Realize that your meal plan says chicken and the chicken is frozen solid. Dump chicken in pot of hot water for an hour. Then brown chicken in
Peel some mangy sweet potatoes you found in a drawer. Look at them, then peel another. Chop into giant inch thick slices because you are in a hurry.
Realize that you have zero onions. Gnash teeth. The baby wakes up and starts crying. Throw a cup or two of broth into the chicken pot along with two cinnamon sticks, some cardamom pods because who has time to grind them, and pepper. Squash a couple tablespoons of coriander seeds and some fenugreek in a mortar, and throw it on top of the chicken along with a few tablespoons of mediocre pre-diced garlic because who has time to dice garlic. Leave simmering (covered) on low on the stove. Hope the house doesn't burn down.
Toss your two screaming children in a minivan; pick up a third child (surly) and a carpool child (also surly). Deposit carpool child, then take your three arguing, whining children to the grocery at 3:30 PM on a Friday. Regret everything. While you are there, remember that you have 24 hours to produce baked beans for 100. Buy some chocolate.
Go home an hour later and frantically dice up an onion or two. Saute until browned and slightly burnt; try not to set off the fire alarm or take off a finger. Feed the baby half the raisins you'd intended to use as she pounds on a stool and shouts 'Moah!' Take the chicken out of the pot, getting garlic bits everywhere. Swear. Throw in the onions, sweet potato, raisins, olives, chopped apricots, some more garlic probably, two drained cans of garbanzo, an inch of ginger root peeled and finely diced, and whatever else you feel like. Stir; stick the chicken back on top and bake in a covered dish in a 325 F oven until the sweet potatoes are tender. Take out and cut up and debone chicken. (Put chicken back in.)
Serve to the accompaniment of whining children who will refuse to eat it even though they like every single ingredient. Vow to never cook them dinner ever again. Pour a glass of wine and count the minutes to bedtime. Lather, rinse and repeat.
1 chicken preferably brined
Some olives (8 oz - mine were the $1.79 marinated pack from TJ's)
Golden raisins (4 oz)
Apricots (whatever size they come in- 8 oz?)
Sweet potatoes (5 medium)
2 cans garbanzo beans
Coriander, cinnamon sticks, fenugreek, green and black cardamom
Dash of despair and salt tears