The Australians are quite an extreme population, walk on the streets and you either see the fitness freaks jogging along the Yarra River during lunch time, guys with the biggest biceps but with tiny legs and then you have the opposite side of the spectrum, huge overweight guys and girls, young to old. I maybe generalising of course, but you get the overall picture.
So what is the relevance with food?
The eating pattern of the Australians ultimately determine the price of the produce and with all the healthy conscious people eating chicken breast and the unhealthy ones eating Schnitzels and nuggets, things like chicken drumsticks are unbelievably cheap especially if you don't care whether its been pumped up with hormones or lived in a cage of its same size.
For as little as AUD4.50, i bought 8 drumsticks that day. To convert or not to convert, i must say its a pretty good deal. It is something along the lines of 50 cents a drumstick?
So with lesson 2, lets get a little more adventurous and use the oven today.
Firstly though, the marinade for the chicken.
1. I am a person who dumps anything i can get hold of to marinade meat, and be generous especially if you don't have time for it sit in the fridge. Lets start off with some garlic, shallots, oyster sauce, soya sauce (a little), black pepper, paprika powder, olive oil and some herbs off the bottle (unless you have fresh ones, of course) like rosemary or thyme. Make sure its coated well.
2. Pre-heat the oven at 200 deg.
3. Pop it in along with some root vegetables like sweet potato drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper.
4. Close to the 40 minute mark, brush with honey and crank up the temperature to 220 deg for 10 minutes. At this point make sure you turn the chicken drumsticks around after 5 minutes.
5. Your drumsticks should be well cooked and hopefully caramelized from the honey!
If you are unbelievably hungry, once you see that the meat is cooked through and there is no blood between the meat and bone, feel free to skip to Step 4 and spread the honey.
The chicken is in the oven, how is it going to look like when it is done?
I wished mine was more caramelized but it came with unusually little skin to get that effect.
Serve with some side vegetables and if you like some rice or noodles and you got a whole meal. An average person should be well fed with 3-4 drumsticks and that means the whole meal shouldn't cost you more than AUD 3-4, what a deal right?
So if Joe can cook, so can you.......?