ROCKET PORN AND INSIDE-OUT SANDWICHES

Stand back! I gotta get some rocket fuel out of the fridge! (Adam Savage)

It can be argued that cooks are rocket scientists on an eternal quest for kitchen chemistry. The internet has aided this quest immeasurably; I wonder if anybody has an idea of exactly how many food bloggers there are globally? Food has been termed ‘the new pornography’; Alexander Cockburn sums it up perfectly:

Now it cannot escape attention that there are curious parallels between manuals on sexual techniques and manuals on the preparation of food; the same studious emphasis on leisurely technique, the same apostrophes to the ultimate, heavenly delights. True gastro-porn heightens the excitement and also the sense of the unattainable by proffering colored photographs of various completed recipes.

 

I’ve digressed hopelessly with this post; my aim was to celebrate the fact that I learned something new through blogging this week: rocket is known – in other parts of the world – as arugula. I thought Arugula was an island in the Caribbean, but it turns out that is Aruba, which is totally beside the point.

And so on to rocket in my kitchen; a jar of Pesto Princess Rocket & Walnut pesto, a chicken and a frenetic work schedule that necessitated a supper that would cook itself while I kept my head down at my desk. Sandwiches came to mind, but I knew I’d be scowled at. Out of nowhere came the memory of my friend Sous’ comment that she dislikes the modern trend of ‘deconstructed’ food. I had a fanciful notion and decided to make ‘deconstructed’ chicken pesto sandwiches; ‘inside-out’ sandwiches, if you will, and spread the pesto thickly between two slices of white bread (crusts removed). I diced the bread into tiny pieces and stuffed these firmly into the cavity of the bird. A coating of Shiraz salt on the outer skin and into the oven it went.

Easy peasy, everyone happy.

And now; the third and final winner of the Pesto Princess apron is Corina, with her slogan for Pesto Princess:

Pesto Princess – Royal pleasure by the mouthful!

There’s really no arguing with that!

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52 Comments Add yours

  1. And to think I had a frozen macoroni and cheese! It was really good though.

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL, nothing wrong, as long as you enjoyed it 🙂

  2. deepercolors says:

    No, Cindy, Arugula is not an island in the Caribbea. :-\

  3. Love your new take on stuffing.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Boer maak ‘n plan 😉

  4. learning can feel that way sometimes, waylaying, confusing and exhilarating – or so i’m told

    1. theonlycin says:

      Neverending journey, Doc 🙂

  5. Sounds more like sound effects for a gargling commercial.

    What a bright idea for stuffing. Bet it tasted good.

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL @ gargling commercial!

  6. souldipper says:

    Arugula is a favourite for my salad. YUM! Love the sly little zing it slips into the greens. Yep, porn! 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      It sure does give good zing 😀

  7. Tandy says:

    that sounds really scrummity 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Love that word *giggle*

  8. I had been meaning to google arugula as I’ve heard the Americans use it a lot on Food Network. Interesting!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Fab thing about blogging, eh?

  9. adeeyoyo says:

    Congratulations to Corina on being the final winner of the Pesto Princess apron! Well done!

    Well Cindy I never thought I’d see the day of porn food… 😆

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, congrats and I hope she enjoys the apron.
      Porn food, hey adee?

  10. Supa says:

    Cool idea!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Glad you think so, Supa 🙂

  11. Supa says:

    I like your Merlot cartoon.

  12. Tilly Bud says:

    How did you get to be so creative with food?

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m creative? Thanks Tilly 🙂

  13. Misspeyton says:

    This looks so yummy Cindy! Gomma try it this weekend 🙂 will let you know how it went *nervouse face*

    1. Misspeyton says:

      pfft. meant “gonna” :$

      1. theonlycin says:

        Hahahaha … Gomma Gomma couches came to mind *wink*

  14. bandsmoke says:

    You need to clone yourself and then come and cook for me and mine – would you accept payment in merlot 😉 Great post “About Me” – really enjoyed that, I’ve a feeling we might be great friends one day.

    1. theonlycin says:

      We aren’t already? 😉

  15. nursemyra says:

    the greengrocers in Australia have started calling rocket “roquette”

    1. theonlycin says:

      How camp, I love it 😀

  16. granny1947 says:

    what you term easy strikes me like hard work!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Serious? Putting 2 slices of bread in a chicken’s bum?

  17. That looks stunning!

  18. slpmartin says:

    Oh…that does look stunning…your selection in response to a busy schedule beats mine. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Tonight it’s slow baked pork & beans 😀

  19. Corina says:

    Yay! Thank you. I fell in love with the aprons featured on your blog almost as quickly as I had fallen for the Pesto Princesses’ wonderful products. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hope you have a royal high-time in your kitchen wearing your new apron 😀

  20. SuziCate says:

    Now that is an interesting recipe…looks very pretty, too! I never knew that rocket was another name for arugula. Always like learning new things.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Rocket-arugula unites the world 🙂

  21. nrhatch says:

    What a cool idea, Cin!

    I wonder what I can stuff with an inside out sandwich . . . besides my mouth, of course. ;D

    1. theonlycin says:

      Haha, a butternut?

  22. thysleroux says:

    Love the new look blog! (And the merlot cartoon of course! ;))

  23. Right:
    Arugula is rocket;
    Aruba is the island.
    Hold on- what’s arriba?

    Lovely lateral-thinking recipe today, Cindy. True food porn.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I believe arriba is the Mexican word for beans 😉

  24. libraryscene says:

    psst~ have I told ya I want to write a children’s book about a girl named Arugula… 🙂 Love the salad, love the name..

    1. theonlycin says:

      Imagine if William had written Romeo and Arugula?

  25. bluebee says:

    Congrats to Corina on her great slogan. bb

  26. Jamie Dedes says:

    Like this. Clever.
    Congrats to all the winners. Good job!

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