Cooking in my coffeepot is both amusing and it facilitates portion controlled meals. Sometime the amusing factor overrides the portion control especially when I pot roasted a whole chicken in my coffeepot in expectations of doing it for my granddaughters.
Well, it is definitely weird stuffing a chicken into a coffeepot and the girls and I had fun doing dinner for three in my 12 cup coffeemaker. Truth be told, it was a Cornish Hen, but the girls never noticed that it was a rather skinny chicken. The reason I violated the portion control rule the first time I did it was I had to make sure that it cooked all the way through in a reasonable amount of time. Check the link here and you will see that the chicken is falling off the bone.
Now that I have minimized my writing projects to spare the time to totally immerse myself into portion controlled meals, I decided to do a pot roasted thigh in my coffeepot using the method described in the pot roasted chicken link. Of course, none of the great cooks in my immediate family ever look at a recipe and usually never make a meal exactly the same. True to the tradition, I made the meal from memory and found I had substituted chicken bullion for the adobo I used the first time. It was great and I am using the leftover broth as part of my soup stock.
As an aside, the week before, I grilled three of the thighs with a big baked sweet potato and ate everything. My current Manta is: “If you don’t cook it, you cant eat it so start with the proper portion.”
1 carrot cut to length that will fit in pot and quartered long ways
1 celery stalk diced
1 medium onion coarse chopped
3 garlic clove sliced or minced
1 bay leaf
Optional, piece of fresh scotch bonnet hot pepper. Size depends on your taste.
Chicken Bullion Cube
1 chicken thigh, about 5-6 oz.
1 oz Crucian Rum
12 oz water
Precook the carrots and potatoes and set aside.
Put chopped celery, garlic and onion in pot, cook with oil and cook until onion is glazed (about 1 hour).
Add half scotch bonnet and bay leaf so it can be retrieved when sufficient flavor is infused into the cooked veggies.
Wash one thigh with lime juice after skin is removed. Place in pot on top of bullion cube. Add rum to the coffeepot. Cover the pot and let chicken cook until chicken loses the pink color (about 2 hours.)
Add precooked potatoes and carrots and sufficient water through coffee maker to cover everything.
Let cook another two hours.
Serve with flowers and wine. If you are starving to death, you better make what little you eat an elegant experience.
Well, day one is a resounding success. I am down to 206 which is two pounds lighter than I was the day before and on my birthday on January 23. Guess it’s time for a glass of water and a three mile walk. The coffeepot is cooking my liver and onions, but that’s another story.