Hot Salad

Hot Salad

  1. On the way home from therapy, stop by organic grocery store. Plan on flirting with daddy-ish butcher who always takes his time to talk to you but instead get the other guy who barely speaks English. Repeat “one pound of bacon” five times. Get 2 chicken breasts. Bone in is better, but you worked your ass in therapy today and you’re tired.
  2. Walk home. Take the long way past the dog park and laugh as you watch French bull dog puppy terrorize a husky who keeps trying to lie down only to get attacked by this 8 inch tall black furry thing. Ponder standing there to watch this joyful thing a while until you remember you have raw chicken in your messenger bag.
  3. Get home and place cast iron skillet on stove. You know the one you’ve used so much you only have to season it on week ends? Crank up the heat under it. All the way up.
  4. Cut the chicken up into 1″ pieces.
  5. Drop two big soup spoon fulls of bacon fat in the smoking hot pan. As it melts, dice 2 of the small carrots, the left over cucumber and the left over orange pepper from last night. Spy remaining peeled garlic cloves in the fridge. Toss them in the melting fat and then toss the container in the recycling. You do recycle, don’t you?
  6. Let the garlic get brown on a couple of sides. Add the chicken, Season with s&p. Cook through but just barely.
  7. In a large bowl add a big handful of salad greens, the chopped vegetables and some torn up parsley.
  8. remove chicken and garlic cloves to a plate to cool a little. Pour 1/4 rice wine vinegar into pan and reduce by half. Pour hot vinegar and fat over salad.
  9. Add chicken and toss to cover.
  10. Start to open package of herbed organic tortilla wraps until you are once again reminded that your pants are leaving marks on your midsection where they’re too tight. Grab big bowl, plop down in front of cable arts programming. Change channel to watch Days of Our Lives on soap net instead. Enjoy bacony, chickeny, veggie salad. Wonder who the hell half of these people are on this show because you haven’t watched it in years.
  11. Win staring contest with camera when it reminds you to take pictures of your dinner.

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