I felt off-kilter all week. My daughter has not been sleeping well (a common problem among children with autism), so we’ve been sleeping in a bit to catch up on our sleep. This, of course, causes our mornings to be rushed. On top of that, she had early release from school all week for parent-teacher conferences. So I spent the entire week feeling like I was behind and running out of time.
The most pitiful day was Friday: We again slept in and had to rush to get out the door on time. Since getting my daughter fed and ready for school is the highest priority, my own readiness takes a back seat. With minutes to go before we had to leave, I ran into my room to get dressed. I grabbed a pair of jeans and a t-shirt out of the laundry basket and threw them on. I grabbed the socks I had tossed on the floor next to the bed during the night. I figured after my shower later I would put clean clothes and socks on. Except I never had time for my shower on Friday. At the end of the day, I found myself still wearing my laundry basket outfit. Darn!
Next week is looking up. School goes back to a normal schedule, which should help with the sleeping a bit. And even if it doesn’t, I will have more time during the day to catch my breath and get something done.
This was the perfect week for Hurry-up-and-Wait Roast Chicken, this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe (it’s actually more of a technique than a recipe). Roast chicken is a low effort/high reward meal, and a favorite in our house. Leftovers were used in a casserole that lasted us two nights. Awesome!
There are two things different about this recipe: the chicken is placed on it’s side for the first part of the roasting period, then turned onto it’s other side for a bit, and finally roasts on it’s back for the last 10 minutes or so. After removing the chicken from the oven, it is placed breast-side down with it’s legs propped in the air to help the juices settle back into the breast.
I didn’t care for all the turning of the chicken. It was a bit awkward, and the skin did not get as crispy as I like. On the other hand, the upside-down resting period did result in nice, juicy breasts so I would use that part of the technique again. Regardless of the awkwardness, it was delicious chicken!