Every year, we get bottles of XO brandy and I really do not know what to do with them. We are not regular drinkers so I use the brandy for cooking and baking instead. Of course, sometimes, when I am feeling bored, I added brandy to ginger ale, Sprite or even wine to make it taste not so bad.
During my post-natal period, I used a lot of brandy to steam chicken. It is a trick my sister-in-law taught me and oh boy, within a few days, I have rosy cheeks, very unlike post-natal moms. Of course,all the alcohol have evaporated in the steaming process and therefore, my baby who was breastfed did not get stoned. LOL.
The above is a brandy roasted chicken. All I did was to put the chicken which has been cleaned into a glass bowl. Pour a few glugs of brandy, rub salt and mustard on the chicken and keep them in the fridge overnight.
Just before roasting, I use the juice of one lemon to flavour the chicken. Don’t season lemon juice or the meat will turned flaky. Then, I stuffed the lemon rind into the chicken and throw in some fresh rosemary.
After we carved out the meat, I used the chicken bones to make a delicous soup. Just add potatoes and carrots to the soup and boil for a while. To find out how to roast chicken, please refer to my other food blog for the steps.