Out of Africa or The Healing Power of a Simple Chicken
I have been missing the last couple of weeks, but I’ve had very good reasons. First my daughter returned from Africa. She had been there for a little over 5 months working in a Day Home (of sorts) for Street Boys.
The boys she worked with are virtually abandoned by their parents because they can’t afford to keep them. So they live on the streets. The idea of the home is to give the boys some place to go during the day to keep them off the streets, give them two good meals, some schooling and some people who care about them. She loved being there and grew up a lot while she was there. We missed her terribly and are very happy that she has returned safe and sound.
After that, we went to Lake Tahoe for a few days and the wind was crazy! Unfortunately, this is the time of year when the pine pollen settles on anything and everything. Generally that’s okay for most people, but the wind made the pollen like a yellow fog around here.
I have never in my life suffered with any type of allergies until two weeks ago. Today is the first day I have felt halfway human. I certainly appreciate people who have suffered allergies all their lives and why they avoid situations that will bring on allergies like the plague. Even now, Yes!Chef! is outside raking up pine needles and I have to close the windows because the raking releases pollen all over again.
Yes!Chef! has been cooking and I have been taking some photos but I really have just not felt up to it and the allergy medicine has been somewhat of an appetite suppressant (which is not such a horrible thing.) But, he did cook a great chicken on the grill the other night and the rub was something that is easy to make and adds a lot of zip to the meat. So, in honor of my daughter and the country she fell in love with that has chicken as a staple, I present another chicken recipe.
After rubbing the chicken with the homemade spice rub, he grilled it up on the barbecue and it was ready to eat.
After it had rested a bit, Yes!Chef! served it up with a very sweet barbecue sauce, similar to the kind you would put on ribs, to counteract the spice a bit.
He paired the chicken with simple roasted asparagus and we had another simple but extremely tasty Sunday Chicken dinner.
It almost made me forget about my new allergies.
The rub is a home made version of Emeril’s Essence. Here’s the recipe:
- 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
Combine all ingredients thoroughly. Yield: 2/3 cup
We’ve used this rub several times before. Be careful because it is spicy. Yes!Chef! used it one day on some meat that he was roasting on high heat in the oven. The fumes that came out of the oven literally drove us all out of the house with watery and burning eyes. Not something I want to repeat again.
My daughter did bring a new skill back from Africa…she learned how to kill a chicken for dinner. You will be relieved to know that I will not show you a picture of that.