Monday, April 14, 2008
We took advantage of the nice weather last week by grilling outside for the first time this season. I marinated chicken breasts in Jerk seasoning from Herbs & Spice and Everything Nice at Findlay Market. I love their staff; they’re always helpful in explaining tastes and flavors of herbs and spices new-to-me. On my last visit, a young gentleman introduced me to the jerk seasoning. I’ve had Jerk Chicken at restaurants but I’ve never cooked with it in my own kitchen. After he finished listing the ingredients in the seasoning, the husband bought some for grilling. Ingredients that I remember are allspice, garlic and cayenne- the important ones.
We even had pineapple so it made for a perfect Jamaican themed dinner.
As you can see, I doused the chicken with the seasoning. Although the chicken was tender and aromatic, the flavors didn’t shine through really well. I think the missing component was salt. I didn’t add it for marinating because I couldn’t remember if it was one of the ingredients in the mix. Next time I’ll definitely include it to marinate chicken or vegetables.
I am ecstatic flowers are blooming, the temperatures are in the 60s and 70s and the days are longer. Welcome Spring- I hope you're here to stay. (please don't remind me about Sunday night's freezing temperatures)
Have you grilled yet? If so, what have you made?