Spiced honey chicken and vegetable miso soup, that’s what.
I like food. I can thank my pal Grace for helping me expand out of my “noodles and some sort of meat” and “microwaved ham and cheese sandwich” rut. Tonight, I made a miso soup and spiced honey marinade chicken.
Stuff for a nice, light miso soup:
- Miso paste. The ratio of miso to water will depend on how strong and thick you like your miso paste. I generally use two or three tablespoons of miso to three or four cups of water. Experiment! Once you do it enough, you won’t have to measure anymore anyways.
- Some vegetables: a small onion and a carrot stick or two.
What do you do with it all?
- Put the water into a saucepan.
- Put the miso paste into the water. Whisk or cut the paste into the water to allow for better homogenization.
- Chop the vegetables and toss into the miso-water brew. Cook at medium or low heat until the vegetables are soft, the miso is incorporated, and it’s as warm as you like.
- Serve and enjoy!
Stuff for a delicious chicken dinner:
- Chicken drumsticks, about six.
- Honey, about 2 tablespoons.
- Olive oil, half a cup.
- Hoisin sauce, about a tablespoon.
- Various spices: garlic powder, white pepper, cumin seed. About half a teaspoon each.
Creating a delicious chicken dinner:
- Take the drumsticks and stab it all over with a fork. This provides an entry route for the delicious sauce. Toss the chicken into a bag (this could be a Ziploc bag or a triple layer of simple shopping bags).
- Mix the honey, olive oil, hoisin sauce, and spices together. Pour it over the chicken in the bag. Shake the bag about a few times.
- Throw the bag in the refrigerator for two or more hours. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to shake the bag every now and then during those two hours.
- Do something productive for two hours. Chop vegetables? Exercise a little? Read a book?
- After two very productive hours, take the bag from the refrigerator. Hopefully the meat will be quite tender. Shake the bag about a little, then put the drumsticks (sans bag) into an oven-safe pan.
- Cook the chicken at 400 degrees Fahrenheit ‘til done. This could take between one and two hours, depending on how “done” you like your chicken.
- Remove from the oven, allow to cool a little, and then serve!
I’ll see about adding photographs for the next one.
Have a great dinner, folks!