Happy Hour In The Heptarchy: Country Captain Chicken and Farm Fresh Cider

by J.R.

It’s five past 5 across Conference III (leave work early, Colorado — you have our permission), time to hit bricks and get that freakin’ weekend started, am I right?

Of course I am.

It’s been a tough week for some of you so loosen your belt, pop a top, grab a spoon and stop being such a sourpuss. III Communication’s got good news for everybody.

The Particulars

countrycaptain_final_450What We’re Eating: Last night, some dumbo made what was supposed to be a racial slur against Nazem Kadri. Kadri was, of course, born in Canada, but is of Lebanese extraction. Lebanon is not known for curry — it’s a land of hummus and incredibly attractive humans. But, as Dellow notes, curry is delicious.

Down here in these parts, we have a “native” curry dish — country-captain chicken. It’s one of those beautiful amalgams that comes from the admixture of cultures in coastal cities. In particular, this one tracks to the Low Country — either Savannah or Charleston, depending on the story. Basically, the ship’s captain introduced curried meat — a British adaptation to some native Indian dishes, designed to preserve meat for long sea journeys and in hot weather — and the Southerners southerned it up. Rice grows well in the Low Country, but they added apples, tomatoes, nuts and so on.

Like lots of dishes, recipes vary, but basically, it’s a braise of chicken, tomatoes, plenty of curry powder (pre-made or make-your-own), along with peppers and onions. Most versions (mine, for example) include apples and raisins (I add some during the simmer and top the finished product with some as well) and it’s all served over rice.

It will fill your house with smells. And it is delicious.

What We’re Drinking: I’ve mentioned my love of hard ciders before, but I also love the non-alcoholic version. At the Farmer’s Market Saturday, I picked up a quart of fresh-from-the-farm stuff. It was cloudy and velvety and had that distinctive bite and will be perfect for mulling once the season comes around. For now, it’s a nice chiller that carries the day from the still-quite-hot afternoon into the bit-of-a-chill night.

Reasons To Celebrate

Chicago: The power-play struggled against Pittsburgh in last night’s shootout loss and Marian Hossa is still on the mend. But, hey, Common is coming home to keynote the Music Summit.

Your Weekend Jam: “The Light” by Common


Colorado: OK, so Patrick Roy’s debut was a loss, but here’s a real feel-good: some fifth-graders feared lost in the flood were, in fact, found.

Your Weekend Jam: “Have You Ever Seen The Rain?” by The Minutemen


Dallas: Jamie Benn? Jamie Benn! And congratulations, Dallas, you have the least-worst sports talk station.

Your Weekend Jam: “Ticket To Ride” by Conference III’s own Hüsker Dü


Minnesota: I love the preseason booing, Wild fans, I really do, but what you really need is another story about how Josh Harding is awesome. SPOILER: Josh Harding is awesome.

Your Weekend Jam: “Love Don’t Live (U Abandoned Me)” by Gangsta Boo


Nashville: So the quest to find Pekka Rinne’s back-up isn’t going well. At least $750,000 of your dollars are being spent on a bunch of sticks on a roundabout.

Your Weekend Jam: “Roundabout” by Yes


St. Louis: Sobotka’s back, but Hitch is hearing alarm bells on that PK. Free tip: go to Illinois for your gas needs.

Your Weekend Jam: “Ring the Alarm” by Beyonce


Winnipeg: ATTENTION — someone is stealing your vegetables! Maybe it’s the juvenated Buff?

Your Weekend Jam: “Meat Is Murder” by The Smiths