Archive for February 1st, 2009

1st February
2009
written by Tony
So affected.

So affected.

I finally finished this massive doorstop, actually a couple of weeks ago, and am just now getting around to writing my review. I think I am going to keep this brief as my review encompasses around a hundred poems, several plays, several dialogues and a myriad of other written errata. I think it would be more informative if I focus on the general essence of Wilde, rather than specifics. Overall his writing is light, lyrical and mildly obsessed with topics of beauty and hedonism. He is very well written and his language is at times unparalleled. Themes that tend to run through his work are usually centered around the upper crust of English society, the landed gentry so to speak. In general, Wilde seems to have a rather strong disdain for English society and English attitudes. A strong undercurrent of respect for Americans and American ideals seems to ebb and flow through many of his stories. (more…)
1st February
2009
written by Steph
Chicken & Apples with a Honey Mustard Sauce (accompanied by a carrot-turnip mash, and snow peas)

Chicken & Apples with a Honey-Mustard Sauce (accompanied by a carrot-turnip mash and snow peas)

Another day, another recipe ganked from Elise’s site.  I wanted a dish that required relatively few ingredients (who doesn’t?), and one that would not take long to assemble.  This one beautifully fit the bill.  Everything it called for was easily at hand (ok, fine, Tony had to run across the street to get some apple cider, but since when is that a heartache?), and total prep & cooking time was about 25 minutes total (including my sides!).  Ideal for a weeknight meal (and pretty healthy too, I’d say!). Ingredients * 1/2 cup apple cider * 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch * Salt * Freshly ground black pepper * 1 Tbsp honey * 1 Tbsp mustard [I thought this was a bit ambiguous… there are lots of different types of mustard!  I used the cheapo yellow French’s mustard, and it worked really well, so don’t be afraid to do the same.  But I also think this would work well with a nice grainy Dijon, if that’s your kind of thing.] * 2 Tbsp seasoned dry breadcrumbs [I used Panko crumbs.  They’re the best!] * 4 4oz chicken breasts [Per usual, I only used 1 of the freaking huge chicken breasts we buy at Sam’s Club, and just split it into two.] * 1 Tbsp olive oil * 2 small unpeeled apples, cored and cut into eighths (use Golden delicious, Granny Smith, Jonathan, Pippin, or McIntosh apples) [I just used one small Granny Smith apple, and I felt this provided ample apple-y goodness for two people] * 1/2 cup chicken broth * Fresh parsley [I didn’t have this, so I didn’t add it, and you know what?  The recipe was totally fine without it.] (more…)