Monday, August 31, 2015

Skater Lunch Box #8

I think I've been reading The Mid-Century Menu a little too much.

This is mushroom rice pilaf, something called "Supremes of Chicken Veronique," and maple carrots, which I made over the weekend because I found recipes in one of my old cookbooks and had the stuff on hand.

The book is Barbara Swain's Cookery for 1 or 2, published in 1978. To be fair, a lot of the recipes are pretty normal (like the mushroom rice pilaf) and are just conveniently sized down for the small household. But the chicken...

I'd seen variants on this recipe in several of the older cookbooks I have geared to the single and/or childless household. It was apparently a thing ca. 1970s to drown chicken breasts in a grape cream sauce.

Yes. I said it. Grape cream sauce. For real, drop dead, no kidding. Grape. Cream. Sauce. And it is meant to be served hot, hence the microwavable "Skater" box. Hot. Grape. Cream. Sauce.

Although I don't have a flatbed scanner and will thus make you put up with my photography, I think you should see the recipe.

I will say that their method of cooking the chicken results in a beautifully moist chicken breast. And the cream sauce is simple and tasty (so long as you go with 1/4 cup, rather than 1/2 cup, of cream). Everything is fine right up until you add grapes. This is what they said it would look like:

Well, people, I am telling you those grapes have not been tossed into cream and heated through. Those were just tossed onto the cream sauce before they took the photo. Because I am telling you, without question, that those grapes haven't had the color cooked out of them.

To be honest, the flavor wasn't bad, either. It was more of a mouth feel and texture thing. But I ate it. Twice! So not altogether horrible. I think I'd suggest using cooked apples or something, though, if you want a hot, fruity cream sauce on your chicken.

Or just go with mushrooms. It's safer and more expected.

Fortunately, this resulted in me having some moist, lovely leftover chicken to be used in other lunches this week, because I had the good sense not to pour the cream all over all the chicken. See you tomorrow.



Saturday, August 29, 2015

Pack-a-Snack #46

Chicken salad, carrot sticks, a grape, mini rice crackers, and some chocolate covered blueberries, all in my medium Lunchopolis container. I would have had more of the chocolate covered blueberries, had I not stolen so many of them while I was packing lunch and the snack. Oh, well.

Friday, August 28, 2015

3-Tier Bottle Bento #8

Waldorf salad, a stuffed egg nestled in with cornichons, and cherry tomatoes mixed with cucumber chunks.

Waldorf salad is always lovely, but rarely do I have everything on hand at once. Today I did. My version is very simple--just apples, celery, walnuts, and grapes in mayo--but there are variations I may try sometime. I have read that the first Waldorf salads were actually just apples and celery in mayo, which I think would probably be fine, but for some reason I've never tried it that way. Maybe next week.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Temari Rabbit 2-Tier Bento #38

A stuffed egg, halves of green seedless grapes, white nectarine slices, brioche toast, and avocado mixed with cherry tomatoes.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Temari Rabbit 2-Tier Bento #37

Mixed grapes, chicken salad stuffed in the hollow of an avocado, cherry tomatoes, yogurt ranch in the little panda cup, yellow bell pepper strips, and baby carrots.

This refused to photograph for some reason. It was a real struggle and this was the best shot I could manage to get.

The chicken legs redeemed themselves by turning into a pretty nice chicken salad, by the way.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Skater Lunch Box #7

Celery sticks and baby carrots with yogurt ranch dip (in the little chick cup), rice pilaf, and a chicken leg.

This chicken was a recipe that went a bit awry. It was meant to have a nice, thick glaze. It does not. It was kind of bland and a bit greasy from the coating of butter that went on it. (I think the butter made the glaze slide off, actually--not the greatest planning). But it was actually better the next day, which is often the case with chicken.

I love the little chick, but most of my lunch boxes aren't deep enough to accommodate it. I was excited to find that the Skater box fits not only the chick, but also the pig and the panda that came with it. So many possibilities!

Monday, August 24, 2015

ECO Lunch Box Three-in-One #13

Mixed grapes, a stuffed egg, potato salad with chives as a garnish, and cherry tomatoes tossed with mozzarella.

There had been a plan of cooking for the week over the weekend, and it fell through. But this actually wasn't bad.