard

14 comments:

  1. That is our weekend coffee ritual... even the same red press. That chicken sounds amazing.

    Sunday night sleep overs are the the best.

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    1. The girls right now are dancing to Alvin and the Chipmunks music, and they got makeup caked on like tiny crazy clowns. HELP ME!

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  2. Sounds like a delicious, relaxing day with a high-octane ending.

    I can't wait for the days when I can take a nap and leave my youngun to fend for herself. Could there be such a thing?

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    1. My daughter was probably juggling knives when I was napping today, who knows. The girls are not slowing down yet for bed, and we're closing in on 10:00 pm. SEND HELP.

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  3. A whaaa? A nap you say? My kids would be juggling knives and I'm sure there'd only be one left to tell the tale. Or they'd eat all the girl scout cookies...probably that. Looked like a tasty dinner. Good luck to you, girls in packs feed off each other's energy, probably a good thing you had a nap.

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    1. This nap thing is new to me too, wonder if I'll be able to sleep tonight?

      I'm in the process of becoming obese on the Samoas.

      The girls are shaping into a pack formation now that I've told them it's bedtime. I saw a fang, if you don't see a post up tomorrow, assume the worst and please send help.

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  4. Ooh Fancy !! pancake especially :)Chicken too !! Your pictures are soo good beard I wish you could take my foodie pics for me ! The coffee grinds look amazing !

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    1. Comment of the day = Your coffee grinds look amazing.

      Sending you a whole chicken via snail-mail for winning, thanks Sue!

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  5. Yeah, I am kind of hungry now. I shouldn't read blogs with food at night time. I may have to go make chicken now (9:00 p.m.)

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  6. You don't eat much meat girl, are the veggie burgers any good?

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  7. Love these posts...and that when you mention food you are actually cooking it...not carry out... Impressed!!!! Except of course for using the wine to cook with...that particular wine is one of my favorites...to drink!!!!

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    1. I found that half bottle of wine lurking in the back of the fridge. Opened a couple months ago, no good for sipping, but perfect for simmering a fat chicken in!

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  8. Anonymous3/22/2012

    Found your blog from YHL. I JUST got back from the store with a chicken and was pondering what to do with it. SCORE! Thank you!!!

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    1. Hope your bird was tasty.

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