Orange marmalade is a pantry staple at our house in the summer.
Mon mari likes it on toast.
I like it in marinades.
When you are marinating any sort of meat it helps to poke it with a fork a few times, then turn to soak up the marinade.
I think that is especially important with chicken breasts…. They can be a bit bland otherwise.
These have to be watched as the sugar in the marmalade can easily burn.
Grilled Orange Chicken Breasts
Total time: 30 minutes
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 3 tbs soy sauce
- 3 tbs orange marmalade
- 1/4 tsp powdered ginger
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- In small bowl mix all ingredients except chicken breasts.
- Put chicken breasts in shallow baking dish (or something with sides) and spoon marinade over.
- Let marinate for 15 minutes.
- Cook on barbecue grill for 12 – 15 minutes or until done.
- Remove and let rest 5 minutes. Slice and serve.
I got my hair cut yesterday.
I’ve had my hair cut in the past, but it’s not something I enjoy so I tend to procrastinate as long as possible.
When I could no longer put it off, I had been just popping in to one of the chain shops in the strip mall, which I particularly hated. This time I decided to go to a private salon.
I actually enjoyed it… almost. It was an interesting experience.
In the US, before I started avoiding hair cuts, I had a regular stylist.
She would meet me in the reception area and escort me to her chair. We would discuss what was to be done. She would comment on the state of my hair, inevitably recommending products that she sold and I could buy that would vastly improve it.
Then we would go to the sink where she would wash and condition my hair.
Back at her chair she would cut my hair, then dry it, curl it, fuss with it, talking non-stop the entire time. She would charge me $50.00 plus tip of $10.00 (this was 20 years ago) and, an hour later, I was done.
Yesterday, I was greeted at the door (no reception area) by a young woman who escorted me to the sinks.
She washed my hair.
For some reason the French never use conditioners…. which results in a somewhat painful comb-out.
When my hair was washed she escorted me to a station.
Immediately, a second woman came over, greeted me, and proceeded to comb out my hair.
When it was tangle free she left and a third woman came over. She greeted me and asked how much I wanted take off. I told her and she cut it.
(I found out later she was the owner of the shop….)
Then she left and the second woman came back and did the blow-dry.
When it was dry she left and the third woman came back, fussed and clipped a bit more and asked if I liked it.
I said yes, and she left.
The first woman came back, brushed me off, escorted me to the desk and told me it was 34 euro (about $38.00).
Thirty minutes and I was done.
No one chatted.
There were, of course, five other people in the shop in various stages of service.
It was very efficient which I liked.
It was also both impersonal and friendly, which I also liked.
I may go back in a reasonable amount of time.. rather than wait until it gets tangled in the bike spokes.