What’s for Dinner?

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.
  • Water.
  • Some vegetables: a small onion and a carrot stick or two.

What do you do with it all?

  1. Put the water into a saucepan.
  2. Put the miso paste into the water. Whisk or cut the paste into the water to allow for better homogenization.
  3. 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.
  4. 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:

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Do something productive for two hours. Chop vegetables? Exercise a little? Read a book?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!


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