Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
2 tablespoons instant coffee
2 teaspoons boiling water
1 cup all-purpose flour (or 1 cup self-rising and omit the salt & baking soda)
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (one stick) butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup pecan pieces (they're much better if you toast them first - 350 for 3-5 minutes)
Preheat oven to 350. Melt 1/2 cup chocolate chips in microwave (or over a pot of simmering water). Stir until smooth; let cool to room temperature. In a small cup, mix boiling water and coffee until dissolved; set aside. If using all purpose flour, combine flour, salt, and baking soda in medium bowl; set aside.
In large bowl, combine butter, sugars, and coffee. Beat until creamy (a hand whisk will work). Add egg and melted chocolate. Mix well. Gradually add flour mixture. Stir in remaining 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips and pecans.
Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Let stand on baking sheet 2-3 minutes before removing. Cool on rack.
I hope you try these cookies because they're really easy and so delish. If you're a coffee drinker, you can substitute cold, strong, brewed coffee for the instant. It's nice to keep a small jar of instant coffee or espresso powder in the pantry, though, because it can add a depth of flavor to stews, baked goods, and gravies - just experiment with a small amount.
Did you expect vanilla in the list of ingredients? We usually have vanilla in chocolate baked goods, but in this recipe coffee takes its place. So, if you're out of vanilla and have a craving for chocolate, just whip up a batch of these! Finally, I think these are best a little chewy so when I store them in an airtight bag or container, I usually add a small piece of bread. It will keep the cookies soft (an apple slice also works, but imparts a fruity flavor . . .).
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
In 1939, the Crown Prince and Princess of Norway gave this sterling and enamel tea set to President and Mrs. Roosevelt. It was made by famed silversmith David Andersen; more details can be found in the National Archives. I love the modern, art deco style of this set - I wonder if it was ever used?
In 1973, General Secretary Brezhnev presented President Nixon with this 19th century Russian silver samovar (an urn used to heat and serve tea). Find out more at the Nixon Library. I'm guessing this samovar was used; if not by the Nixons, then by someone in pre-revolution Russia when it was new. Think of Dr. Zhivago - just imagine a Julie Christie-type bundled up on a cold night and sipping hot tea from this . . . perhaps it's one of the things she'll take when she escapes . . . well, it is a bit bulky, but how sad to leave something this lovely behind.
Thanks for joining me on this quick look at some famous tea items. Of course, another very popular 19th century gift from heads of state was animals native to the presenter's country, but somehow it's harder to translate that to a modern wedding or housewarming present . . .
Tomorrow we'll be in the kitchen so stop by for a tasty treat!
Monday, September 28, 2009
This is a small light that gives off a subtle, cozy glow. (Don't you love the way it illuminates that weed?) Installing a low voltage system is an easy Saturday project - you'll need the lights plus a transformer. Details on figuring out the specifics can be found in this great article from Popular Mechanics. Basically a wire runs from the transformer into your garden and you clip each light into the wire - because it's low voltage you don't need an electrician. Experts seem to agree that you may not be happy long term with inexpensive lights, so check around before purchasing. We have good quality lights and an inexpensive transformer and have had no problems in 5 years - ours come on at dusk and remain on all night and we haven't even replaced any bulbs! We have replaced the transformer once ($35ish at Home Depot). When the transformed is replaced, you don't need to redo the wire/light connections, simply connect the existing wire to the new transformer.
I'm headed outside to look at the lights and try to get this song out of my head . . .
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Wilendur cloths were produced from the 1930s to the 1980s, with the earlier ones being more desirable today. Many of them are square - originally meant for kitchen tables (think of Lucy & Ricky's kitchen table) and there is a huge range of designs. Floral designs, like the 1950s dogwood above, are seen most often, but there are some really, really cute non-floral designs. Some of these from the 1940s and 50s are in high demand and sell for $70 and up. Would you prefer a lobster theme? Or colorful liquor labels? Or the one celebrating Caesar Salad?Despite being 50 or 60 years old (or more!), these cloths are in amazing shape. Yes, some have holes or stains, but many are perfect. They are made of heavy cotton and, as the label says, they are colorfast. They launder well and do seem to resist stains - of course, if you're ironing them, use starch and almost any stain will wash out. The morning glory cloth above has two small holes, but I love it anyway. And I'm not the only one - can you spot the cricket? I could not get a photo without him, every time I shook him off and re-spread the cloth he hopped back on. Maybe it's good luck to have a cricket on your tablecloth? Many innovative crafters buy the most worn Wilendur cloths and turn them into tea towels, mitts, etc. I have several with holes that we use for picnics and dining outside.
If you're planning ahead for the holidays, you might find a cheery Wilendur poinsettia cloth. That's certainly on my Wilendur Wish List - along with five or six other designs! I'd love to hear about your favorite vintage linens . . .
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Today was one of those great gardening days; it was drizzly and not too cool and the perfect day for fall weeding and cleanup. But, it was a bit too wet for garden clogs - unless you stayed on a hard surface. Not a problem because I was actually eager to go outside with my new-enough-to-still-be-fun rain boots. Of course rain boots must be waterproof and slip-resistant, but once you have that out of the way you're free to look for a great design. In the past few years the solemn black and green boots have been joined by lots of great colors and patterns - and at all price points. Now, will my discount fashion store boots last like a good pair of Wellies? I doubt it, but then I don't wear them everyday - and never in the summer because it's too hot - so we'll see. This is their second year and so far they're as good as new (well, except for those permanent stains from The Pumpkin-Compost Affair).
If you need a little motivation to turn the compost or muck through the vegetable garden on messy days, consider some fun boots - you'll be glad you did.
If you like the boots photo, check out Be Funky. You, too, can be 'cartoonized'.
I can't vouch for these myself, but they're from a company called Archie McPhee and are just one of the many intriguing items offered. It's never too early to think about stocking stuffers so check out them out. I'm considering the Pickle Bandages, Bacon Lip Balm, and perhaps the Shakespeare Action Figure . . .
Friday, September 25, 2009
That's what English gardener Ken Morrish found in his apple tree this week. As reported in the Telegraph, experts say chances of finding an apple with this perfect red-green split is more than a million to one. Which side is probably sweeter? The red - because it's been exposed to more sun.
Hope your weekend brings something unexpected!
One of my most-asked-about topics regarding weddings is the etiquette for multiple showers. It's not uncommon for bridal attendants and close family/friends of the bride and groom to be invited to five, six, seven, or eight showers. I've had so many discussions in the past year about this that I've started to think of these as 'Serial Showers'. The typical concerns are:
- Are you obligated to attend every shower to which you're invited if you're a member of the wedding party?
No, but make your best effort to attend. Your role as bridesmaid is to support the bride and she will appreciate your presence at the shower. Not to mention the fact that showers are usually lots of fun so it's a great time for you to relax with the bride and to meet some of the people who will attend the wedding.
- Should you bring a gift to each shower?
If you are invited to multiple showers, it is okay to bring a gift only to one. Here's where the bride can really shine - she should tell all the duplicate guests that she hopes they can attend the kitchen shower, Christmas shower, stock-the-bar shower, shower in her hometown, shower in his hometown, etc., but ask them not to bring a gift. (In the interest of being somewhat concise, I've stated this tersely, but as a gracious bride you'll know what to say . . . after all you want your wedding to fun for all involved, not stressful because it's costing your friends a months' salary to participate.)
- As the bride, if someone wants to host a shower and you have several planned, is there a polite way to decline?
Yes, in most cases there is - however, if it's your Mom's church friends, or the groom's aunts you should just accept and try to assist them in tweaking the guest list so there aren't duplicates. In most situations, though, you can explain that there are several showers already planned and broach the idea of a party instead. For the same amount of effort, the host(s) could have a party in honor of the lucky couple with the same guest list. An afternoon tea, a brunch, a cocktail party, a cook-out - these are all great ways to celebrate the upcoming nuptials without obligating attendees to purchase another gift. Again, this will require tact and graciousness on the part of the bride-to-be and on the part of the host (don't get huffy if the bride wants a party instead of a shower, she knows best . . . and your event may turn out to be the highlight of the pre-wedding season).
- Is it rude not to invite all wedding party members to all showers?
Another question with a yes and no answer . . . If the shower is out-of-town or involves a group of people not connected to the wedding party (such as a shower in the workplace), you do not need to include the bridesmaids (or groomsmen, if you live in an area where co-ed showers are de rigueur). Otherwise, you should include them and certainly if you invite one bridesmaid you should invite them all (again, following the aforementioned guidelines regarding gifts).
As everyone who's been involved with a wedding knows, weddings can be stressful and your goal as a bride-to-be or mother of a B-T-B is for the whole process to go smoothly and be fun (while we may enjoy bridal dramatics on reality shows, it's not what we want in real life). So, brides - put yourself in the shoes of your bridesmaids and invite them to join you in all the parties, but let them know you're not expecting eight gifts! And bridesmaids and others who love the bride - take a deep breath and remember the B-T-B may be a bit stressed - overlook the little things and concentrate on looking good in your lovely bridesmaid frock!
I'd love to hear your stories about showers and weddings. And, to close here's a look at one of the most famous brides of the last century (her wedding gown is part of the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art):
Thursday, September 24, 2009
So, what's headed to your kitchen in the future? How about this Toast Writer from designer Sasha Tseng? Write your note on the top and it's toasted into the bread . . . too bad this is only a concept, it could be a great way to start the day!
Or maybe you'd like to watch your bread toast? Try this transparent toaster:
Or, if you like a little excitement in the morning, how about this Trebuchet Toaster from Dutch designer Ivo Vos? Just like a real, medieval Trebuchet, this toaster slings your bread across the room. Hopefully, it differs from the medieval trebuchet, though, in that it isn't hurled by an attacking army and it isn't on fire!
So, prepare for National Bread Month (were you the last to know? it's November) by giving your toast a little more thought. And, if you're an aspiring inventor or designer, perhaps you'll think of a hot new toaster design (sorry for the pun). As for me, I'm thinking that we should have breakfast for dinner tonight - crunchy bacon and lots of hot, buttery toast and a pot of Formosa Oolong!
And - a peep at tomorrow's topic: Wedding Etiquette
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
If you said, "cork in the bottle" - well spotted. I only wanted a few tablespoons of Wild Turkey to make bourbon butter and when I pulled the cork it snapped. Because this type of cork (which may not technically be called a cork?) doesn't fit tightly like a wine cork, my efforts to remove the broken part with a cork screw resulted in the cork falling. Luckily the bottle was almost empty and I quickly poured the remainder in a glass - there were tiny bits of cork in it, but there was enough without cork for my recipe. Our problem is that we don't drink Bourbon - we just use it for cooking and so the cork is removed many more times than normal - after all, you wouldn't just drink a tablespoonful. So, it's off to the liquor store and in future I'll be more careful. Or alternatively, we could either: 1) make more rum balls - that's when we use lots of bourbon, 2) develop a Bourbon sipping habit, or 3) make more Bourbon brownies. Hmmm, I'm thinking option 3 is the way to go . . .
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The Butterfly upon the Sky,
Have you seen lots of butterflies in your garden this week? We have and despite my best efforts I have only gotten photographs of them sitting. Perhaps I should abandon the camera and just enjoy them "upon the sky" like Emily Dickinson. I like her little butterfly poem, although I must confess that it's almost impossible not to read it to the tune of "The Yellow Rose of Texas". Ever since I found out that most of her poems can be sung to this tune, it's been a real struggle . . .
But, back to the butterflies. If you're interested in participating in a Citizen Science Project, check out this Monarch Butterfly site. You can help track the Monarchs during their fall migration from Canada to Mexico. It's very simple and a great project for kids - you basically just count the number of Monarchs per hour or minute. The news this week is that Monarchs are migrating through Kansas and breeding in the South. And guess who's migrating through Iowa? Dragonflies - they often migrate with Monarchs - who knew?
A friend sent this picture of migrating Monarchs - I'm not sure where it originated. How magical would it be to see this many butterflies? (And, how easy to get a photo?) So, check the migration charts and maybe you'll be able to spot these beauties as they travel south.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Nothing raises the hackles of people faster than the person who doesn't contribute money for the gift, but signs the card. We've all been there - haven't we? Whether the group consists of co-workers, neighbors, friends, parents - it doesn't matter, the dynamics are always the same - one beleaguered person ends up buying the gift/card, most people pay their share right away, one or two have to be reminded before they pay, and the non-payer's name mysteriously ends up on the card anyway. And there are variations on this theme - hogging the card with your giant signature or long message (as seen above in The Argyle Sweater*), disparities in the amounts contributed (maybe I can only afford $5, but those who paid $20 are a bit miffed at me), and so on.
So, what's a group to do? In the limited space of this blog, I can suggest one basic strategy: anticipate the problem. Begin Project Group Gift with a plan - two cards, one for those who participate in the gift and one for those who just want to voice their well wishes (this actually helps the recipient who may only send thank-yous to the gift givers). Also, discuss the gift the group wants to buy and use that as a guide for contributions - each person contributes the same amount. For Project Group Card - have everyone else sign before the 'John Hancock' of the group. In other words, you can't do the same thing repeatedly and expect different results (yes, I know Einstein said it first!) - if you want the focus to remain on the recipient, eliminate the problems up front. The flip side of this is to have realistic expectations - the new employee who has not met the expectant mother should not be pressured into contributing to a gift or shower.
For those of you lucky enough to live/work/play with generous-minded, easy-going people this may seem like a silly discussion, but I can't count the times I've been asked about this problem. And, in desperation, some people have wanted the 'etiquette okay' to address these issues with some fairly rude solutions (like noting the percentage of contributions on the card - no, not making that up!). There are no set answers for these sticky situations - just remember the bigger goal is to have a great relationship with others in the group going forward. Just be considerate and try to overlook the daily annoyances . . . I'd love to hear your tales or woe - or triumph - in similar situations.
* Many, many thanks to Scott Hilburn for allowing me to share his very funny comic with you. If your local paper doesn't carry The Argyle Sweater, check out the archives on his website. Once you see how clever and pithy these cartoons are, you'll want your local paper to carry them. And, for readers in the Chicago area, if you're missing your regular dose of TAS in the Tribune, join the campaign to reinstate it by e-mailing Geoff Brown, Features Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Sunday, September 20, 2009
We're in the middle of harvest season right now - last year my husband and I visited the CTP in late October and they had just finished harvesting. I checked with the CTP yesterday and they estimate another 2-3 weeks of harvesting so if you have plans to be in the area, check it out.
Harvesting takes place Monday-Thursday, but call to verify beforehand. And, if you can't get there to see the actual 'picking', it's still worth a visit. You'll see how the leaves are dried and processed, find out the difference in green and black teas (they're from the same plant, you know!), and get a trolley tour of the fields. And, like all good company/factory tours - you'll enjoy samples and a great giftshop - it's where I bought my small Hues & Brews i-pot and some too cute teapot trivets!
And here was the most unexpected thing - Tea Mulch!!
I would die to have a garden full of tea mulch! It's very fine, a lovely dark tea color, and it has a subtle fragrance - very subtle, but just noticeable enough to bring to mind a nice cup of tea - yum!
This made me thirsty - I'm off to get a glass of iced tea . . . and to sip it while I look at my second-rate, odorless, chunky mulch.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
And, if you're in the Raleigh area during the next few months, get your "booty" over to the Knights of the Black Flag exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History. Not only will you learn lots of cool things about pirates through the ages, but you'll see artifacts from Blackbeard's flagship Queen Anne's Revenge. The most ingruiging thing in the exhibit though is the (alleged) skull of Blackbeard himself - and if that doesn't make you say 'Aargh', nothing will . . .
Yo Ho HO, a Pirate's Life for Me!
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
To celebrate Constitution Day, enjoy this picture of a living flag taken last September 17 at Montpelier (Madison's home in Virginia).
And also this one from 1917 - it's much more professional and was one of a series of 'Living Flag' photographs taken by Arthur S. Mole and John S. Thomas. You can find postcards and photographs of these on eBay. (Also, there was a nice article about these photographs in Martha Stewart Living magazine a few years ago.) The precision is amazing - perhaps one of your ancestors participated in one of these events? How much fun to know your great-grandfather was the fourth red person in the third stripe from the top!
Finally, if you're a fan of P. J. O'Rourke, you must read his essay on Twittering the Constitution. In an effort to make the Consitution accessible to the those who only communicate through social media - he's translated it into 'Twitter-speak'. It's hilarious as you can see from his Preamble:
Pre-A: We the people R the man. Here's how it rolls. Art1: Congress do law. Got Senate/House-o-Reps.
Wishing you the "Blessings of Liberty" (in whichever country you call home).
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The good news is that they were still quite delish! The outsides were crunchy and the insides were okay - in fact the inside part would have been great had we not expected that dough to be on the outside (I'm picturing it kind of like the soldiers in one of those black and white World War II movies - instead of staying safely in the trenches (i.e., the center of the popover) that dough should have taken a risk and gone "over the top"). Anyway, these were served with strawberry butter and were soon history.Lots of cookbooks have popover recipes and they seem to be much the same so I won't include one here. If you don't have a cookbook that includes popovers, I can recommend the Neiman Marcus Cookbook. It has lots of wonderful recipes, including one for their famous popovers and strawberry butter. (Strawberry butter is simple - whip one half-cup butter until fluffy, beat in one-third cup strawberry preserves.)
You'll find all the favorites from the Neiman Marcus restaurants, but one word of caution, you'll never look at the menu in the same way once you've been behind the curtain! That chicken salad that tastes so light and yummy? It's made with mayo AND heavy cream (gasp). Not all the recipes are decadent and there are lots that your family will love, even on busy weeknights: summer tomato soup, chicken and white bean chili, grilled chicken club w/ brie and apple-onion compote, Northpark chopped salad w/ cilantro-lime dressing, pickled green tomatoes, and so on.
So, if you're looking for a fun bread to accompany an entree salad or soup, try your hand at popovers. And if you're looking for a new cookbook that's an interesting read and has great recipes, consider the Neiman Marcus cookbook - you'll love it even if you've never visited one of their stores.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Okay, that was a trick question because you could makes lots of yummy things with this mix of ingredients. And I omitted one of the key ingredients because it was a give-away. Did you guess? The missing item is curry powder and we're making Curried Chicken Salad - a staple of Ladies' Luncheons in the 1950s and 60s. This is a variation on Coronation Chicken, which was first served (according to chicken salad folklore) for Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953. I have eaten Coronation Chicken lots of times in the UK and it's a bit different from the typical American version. And, like many traditional dishes, it is often updated with modern techniques and trendier ingredients (substitute mango for raisins or creme fraiche for mayo). One of things we all like about chicken salad is that you don't have to be precise - a little more of this or a little less of that, and it's still fabulous, as seen here:
Here's the recipe - I've fiddled with it a bit over the years, but here are the basics:
Curried Chicken Salad (aka Coronation Chicken)
Poach 2-3 chicken breasts (bone in or boneless/skinless) in water or broth to cover. Add flavor to the poaching liquid by adding some or all of these: 1-2 carrots, cut into large chunks; 1-2 stalks celery, halved; 1/2 onion, cut into wedges; 2 thin slices ginger (your kitchen will smell heavenly!), 1/2 t. salt, 5-10 cracked peppercorns. Simmer until chicken is done - 30-40 minutes. Remove chicken and cool, then shred or dice.
Mix cooled chicken with:
- 1 cup seedless grapes, halved
- 1 cup water chestnuts, quartered (I omit these, but they were apparently a requirement for any salad or casserole in the 50s!)
- 1 cup golden raisins (soak in pineapple juice for 30 minutes to plump - even raisin haters will like them this way)
- 2 cups pineapple tidbits (of course the original recipe called for canned pineapple and although I usually prefer fresh I often use canned for this so I can soak the raisins in the juice as above)
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
(Substitute salad ingredients as you like - I sometime use apricots or dates instead of raisins and/or grapes.)
Whisk dressing together in medium bowl:
- 1 cup mayonnaise (light mayo works well)
- 3 tablespoons chutney
- 2 tablespoons honey
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
Toss dressing with salad and chill at least two hours. Serve chilled on mixed greens. Top with toasted slivered almonds (350 for 3 minutes - don't leave the kitchen because they burn easily).
Try this salad and give your family and friends (not to mention yourself) the royal treatment! It's what we're having for dinner tonight - with popovers, which we may chat about tomorrow.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
I drive past this house fairly often and always slow down for a quick drool. It's beautiful all spring and summer, but it may be at its best during the Christmas holidays. Every year there's a new theme - something unexpected and consistently stunning. I can't wait to see what the owners have up their decorating sleeves this year. Stay tuned . . .
Saturday, September 12, 2009
You can bet Cary Grant wasn't taking Joan Fontaine skim milk in Hitchcock's 1941 classic, Suspicion. After all, skim milk is too watery to hide poison - or, is there poison in the glass? If you haven't seen the movie, I won't spoil the ending here . . . but, if you're a fan of Cary Grant or Joan Fontaine you are in for a treat! As a side note, Fontaine won the best actress Oscar for this role - her sister Olivia de Havilland was also a nominee and this was possibly the beginning of their famous feud. Regardless, Suspicion is a wonderful movie - I haven't seen it in quite a few years, but am going to put it on our Netflix list. In fact, this fall might be a good time to watch all my favorite Hitchcock films again - while nibbling on a warm cookie and drinking a cold glass of milk!
Friday, September 11, 2009
Wishing you a peaceful weekend . . .
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I like the photo from this angle because you can see how the butterfly is perched on the flower as it's nectoring (no, really, that's a word). After working diligently for about 15 minutes, a hummingbird chased her away repeatedly and eventually she flew into our neighbor's tree then disappeared. Did you know the Eastern tiger swallowtail is the state butterfly for five states? They are: Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and Delaware. So, if you're in one of the five, watch the flowering plants over the next few weeks and see if you can spot one (not all have this coloration - some are black and the males don't have the blue area). My state, (the great state of North Carolina as they say at the political conventions), does not have an official butterfly. I suppose that's a good thing - politicians have bigger issues than nominating a plethora of state 'things'. That being said, we do have an official 'Carnivorous Plant' (Venus Flytrap) . . . look out, butterflies!
Monday, September 7, 2009
Back to the letter, my friend revealed the she is home schooling her son and consequently brushing up on her sentence diagramming skills. What a great method to use to teach her son grammar! He’ll definitely be a step ahead - and speaking of sentence diagramming, have your read this quirkly little book?
If you're a word buff, you'll probably read Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog in one sitting. The author, Kitty Burns Florey, takes an upbeat and funny look at that staple of grammar school English classes until the Seventies - diagramming sentences. I know some people found diagramming tedious or even unbearable, but I loved it - it was like a big puzzle. Thinking back, it was like Sudoku with words - every word has a place and it's up to you to figure out where it should go and if one word is misplaced it can adversely affect the placement of the remaining words. But, when you get them all correctly diagrammed, you can step back and breathe a happy sigh for a job well done! My small college (which was until a few years ago known as a girls school, but that's a topic for another day . . .) still required diagramming for all freshmen - I probably should not admit that because when blogging I just write whatever I'm thinking without much regard for the proper rules, but rest assured I could do better if I needed to (or should that be 'if I needed so to do'?!).
At any rate, if you love words, grammar, and books about words and grammar, you'll enjoy this book. And, if you've been out of touch with friends for a while, consider setting aside a few hours for letter writing . . . and once your letters are finished, you can have some fun diagramming them!
Saturday, September 5, 2009
My photo doesn't do it justice, as it's difficult to snap a good photo in a busy parking lot! You'll have to take my word for it - it's a gigantic improvement and turns a bleak public space into something really nice. So a big thank you to the mysterious public-spirited gardener!
A yummy summer lunch - thinly sliced chicken on mini potato rolls (slider size) with ginger aioli and lots of pickles. Mmmmm . . .