Hello. D/K here with a guest blog. One of the serious short- comings of internet commun- ication is smell. OK all other forms of communication from TV to telephone also have this lack—with the possible exception of the direct mail and magazines with their perfume ads and scratch and sniff. But I digress.
Every once in a while I like to surprise Cupcake (Victoria) with a food challenge. It’s a cross between Iron Chef and Hell’s Kitchen—but in a nice way, without all the swearing. The most recent challenge was a Buxted Chicken (that’s a brand name by the way) and shallots. If you want to get technical, it was chicken leg quarters. And at 88 cents a pound, I couldn’t pass it up.
While Cupcake is always up for a challenge, this one blew me away. You know how you are out at a great homestyle restaurant? Think Claim Jumper or Mrs. Knott’s Chicken back in the day. The first thing that hits you when the meal is served is the amazing aroma. So here…in Smell-o-vision… Cupcake’s Barbecued Leg Quarters and Shallot Mashed Potatoes. I have no idea how she made them, since she didn’t use a recipe, but just started throwing stuff into pans. So you will have to beg and plead and promise to comment more often, until she posts the recipes for these bad boys. Just from my observation--the chicken starts off on a hot grill and then moves to the oven with some homemade sauce.
Okay...here are the recipes, folks: