As a blogger, people often ask me what blogs I follow. There are tons of great blogs that I know and love, but one of the first I always mention is And Here We Are. It’s written by Ariana Mullins. She and her family are Americans living in England (soon to be moving to Spain).
I love reading about Ariana’s lifestyle because she is in love with real food. To get free-range eggs, she grabs her egg cartons and takes a walk – the eggs are left outside a lovely home and she just puts her money in the mail slot. She frequents farmer’s markets and butcher shops. Ariana has a backyard garden, and she is an avid forager. I’ve learned so much from her!
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Ariana is the one that taught me to spatchcock chicken! Not only how to spatchcock, but what the heck spatchcock is. I had no idea. Simply, it means to butterfly.
In her book, And Here We Are At the Table, she explains, “Spatchcocking is basically splitting open and flattening out a bird for broiling, grilling or barbecuing. This speeds up the cooking time and ensures more even cooking. I also find that it produces a much juicier chicken!”
I’m pretty adept at cutting up a chicken, but I wasn’t so sure about this spatchcock thing. But, pshaw, it was a pieca’ cake.
How to Spatchcock Chicken
To begin, place your chicken on a cutting board, breast side down.
Now, using a knife, or heavy duty kitchen shears, remove the backbone by first cutting down one side of it, and then the other. You’re almost done.
Now spin your cutting board around so that the legs are facing away from you, and find the cartilage where the breast bone starts. Make a slice through the cartilage, and then use your hands to spread the chicken apart.
The breastbone will pop up, which is just enough to allow the bird to be spread flat. The breast bone may be removed if desired, but it’s not necessary.
This video is well done and is a great demonstration on how to spatchcock chicken.
Smokey Turmeric Spatchcock Chicken
Be sure to check out Ariana’s new cookbook And Here We Are At the Table. It has 80 wonderful recipes from Ariana’s travels around the world – all naturally grain-free.
You’ll find more than recipes here. Ariana is a great storyteller and having lived and traveled around the world, she has many to tell. You’ll be as delighted in her and her family as I am!
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