Living with the California Wildfires & Chicken Adobo [RECIPE]
Good Morning Everyone ❤
I hope this blog post makes sense. It was another night of fitful sleep. The wildfire raged on and another town south of me was evacuated. Our cell phones blared with alerts. The Governor declared a state of emergency for my county, and face masks began being distributed. After dozing lightly on and off all night I shot out of bed realizing it was 7 AM and I couldn’t see the sun. If you’ve never been to California, let me tell you… we love our sunshine. People travel here for the weather. But today I woke up and the sky was brown. “Oh no…” I said aloud and Mr. Noob Chef shot out of bed. “It’s here” I finally said. “What’s here?” he asked as I pulled up the blinds and showed him. Smoke. The smoke had finally reached this far North. So I grabbed my camera and began marching outside to take pictures.
Did you know that wildfires spread faster at night? I didn’t either until this event. But the Santa Ana winds had gusts up to 50 mph last night and so the fire kept snaking it’s way across the countryside. Shelters began setting up in the larger towns. And the zoo is about to be evacuated soon too. This morning I felt scared. And right in that moment when I was standing outside in shock looking at the skyline I heard a soft meow. We have a resident stray cat who lives around our building. He… or she… is so friendly and I nicknamed him Mr. Whiskers. Standing there in my flipflops completely anxious I heard a soft meow and felt Mr. Whiskers brush up against my leg. It was as if the universe was saying, “don’t worry… it’ll be alright”. I knelt down and rubbed the cat’s head relaxing. And then I grew calm and determined.
Today we will trudge on and pack up our valuable things just in case we need to evacuate. We’ll fill up the car and make sure to have non-perishable food and bottles of water. We will repack our capsule wardrobes and snuggle in tight. We will savor time and pray that the fire stays away on the hillside. We will hang onto our phones and power through the constant stream of alerts and messages. We will be calm and at peace… because we are safe and we’re together.
Last night I made Chicken Adobo. After several days on edge from the wildfire I wanted to give my husband his very favorite dish. It’s cheap, easy, and feels like home. It only takes an hour to cook but I promise you it’s so soothing when served on a bed of hot rice. And you know, sometimes what we really need is a bit of comfort, right? Send your prayers, my friends and until next time…. keep on cooking ❤
Easy Chicken Adobo with Ginger
- 1 whole chicken cut into 8 pieces
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 3/4 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1 bulb garlic, peeled and crushed
- 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh ginger root
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/2 tablespoon black peppercorn
- Combine the chicken, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger, bay leaves and peppercorns in a Dutch oven. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Once it boils, reduce heat to a simmer. Cover the pot and simmer for 30 minutes, basting the chicken occasionally. After 30 minutes, remove lid and cook until liquid has reduced to half.
- Remove chicken from the pot to a serving plate. Strain the liquid from the pot to remove all the food particles, and set aside. Serve chicken hot over steamed rice and drizzle with reserved sauce.