Time once again for the 4-ingredient challenge, bad puns, and a chance once again to totally screw up a meal. The ingredient list this month was:
- Chicken Breasts
- Wild Rice
- Fava Beans
- Something that begins with the first letter of your name
Some will likely say the biggest challenge for me this month was figuring out what the first letter of my name is, but as it turns out the quest for fava beans won out. They weren’t to be found in any form in the local stores, so after several phone calls this weekend we located them in a Whole Foods store within a 30 minute drive.
Having secured all the necessary groceries (the mystery ingredient was pineapple, in keeping with the original concept of the 4-ingredient challenge of including a fruit) it was time to begin the process of screwing up another meal. The wild rice went on the stove, and the fava beans went on the BS Keg with some garlic cloves.
10 minutes later the fava beans were ready to come off, and on went some untreated pineapple slices. The idea was to grill these, chop them, and include them in the rice later. Another 10 minutes went by, and the pineapple came off the grill while the garlic spent another 25 minutes roasting away. The garlic was going to be used in a roasted garlic-fava bean sauce that would eventually go over the rice, and possibly the chicken depending on how fava beans taste. At this point, I had no idea having never had them before, and I was very concerned they would be like lima beans. Which I despise.
There is a quote from Silence of the Lambs where Hannibal Lecter says “A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.” I should have known from that quote that I wouldn’t be liking any bean paired with liver. Turns out fava beans aren’t as bad as lima beans, but still aren’t much to my liking. Fortunately my wife liked them, because it turns out my kids don’t like them either. For once, the undesirables were going a different direction around the table and got scraped onto her plate instead of mine. I told you, we eat the mistakes around here.
The chicken saved the meal, because the kids and I don’t care much for wild rice either. It was ok, but I’d like to request that it doesn’t show up on a challenge meal again. This is the second time, and if we have to repeat something I’d rather have something a bit more mundane.
But back to the chicken. It was a spicy teriyaki style served with grilled pineapple. Some of my homemade rib rub was mixed with about a half-cup of Yoshida’s Gourmet Sauce and shaken (not stirred) with the chicken breasts before they went on the grill. More pineapple slices went into the marinade and headed for the grill as well.
In retrospect, the pineapple shouldn’t have gone on the grill until after I turned the chicken, so it was a bit cooler when it came time to eat than I would have cared for. At any rate, the roasted garlic-fava bean sauce went over the plated rice, the pineapple went over the chicken with a drizzle of Yoshida’s on top, we took some pictures, and proceeded to pass the fava beans to my wife after taking a bite or two each.
If you are still here after all my blathering on, please take a few minutes and see what the other 4-ingredient bloggers came up with this month. I haven’t read their entries yet, but something tells me others have some interesting stories to tell…
About this month’s “On Our Grills” 4 Ingredient Challenge Bloggers
The BBQ Grail
The BBQ Grail website was created in 2007, initially to document the author’s quest to find the perfect backyard BBQ experience. Since that time The BBQ Grail has become one of the more popular BBQ blogs on the internet and is listed on Alltop.com as one of the top BBQ blogs.
The Dutchess Cooks
After years of cooking, grilling, baking and reading other people’s blogs, she thought “why not start my own blog?” And she did, in 2010, but after a short period of time a blog wasn’t enough and the she started her own website. In her own words: “It’s not my goal to publish or come up with fancy and difficult recipes: just good and delicious food with an international twist! Straight from my plate to yours!”
Grill Adventures by Broadcast Marc
Grill Adventures by broadcastmarc was started in March of 2010. According to the author, he started the BBQ thing when he was 30, before that they ate a lot outside and had fun, but when kids came into their life they started serious cooking. Most of it is really healthy. The grill has a special place in his heart because they love to do things outside. Everything he makes is an adventure, and sometimes they use the books. They try to grill as much as they can year round.
Nibble Me This
Nibble Me This is Chris Grove’s blog about his misadventures in live fire cooking. ”I have no culinary training….I’m just entertaining myself with fire and food”.
Grill Girl – Adventures of a Girl on the Grill
Robyn Medlin is the “grill girl” behind grillgrrrl.com. Her focus is on healthy, simple and creative recipes on the grill. She encourages women to learn to grill as it a great way to create healthy, flavorful dishes without all the fuss and clean up in the kitchen. This “grill girl” holds quarterly “Women’s Grilling Clinics” as a way to encourage women to not be intimated by the grill. As a McCormick’s flavor correspondent for their “This Week in Grilling Campaign”, Robyn shares fun, tropical video recipes documenting her grilling adventures from her backyard in Sunny, Hollywood, Florida.