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Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Science fiction author Patrick Tylee gets irked with smart phones and just wants to look at the Milky Way from his backyard, read every book he can, and chase around the house his kid and dog.  Learn more about Patrick and his books at his website.

Even the characters in a novel have to eat, and it gives me a chance to enhance the realism of a scene. Growling stomachs and watery mouths lead to crunchy bites and greasy fingers. In my debut sci-fi, Wisdom, a hungry little girl and her alien dad box up some spicy Chicken Chooza.

A common dish in North Africa and the southeastern Mediterranean, it transforms the average bird into a Phoenix. For a crock pot alternative, remove the fryer parts from the marinade and place on top of potatoes and favorite veggies, almost covering the meat with bone broth. Cook on medium, switching to low to prevent overcooking the chicken.

Chicken Chooza

1 whole Rigelian Nauga or substitute 1 whole chicken
20g (approx. 3/4 oz.) red chili paste
Juice of 2 lemons
100ml (approx. 1/2 cup) yogurt
15g (approx. 1/2 oz.) ginger paste
10g (approx. 1/3 oz.) garlic paste
1/2 tsp cumin powder
30g (approx. 1 oz.) cream
A pinch of saffron
1/2 tsp rose petal powder
1/2 tsp Shahi Jeera
1/2 tsp Green cardamom
1/2 tsp black cardamom
1/4 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp black peppercorn
1/2 tsp fennel seed
1/2 tsp mace
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Orange food coloring
40 ml (approx. 1-1/2 oz.) oil

Wash chicken thoroughly. Slit the flesh evenly on all sides and break the joints to make 4 pieces.

Rub in salt, red chili paste and lemon juice. Set aside for 2 hours.

Whip yogurt, add all the ground spices and marinate the chicken in this for 2 hours.

Place in an oven at 230o C and roast, basting with the oil regularly and turning chicken occasionally until cooked through.

When the gas-condenser vessel of the brutal Prawl-Tang mistakenly arrives in the Sol system, the Knowers of Jupiter are in danger. Ambassador to their planet, Moyab-4 convinces his brother clones to create a Savior Class artificial person to prevent the annihilation of the Knowers. Using the tools at his disposal, the newly awakened Jove pilots the Equus, accompanied by two virtual entities: Knowledgebase and Wisdom, as well as his biting sarcasm, quirky intellect, and the humor that hides his self doubt. Jove finds himself on Earth, central to a plan that includes the death of every human - including the ones who have befriended him, like the innocent orphan, Elmyrah. Influenced by the humans' own knowledge of Good and Evil, Jove bends the will of entire worlds to see that everyone gets what they deserve. Wisdom, however, has plans of her own. She knows what's best for all. They just need to be made to listen.

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1 comment:

Angela Adams said...

I love when guests bring their recipes! Thanks.