Can I justify this as a rainy night Roast Chicken?

Posted on July 18, 2011


I started trying to think up justifications for this roast chicken at about minute thirty-seven of its roasting time. It is the middle of July. Why did I want to turn up the oven to 450 degrees again?

Well, it was raining… for like 4 minutes, but the prediction of scattered thunderstorms could have meant anything! A four minute shower, or a hour-long pour… I had all the best intentions to grill tonight, really, but I would have had to go buy charcoal, and I would have had to cut up the chicken, and I should have had to set it marinate 12 hours ago, and it really could have had poured!

Annnnnnd, this morning I read this post by Rebecca Crump at Ezra Pound Cake, who has been running a slew of spectacular Harry Potter-themed menus lately. And I said to myself (in an English accent), wouldn’t it be lovely to just to pop this bird in the oven?

So I did, and then I started sweating, from the heat and from the mental stress of an intense introspective interrogation. I got pretty creative with my justifications. It started with the rain theme, simple and universal.  Then, I moved on to the world of wizardry for some solidarity with the current cultural craze.

Then I tried to get all psychological. I remembered my friend Nicole told me about a new cooking show she came across on BBC — The Delicious Miss Dahl. With all systems go for practicing my English accent, I reminded myself that Miss Dahl cooks according to how she is feeling, so there are dishes for melancholy, and romance, and nostalgia…

Well, today was just a roast chicken and mashed potatoes kind of day. I threw in some sauteed spinach and caramelized onions, too, just because I felt like it. (Just in case you lost yours, according to my food-mood interpretation card, that means I’m feeling lazy and hungry…and English!)

Check out Ezra Pound Cake for more about her Easy Roast Chicken. I don’t think I knew it would be this easy! I basically just did what she said — pat dry, lightly oil, salt and pepper, bake at 450 for 50 minutes — except I also rubbed my bird with some paprika. The high temp definitely made for a super crispy skin!  I also got hungry for mashed potatoes after reading her Mashed Potatoes with Scallions and Lemon Zest! Thanks for the inspiration, Rebecca. Now I just need to make some dessert….