Friday, May 21, 2010

First Summer Fruits and the Shortest Recipe Ever

First Summer Fruits

On Wednesday, my delighted husband rushed in the house with treasures!  Peppers!  These two little green cayenne peppers are the first fruits of our summer garden.  Woohoo!

The one on top is abbreviated because said delighted husband BIT it to see how hot it would be.  It was pretty hot.  Haha!

FYI, i don't think cayenne peppers are ripe at this point.  I think they're supposed to be red.  Not sure.  He was eager.

The Shortest Recipe Ever!

Garden man took the in-tact pepper to his dad, so i was left with this lone 2/3 of a pepper on my counter - and not sure what to do with it.  Until yesterday, when i was crock potting a chicken.  This, by the way, is the best way to cook a chicken, unless you're frying it.  Just stick the whole thing in the crock pot and turn it on.  Trust me.  I stuck a piece of an onion and several garlic cloves inside the bird.  I also put a small amount of orange juice in the bottom of the pot.

Then about half way through cooking, i asked my honey what he thought about sticking that piece of a pepper in there.  "Sure, why not?"  So i did.

So here's my recipe.

If you're gonna crock pot a chicken, stick a cayenne pepper in it.

That's was it.  That's the whole recipe.

It was so good!  All that good flavorful cayenne pepperness saturated the meat of the chicken, and it was delicious, but it wasn't spicy hot.  It was just good.  Everyone should do this all the time.  Seriously.


This is smilax.  You probably have it in your yard.  I strongly recommend the tips in salad.  I'm hoping to prepare them steamed in butter for dinner tonight.  If we catch some fish, we'll have an entirely hunted and foraged dinner.  What fun!

Oh, one more thing, this stuff is similar to some other stuff that's poisonous, so if you're dying to get out there and eat some smilax (like i was), please watch this very helpful and somewhat entertaining video first.  

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