Monday, 9 March 2009

Just Beat It Beat It Beat It Beat It No One Wants To Be Defeated - Take 3

After last month's borscht debacle, Alice commented with a beet preparation method she had recently tried (and liked.) Her method was to peel and cube the beets, toss with olive oil, vinegar and sea salt, and then roast them. Peeling and cubing the beets before roasting allegedly results in a less beety flavour. Now, I like Alice. I also really like the combo of vinegar and sea salt. I'd like to be able to say that Alice's beets rock but that would be a dirty lie. All I can say is that Alice's beets sucked less than February's borscht and January's whole-roasted beets.

The trick is to serve the beets with a lot of other foods that you can use to mask the flavour. Gravy helps.

Last week, Lisa asked what food smell you would want to smell like, if you had to smell like it forever. Her post makes much more sense than my last sentence does. Anyway, after concluding that I would like to smell like either limes or rosemary, I decided that I would want Shawn to smell like roast chicken. And then I couldn't stop thinking about roast chicken. I'm crazy like that.

So I made a roast chicken. The trick is to make a mixture of butter (it has to be real butter, none of this margarine crap), lemon zest and finely chopped fresh rosemary. Then you sort of peel the chicken skin up away from the meat and massage the butter mixture up in there. It is disgusting and slimy and suggestive and you're welcome for not posting photos. Anyway, the magic mixture makes the meat really moist and flavourful and the skin really crisp (if you eat skin. Which I don't. But it looks good!) I stuff the cavity with a whole head of garlic and lemon slices for good measure. And now I want roast chicken again, dammit.

the magic mixture

In other chicken news, I found this in the ethnic food aisle of my grocery store:

It should be noted that the badge in the lower-left corner identifies the soup mix as a product of Canada.

Cock soup: it's what's for dinner. This will never get old.


  1. That roast chicken recipe looks yummy!

    Still ew to the beets though. Ick.

  2. Mmm... delicious food! You can tell it's lunch time in the next hour or so, because I'm drooling like crazy!

    I have a friend in NY who buys that cock soup all the time. She's posted pictures of it, and it never fails to crack me up. I did see it once in a store around here, but never bought it. Is it any good?! ;)

  3. We had roasted golden beets with dinner last week, and I thought about you :) Have you thought about making beet chips? We sliced ours really thin with the mandolin and then deep fried them. Pretty good! Not sure how it would be with red beets. Thanks for the putine suggestion - we're headed to Vancouver on Friday :)

  4. Haha that is so classic.

    I applaud you for sticking with the beet thing. And your roast chicken? Looks absolutely delicious! I'll have to try it that way sometime!

  5. haha! i'm glad it was, uh, slightly LESS sucky than the other ways, at least? ish? :-)


    i ALSO want roast chicken now, except i don't want to have to make it.

  6. I love you tremendously.

    And mmmmm what a delicious-looking and sounding roast chicken.

    Also, I love beets. Beet root and beet greens. But not with cock soup. Which would never, ever get old in my world either.

  7. I just tried to lick the screen when the chicken came up.

    FYI, you shouldn't do that at work.

  8. Jessica Maria: Thanks! It's currently my facebook profile pic. I am very amused by it.

    Marie: I know, right? Beets are so gross.

    Sharoneb: I don't know! I didn't actually eat the cock soup. That will have to be an entirely new post.

    Tia: I still cannot find golden beets. I think I will probably stay away from the beet chips. Once you deep fry something you sort of take away its health benefits and the only reason I made this stupid beet resolution was because I thought they were a healthy vegetable that I should learn to enjoy. Have fun in Vancouver! If you need any restaurant suggestions, let me know. Also, I hope it stops snowing for your visit. Seriously.

    Adriana: I have yet to find a better way to prepare roast chicken.

    Alice: Saying the beets weren't completely disgusting was the highest compliment I could pay them. Sorry.

    Lisa: I love you! But I do not love beets.

    Angella: It brings me joy. I am twelve.

    LiLu: Noted.

  9. You kill me. Cock soup. Hahahaha

  10. You look like such a wholesome supporter of the Cock Soup!

  11. This Cock Soup thing has pretty much sealed the deal for me. I'm going to have to move to Canada immediately, if only because you guys are excellent at naming things.

  12. OMG, that's exactly what I do to my roast chicken! It is WONDERFUL.

  13. "none of this margarine crap"

    I love you.

    For a lovely housewarming gift, I'll be expecting a case of the Cock. That is all.