What a month it’s been. Moving to a new address on the other side of London, getting to grips with a new kitchen (while mourning the loss of the behemoth stove at our previous address), and on top of that, work work work!
THEN, just as we got this episode – where we make Hainanese chicken rice – shot and edited, Apple decided to bring out their new set-top box, Apple TV. It lets you watch podcasts like ours on your telly. Cool gadget, but it posed some issues, because to make the most of it we’ve had to step up the resolution of our videos.
But more on that later. We decided on something simple for the first show at our new place – Hainan chicken, or as some call it, Hainanese chicken rice. Like many Asian recipes it’s big on fresh ingredients prepared in a straightforward manner.
You stuff the chicken with a bit of ginger and greenery, whack it into a pot of water and simmer away. The chicken becomes fall-off-the-bone tender, the water becomes a stock and meanwhile you’re chopping other ingredients for a chilli sauce, a simple soup and the all-important chicken rice that Singaporeans claim as their very own.
It’s peasant food, intended to get the most out of a single chicken, and is the kind of meal Lenny really goes for. Me, I find the chicken a bit pale-looking and reckon it could do with a few minutes under the grill to add some colour – although a splash of the chilli sauce or soy-sesame mix does brighten things up. Some cooks suggest the use of kecap manis, the thicker, sweetened soy sauce from Indonesia.
I think we muffed it a bit with the chilli sauce – too much vinegar for my tastes. Asian-style rice vinegar is probably a better bet than our choice of cider vinegar (hey! nothing wrong with experimenting).
A bit more on the technical stuff. If you normally watch via our website, things won’t change much. You’ll continue to find a compact file that downloads snappily, either in QuickTime or Windows Media.
For now, the larger video only goes out with our RSS feed, which is picked up by iTunes and others. If you’re in this camp, it will just take a bit longer to download. Well worth the wait, we hope you’ll agree!
And if you’re watching via Apple TV please let us know how we look …