A few days ago, someone asked me for a different way to roast a chicken, and I have her this recipe. I haven’t made this in a long time, and it was a welcome change from the ho-hum regular roasted chicken we all know and love.
Spane and I both love grapefruit, and I was lucky to get some beautiful ruby-red grapefruit at my local corner store. Today, I’m going to go to the local farmer’s market and get some more. Did you know that grapefruit is really good for you? As a member of the citrus family, they are packed with vitamin C, have low sodium, low sugar, high lycopene, high potassium, and fat burning enzymes.
Binder clips bind chicken skin together
I have to tell you, binder clips are great in the kitchen. I use them mainly to close up bags, especially bags of frozen vegetables. When I was making my chicken, the skin on the breast tore, and I needed it to cover the grapefruit slices. What to do? I heard some TV doctor yelling “Clamp!” in my head, got some binder clips out of the drawer and clamped it up. When the chicken was finished cooking, it was just a matter of removing the clips, and the skin stayed nicely together. Clean up was simple, too, and unlike twine, I can reuse my clips after thoroughly washing them.
Yesterday, was girls night out. My friend was coming to visit me and I wanted to make something special for us. I had seen something on the Internet about the great fruit cocktail made with vodka and black pepper. I posted to Facebook that I had gin and that I would post back once I had made my cocktail.
There is a wonderful sauce in the same aisle as the Worcestershire sauce, and it is called Tiger Sauce. This is a sauce that has been around for a very long time and if you haven’t tried it and I suggest you go and do that right away. It gives our real kick to Bloody Marys!
Here’s my recipe for Grapefruit Tiger Martini.
1 cup gin
Half gallon of pink grapefruit juice
1 tablespoon tiger sauce
4 grapefruit sections
Freshly grated tri-color pepper
In a nice pitcher, put in the gin and the grapefruit juice, stir and it add Tiger sauce. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Get four martini glasses and wet the rims with a little grapefruit juice. Put the pepper on a saucer, and dip the moist rim of each glass into the pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.
When ready to serve, put ice into a cocktail shaker and add some of the grapefruit mixture. Put a grapefruit section at the bottom of each glass. Shake the cocktail shaker until the mixture is frosted over. Pour into glasses and top with club soda.
Spane’s birthday is tomorrow, November 21, 2010. He is going to be 7 years old! So, like every birthday there is the preparation for the party. This year will be the first one where he gave out invitations.
Originally, we were going to have the party at Carr Park, but since it is supposed to rain, Amber volunteered to host the party at her house. That meant sending out notices to everyone to let them know about the change of venue. I hope everyone will make it.
I am a practicing Catholic. What does that mean? It means I go to Mass every Sunday where I have Communion , I try to go to Confession once a month (and definitely before a Holy day), and I share the Good Word with others. When I was growing up I heard about the Passover Seder, and my mother had friends who were Jewish, but we never went to one. It was not until a year after I went through RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) that I went to any form of Seder, and that was put on by a lovely Catholic couple. I thought it was such a nice way to help celebrate what God has given us, that I decided that I was going to have my own Seder. Last night was that first attempt, and was the start of a new tradition in our small family. I did not do a full Seder, I just presented a Seder plate, said some words of explanation where we all participated, and then I served a great dinner that brought it all together. I will share that with you here.