I just finished my #100happydays challenge! It was a blast to document the things that make me happy every day, but it wasn’t easy. Some days there were so many things to choose from (not a bad problem to have!); other days it was tough for different reasons, especially when tragedy strikes. For example, I couldn’t bring myself to post on the day I went to a funeral for a young person, or (less devastatingly) a few days when I was so sick with the stomach flu that I couldn’t get out of bed. But, most days, I did find so many things to be happy and grateful for.
Lately I’ve been thinking about friends. It’s really so odd how they can come and go into your life, like a seasonal item that you’re not quite ready to put away. I don’t think there is really anything to be done about this either. It is out of your control. It seems, at some points, that some of these friendships will last forever, but then seasons of life happen, and people are drawn elsewhere. They start spending time with different people, stop calling or texting as much, and the invites stop coming. So as the season of some friendships is closing, I am eagerly awaiting new friendships that inevitably come with time. Finding a place where you truly belong is one of the great treasures of life and one of the greatest sources of happiness there is.
Luckily, I definitely have the feeling that I belong in my home with my husband and our very naughty Jack Russell Terrier. And making food like this grilled beer chicken together strengthens that bond and makes my heart sing. We have to find happiness where we can, and even if our lives do not look like how we want them to look, or like how they once looked, it does not mean that they cannot be even better than our dreams in the future.
Grilled Beer Chicken
8-10 chicken drumsticks
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon cumin
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (this does not make the dish spicy)
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
Juice of 1 small lime
1 cup gluten free beer (I got mine at Trader Joe’s)
Handful chopped fresh parsley
2 handfuls chopped green onions
**3-4 cloves grated or minced garlic
**If you have a sensitive stomach or are in the elimination period of the low FODMAPs diet, leave the garlic out. I did and the chicken was wonderful!
Put all of the marinade ingredients into a large Ziploc bag. Mush the bag around on the outside to combine. Then add your chicken, seal, and let marinade in the fridge for at least a couple of hours, or longer if you have it!
Heat your grill to medium-high heat and add your chicken. I like to salt the chicken again at this stage. Cook, adding more excess marinade every 10 minutes, for 30-35 minutes. I only add extra marinade twice.
Once done, remove your chicken from the grill and put on a large clean plate. Cover with aluminium foil and leave to rest for 5-10 minutes. Enjoy!
recipe inspiration: Recipe Mothers