Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Over T'd

As I said I would, I skipped the Skill game last night. From the IM's I got, this was likely a good thing. It also got me thinking a bit today about how much time the blogger games really take up.

I get home between 5 and 6 every day. I feed the cats, make dinner, and try to do whatever pressing chores need doing. If there isn't much to be done, then I might sit down and play some SnG's, or the 50-50 satellites, or a token game. If I'm busy, I rush through things so I can make whatever BBT event is happening. With luck, I'm in bed by 1am.

Last night I knew I wasn't playing the Skill game. The whole evening seemed stress-free. I had no deadline on getting things done, and took my time. The night before I went out a bit early from the MATH, and had time to get some stuff done before hitting the hay. I imagine I'll be cutting back on blogger games as the mood takes me. I mean, what's the point if I'm going to be rushed and not in the mindset required to actually make a run?

I didn't make dinner until 9, because I got wrapped up in sorting and editing my pictures from Weekend at Mookies. I could have done much more, but figured getting them up in a timely fashion was more important.

Dinner, by the way, was awesome. And quick. I'll post pictures when I get home, but here's what I did.

- Oil in a stainless steel* pan
- Add one strip of bacon, one strip of prosciutto (in this case, it was 12-month aged Canadian)
- Remove meat when cooked, but not super-crispy.
- Add butter to pan
- Drop a chicken breast on it at medium heat
- While the chicken is cooking, grate some parmesan reggiano. I used a microplane to do this, as it gets the cheese really fine, so it melts quickly.
- Sautée quartered white and cremini mushrooms in butter in another pan. Add salt, pepper, oregano, and garlic powder.
- Remove the chicken once cooked.
- Drain oils and fluids from the pan
- Drop the temp to low
- Deglaze the pan with white wine (I had some liebfraumilsch in the fridge)
- Add butter
- Add heavy/whipping cream
- Add bacon and proscuitto back to cream
- Add oregano, basil, garlic powder, onion powder, and some ground coriander seed (optional)
- Add mushrooms
- Stir together
- Increase temp to med-low
- Once cream sauce starts to bubble (but not boil), drop temp to low
- Add grated parmesan, stir until melted (should happen quickly)
- Pour on chicken
- Enjoy!

It was fucking awesome. I impressed myself.

*Stainless steel is key here. Non-stick won't actually have anything to deglaze off the pan, by nature of being non-stick. Cast iron soaks up liquids, and will also colour the cream sauce severely. Stainless steel is absolutely necessary for proper deglazing.

Mookie tonight. I imagine I'll be there, unless something shinier distracts me.


Shrike said...

Note to self: buy stainless steel pan. Damn, I'm hungry.

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