Super Bowl weekend is upon us and it carries the rank of being almost a national holiday for millions around the world. This is the 51st edition of this sports extravaganza and, sad to say, I actually remember the first one. Holy Crap! (thus the reference to toilet bowl above). We’ll have the game on (because nothing else will be broadcast at the same time) but I have to admit – sacrilegious as it may be – I don’t spend a whole lot of time watching the NFL. I don’t participate in any fantasy leagues and I can’t remember the last time I sat down and watched an entire NFL game beginning to end. I know, I know, my manhood may be in question. I am, without question, a homer. I watch the Flames and the Stampeders, Calgary Pro hockey and football teams only. That’s it. I can find time to do that but I just cannot seem to generate the free time to watch other leagues or teams other than the Blue Jays if they are in the hunt. Yep, a confirmed homer am I.
Not sure what dinner delight I will prepare for the Super Bowl but I have found a recipe online that I am making tonite. At one time, I was going to organize a cookbook of favourite recipes for our kids but it is so much easier to just go online these days and try something new. Sometimes they work out and sometime they don’t but, what the hey. Here’s the one I’m making tonight:
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 small onion chopped
- 2 chicken breasts cut into small cubes
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 3/4 cup rice I used Basmati
- 10 oz can cream of chicken soup
- 2 to 3 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 1 cup cheddar cheese
- 1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add chopped onion and cubed chicken. Cook on medium heat for a few minutes until the chicken starts to brown a bit. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in garlic and cook for another 30 seconds until garlic gets aromatic.
Add the rice, cream of chicken soup and chicken broth. Start with 2 cups of chicken broth and if more is needed add more until rice is fully cooked. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook over medium heat until the rice is fully cooked, stirring occasionally, should take about 15 minutes or so. Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary.
Add the broccoli florets and half the cheese then continue cooking for 2 more minutes, until broccoli softens a bit. Sprinkle over the top with remaining cheese and place the skillet under the broiler for a couple more minutes, just until it melts and starts to brown a bit.
Garnish with fresh parsley and serve.
My friend, author and former book writing client Joanie Hebert Lalond came across this incredible website with videos of some of the all time greatest songs ever. One of my favourites of the golden (oldie) age of music is this one:
And based on the following video and the reference to Trump’s chief strategist, maybe I will change back to my birth name for a little while. Look at that, I almost made it through the entire blog without a political reference!