us vs. hunger

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from smoothies to fried chicken

Posted by ernie on February 23, 2008

it’s all in a days work.

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this is how the night ended. fried chicken and mashed potatoes. but we won’t be starting there. you’ll have to make it through the rest of the day before you get to fried chicken and mashed potatoes.

it all started with snow. but snow – more accurately, the threat of snow – was not going to keep me from sleeping till 1/2 an hour before my shift started. it just meant i had to get the hell outta bed and get to shoveling. luckily, sarah was nice enough to make me a delicious smoothie for breakfast, which i dumped in a travel mug and took with me.22208f.jpg

once at work, a coworker surprised me with sausage, egg and cheese on a bagel from wawa. suffice to say, this was not the most pleasant of surprises. the sausage was…well…terrible. the cheese was adequate, as was the bagel. all in all it served no other purpose than to fill my stomach.

the rest of the day was filled with numerous pots of coffee (bringing a coffee maker to work was the best and worst decision i’ve ever made) and a tomato soup surprise from yet another coworker. they’re so good to me. 🙂

dinner – still at work thanks to long shifts caused by my bosses vacation – was a fiesta royale. a shredded pork quesadilla from salsaritas. i’m sure you’ve heard of them. one just opened up in the new shopping center next to us and so far they’ve been treating us fairly well, apart from forgetting an ingredient here and there or making a burrito that fails to hold its shape. my choice today was the shredded pork with lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese, rice and refried beans. sure it sounds like a lot, but i opted to leave out the grilled veggies that are my usual affair. this worked out much better than breakfast. both filling and delicious, it would definitely hold steady in my gut until nighttime came.

and that’s when it hit me.

so i called sarah and asked her to take some chicken out and get some potatoes on the boil for my arrival. of course the sweetheart she is, she obliged. by the time i got home, the potatoes were boiling away and the chicken was almost ready to go. so i seasoned up some floured, cracked a few eggs, and got to frying.

here’s the recipe:

fried chicken

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • some flour
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 4-6 grinds fresh black pepper
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • a bunch of canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • splash of milk

as usual, this is not an ideal recipe. most of this is just what we happened to have around.

dump the canola oil into a wide and deep frying pan on med/high heat. the eggs get mixed with the milk and the seasonings go into the flour. then you dredge. first into the egg mixture, then the flour. get a nice layer of deliciousness on each breast. shake off the excess and sit them on a plate till the oil is ready.

chicken, you are about to meat some very hot oil.
chicken, you’re about to meet some very hot oil.

once the oil gets nice and hot (i didn’t use a thermometer!), drop the chicken in…carefully. it will splatter. from start to finish it took about 15-20 minutes, with a flip somewhere in the middle. i chose a deep pan for this mostly because i don’t have a cast iron pot that i can use for frying. also the pan means i use less oil, though it does mean i have to flip.

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they came out pretty darn good. not perfect but still delicious. i think i left them in just a bit too long. the outer edges of the chicken seemed a bit overdone and the crust a bit…crusty. i have a feeling they’ll do well in a salad.

and now the ‘tatoes.

mashed potaters

 

  • a bunch of potatoes, quartered
  • a brick of cream cheese
  • 1 to 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 a small to medium sized onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

boil the potatoes until they are super soft. remove from water and mash ’em up. add…well add everything. again, do what your taste buds tell you.

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for those of you that believe in God, He made this side dish just for you…

kudos to sarah on this one. i loves me some mashed potatoes, hers in particular.

i’m really bummed that we’re out of fresh garlic. it makes a huge difference. also, i’m pretty sure our butter has picked up some very off flavors from the fridge. tastes kinda funny. other than that it was mighty delicious. oh, and we usually use sour cream instead of cream cheese, but we’re also out of that. again, not perfect but certainly far more than edible.

i see a trend forming…we need to work on this perfection thing…

so this is what i had to stare at late in the evening on this very night.

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oh fried chicken and mashed potatoes, we’ll always have the memories. we had some good times, we had some bad. you’re not the first i’ve ever had, and you will certainly not be the last. but you know what? i don’t regret it for one minute. and in the end, i won’t be hungry any more. and isn’t that what really matters?

later on down the road we can look back and say that on this fateful day – this one night – fried chicken and mashed potatoes triumphed valiantly over the forces of never-ending hunger.

as for me? i will live to fight another day. who knows what tomorrow will bring? something greasy, something cheesey, something with a delicious crust. hopefully all three…

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