Having a dog is an interesting experience. This comes from someone who has had a dog for about 23 days. What they said about it being life changing and all that? True. Trust me when I tell you that I was positively convinced we had made the biggest mistake of our lives within 1 hour of Asher entering into our lives.
That sentiment was further confirmed when I had to clean all manner of stains and puddles from the floor within the first 24 hours. I didn’t sleep the first night, panicking about every possible thing… It was miserable. I was miserable.
But as they say, it gets better. After cleaning out his play pen for the 64th time, one does get used to it a little (it’s still really really gross but not so foreign anymore). Then he starts to figure some things out. And it feels less overwhelming. And waking up early everyday (including weekends) to feed this boy doesn’t feel as much like a drudgery as it did the first week.
I now feel okay about the 20 minutes spent sitting beside Asher during the quiet of the mornings, stroking his back, breathing in the cool air before having to get ready for work.We’re figuring this thing out. Being Asher’s parent is strange. It’s definitely nowhere near like having a child, I know. But this little taste of it makes me appreciate my parents more. My good friends who are now young parents? You guys are heroes. At least Asher eats only dog biscuits and drink water. Raising a child is an adventure! Respect!!
While hubs and I are still finding out way around this whole new-doggie-parents thing, I guess the best thing to do is to savour the good moments and take the bad as they come. Even if it means mopping the floors again 10 minutes after you cleaned it. Or being firm when he’s being naughty. Or standing by and waiting for him to go potty for 25 minutes. Those little puppy licks and cuddles are totally worth it, right? Right? Dog parents out there, tell me I’m right.
In a similar vein (see my smooth segway there?) tarragon is a spice I’ve never ever used before this recipe. I’ve never even noticed or heard about it until I came across Nigella’s recipe for Tarragon Chicken. What is tarragon and how does it taste like?
It’s peppery and herby. And really goes well in a meaty creamy dish such as this! Normally this dish is made using white wine as the braising liquid but a you saw above, I substituted that with chicken broth and a dash of cider vinegar to mimic white wine’s crispness. It’s not the same of course but we don’t drink so this made a nice replacement.
Sigh. This face. ♥
Also, Happy Birthday to me. Asher is my birthday present, hubs said. I think I kinda like my present. Until the next floor clean-up, I’m sure.
- 5 Chicken Drumsticks, skin on
- Salt & Pepper
- 2 tbsp Canola Oil
- 1 clove Garlic, minced
- 1 cup Chicken Broth
- 1 tbsp Cider Vinegar
- 2 stalks Spring Onions, chopped with white & greens separated
- 4-5 sprigs Tarragon, leaves stripped & chopped
- ¼ cup Greek Yogurt
- Heat up oil in a deep pan on MED HIGH.
- Meanwhile, season chicken with salt & ground pepper.
- Sear chicken drumsticks until sides are brown. If your pan and oil is hot enough, the chicken will naturally release from the pan when it's seared.
- Remove chicken & set aside.
- Toss in white parts of chopped spring onions, minced garlic & stalks of tarragon leaves that have been stripped off. Lower heat to MED & saute for about 30 secs.
- Pour in broth & vinegar. Bring to a boil & add chicken back in with accumulated juices.
- Bring heat to a simmer and cook covered for about 20 mins, or until chicken is cooked through.
- Remove chicken pieces.
- Toss in green spring onions, chopped tarragon leaves & yogurt. Stir to combine in cooking liquid.
- Place chicken back in & stir until coated with sauce.
- Taste to adjust seasoning. Serve with rice or noodles!