Today was such a day. The Windy City was living up to its name so I decided to walk at my favorite indoor exercise place, Weber Park’s indoor walking track. While changing into my gym shoes, a man and a woman sitting across from me were discussing the proposal to build a Mosque at Ground Zero. “No,” I chimed in. “It’s two blocks from ground Zero, not in it.”
We talked about the Mosque controversy and other issues and how they were affecting people. Did people living near Ground Zero have a right to be frightened? The discussion drifted, as conversations will, to head coverings. The woman commented about the law in France banning women from wearing burqhas. As we began to discuss our misconceptions -or not -about various Muslim head coverings, the woman sitting in a seat across from me said, “Excuse me. I’m a Muslim woman from Pakistan and I’m not wearing any head covering. We don’t all wear them. It depends on the person.”
I could see where this was going. It was going toward my postponing my exercising yet again. C’est la vie. The discussion about Muslims and Jews and the diversity of practices seemed more interesting than walking around in circles anyway. It’s always a better world when people can talk to each other and reach a new understanding. I could always walk later.
“I feel really comfortable in America,” the Muslim woman said. “Everyone is from somewhere else.”
Alas, she left in a hurry before I could get any recipes from her.
By the time I finished walking, the only people sitting outside of the walking track were Filipinos speaking to each other in Tagalog. Since I don’t speak that language, there was no temptation to join their conversation. That gave me plenty of time to go home and cook Pineapple Chicken, another Peace de Resistance recipe. This recipe serves 4 people and takes about 10 minutes to prepare. It takes an hour to cook. While dinner is cooking, you can read the newspaper, watch the evening news, or listen to the news on NPR and be better informed when you go to vote on Tuesday. During the commercials, about a half hour before the chicken is ready, put up some rice to eat with it. At the next set of commercials, cut up and heat a green vegetable.
1 chicken cut up
Soy sauce, pepper, and garlic powder to taste
1 can of frozen pineapple juice
1 can water
1/8 of a cup of brown sugar
1 can pineapple chunks
1 green onion diced
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place the chicken in a flat baking pan skin side up.
Cover chicken lightly with brown sugar. Sprinkle the garlic powder and pour soy sauce over the chicken.
Defrost the pineapple juice until it is soft enough to pour, mix with water and pour over the chicken.
Sprinkle the green onion pieces over the chicken pieces.
Bake in oven until glazed and dark brown (40 – 60 minutes)
Ten minutes before serving, add drained pineapple chunks.
It came out quite tasty. Since there were only two of us to eat it, I even had leftovers for another dinner. For best reheating results, freeze the leftover chicken in a plastic container with all the juices and the pineapple chunks. Reheat the chicken with the juices and pineapple in a pot on a low to medium heat.
And don’t forget to vote.