Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Wishes and Spicy Chicken Wings

Once upon a time, there was a girl who had only one wish. A puppy for Christmas. A warm, cuddly, snuggly little puppy with a sweet, round little belly. She missed having a doggie to walk to the end of the world and back with. One that would keep her feet company in the car on those long trips to France.
Well, that girl (who never stopped believing in Santa Claus) got her wish. A little miracle crossed her path and she named him Pastis. That girl, dear reader, is moi!
(in Dutch: a beast with a bite)
As you can imagine, the word 'happy' does the way I feel little justice. I am thrilled with the new addition to the family. Thrilled, and  also tired! Puppy training is a demanding job and between all that hard work, life goes on!
We were pretty exhausted yesterday so when dinner time rolled around, I was really in the mood for something easy and tasty. It had been too long since I had made chicken wings and boy did I know they would hit the spot on an evening like that! A side of steamed broccoli dressed with a tangy sauce, a loaf of bread , a bottle of wine and a very happy family! It's going to be a wonderfully memorable Christmas!
PS: Pardon the lack of photo this time, but here's the recipe for the chicken wings. Double as needed and serve them as warm party snack during your holiday gatherings.

Spicy Chicken Wings
Serves 3 happy souls on a cold December night
12 chicken wings
few tbsps mild olive oil
sea salt and freshly-ground pepper
2 tbsps grainy mustard
2 tbsps honey
2 tbsps piment d'Espelette spicy sauce (or any other brand of spicy pepper sauce, not too hot!)
4 tbsps orange juice
pinch of chilli flakes

Preheat the oven to 190C. Heat the oil in a frying pan and brown half of the wings. Place them in a baking pan and continue with the other half. Whisk the ingredients for the sauce and bring them to a boil. Reduce the heat and allow to cook for about 5 minutes. Pour the sauce over the wings, brushing it into all sides of the meat. Pop in the oven for 15 minutes. Turn the wings over and cook for another 15 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

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