Chicken with Vegetables & Spinach And Ways to Help

Last week when I decided to cook this dish, I planned to write a silly little post about the pot holes in Montreal, or “nids de poules” as they are called in French (chickens nests). But then Japan happened. Seeing all the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami made writing about a few bumps in the road seem so petty.

People around the world are looking for ways to help. The easiest thing to do is to make a donation to a non-profit that is helping in the area. Which non-profit to donate to is always a tough call. The safe choices like The Red Cross have high overhead costs, and the smaller organizations may not be legitamite. Because of their reputation, I choose to donate to organizations like The Red Cross or Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders); they may have more overhead but they are trusted, well known organizations.

If you are looking for another way to help, Sabrina from The Tomato Tart is hosting an Online Bake Sale to help Japan. Check out her post if you want to donate goods or bid.

If you simply want to donate, here are a few links.

In Canada:

The Canadian Red Cross

Medecins Sans Frontieres

Unicef

Oxfam

In the United States:

The American Red Cross

Doctors Without Borders

Oxfam

Unicef

And now for the recipe…

Chicken With Vegetables and Spinach

  • 2 chicken legs
  • 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into large pieces
  • 5 Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into large pieces
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • olive oil
  • salt, pepper and thyme to taste
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • fresh spinach
  1. Preheat the oven to 425.
  2. Clean and pat dry the chicken legs. In a large bowl, toss the chicken with the onion, garlic cloves, bell pepper and potatoes with oil so that everything is coated. Season with salt, pepper and thyme.
  3. Place the vegetables on a large baking sheet in an even layer. Place the chicken legs on top of the vegetables. Bake for 40-50 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.
  4. Remove the chicken and vegetables from the pan. Place the pan on a burner on high, pour the wine into the pan and deglaze (scrape up all the brown bits).
  5. Place the chicken and vegetables on a bed of spinach and top with the wine sauce.

Enjoy!

We’ll Take A Cup of Kindness Yet

I’m always a little shocked when New Years comes around. Has another year really gone by? Suddenly there is the “what to do for New Years” pressure again.

To be honest I don’t remember what I did most years. It’s not what you think (okay, maybe it’s a little of what you think … hiccup), it’s just that my memories of different New Years parties over the years have all kind of melded together. Some were amazing, like the time I was at Le P’tit Caribou in Mont Tremblant. Some were terrible, like the year I watched people play Guitar Hero all night in some guys basement. All of them were spent with people who were very important to me at that point in time.

Some of those friendships have stood the test of time, others haven’t, but all of the blurred memories are still cherished.

So today I’m thinking about all the people who have come through my life and changed me in some way. And taking a cup of kindness, for auld lang syne.

White Sangria with Pomegranate

  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 3 cans 7up or Sprite
  • Grand Marnier (I didn’t measure, a few ounces I think)
  • Seeds of 1 pomegranate
  • slices of two limes
  • ice
  1. Pour all ingredients into a punch bowl. Wait for the seeds to float.
  2. Serve.

Happy New Year!