While prepping food, I enjoy listening to books. My recent choice was Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen and narrated by Juliet Stevenson (you might remember her in her acting role as Mrs. Elton from the movie adaptation, Emma?). It has been a while since I enjoyed Northanger Abbey so it was a delight to listen as naive, but good-hearted Catherine excitedly set off to Bath, mourned not knowing anyone, and then encountered the people that would shape her whole adventure – the Thorpes and the Tilneys. I found new appreciation for this story and chuckled over the decided tongue in cheek moments and marveled at the author’s keen wit and observations on human nature.
All the while, I prepped a variation on my sister in law’s Crockpot Lemon Chicken and Rice. I switched limes in for the lemons.
Ingredients: 4 chicken breasts cubed, 1 pt heavy whipping cream, 2 cans cream of chicken, 2 lemons, 2 tbsp butter, 2 glubs white wine, 1/4 c sugar, and seasons of choice (I used rosemary, thyme, sage, and garlic).
Instructions: Juice the lemons and include one peel for flavor in the pot. Add all ingredients in the crockpot with the exception of the wine. Cook on high for one hour and then cook on low for an hour to hour and a half depending on time needed to cook chicken thoroughly. Add in wine in last hour of cooking. I made up six cups of rice and blended that in toward the end so the rice absorbed the flavors.
Take a look. Boy is this hearty fare and not too distracting while listening to Jane Austen’s classic story.
Are you one who gives audio stories a chance? I can heartily recommend this as a way of appreciating the classics while getting chores done around the house.