Scottish Cockie Leekie

It is likely convicted Scottish witch Helen Duncan enjoyed this traditional Scottish soup.

An ancient dish, with prunes included in the ingredients, is mentioned as early as the 16th century. It is often served at Burns Suppers or St Andrew’s Night Dinner (30 November) as well as an everyday soup in winter. Some people omit the prunes though.

It is also notorious for being on the Titanic menu on the day the boat sank.

Titanic Menu Card

Titanic Menu Card

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients:

1 stewing chicken, 4-5 pounds

1lb leeks (about 12) cleaned and cut into 1-inch pieces

4 pints stock or water

1oz long grained rice

4oz cooked, stoned prunes

One teaspoon honey

Salt and pepper

Garni of bay leaf, parsley, thyme

3 slices of bacon

Directions

Put the chicken and bacon in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and remove any scum. Add three-quarters of the leeks, (green as well as white sections), herbs (tied together in a bundle), salt and pepper and return to the boil. Simmer gently for 2-3 hours, adding more water if necessary.

Remove the chicken, bone and cut into small pieces and add them back into the soup. Add the rice, honey, drained prunes and the remaining leeks and simmer for another 30 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a little chopped parsley.

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Honey Peking Chicken With Steamed Buns

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Ching Shih would probably have wanted Peking Duck rather than chicken, but these are just as good!

Honey Peking Chicken

Ingredients

4 chicken breasts, skin on

1-1/2 teaspoons five spice powder

3 slices of ginger, smashed with side of knife

3 tablespoons dark soy sauce

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 teaspoon Shao Hsing rice wine (or dry sherry)

2 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon rice vinegar

2 teaspoons kosher salt (or 1 tsp table salt)

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions

1. Using the tines of the fork, prick holes through the skin and meat of the chicken. This allows for the marinade to seep through. Combine all the rest of the ingredients and marinate the chicken breasts for up to 4 hours.

2. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Drain the breasts, discard marinade, and pat the chicken very dry, especially the skin side. Heat 3 tablespoons of cooking oil in large oven proof fry pan on high heat. When oil is hot, place chicken, skin side down in the pan. Fry until the skin is golden and crisp, about 3 minutes. (tip: don’t move the chicken when you are frying it. just leave it alone and let it fry to crisp up) Turn skin side up and place oven proof fry pan in the oven for 15 minutes, until cooked through.

3. Remove from pan and let rest on cutting board for 10 minutes. Carefully cut the chicken breast into thin 1/2″ slices – try cutting on the diagonal to get nice, long, thin slices.

Steamed Buns

Ingredients

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour for dusting work surface

2 cans Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuit dough (7.5 ounces each)

20 parchment squares (about 4″x4″)

Directions

1. Dust work surface with the flour. Open the can of dough. Separate out the biscuits – there should be 10 in each can. Keep the dough covered loosely with plastic wrap or towel. Roll each biscuit into an oval and fold in half. Place on parchment square. Keep covered until ready to steam.

2. Steam the buns for 12 minutes. You’ll steam the buns in batches, avoid overcrowding the plate while steaming otherwise the buns will stick to each other.

To Serve

1 English or Japanese cucumber, cut into very thin julienned strips, soaked in 1 cup ice cold water, drain before serving
3 green onion stalks, cut into the thinnest possible shavings, soaked in 1 cup of ice cold water. drain before serving
1/2 cup Hoisin Sauce

To Eat

Open bun up (careful not to break it apart!), slather some Hoisin sauce, add 3 slices of chicken, a few cucumber strips, and green onion shavings. Enjoy.

Spice-Brined Honey Lemon Chicken

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Yes, I practice Zen and yes, I eat meat.

I’ve tried being a vegetarian. Heck, I was even a vegan for a few weeks. I didn’t gain clarity. Instead, my hair starting falling out.

I went to my Teacher with my plight. He told me it’s all about intention and gratitude and that even the Dalai Lama eats chicken. So I’ve got that going for me.

I think the Dalai Lama would like this recipe.

Yield:  4 servings

Ingredients

2 tablespoons black peppercorns

3 teaspoons coriander seeds

8 cups water

1 cup Kosher salt

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/3 cup honey

Grated zest and juice of 2 lemons

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh sage

1 cup water

One 4- to 5-pound roasting chicken

Directions

To brine the chicken: Put the 1 tablespoon black peppercorns and 2 teaspoons coriander seeds into a saucepan and toast over medium-low heat, swirling the pan, until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add 2 cups of the water and the salt, raise the heat to medium-high, and stir until the salt is completely dissolved. Remove from the heat and add the remaining 6 cups water and the red pepper flakes. Let cool to room temperature.

Rinse the chicken well under cold water. Transfer to a large sturdy plastic bag or pan just large enough to hold it. Pour the brine over the chicken, making sure it is completely immersed. Refrigerate overnight.

Mix honey, lemon zest and juice until combined. Melt butter and whisk in until smooth. Cover and refrigerate if not using right away.

Position a rack in a roasting pan. Remove the chicken from the brine and rinse well under cold running water. Pat the chicken completely dry with paper towels and set it on the rack in the pan. Let the chicken come to room temperature, 20 to 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Coarsely crush the remaining black peppercorns and coriander seeds and add to honey lemon mixture. Stir in the rosemary and sage.

Pat the chicken again with paper towels to make sure it is completely dry. Brush the honey/lemon/pepper/ spice mixture evenly over the surface of the chicken, coating the whole bird. Return to the rack in the pan and pour 1 cup of water into the pan.

Roast the chicken for 30 minutes. Reduce the heat to 325°F and continue roasting until the chicken is golden brown and the juices run clear when the thigh is pierced, 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours. Add water 1/2 cup at a time to the pan if it starts to dry out. Let the chicken stand for 10 to 15 minutes before carving.

Serve with steamed broccoli and wild rice.

Coq Au Vin Et Miel

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It’s perfect weather for a great pot of Coq Au Vin…  avec Miel!! 

Yield:  4 to 6 servings

Ingredients:

6 oz. bacon, cut into 1/2-inch dice

3 1/4 lb. chicken legs and thighs

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

1 lb.  mushrooms

3/4 lb. shallots, halved

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

3 cups full bodied red wine

6 fresh flat-leaf parsley sprigs

3 fresh thyme sprigs

1 bay leaf

1 yellow onion, cut in half

2 tablespoons honey

2 cups chicken broth

3/4 lb. carrots, peeled and cut into bite sized pieces

Directions:

Cook the bacon until crisp in a large skillet, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Discard all but 2 tablespoons of the fat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Brown the chicken in the skillet, turning once, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

Add the mushrooms to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until they are beginning to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the shallots and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

Melt the butter in a Dutch oven. Add the garlic, tomato paste and flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Whisk in the red wine, the honey and the broth and bring to a simmer. Add the bacon, chicken, mushroom mixture, carrots, the herbs, the bay leaf and the yellow onion. Simmer until the chicken is fork-tender, about 2 hours.

Transfer the chicken to a plate. Skim the fat off the sauce. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thickened, 6 to 8 minutes. Discard the herbs and yellow onion and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper. Return the chicken to Dutch oven. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve immediately with noodles or boiled or mashed potatoes.

Honey Asian Chicken Wings

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It’s Super Bowl Sunday, so I feel obligated to post a recipe for chicken wings.  These are different and delicious!

Ingredients

1/2 cup chicken bouillon powder

1/2 cup Sriracha

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup cooking oil

1/2 cup pureed onion

1/4 cup rice vinegar

Zest of two limes

24 whole jumbo chicken wings

Directions

Heat oven to 325 F.

Combine the bouillon, chili sauce, honey, oil, onion, vinegar and lime zest and whisk together to form a uniform paste. Reserve some paste for brushing, and place the rest in a resealable plastic bag. Toss the chicken wings in the paste in the bag and allow to marinate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Bake in the oven until the wings are just about cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes. Rotate the wings halfway through for even cooking.

To finish the wings, brush with the reserved paste and place under the broiler until charred slightly.

The Romancing The Bee Diet – Day 15 – Chicken, Hunter Style

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Uhh, some of you may have noticed that there was a long weekend-shaped hole between Day 14 and Day 15 of the Romancing the Bee Diet…

I was visiting my daughter Molly and the adorable Baby Lucy in Chicago, and between the pizza, the macarons and the three course luncheon at the American Girl Doll Store, I kind of fell off the Diet Wagon.

I’m back on it though, without sustaining too much damage.  After all, the RTBD should be a joyous way of life, not an exercise in Food Deprivation. 

This Chicken Cacciatore recipe is fabulous, and made it easy for me to return to low Glycemic Index eating. 

Of course, I’ll be madly working to create a recipe for RTBD  macarons to further enhance the RTBD experience!!  🙂

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Yield:  6 servings

Ingredients

2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil

1 (5-6 pound) chicken cut into eighths

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 pound cremini mushrooms, quartered

2 large yellow onions, halved and thinly sliced

1 large yellow bell pepper, thinly julienned

4 ounces thick cut bacon, finely diced

3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes

1/2 cup dry white wine

1 cup low-sodium canned chicken broth

1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes and their juices

1 tablespoon honey

3 sprigs fresh rosemary

2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar or capers

3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves

Basil sprigs

Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

Directions

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large Dutch oven over high heat. Season the chicken pieces on both sides with salt and pepper and place in the pan, skin side down and cook until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn the breasts over and cook until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the chicken to a large plate.

Add the remaining oil to the pan and heat until almost smoking. Add the mushrooms and bacon and cook until golden brown, season with salt and pepper and remove to a plate.

Add the onion and bell pepper to the pan and cook until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and chili flakes to the pan and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the wine and cook until almost completely reduced. Add the chicken stock, tomatoes, honey and rosemary and bring to a simmer. Return the chicken, mushrooms and bacon to the pan, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover the pan and cook until the chicken is tender, about 30 minutes. Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon to a large shallow bowl and tent loosely with foil.

Increase the heat to high and cook the sauce, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 8 to 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, stir in the vinegar and basil and pour the sauce over the chicken. Garnish with fresh basil sprigs. Sprinkle with grated cheese.

Chicken Tikka Masala With Honey

This traditional Indian dish, popularized in England, consists of grilled chicken breast marinated in yogurt and Indian spices, simmered in a rich tomato-cream sauce.

Makes 4-6 Servings

INGREDIENTS:

CHICKEN TIKKA MARINADE:

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-1/2” pieces

1 cup yogurt

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoons cumin powder

2 teaspoon coriander powder

1 teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

2 tablespoon minced fresh garlic

2 teaspoons salt

MASALA SAUCE:

2 tablespoon butter or vegetable oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 jalapeno pepper, de-seeded & finely diced

1 small white onion, finely diced

8 ounces tomato sauce or chopped tomatoes

1 cup heavy cream, ½ & ½ or non-fat yogurt

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons paprika

½ teaspoon garam masala

1 teaspoon fenugreek (optional)

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint

1 teaspoons salt, or to taste

1 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste

1 teaspoon honey, or to taste

Cayenne pepper to taste

PROCEDURE:

CHICKEN TIKKA:

In a large mixing bowl, combine all marinade ingredients. Add chicken, toss in marinade, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour to overnight. The longer the chicken marinates the tenderer and flavorful it will be. Preheat a grill for high heat. Lightly oil the grill grate. Thread chicken onto bamboo skewers that have been soaked in water. Discard remaining marinade. Grill until juices run clear, about 5 minutes per side.

MASALA SAUCE:

Melt butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic, jalapeno and onion for 1 to 2 minutes. Season with cumin, paprika and garam masala. Stir in tomato sauce and cream. Simmer on low heat until sauce thickens, about 20 minutes. Add grilled chicken, cilantro, mint and fenugreek. Add and simmer for 10 minutes. Season with salt, fresh ground black pepper & honey to taste. Add cayenne pepper if you would like to make it spicier. Transfer to a serving platter, and garnish with fresh cilantro. Serve with basmati rice.

Honey Pecan Chicken Salad

Chicken salad, Southern style…

Ingredients

  • 1/2 C. Mayonnaise
  • 2 T. Sour Cream
  • 3 green onions, with some green, thinly sliced
  • 2 T. Honey
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/8 tsp. Pepper
  • 1/3 C. Chopped Celery
  • 1/3 C. Toasted Pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1 C. Seedless Grapes, sliced in half
  • 2 C. Chopped Cooked Chicken

Directions

  • 1. Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, green onions, honey, salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix well.

  • 2. Stir in celery and pecans.

  • 3. Fold in grapes and chicken.

  • 4. Adjust the seasoning to taste.

    Serves 4 to 6

Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup water
3 tbsp ketchup
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp ground ginger
Combine all ingredients in sauce pan. Heat to boiling and simmer for 5 minutes.
Place 3 lbs chicken wings separated into a 9×13 baking dish. Pour sauce over wings. Marinate for 2 hrs.

Bake at 400°F for 1 hour, turning once.

Spicy Honey Barbecued Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped yellow onions
  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh gingerroot
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 12 skin-on chicken thighs (about 3 1/2 pounds), or drummettes

Directions

In a large bowl, combine soy sauce, onions, rice wine vinegar, honey, cilantro, hot sauce, sesame seeds, ginger, garlic and sesame oil, and stir well to combine. Place the chicken in a large plastic bag orbaking dish and cover with the marinade. Toss to combine and place in the refrigerator, turning frequently, to marinate at least 6 hours.

Preheat the broiler and the oven to 350 degrees F.

Remove the chicken from the marinade, reserving the marinade. Pat the chicken dry, and broil the chicken, skin-side up, until browned, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, place the leftover marinade in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium and simmer until slightly thick, about 10 minutes.

Turn the chicken, and broill until the skin is browned and crispy, about 5 minutes. Transfer the chicken skin-side up to a roasting pan and roast, basting with the marinade occasionally, until cooked through, about 10 to 15 minutes more.