Long weekend Role-Playing Game, and food: Chicken casserole - The Lyorn's Den
Tue Oct. 4th, 2016
10:56 pm - Long weekend Role-Playing Game, and food: Chicken casserole
We used the three-day-weekend for a relaxed character-driven role playing game (kind of "Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters" in a military SF setting.)
My catgirl is still too cute to be true.
Trouble came calling in the way of a woman with too much influence and too much time on her hands who felt that an anti-mutant-movement would be fun. Also, mountain survival training, one of the other classes blowing up the chem lab, hacking the school network (again), and landing troop of killer robots.
During the battle scene, we had Árstíðir playing, which gave a very good effect. I am usually not a fan of music in RPGs: First, what it accomplishes in setting the mood, it destroys by having the GM interrupt the story to sort through their music collection just when focus is most needed, and second, it raises the general level of noise, so everyone is talking louder and you do not really hear the music anyway. But that moment, it worked really well.
We cooked chicken casserole (feeds 6 to 8) :
In a big casserole (mine has nine litres volume), brown 2 kg of chicken legs (with skin and bone, cut at the joint) on the skin side in a bit of oil or ghee.
Take out, pour a big bowl of diced veggies into the hot fat: 250 grams each of red onions and white onions, 250 grams of celery (next time I'll use parsley root, I just like it better), 250 grams of carrots, 250 grams each of red and yellow bell peppers, 500 grams of sweet potatoes (give or take 50 grams each way, it does not matter). With the veggies, throw in 250 gram of sliced or diced hot chorizo.
Fry until it starts to stick to the bottom, or until you are bored. Deglaze with some water, then add 1 litre of chicken broth, some hot sauce, some tomato paste, a bunch of laurel leaves, a few twigs of thyme, and some salt. Put the chicken parts on top, skin up, cover the pot, and put in the oven at 180°C for about 90 minutes. Or for 1 hour, then take it out for the night and re-heat it the next day for about 60 minutes. Last 15 minutes take off the cover.
Fish out the twigs and the laurel leaves. Bones everyone needs to pick out themselves, so use flat bowls.
Serve with flat bread and a bit of sour cream.
And a pull-apart bread for dessert :
Make a yeast dough with milk from 500 grams of flour. Use a tablespoon of butter, no sugar, no eggs. You can let it raise in the fridge for about 6 to 8 hours, to have it ready for baking at breakfast or at coffee time without having to start from scratch. Peel and dice 2 medium-sized apples, while you're at it, soften on medium heat in a bit of butter, season to taste with some sugar, lemon juice, and ground cinnamon.
Roll to about 30*40cm, spread speculoos cookie butter on it, then put the apple mush on. Butter a 25 to 30 cm rectangular cake tin. Cut the dough in stripes as wide as the tin, and put the stripes on top of each other. Cut the pile into pieces as wide as the tin is high. But the resulting heaps into the tin vertically. End pieces have to face dough-side outwards. If it does not fit well, apply gentle force.
Sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes on 200°C. It's done when it sounds hollow if you knock on it. Turn off the oven, put a spoon in the door, and leave it in for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.
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