They aren't always based in logic and I am not convinced that we have 100% control over what we like and don't like.
I know that tastes can be "acquired" - mind over matter and all that, but does that mean we really LIKE something?
The older I get, the more decisive I have become about giving things a chance. I will try (almost) anything once. Beyond that, I make no promises. I am not sure if that is a positive or negative trait... #sorrynotsorry
We've stir fried them and roasted them. They've shown up in this dish and that dish.
I've tried. I really have tried, but the love just isn't happening. #sorrynotsorry
Just because I do not harbor great love for the particulars does not mean that I do not love the process.
Cooking foods en papillote (or in this case aluminum foil) is a wonderful means of effortlessly preparing a dish. In this case, I created a foil packet with sweet peas and red onions that I had seasoned with salt and Aleppo pepper (no peppers, no curry powder #sorrynotsorry).
I have already declared that I am holding on to every last shred of summer. In my mind, we are still firmly entrenched in grill season and I didn't have the heart to throw the chicken inside of the foil packet with the vegetables - I really wanted those grill marks and crispy skin... I threw the foil packet on the top rack of the grill while "chicken under a brick (or in this case cast iron skillet)" was cooking on the lower rack. #sorrynotsorry
As a side note, if I could figure out how to get grill marks on peas, I would totally consider trying that. #sorrynotsorry
Since the main point of this recipe was technique, I didn't feel too guilty about going rogue #sorrynotsorry (not that guilt comes into play too often when I veer away from a recipe).
Oven season will be back soon enough - giving me plenty of time to play around with putting the chicken into the packet and bringing me one step closer to following directions...
This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie. The recipe for chicken under a brick can be found here. The recipe for curried chicken, peppers and peas en papillote can be found here.