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Cupboard Love: Barbecued Mustard Chicken

by on August 11, 2010
 

I’m swamped – family visits: 2 sisters, 3 kids. Fun but swamped.

IMG_0671I’m writing in a hurry……knowing well my attention will be needed soon, and closing my ears to the deafening noise of 6 children!

But this post is not a moan about how tired I am, its all about Cupboard love. I’m on mission to use up the contents of my food stores!

IMG_0623Thanks to NMD, I have one less ‘ expired’ jar of something. Oh yes, my blackcurrant mustard read ‘Best before June 2010’  but it didn’t say ‘No good after June 2010’  so I used it (after smelling it and gun sighting it…..it looked good).

IMG_0641So, knowing very well how to make easy BBQ chicken, I opened up mine by splitting across the breast – not your traditional ‘spatchcock’ where the back bone and breast bone/cartilage are removed.

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I immersed it in an overnight marinade of mustard, maple syrup, refrigerator-dried rosemary (new recipe, read on) and fresh thyme.

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The next day, chicken blazing on the grill and almost ready to eat, I realised I should have opened up the legs and wings as I wrestled them open to cook….most of the other parts were ready!

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I also wanted to try ‘brick’  chicken

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Using bricks we have stashed at the back. Not from this wall mind you…. I love this photo. Do you? Don’t you?

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Eventually, everything cooked superbly well (supported by foil-wrapped bricks), with only a few burnt bits, promptly dispensed with at the table. I made sure that when I flipped the chicken over, I flipped the bricks too.

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Husband proclaimed it delicious, he could taste the marinade. I liked the taste of the mustard which was present but subdued, enhanced by the smokiness of the fire.

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Daughters ate well, with the freshly boiled corn on the cob, one daughter hates boiled carrots and butter but  had to eat them as I slowly explained to her that boiled carrots were more nutritious than raw, which she loves and that butter helped the carrots ‘work in her body’. I’ve promised her a raw green salad at the next meal.

The other daughter loves corn, and is so so with other veggies but she ate it all.

Son ate bits.

Recipe for fridge-dried rosemary

Buy some fresh rosemary

Forget it in the fridge for weeks

When you remember, it will be dried

Still fragrant and perfect for recipes such as this.

Cupboard & fridge love…..to the highest!

BTW,  I tried to make my own mustard: disaster, it ended in the food bin. Back to the drawing board!

My family go back on Sunday….I’ll see if I can sneak something else in before then.

How are you? Enjoying the last of the summer wine.

Oh,  the grand draw of the food52/wholefoods summer contest is on – vote for me if you can! Thank you.

Lots of ♥.