I had an amusing day, y’all. Remember how I have chronic hives? I finally went in and got blood tested for allergies, and the scene in the laboratory was like something out of a movie.
I sat down in the lab, and I was scared. (Who likes needles? No one.) I asked the technician how many vials they needed for my blood-testing, and she responded briskly, “I won’t know til the machine prints the vial labels.” At that very moment, out from the machine comes not one, not two, but 9 labels for 9 vials of blood that would be taken from me. The woman then looked at me and asked, “You don’t faint, right?” That was my introduction to allergy testing. (I actually had a nice experience with the woman, but that whole scene was just too funny!)
Other than that, things went great today! I found out that I am having MORE guests over this weekend! Wooooo! I have a friend from the west coast in town for research, and I thought it would be fun to show him around and give him a good, home-cooked meal. (Graduate researchers tend to live out of cheap hotels and crash on people’s couches. Not all that comfortable or exciting.) I decided to have him over with a few friends for a fun “Welcome to town!” shin-dig. But, what to eat? I decided to make exactly what I made for one of our last guests: Spicy Honey Chicken with Roasted Vegetable Couscous.
I adapted the chicken recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything and the couscous from Nigella Lawson’s Roasted Vegetable Orzo. This meal is both budget-friendly and delicious! The chicken requires cheap chicken thighs, honey, spices, and cider vinegar, while the couscous requires couscous, roasting vegetables, feta cheese, lemon, fresh basil, and olive oil. These are all ingredients we either have or love to have around the house, so no complaining here! Plus, the sweet and spicy chicken pairs well with the tart-herb roasted veggies and light couscous. And did I mention they are absolutely delicious? We became so obsessed with this chicken recipe that we made it last week for ourselves with tofu rather than chicken. (That came out great, too!) Cheers, everyone! Hope you had a great start to the week!