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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Thanksgiving, the Pakistan cricket team, and Greek chicken for ferocity and prettiness

Live well, eat well, play well, and look devastatingly good while you're at it
That’s right, it’s Thanksgiving in Canada today, a day to reflect on all the things we have to be thankful for.  Good friends, good family, and good food.  But that’s not all, people; for all of us cricket fans there’s a great test series coming up.  You got it, the lovely lads of Pakistan are back for a three test match series against my second-favourites Sri Lanka starting on October 18 in Abu Dhabi. 
His Handsomeness Wahab Riaz
Goodness gracious it’s exciting and goodness gracious I’m thankful to finally get to see his Handsomeness Wahab Riaz back in action.  I’m also thankful that Umar Gul-zilla is back after being rested and I want him to develop a ferocious appetite for Sri Lanka scalps!  Heavens, one can get aggressive just thinking about him unleashing the bowling beast and breaking some Sri Lanka furniture!  Go  Gulzilla!  Go Handsomeness!

Will Gulzilla unleash the scalp-taking beast?
Now as much as I’d like to think that Pakistan can win this one with their hands tied behind their backs, the truth is that Sri Lanka are rather good.  As  mentioned earlier,  the ridiculously handsome Riaz and wicket-hungry Gulzilla were rested during the tour of Zimbabwe, but were they well-fed?  A poor diet can have atrocious consequences, such as poor sporting performances and a loss of one’s looks.  We simply cannot have Gulzilla bowling feebly nor Wahab Riaz losing his pretty face ( I would die.  I would simply DIE). 
Therefore, to make sure our super sporting gents of Pakistan do well, in case they’ve been eating poorly, let’s influence them to make this lovely Greek roasted chicken for their dinner.  Reap the benefits of eating well, macho men!   Go tear Sri Lanka to shreds, and look fabulous while you do it, lads!  Now go get your hair nets and aprons, gents, and let’s get to the kitchen pronto.
Kairene’s Greek Chicken to Take Scalps and Inflict Sporting Pain
1 whole chicken, skin on, about 1.5 kgs
¼ pound butter
¼ cup olive oil
2 teaspoons salt (use less if you wish)
Crushed black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon or more of finely chopped fresh oregano
A couple of pinches of finely chopped fresh dill
Juice of two lemons
Pre-heat the oven to 190 C or 375 F.
Heat the butter and oil, and pour half into a baking pan to cover the bottom.
Put the chicken in the pan, and sprinkle on the salt, pepper, oregano and dill.
Mix the remaining butter and oil with the lemon juice and spread it evenly on the chicken.
Bake at 375 F or  190 C for about an hour and a half, less time if you’ve got a smaller chicken, more time if you’ve got a larger one.
Baste the chicken 3 or 4 times while cooking to keep it moist.
Now if you like, it’s possible to make some gravy to go with the chicken.  When the chicken is done, remove it from the pan.  Add some boiling water to the drippings in the pan.  In a separate bowl, add about two tablespoons of flour or cornstarch to half a cup of water, and stir it until there are no bumps.  Add this mix to the pan, and stir it.  Then put the pan back in the oven and bake for five minutes at 450 F or 220 C .
Serve with rice, potatoes, or salad, or all three for a great big dinner.
And there’s a Greek chicken that will spell doom for Sri Lanka but sporting success and prettiness for you.   That’s right Pakistan, look alive and look good!

Happy cooking, happy cricket, and Happy Thanksgiving and happy handsomeness.

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