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Tuesday, June 30, 2009


HP proved again on Saturday night, budget dining does not have to mean crappy dining.

As usual, he had spent far too much of his time tooling on the internet. However, on this occasion, instead of waking up to an inbox of links to interesting news stories and You Tube clips, I found a mail suggesting that, after his Saturday gym session, I join him for a pint in The Artillery Arms and then for a heapin’ helping of “fried” spicy chicken wings using a recipe he had gleaned from this great blog on that there World Wide Web.

I obtained special dispensation from my intended to indulge in the best part of a pint of Fuller’s Discovery and then flopped on the couch watching TV on Demand while he prepared the meal.

For about £7, he had bought sixteen meaty organic wings from Waitrose and, after jointing them in to three parts, dusting them in seasoned flour and tossing in Frank’s Hot Sauce, had baked them on a rack for an hour, turning once. That much was fairly straightforward but it was the second stage that made these some of the best wings I had tried.

He made a simple glaze out of chilli flakes, garlic, ginger, sugar, soy sauce and rice vinegar, which he reduced together in a pan while the wings were cooking. After they came out of the oven he tossed them in the sauce and let them sit for five minutes so the sauce soaked into the flesh but still left the skin crisp and golden.

The result was a glorious and gloriously messy supper, which with an excellent and simple cabbage, sesame seed, carrot and grain mustard slaw, fed us both for well under £10. The wings fell apart under the slightest tooth pressure and the sauce was hot, spicy, sweet and entirely delicious.

HP matched it with a glass or two of Albarino. Me? Well, being well aware that Sybil would know if I was lying and that she is more than capable of kicking my ass, kept to the orange juice.

Well worth a try. The wings, that is, not kicking my arse

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Blogger Grobelaar said...

These look, dare I say...?

...Finger lickin' good!

It's like the sort of thing that that/those infernal chicken shops would have you believe were available to buy from them - but are in fact so far removed from what's available that you'd probably have an easier time contemplating travel to Alpha Centauri.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 8:11:00 pm  
Blogger Alex Watts said...

These sound a lot more delicious than the deep-fried version. Was it just the fat from the chicken and the flour that made them crispy and brown, or were they pan-fried first? Pretty healthy meal what with the salad and everything - oh and the orange juice!


Wednesday, July 01, 2009 12:11:00 am  
Anonymous Greg said...

Orange juice??!!!Only a part of a pint??!!!You are obviously in transition from a Hermano to a got it bad matey.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009 8:58:00 am  
Blogger Hermano 1 said...

Just the fat from the wings c/w the flour. Surprisingly they didn't dry out at all after 1 hour @ 200C.


Wednesday, July 01, 2009 10:41:00 am  
Anonymous Dan said...

the slaw looks great too - any chance of a recipe?

Wednesday, July 01, 2009 1:40:00 pm  
Blogger Hermano 1 said...

Shredded White Cabbage, grated Carrot, grated onion, Mayonnaise, carraway seeds, Dijon mustard, seasoning, squeeze of lemon.

Something gave off a bit of liquiD. So possibly better to serve straightaway. There's loads of variations so it's a good one to experiment with.


Wednesday, July 01, 2009 4:04:00 pm  
Anonymous Dan said...

thank you!

Saturday, July 04, 2009 3:13:00 pm  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks ever so much for linking to the fabulous recipe, Hermanos. Was out of soy & rwv, so made my own sticky honey-mustard-garlic-lemon glaze. (In the words of Borat) Great Success!

Friday, July 24, 2009 8:10:00 pm  

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