Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Damage Control- Or How To Save A Meal You Pooched
I had thawed some chicken(do people around where you live ever say unthaw? It's redundant!), boneless, skinless chix breasts(huge!)and hadn't decided what to make with them. Tex-Mex flavor sounded good, so I had to pick between chicken burritos, or the classic Arroz con Pollo- chicken and rice! I went with the latter, only to find 40 minutes into making and simmering sauce and chicken- I had no white rice to speak of..BUT (I hate it when I have to use my big but!)we did have oodles of brown rice! Just a longer cooking time, right? Wrong! I gave it the proscribed 40+ minutes to absorb the moisture and become tender- didn't work...Rice was under done when it shouldn't have been..God, I hate it when I'm wrong! Now challenged by a seriously large batch of pooched supper, I was determined to salvage something from this! Mexican flavors...how about a chicken and rice soup? Tomatoes, onions, red bell peppers, seasonings, were delicious.. Thin it out and cook it longer- should work!
The photo of the dish looks great, and I threw in a photo of our cheeseburgers and curly fries supper last night..the cheese was an Australian white Cheddar- pungent but tasty! I'm the olive burger guy, wife loves her chopped onions..Dog gets hers plain!!
Tonight, it's Mex chicken and rice soup, or hot dogs~!
It's good to learn from your mistakes, but it's better to learn them from someone else before you make the mistakes!