New Recipe: Ethiopian Spiced Pouch Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Onions

Hey y’all! I am trying to post more often but French class is eating my life at the moment. Class is going well!  I will never be able to write French poetry, but hopefully by the end of this class I will be able to get by in Togo. So things are looking up.

One of the reasons I created this blog was to share new recipes that I’ve been working on and my general interest in PFB*, I mean, the culinary arts.

If you haven’t seen the Ted Allen Onion Network video, you definitely should. The video is NSFW (strong language) but it brings joy to my life ^_^

*Pretentious Foodie Bullshit

Okay, so on to the food.

Ingredients:

1 large boneless chicken breast (thawed)

1 large sweet potato (peeled, quartered and sliced in 1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces)

1 large red onion (rough dice)

Ethiopian spices (Mitmita, Berbere, mitin shiro) 4-5 tsp. total

Salt,  black pepper

butter 3 tbsp.

garlic (4-5 cloves, peeled)

lemon juice (1 medium lemon)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Peel and chop sweet potato and onion. Melt butter in a large bowl and add 2 to 3 tsp of Ethiopian spices and lemon juice. Mix and match to your spice preferences. The mitmita is the most spicy, the berbere is a bit spicy and the mitin shiro is not spicy at all. Toss onions, garlic and sweet potato in the butter, lemon juice and spice mix. Coat well and then place on double layered foil that will become the pouch.

Rub the chicken breast with 2-3 tsp of Ethiopian spice mix and salt and pepper. Place chicken on top of vegetables and fold pouch tightly.  Bake for an hour or until chicken breast is cooked through.

This recipe was a huge hit with D. His only suggestion was that we have bread to eat along with it. Although I really enjoyed it as well, it was a bit spicy for me and I felt that it lacked something. The sweet potato was definitely a great choice, the sweetness worked well with the spice.

I appreciate any suggestions that you all may have, especially if you have experience cooking with Ethiopian spices etc.

I absolutely adore cooking but I will be the first to admit my lack of expertise! So, please! If you have wisdom, send it my way!

Wedding Plans, Bridesmaids and Home-cooked Meals.

This has so far been a very busy and wonderful weekend for D and I. On Friday we got to spend time with one of my oldest friends and ex-roommate B and had yummy Malaysian style Indian food at one of the many fantastic restaurants here in Lexington. The Banana Leaf is definitely a restaurant to keep in mind when passing through the Lexington area. I had a half and half dosa, one half potatoes and the other half paneer. So so good. It was also great spending time with B. Most of my close friends I have not seen in a year or more due to grad school consuming my life and living far away in NYC so it is amazing that I get a chance now to catch up with everybody before we head off to DC.

This is an example of a dosa, yum yum.

On Saturday D and I went to see the movie Bridesmaids. This was my second time seeing the movie and D’s first. I loved it the first time and the second time was still just as funny. Definitely one of the funniest movies I have seen in a very long time. D enjoyed it over all but had some trouble with certain scenes. He has a really hard time watching embarrassing or gross-out humor sometimes but still loved the movie overall. Melissa McCarthy definitely stole the show.

After the movie we drove up to Louisville to have dinner with our good friends T and S. They have a beautiful one year old who I just adore showering with attention. S is going to perform our wedding ceremony on the 6th of August so we had some ceremony planning to do. We discussed with S what we hoped to get from the ceremony and how we want it to look and sound. It is very important to both of us to keep the ceremony as religion free as possible and to keep sexist or gendered language out of it. S has written up a beautiful ceremony based on what we have shared with him and I am just so pleased and excited for how it will all turn out. We are just having a tiny ceremony for now, we will be getting married in a park in Louisville surrounded by a few good friends and family. Neither of us will have particularly fancy wedding clothes although I am making myself a small birdcage veil (T provided me with some beautiful netting) to go along with my sundress 🙂

T and  S also grilled us an amazing dinner: Fresh Bluegill and Crappie (that they caught themselves!) and pineapple and veggie kebabs. YUMMMMMMM!!! They also made various delicious salads and grilled asparagus. D and I are very very lucky to have such wonderful friends 😀 and I get to be Aunty B!!! Yay!!!

And today has been pretty darn great so far too! D roasted a nice hunk of beef in the oven and I made roasted green beans (We collaborated on the mashed potatoes). Mmmmmm, very lovely Sunday dinner. Oh! and I made rice pudding for breakfast. Tonight we are having a date night at the drive-in: Captain America (D and I both are very excited for this one) and Friends with Benefits (This one looks like it should be fun). Woot! for double features! 😀

Have a lovely rest of the weekend!

B