Summer dinner with friends and how to do it without sweating in the kitchen too much

30 Jul

Wow, summer is here and we have a heat warning in effect for the last 4 days here in Southern Ontario.

A lot of people are complaining, because they have forgotten this:


But it is summer now and living in the middle of a huge continent we are supposed to have hot summers and cold winters.

I love all seasons and do not mind a good hot summer, makes me look forward to fall and sweaters and long walks and hacks through the forests.

But we are here now:



And I am embracing it.

Having friends over for dinner is so lovely, sitting outside, fighting off the bugs, but still, I love it.

However, if it is this hot, we all get a bit lazier and slower.

So a dinner party with friends cannot be overly stressful or work intensive, no, it has to be easy, relaxing and fun.

Well that is where the roadkill chicken came in last week.

Too hot to really cook, but too buggy to cook outside.

I went to Dave, out butcher and bought a roadkill chicken, what is that, you might ask?

Well, it is a flattened chicken, marinated already.

And here is the recipe for a nice relaxing evening for all of the people involved, including you, not only your guests.

You need:

1 flattened chicken, you either can buy as such or cut a whole chicken below the breast and half it.

Put it in a big zip bloc bag, mix olive oil, about 2 cups with paprika powder, salt, pepper, chill powder, finely chopped garlic, pour in the bag, massage in well and let sit in the fridge over night.

You also need:

4 carrots, cubed

1 big zucchini, cubed

2 peppers, red and green, cut in pieces

10 cherry tomatoes

1 big onion

8 medium potatoes, cubed as well.

Put all the veggies in a big roasting pan, salt and pepper well and pour over at least a cup of olive oil, more if needed.

photo 1

Now put the chicken on top and put in the oven that is preheated to 400 degrees.

Leave it in there for about 1 hour and 30 minutes, stirring the veggies half way through.

Maybe also adding a bit of water, if it gets too dry and there, you have this beautiful dinner, all in one pan, no need to sweat in the kitchen.

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A big green salad with it and yummy.

For dessert, I served ice cream sandwiches , good quality cookies with best quality vanilla ice cream wedged in between…

A light rose wine will be the utmost icing on this cake…so to speak.

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