I’ve actually managed to do quite a lot of cooking over the past few days, pretty good, right? So I’ve got quite the backlog of recipes and write-ups to get through, luuucky you!
This particular recipe is brought to you by Momma Lee. It’s a favourite recipe of hers which she adapted from a friend, and is super simple to put together, especially as she uses pre-cooked chicken legs. Very refreshing for the summer and keeps well in the fridge. Pretty sure we’ve been eating it quite a lot over the past few days…
Although the recipe calls for a mayo dressing, I actually think this would work quite well with a vinaigrette dressing too. So if you want to keep things a tad healthier, omit mayonnaise and replace with a simple vinaigrette. The actual recipe is so simple it really only has two steps.
Momma Lee has very particular tastes and is uber critical of my food (she is, after all, my primary food tester) so when she says something’s good you know it’s good. I also know it’s good when she makes me make it over and over and over and over (etc.) again. She made me make my butternut squash risotto three nights in a row, including one night for a massive dinner party. She also made me make the linguine a la vongole about four nights in a row.
At least somebody’s eating my cooking.
I just need to mention as well, the quote in the title of this post? It’s from the most ridiculous film ever made, The Room. It was written, produced, directed by and starring a guy called Tommy Wiseau who (despite the fact that he has a very strong German/Eastern-European accent) claims to be American and is possibly the greatest tragedy to grace this planet. Ever. It was apparently released as a thriller but after audiences in the previews nearly died laughing was then billed as a “black comedy”. It had a limited theatrical release then went to DVD, and has since built-up a massive cult following. It apparently has midnight screenings which Tommy Wiseau attends and then gives Q&A sessions with the audience.
I first watched this film when I was living in Portland OR and studying at Reed College, with my playwriting class and professor in our very last class on the recommendation of one of my friends. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much, so hard or so frequently during any film before. It is so horrendously bad that it is absolutely hilarious. Definitely one of the most quotable films ever – right up there with Kung Pow: Fist of Fury.
Find it, watch it, be amazed. I’ve watched it again twice in the past two days. It’s just amazing.
Anyway, hope you enjoy this chicken salad as we’re getting to the end of summer (in the UK it’s already been dead and buried for a good month or so, sob). It is uber tasty.
Momma Lee’s Tangy Chicken Salad
8 pre-roasted chicken legs, skinned and roughly torn into bite-sized pieces
2 avocados, cubed
2 tbsps mango chutney
Handful of seedless red grapes, halved
Juice of half a lime
Mayonnaise, to taste
Salt & freshly ground black pepper
Cayenne pepper, to taste
1. Combine all ingredients for salad, add enough mayonnaise to coat and give it a good mix.
2. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper, add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper and serve.
3. That’s it. I know. Simples. Try to resist scoffing the whole thing at once. Goes very well as an accompaniment to a barbecue, or even as a main meal. Nom.
That’s all for now. Expect more from me very soon. There is so. Much. To. Share. Until then, peace and love.