Pomegranate Chicken and Don’t Be Cruel

If people want plastic surgery that’s their business.  Though vanity can get many into trouble.  It gets a bit obvious.  But hey if they want to muck about with their bodies regardless of the outcome that’s their business.  But I really have a problem when people extend their vanity to their dogs.

I took my goofy dogs to the vet the other day and there was this little doberman puppy with its ears taped up.  Without thinking (something I do a lot!) I asked what happened to him.  They replied that it is normal to do this.  I said if it was normal they would be born that way.  I was so disgusted!  Our neighbour did that to his boxer as well.  The poor thing was taped up for over a year.

Of course they were a bit snarky about it and while I was weighing Murphy he overturned a cookie bowl and I had to wrestle them off the cookies.  So much for keeping my dignity!

I asked the vet if he really performs these unnecessary procedures.  Being that it was his first day he said he would ask his dad who owns the practice.  Though he did say they are between a rock and a hard place because if they don’t do it and do it safely these people would go elsewhere and possibly harm the dogs more.  I really would they would ban these procedures.

I stuck with the salad theme last week as the warm weather continued.  A while back Chica Andaluza blog about a chicken made with pomegranate molasses.  It looks amazing.  But it was too hot to bake so I mixed it up a bit so I could grill the chicken.

In a bowl mix the following:

8oz of plain greek yoghurt

2 Tablespoons of pomegranate molasses

3-4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1″sq/2.cm of fresh garlic grated

1-2 teaspoons of chili powder

1/2 teaspoon of garam marsala

Season with sea salt.

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Mix well and add the chicken to marinate for at least an hour.

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Heat the grill to medium. I ran into a bit of trouble with the chicken sticking which was unfortunate as it left some of the flavour on the grill!

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For the dressing I mixed up a bit of olive oil, pomegranate molasses, and white balsamic vinegar.  I also made some croutons.  Slice some bread and butter both sides.  Season with dry rub and cube the bread and brown in a dry skillet.  Slice the chicken and top the salad and serve.

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Nice and light.  It was the first time using the pomegranate molasses and I really like it.  Now to figure out what else I can use it!

The Crown Jewels of the Fruit World – Pomegranates

Pomegranates are funny things.  There is a bit of prep to enjoy but it is worth it.  I don’t know how far south I would have to move in order to grow them but it is certainly too cold up here to have the trees.  We can easily get the juice in stores up here, even the liquor flavoured with pomegranate but the actual fruit is a rare sight indeed.  So it was very exciting to see some in our local co-op and it was organic to boot!  Score!

I brought a couple home with me because once they are prepped they are a great snack.  A few years ago I saw a way on the internet which I’ve used to get the little pearls out.  I can’t for the life of me remember where on the internet though.

I start by cutting the top off and scoring round the skin.

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I tear the fruit into sections.  It is such a pretty fruit.

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Here’s the bit I read about.  Take a large bowl of cold water and gently release the pearls from the pith.  Because it’s hard to get all the pith the water helps with the separation.  The pith will float and the pearls will sink.  You will still need to peel some stragglers from the pearls but it helps to cut down on the removal of the pith.

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Once it is done all that’s left to do is to enjoy the fruit.  It took me about 15 minutes to do two fruit.

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I love the burst of juice when you eat these.  Just wish the seeds tasted a bit better!  Ah well.  🙂