Up until the age of about 12 – before the teenage storm – I practised mindfulness. I had no idea that’s what it was. It was a game to me. I’d lie on my bed at night with my eyes squeezed shut and try to find the here and the now. When I found either one I’d say its name i.e. ‘here’ or ‘now’. You had to be quick because as soon as you’d found them, they were gone – the moment had passed. I found it easy. I had a great sense of pleasure in being able to place myself, my existence, in the universe – here and now and in that moment. Mindfulness.
I tried the here and now game the other day. It’s not so easy any more. My mind darted from one thing to another and I fell asleep.
After yoga, we have savasana – a great opportunity to let things go and relax. I can do the relaxation to the extent that often after class people say: “Lynda, I could hear someone snoring – was that you?” It normally is. However, sometimes before I fall asleep I come up with a recipe: brandy chicken was one of them. I’ve now adapted the recipe and use ron miel (honey rum).
Lynda’s honey rum chicken
6-7 chicken thighs or drumsticks (skinless)
1 large onion
2-3 sticks of celery
2-3 cloves of garlic
seasoning: salt, pepper, thyme
1-2 tablespoons of ground linseed
a glug* of ron miel (brandy will do)
- Place the chicken pieces in a bowl and season with salt, pepper, lemon juice and thyme and leave to marinade.
- Soften (and sweat) the garlic, onion and celery in a pan (adding salt will help with the sweating).
- Brown the chicken pieces.
- Transfer the chicken to the onion mixture.
- Add a glug of brandy – turn up the heat – and flambé
- De-glaze the pan used for frying the chicken and add those juices to the pot of chicken.
- Cover the pot of chicken and simmer on a low heat for 20-30 minutes.
- Thicken with the ground linseed.
* glug – an onamatopoeic slug
When I make this dish again I’ll take a picture and add it to the blog. I always nag my students about having some kind of visual representation of what they’re talking about so I should practise what I preach.