KFC Double Down- WTF is this?

That’s right Canada, the KFC double-down sandwich has arrived at our doorsteps in all of its greasy glory.  What could be wrong with crispy bacon and jack cheese sandwiched between two pieces of chicken?  It may taste good, but at a whopping 540 calories, 32 grams of fat and 1380 mg of sodium, you’re not doing your body any favours by eating it.

Despite with the obvious health concerns, I decided to man the fuck up and try one.  I was impressed, it was quite tasty.  Would I order it again? probably, but not often.  It definitely isn’t the worst thing on the fast food market that you could eat.

Recipe- Classic Thyme Roasted Chicken in Mushroom Sauce

This dish is simple and delicious.  It’s great any night of the week, and it’s quite easy to prepare.

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken legs
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1-2 cups of mushrooms, sliced (your favourite kind)
  • 1-3 cloves of garlic, chopped (to taste)
  • Dried thyme (to taste)
  • Kosher salt & black pepper
  • 1 tbsp of butter
  • heavy cream (as much as you need)
  • Olive oil

Part 1:  The Chicken

  • Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Pre-heat a large skillet on med-high.  When the skillet is hot, add the olive oil.
  • Place the chicken legs in the skillet and sear on both sides for 1-2 minutes, or until golden brown.  Do not burn.  As the second side browns add the mushrooms, onions, garlic and thyme.
  • Season to taste with kosher salt and black pepper.  Place the skillet in the oven and roast until cooked through.  Chicken is cooked when internal temperature reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove the chicken legs from skillet and place on a serving dish.  Cover it with tinfoil and let it rest as you prepare the sauce.

Part 2: The Sauce

  • Place the skillet (still containing the mushrooms, onions and pan drippings) on hot burner.  If there is excess juices from chicken, drain some away.
  • Add heavy cream to de-glaze pan.  Simmer and reduce until sauce looks thick and creamy.
  • Add butter just before sauce finishes and check for seasoning.

Part 3: Putting it all Together

Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve with roasted potatoes (or rice) and a green vegetable.  I like to garnish the chicken with some finely chopped parsley.

5 Desert Island Albums That I Connect With Emotionally

What is a Desert Island Album?

It’s an album that you couldn’t possibly  live with out, an album that strikes an intense emotional chord with you.  I have compiled a list of 5 albums that fall under this definition for me.

– Miles Davis, Kind of blue (1959)

There is something about this album that seems to put me in a relaxed mood.  It is a landmark recording of modal jazz music.  On top of all that, it just sounds plain good.

The signature riff of “So What” is one of the most famous in jazz music.

– The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main St. (1972)

While listening to an album, atmosphere means a lot to me, and Exile certainly delivers.  It grabs you with the crunchy-clean guitar riffs of “Rocks Off” and drags you along a blistering roller coaster ride of everything that makes rock and roll so good.

“Loving Cup” brings up images of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, whiskey in hand, having a blast with the vocal harmonies.

– The Rolling Stones, Brussels Affair (Bootleg, 1973)

Although this isn’t a “real” album, the music certainly is.  This album remains one of the best live documents of the Stones’ at their peak.  Sound quality isn’t always the best, but that’s not what this album is about.

Mick Taylor’s soaring guitar solo at around the 2:05 mark gives me goosebumps every time.

– Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV (1971)

I love all of Led Zeppelin’s albums, especially I through IV, but if I had to choose, the honours would go to IV.  The reason being is that it gives me the perfect mix of everything I love about getting the Led out.

I love the soft acoustic sounds of “Going to California”

– Rush, 2112 (1976)

I don’t think that going through life without this album would be worth it.  The sound is wonderfully progressive and deliciously rocking.  One of the best Canadian bands.

I strongly urge you to listen to this album in its entirety.

That’s it for the first five.  I may make a part two.  There are many albums that I don’t think I could live without.

Why I bought an iPhone: A Story of Impulse Purchases and Addiction

In order to truly understand why I bought an iPhone we must start about two years before my purchasing decision.

I was in search of a simple cell phone to keep in contact with my family, friends, and colleagues easier. After not so careful consideration I settled on Rogers as a carrier. Looking past the smart phones I spied a cheap Sony Erickson flip phone; 0$ on a 3 year contract. I was sold. It was a simple cellphone with a built-in mp3 player, and low-res camera. The sales consultant graciously gave me the details of the contract. I listened and signed where he told me too. I drove home that day happy that I had taken a step towards easier communication. There was one thing I didn’t think of as I walked out of that store. What if the phone broke before my contract was up.

One day it happened, I flipped open my phone and all I got was a blank white screen. The phone was past its one year warranty by a few months and at that time I did not feel like buying a new phone.

A few months passed without my cellphone. I wasn’t completely devastated without it, I could have managed. What I wasn’t managing well was continuing to pay a $40 dollar bill every month for a mobile plan I couldn’t use. Another few months passed and I caved.

On impulse one day to drive to the local Rogers store to get a replacement for my defective phone. I was determined to get a cheaper phone like the one I already owned, preventing an increase in my contract period. While standing in line waiting for help I spied my soon to be object of desire across the room, my plan to purchase a cheap phone went out the window.

I walked out of the store that day with an iPhone. I now had a more expensive cell phone bill, a longer contract and the makings of an addiction.