I used 3 chicken breasts (on the bone with rib meat) and made 4 different meals. To cook the meat, I warmed EVOO in a stewer over medium heat with 2 Tbs of garlic paste, and 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary. When that was warm, I browned the breasts, skin side down, then added water to cover. To that, I added 2 Knorr chicken flavor cubes, sea salt and a variety of herbs that smelled nice. I brought that to a boil, then simmered for 45 minutes
I shredded the meat of all 3 breasts, added about 1/4 of it back to the broth with a cup of carrots, a cup of cauliflower and 1 1/2 cups of lentils to make soup (cooked for another 20 minutes before adding the chicken back in.) With the next 1/4, I made shredded chicken tacos with fresh, homemade salsa, and used the final 1/2 for a plain chicken meal for Thor, and shredded chicken sandwiches for dinner.
To make the salsa, coarsely chop 2 large tomatoes, and finely chop 1 banana pepper, 1 small jalapeno, 1 small onion, 3 cloves of garlic, and juice 2 limes. Put the peppers, onion and garlic in a strainer and pour 2 cups of boiling water over them and let drain well. This softens them and brings out some flavor. Mix everything together with salt and chili powder to taste, then refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
For shredded chicken sandwiches, mound the cold, shredded chicken on foil and sprinkle with cheddar cheese, then broil until cheese is bubbly. Serve on hamburger buns with horseradish sauce. Tasty!
B and I went to see Total Recall last week. While the 3-Breasted Hooker made it back into the film, the bomb-mask (my favorite thing from the original, other than Arnold’s accent) did not.
I didn’t have high hopes for the film, so I wasn’t disappointed when it wasn’t great. I was surprised at what was the whole trouble, though. First, Collin Farrell and Kate Beckinsale were very good in their roles. Farrell was believable as an Everyman who might be a revolutionary. Beckinsale was the perfect sociopath. Both are very easy on the eyes, and stood out against the perfectly dystopian backdrop. Their chemistry was right on target. They reminded me a bit of Pitt and Jolie as Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
The first quarter of the film was promising, though I did lean over to ask B why everyone spoke in an American accent if the only places left on earth were the UK and Australia, and why everyone other than the main characters were Asian. That was a startling defect. How can the whole of the world be Asian, but the only people important to the plot be white, pretty people?
But I could suspend my disbelief. The action was good, the gadgets were cool, and I could get behind Rekal as a possibly safe, possibly sinister place. Then, something horrible happened. Jessica Biel.
Biel has gorgeous hair, beautiful skin, and has an amazing figure. She cannot act. Period. Every scene she was in was diminished by her presence. I wish I could be nicer about that, but it’s sad and true. She brought absolutely nothing to the role other than pretty hair, and really just served the purpose of making me think, “Dang…I never realized Kate Beckinsale could act.” Listen, Beckinsale playing dead was better than Biel playing anything.
Brian Cranston was woefully miscast, as was his wig. Bill Nighy was wasted in his role. He should have had Cranston’s part.
Overall, I had a fine time. It wasn’t the worst movie I’ve ever seen (The Messenger), and it wasn’t the best movie I’ve ever seen (you wouldn’t believe me if I told you.) It was all right. The bad did outweigh the good, so I only give it 2.75 out of 5 stars.