No recipe today, I just wanted to answer some questions, ask a question, and post something that I am absolutely in love with: this perfect roast chicken. The method comes from Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc at Home, but if you don't have the book you can find the recipe recreated on numerous food sites, including Simply Recipes. It yields skin that is paper-crisp and has separated just so from the juicy, tender meat. The trick is to slather the bird with olive oil and butter, and then blast it at 475 degrees F for 25 minutes before lowering the heat to 400.I mean, just look at that:
Bell and Evans chicken, which means it was free roaming and fed an all-vegetarian diet, as opposed to some miserable, abused, stressed-out and sad Perdue creature. It cost a bit more ... but then, I don't need to eat a whole chicken every day, do I?
A few of you asked for some more details about my June 2008 New Orleans voodoo wedding, which I mentioned in my last post. Well, I aim to please! If you're a regular reader, you may remember that New Orleans is my favorite American city, as well as Poppa Trix's. (And to clear up a bit of confusion: Poppa Trix is my husband, not my father! I mean ... ew.)
Voodoo came to New Orleans via African slaves and free people of color from Haiti, where it blended with the city's official French Catholicism to become something entirely original, as are most things in New Orleans. Most interesting to me is voodoo's connection with folk medicine: For example, a voodoo practitioner in the 1800s may have prescribed moldy bread as a cure for syphilis - not such a bad practice when you consider that penicillin actually comes from mold.
Three years before Poppa Trix popped the question, just before Katrina, I interviewed a voodoo priestess, Priestess Miriam Chamani of the Voodoo Spiritual Temple, for a New Orleans walking tour I had been hired to write. Poppa Trix and I are not voodoo practitioners, but given that we are both fairly ... nontraditional, to put it mildly, he felt - and I wholeheartedly agreed - that a voodoo wedding, officiated by Priestess Miriam, would be perfect for us. (And yes, she is licensed to perform wedding ceremonies.) If you ever find yourself in New Orleans, go and visit her - she is truly a one-of-a-kind, and defies description.
So, for the curious, here are some photos:
|With our basket of offerings for the temple - note the red velvet cake on the right!|
|Receiving a blessing from Priestess Miriam|
|The happy couple (i.e. us!) & Priestess Miriam|
And now my question for you: What do you think of my new banner? Poppa Trix made it for me. I love the streamlined look of it, but I welcome your feedback.
Happy New Year - here's to a fabulous 2011!