A Chef’s Attire and Chicken (or not) In Orange Sauce

by Joanne on October 1, 2010

Here it is. My “proper dress” for the great Morning Glory Bun Bake Off.  Of course I’ll be wearing a white collar shirt and my hair will be up probably in one of those gorgeous looking hair nets. EEEKKK!

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The scruffy chef, above, in the long apron…here’s a close up

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The chef in the shorter apron….Ted said “POSE!”  A model, I’m not!

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“Honey? Do my arms look fat?” 

The close up

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I’m waiting for my red and white pants (that would be one pair red, one pair white NOT red and white), then I’m all set for kitchen duty.

In order to get familiar with large scale bakery equipment, I paid a visit to a local pastry chef.  He was AMAZINGLY helpful.  I feel so much more confident going to Kansas than before I met with him.  We talked like we had known each other for years.  Friendly, helpful, …GENEROUS…

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That little plate of goodies was given to me after we were done talking.  The plate was over flowing so I shared with Sue.  He even offered me pasta and an espresso while we sat and talked.  I was such a FOOL to pass it up! Darn it!  Those Utica Italians.  Just doesn’t get any better.

Swimming with the fishes

Last night was swim class.  Ted behaved himself and didn’t pull any “pee in the pool” jokes. Although we did get a funny look from the instructor when there were a couple of disturbances at our end.  One of the young girls kept swimming into Ted on her way back from the opposite end.  It was funny to watch.  The first time it happened, Ted thought it was me.  Good thing he didn’t try to reach out and grab her.  The poor girl would have freaked out and Ted would have been banned from the campus.

The best part of the class is that both of us forget about work and any other stress causing situations going on in life.  For that one hour, we simply have a good time while trying to learn how to swim more efficiently.

The one thing I can’t figure out is that since I was born under the sign of the Water Bearer (I’m an Aquarian), why don’t I take better to water?   I get SO cold.  About 20 minutes into class, my body starts getting goose bumpy.  Last night, as soon as we got home, I filled the tub with hot water but felt so cold deep down to the bone.  It took me a long time to warm up.  Apparently the stars don’t have anything to do with your abilities or tolerances, if they did, I’d be challenging Michael Phelps.

Are you able to stay in a pool for a long time or is 15 minutes good enough?

Chicken, or not, In Orange Sauce:

Why Chicken “or not”?  Because I offer a vegetarian substitute for chicken which is called Quorn

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The recipe below is prepared using the real meat since I cook for Ted as well. 

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Serves 4

  • 2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1” to 2” pieces (your choice)
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • pepper and salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 oranges, peeled and chop the sections
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves

Heat the oil over medium high heat in a sauté pan.  Add the chicken and brown on all sides with the pepper, salt, and nutmeg.  It should take about 4- 5 minutes per side depending on how large/small you chopped the chicken.  Try to cut about 1 1/2 to 2” pieces and cook 5 min. per side.

While the chicken is cooking, add the oranges, honey, and clove to a saucepan and heat over medium until it begins to bubble. Reduce to a simmer. Cover until chicken is browned then pour it over the chicken and let simmer with chicken for 5 minutes.

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Below, is the Quorn, Vegetarian version

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NOTE:  The Quorn does not take as long to cook as the chicken, about 6 minutes total.

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This meal is prepared and on the table within 30 minutes. Great for a week night and all you rushed parents.

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What other fruit might be good in this recipe other than oranges?

Marathon Preparations:

I’ll be posting Saturday night (hopefully) after checking in.  We’re staying in Horseheads, NY which is 15 minutes from the finish line of the Wine Glass Marathon.  The plan is to caravan out to Corning, NY with friends and family.  Corning is where the Expo is being held.  It’s also the location of the starting line, by the Philips Lighting Factory.  While everyone engages in wine tasting, I’ll be spending time OFF of my feet and smiling while quacking in fear of the pending race the following day.  Stay tuned for Saturday’s high lights and the gathering crowd in Corning.

I’m getting scared excited!

This weekend, make sure to check out this GIVEAWAY and raffle.  Home decor, clothing, gifts, you name it.  Mankinddog is a great site and supports a super cause.  $10. at PetSmart and $269.00 basket of goodies.

Joanne

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14 Comments

  • At 2010.10.01 07:26, Heather said:

    That apron is darling! And you look fantastic!

    And those cookies? Wow. Good thing you have an excuse to carb load! 🙂

    Have fun this weekend – remember to stop and enjoy the experience. You’re well prepared!

    • At 2010.10.01 08:39, claudia lamascolo said:

      So jealous of all the work it takes and your stamina to look that fabulous god you look amazing! I totally agree with the Utica Italians, and those cookies to me are priceless! love them…..so much talent and love on that plate! This chicken dish is amazingly rich in color and flavor so good! I so love the nutmeg addition and compliments the orange wonderful!

      • At 2010.10.01 09:02, Jamoosh said:

        Good luck this weekend. Take your time and enjoy your first marathon. You will do well.

        • At 2010.10.01 10:54, Shandy said:

          Your running in a race this weekend? Good for You!!! I feel so proud of you, isn’t blogging wonderful? Your part of my world through sharing a common love of food and friends. I’ll be thinking about you running this week and wishing you a wonderful run. I really hope you enjoy every minute.

          Your chicken and non-chicken dish looks colorful, delicious, and healthy. I love everyone of your pictures! Your aprons are too cute! You made a great model.

          • At 2010.10.01 11:03, Monet said:

            You are going to do great this weekend! All of your hard work will pay off. And you look just adorable in your outfit for the bake-off! I would vote for you on your picture alone :-). How cool that you were able to meet with that pastry chef too! I would have loved to learn some tips and to walk away with such a great plate of goodies. Thanks for sharing love!

            • At 2010.10.01 12:42, kilax said:

              I can’t believe the marathon is so soon! Exciting!

              Love the apron!

              Could you wear something warmer to swim in? Like a body suit or something? I don’t know much about swimming!

              • At 2010.10.01 16:22, Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox said:

                Look at your arms! Uh, not fat. More like ripped. Such a great apron.
                Oh my gosh, is it that close to marathon time? Already???
                You’re going to rock that contest. And the marathon. Got faith.

                • At 2010.10.01 16:37, Katie said:

                  Love the apron!!! That chicken looks ridiculous!! Problem is my bf does not like to mix meat/salt and fruit! I just don’t understand this! I love it! Great job! I bet baked pears would be good too! Good luck this weekend!

                  • At 2010.10.01 17:14, Karen said:

                    Really cute apron! And your orange sauce for the chicken sounds fantastic…yum!

                    • At 2010.10.01 18:26, Shandy said:

                      I would save you a seat anytime =). Thank you for stopping by and complimenting the wild mushroom soup and gourgeres! Talk to you soon, Shandy

                      • At 2010.10.01 21:05, Claudia said:

                        I hope you have the grandest of weekends. Savor! Love the excitement building.

                        • At 2010.10.02 14:45, Liz said:

                          Love the apron!!

                          • At 2010.10.02 21:27, Anabela said:

                            Love the arm and my dear, your arms do not look fat, they look fab!

                            • At 2010.10.02 21:28, Anabela said:

                              Sorry that is suppose to say love the apron….LOL I’m sure you knew what I meant 😉

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