Sunday, July 7, 2013

A day of sailing and spit roast chicken

The July long weekend was spectacular this year almost too hot and sunny the entire weekend, so we jumped at an opportunity to go sailing with some friend on the Sunshine Coast. On Saturday when we were in a race the winds died to almost nothing and though a pleasant day, not a great sailing day.  On Sunday however we found some strong winds, that provided some amazing sailing.

Before we went out sailing however I made a marinade for a whole chicken in anticipation of a spit roast chicken for dinner. I used the same technique that I have been using for chicken lately of combining some tomatoes, onions, herbs and spices in a small food processor to make something that is somewhere between a rub and a marinade. This time I wanted to bring some of those Caribbean jerk flavours in to the mix

handful of cilantro
dozen grape tomatoes
1 red hot pepper
2 garlic cloves
1/2 red onion
1 teaspoon of allspice
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of salt
good grind of black pepper
1 tablespoon of honey

combine all the ingredients in a mini food processer.

Chop to a pulp

Spread this evenly over the whole chicken (or chicken pieces)

Place in the fridge and go sailing and swimming.

It was so warm that it was like sailing in the tropics with warm winds and when you came out of the water there was no need to wrap a towel around you.  A memorable day indeed. As it was so warm we were not eating until later and we got back to the house around 7:00.  Put the chicken on the spit roast and went for another swim in the bay.  When we came back and cleaned up the chicken was almost ready.

We made a simple green salad and cooked some local fingerling potatoes in tin foil on the barbecue with rosemary and olive oil.

The chicken was moist and extremely tasty with a nice hit of heat.

A memorable meal and a memorable day. We all talked about how blessed we were as we sailed in the warm winds and beautiful scenery listening to Van Morrison singing "These are the days".

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