For my birthday, I’m hosting a murder mystery dinner party which requires a food component. The game recommends something French – Coq au Vin. I am most definitely NOT cooking that, considering the book / movie Julie and Julia. While comedic and interesting in both, its not something I wanted to replicate in real life.
So what do I turn to? Rotisserie chicken. Hurray for prepared food! Then I started thinking, what if I make my own roast chicken? I’ve done it before a couple times, but never at home (ironic), but I need to try it out before the actual party. So I set out to make a roast chicken dinner with mashed potatoes, miso gravy and crispy lemon salt cauliflower.
I was working with a new ingredient this time – miso. I’ve had lots of miso before, but I’ve never cooked it. The paste came in a bag and it was very salty. I used it to make a gravy. Did you know, if you googled searched miso gravy, the a lot of them are from Vancouver and make reference to The Naam? I guess miso gravy is a Vancouver thing.
For the most part, everything turned out pretty well. I think I slightly overcooked the chicken – my oven is on the warmer side than most. The gravy didn’t have a very strong miso taste and it didn’t taste like the one from The Naam. The cauliflower probably could have used a little more salt and baking in the oven, but I was too hungry. The mashed potatoes? Turned out great.
See all that juice and flavour on the bottom? Funny story. In the middle of roasting the chicken, I noticed that the top was a lot browner than the rest of the bird. I decide to pull it out and cover it in tin foil otherwise I was scared it would burn. When I took it out, the oil and juice start splattering everywhere (I’m guessing from the cooler air in the kitchen? I don’t know). Turns out my fire alarm didn’t like that and it kept on going on and off for the next 10 minutes or so. To get it to turn off, I did a pretty Chinese thing: start fanning the fire alarm. Nothing was burnt and it all turned out okay in the end:
I would call this a successful experiment. Next up: some vegetarian options for my dinner party!
Excuse me while I go and do some research.
P.S. Sorry for the horrible photos – I was more concerned about what was going on in the oven and on the stove than taking photos.