Thursday, September 11, 2008
Chicken with Olives and Spanish Rice
When I don't have much time to browse through my cookbooks, and I have a somewhat specific list of ingredients, and I want something fairly simple, I always turn to Martha. Her website, more specifically. The reason I like it is because I can search for exactly what I have, or what I'm in the mood to make. So, when I found myself with some spinach that needed to be used, a quick search pulled up Chicken with Olives, Raisins and Spanish Rice. The picture was attractive (I am such a sucker for a good picture), I would almost...almost...make liver...if it was photographed nicely. Wait, I have to stop shivering at the thought of cooking liver, okay never mind, on the liver. Back to this chicken.
This was pretty good. My notes on it, like several of the comments listed, are that it was bland. It was kind of boring. If I make it again, and I might, because I like the combination, I will jazz it up a tad. I think even just using some chicken stock to cook the rice and in the sauce would give it a little more flavor. That's the beauty of this recipe, it's a great springboard for creative ideas. None of which are coming to me right now, sorry, but it's been a long day at work! But what I really liked about the recipe was that I discovered a new technique for my rice cooker. After I cooked the rice in my cooker, I opened the lid, tossed on the spinach and closed the lid. I let it sit until I was ready to serve, about 10 minutes and the steam from the rice perfectly wilted the spinach! Then it was just a matter of stirring the spinach into the rice. This was a revelation! Why hadn't I thought of this before???
This will be my entry for Bookmarked Recipes , which is hosted this week by Deeba from Passionate About Baking. I am not going to post the recipe, since it's a simple matter of following the link above. And besides you really should visit Martha regularly!
And for those of you still reading...as I was posting this, I was thinking, Martha, Martha, Martha. I was trying to think of why I was thinking it like that. Then I realized that I was saying "Martha, Martha, Martha", but I was thinking "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha". Get it?