Chicken with spiced coffee rub.

As you all noticed I haven’t posted in a while.  The reason being is because I moved to the other side of Canada! (if you didn’t already know) For the past several months I’ve been: getting ready for my move, doing the move itself, and settling into what seems to be the best looking city I’ve ever seen.  Now that it’s finally less hectic and I have a moment to myself, I can start doing this blog again. (You would think I’d be alone everyday, however I’m hardly alone!)

I’ve decided to start off this month with something every coffee lover should love.  Spiced coffee rub, on chicken.  The reason?  well, because I really wanted coffee today.  It has been a while since I had a nice cup of coffee, and I had finally bought a bag for home brewing.  So to satisfy my craving for caffeine fully I brewed a cup, and mixed ground beans in with spices and sugar.
While I was in culinary school I had made something similar except it had cocoa powder in it as well, making it a mocha spice rub.

You can use this rub for almost anything, such as:  Roasting, braising or grilling with beef, chicken or pork.

Equipment:
1 small bowl.
Measuring spoons.
Spoons.
Frying pan.
Baking sheet.
Tongs/metal spatula (something for flipping chicken).
Coffee grinder (if using whole beans)
Air tight container (for left over rub).

Ingredients: ( adjust to your liking!)
3 tbsp ground coffee
1.5 tbsp brown sugar.
1 tsp cayenne pepper.
1 tsp cinnamon.
1 tsp salt.
1/2 tsp black pepper.
Your choice of chicken. (I used thighs)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine coffee, sugar and spices.
  3. Remove the skin from the chicken.
  4. Sprinkle spiced coffee rub over chicken till you have the desired amount.  Rub the mixture into the chicken.
  5. Heat frying pan on stove, then add the oil.  Place chicken in the frying pan starting with the side the skin was on, sear each side till a nice brown colour.
  6. Place chicken on baking sheet lined with parchment paper (tin foil also works).
  7. Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the chicken is completely cooked. (I placed a small amount of brewed coffee on the baking sheet as well, just to help keep the chicken from drying out.  However it is not needed.
  8. ENJOY!!

 

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My thoughts on coffee.

A couple of years ago I ran a different kind of blog, a blog on facts.  I’d do activities or search for weird things around the city, take a photo and write the story behind it.  Along with all of those things the main attraction was the facts I would post about the activity or item; Facts would range anywhere between when something was created to myths that were created among the years.  One thing that I had written about was coffee and how I feel so passionately about it.  Within this post I had written about the different types of beans, where they grew, and how flavour profiles adapted to the bean the same way grapes for wine grew.   So with all that being said, here is a similar post for you to enjoy.

In North America people are often “to busy” to enjoy a really nice cup of coffee.  They grew to enjoy the quick benefits of caffeine instead of actually enjoying a flavour.  Not saying everyone is like that, I certainly am not, and I am not saying quick benefits of caffeine is a bad thing either.  Instead of sacrificing one, why not enjoy both?!  A lot of people seem to think that you need to spend tons of money on nice coffee or spend a lot of time making it.  While that can be true, not always.  I enjoy fantastic coffee by buying a bag of beans for $10 and it takes me 2-5 minutes to make it in an auto-drip maker.  If you do have extra time though making coffee by hand in a French press or hand drip is defiantly worth it.
**There are more cons than pros to pre-ground, blend coffee.
Cons would be, a blander coffee, awful flavour combo, burns faster, starts to lose flavour faster.
Pros are quick and easy..and sometimes but not always cheaper. (I wonder why?)
**There are more pros than cons to whole beans.
Cons would be, can take longer to make (by about 1 minute), buy more often.
Pros would be, more flavourful coffee, fresher coffee, doesn’t burn as fast, doesn’t start to lose flavour as quickly, can be just as cheap as blend, can still be made in a auto drip maker.
By enjoying a whole bean instead of blend, you can start to taste where that type of bean was grown.  Different beans have different tastes and aromas.  Exactly like different types of wines.
If you do decide to buy whole beans, store them in an air tight container in a dark cool area.  Such as a cupboard away from the stove.  If you feel as if you will not use all these beans in a weeks time you can store some in a freezer.  I find it best to separate into a few containers, leaving one out for use till the next is needed.

People often don’t understand why I feel so strongly about coffee, they say things like…”why do you care so much it’s just a cup of jo”.  Well here’s why, if I’m going to drink something everything day it better be friggin’ good.  Life is to short to be drinking bad coffee.  Why would I want to put something into my mouth that tastes burnt, or like dirt? There’s no need to have everything in exactly 2 seconds, or for everything to be “convenient”.  Take your time, enjoy something…like the rest of the world does.  Know that there is more to it than meets the eye.

Every now and again…sometimes more often than not, I will buy a latte or a cappuccino. To me espresso based drinks are wonderful, I don’t think there is anything wrong with them.  Unless of course you tell me you love coffee but all you drink is vanilla lattes with extra whip…For someone to love coffee you should be able to drink a regular and still completely enjoy it, am I right?  My favourite specialty drink are cappuccino; It’s just a frothy espresso, delicious right?  When Fall comes around though, watch out I over do the pumpkin spice lattes.  The latte art always impresses me, one day I’ll know how to do it properly!

So tell me everyone, how do you take your coffee? Mines with some milk/cream or like I said above a cappuccino/latte.

P.s. My older blog does not exists anymore.