Tuesday, 10 April 2007

Kitchen Diaries: Roast chicken wings with lemon and cracked pepper

My self-imposed finishing book deadline looms heavily on the horizon and I have a compulsory weekend of anti-sociability to try and make headway. But I write lists of other things to do, I try to make easter eggs, I think about cleaning the garden and wonder whether my CDs need reorganising. I decide on something easy for diner and for some reason, the sunny day, the need for comfort food, I settle on "Roast chicken wings with lemon and cracked pepper" (April 26).

The chicken wings at the supermarket look so pathetic, 12 bits of skin and bone squashed in together for £1.89 (how can that be financially viable?), that I can't bring myself to buy them and go for infinitely happier looking drumsticks. There are still no bay leaves in stock and the smell of a middle class uprising lingers around Camden Sainsburys herb section.

I squeeze lemons and crack pepper corns and mix olive oil and chuck the chicken in the oven to sit down and get sucked into About Schmidt. 45 mins later they're lemon fresh and peppery hot and roast chicken gooey. Cosy and pretty much perfect for a lonely Saturday night in an empty house. Nigel wins again.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love dishes where you mix up something easy that takes ten minutes, chuck it on or in the heat and then come back in half an hour for a delicious cooked meal. One of my favourite is chicken with yoghurt and spices, it was a Nigel one from a Sunday supplement I think.

Mix up some yoghurt with spices (chilli, cumin, turmeric, paprika, cayenne etc) and pour the mixture over some chicken and chuck in th oven for half an hour.