All I wanted to do was go buy a jar of local honey.
I really haven’t been doing much ‘real’ cooking these past couple of weeks because I’ve been trying to finalize the last items for the kitchen remodeling job and pretty much everything that could break, broke. Although my kitchen designer has everything under control and ready to start at the beginning of October, I still have to find a bathroom vanity that I can have a soapstone sink dropped into. I didn’t think that would be so hard, except most places sell the vanities with the top and sink already installed and I’m looking for a funky, cottage style cabinet that the fabricator can then make a sink to fit.
Then there’s all the men showing up at my house. The new neighbors have got to be wondering if I’m running a bordello here because I’ve got a new guy at my door every few hours. Let’s see, first the septic pump guy – had to wait for him. Then one chilly morning I found that the oil burner didn’t want to kick on so that meant hanging around waiting for another guy to show up to fix that. I was trying to get a couple different quotes from tile guys for the floors so that was another 2 guys at my door on different days. Then I had to wait for an electrician to come take a look at our wiring to get a quote for a generator that we’ll be putting in (after 5 days without power last year we decided we’re too old for roughing it). Oh, and when the oil burner guy showed up we noticed that the 100 gallon hot water tank was leaking all over the basement floor…can we get another guy out here to take a look at that? There was a lot of car shuffling too since my daughter’s car had a problem and we swapped cars around. As soon as her car was fixed, my husband’s car broke down so he needed some rides.
So, as I said, I just wanted to go out and buy a jar of honey to make this super easy honey chicken dish.
No problem – Lola and I hopped in the car for what should have been an uneventful run to a local farm for a jar of honey. It was a glorious day and Lola was all happy ass about finally getting out until I had to slam on my brakes, just about putting her through the back seat. You see, I was driving on this narrow back road when Granny came flying down a side street, not bothering to stop, and came careening into the road in front of me. No, she was not driving a car because I’m guessing her kids took the keys away. They must have forgotten to lock up the golf cart she was driving which had a metal cage on the front and looked something like this:
She had her little white lap dog beside her and did manage to stop her buggy just in front of my car but she was clearly upset that I slowed her down because she started cussing me out – I was a crazy driver and should watch where I(she) was going. I would have just smiled and said “oh the poor dear” until she started swinging her croquet mallet at my car. Yes, let me recap:
– Granny on a golf cart racing onto a through street
– white lap dog
– croquet mallet
– mouth like a drunken sailor
You just can’t make this stuff up and I can verify that at least I was sober. Rather than risk getting my headlights bashed in, I decided to forego the “poor dear” stuff & shifted into first gear getting around her as fast as I could.
I’m not sure if her kids thinks she’s safer in the golf cart or if they just didn’t think she’d grab it to make an escape, but they really should lock up everything with wheels. I’m not sure where she was going or what her hurry was…maybe she was late for bingo or maybe she was off to meet these gentlemen:
In any case I had to get out of there and after Lola righted herself in the backseat doing the doggie head cocking thing – left…right…what the???? we got the damn honey and we had a very tasty dinner while I was able to entertain my husband with a much more interesting story than what the electrician had to say.
– Pound skinless chicken breasts until very thin, then let sit for a bit in milk
– Coat each chicken cutlet with breadcrumbs
– Mix honey and water to taste: I used about 3 TBL of honey to 6 TBL of water
– In large skillet, brown cutlets over medium heat until lightly brown on one side
– Flip each cutlet to brown the other side & spoon honey/water over the chicken, let simmer until lightly browned and just cooked through.