Over the years I have been asked about various foods that people have heard are hard or impossible to find here; peanut butter and sour cream heading the list.
We have many choices for both.
One that I was surprised to find here, but no one has asked about, is maple syrup. It just seemed uniquely American.
And so it is…. North American.
French Canadian, to be more precise.
There are almost always booths at the Christmas markets with all sorts of stuff from Québec, ranging from moccasins to parkas to blankets to maple syrup.
And, of course, it’s in the International Food section in all the supermarkets.
I’m not sure what the French do with it, though.
I’ll ask next week.
Chicken with Maple Mustard Pan Sauce
Total time: 30 minutes
- 2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, cut in half
- 1 medium red onion, chopped
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp parsley
- 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) chicken broth
- 3 tbs maple syrup
- 2 tbs Dijon-style mustard
- 1 tbs sherry vinegar
- 1 tbs cornstarch (maizena, corn flour) dissolved in 2 tbs chicken stock
- Sauté onion in oil in skillet over medium-high heat, about 5 minutes.
- When onion starts to brown add chicken breasts, and sauté until lightly browned, about 7 minutes.
- Stir in herbs, broth, maple syrup, mustard and vinegar.
- Cover, reduce heat and simmer until chicken is done, about 15 minutes.
- Add cornstarch mixture and stir until sauce is thickened.
- Serve from skillet of spoon onto a small platter.
Does anyone (besides me) remember the ‘Friends’ episode where Monica was using a tiny vacuum to clean the outside of her big vacuum?
I felt like that today.
I’ve been cleaning.
I debated putting it off until spring but better sense prevailed.
When one heats with wood it gets dusty.
I can write my name on any surface 2 days after I clean. It just seems like a useless effort.
But I do have my pride and we are having guests over the weekend….
Not everyone considers blowing out computers part of regular cleaning, but we do chez nous.
I don’t do it every time, but I do try to get them both clean every 6 weeks or so in the winter.
It’s easy, actually. I just take the towers, keyboards, router…. anything that has a fan out to the barn. I take the covers off and blow them out with the air compressor.
Air compressors are marvelous tools for dust removal.
I also use it to clean the vacuum filters.
Monica would be jealous.