This post is coming to you courtesy of a dinner date that I had a couple of days ago. You know what I realized? If you are having someone over for dinner, and you are trying to impress them, it is probably BEST that you stick to cooking something you already know how to cook! Duh! Especially if you’re single and this is the bait that you want to use to hook ’em!
As a single chick, it is important to WOW him with that first bite! They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach…(I disagree though, it’s through his rib cage)…so cooking a less than desirable meal could knock you out of the running for girlfriend…and since we all know that being a girlfriend could lead to being a wife – it’s important that every bite be an Epicurean delight, rather than a plate full of “struggle”…as in you struggled to make it! No man wants to come home to a “struggle” plate every night!
Let’s back track to about 3-4 weeks ago shall we…I was bragging to my (wish he was my official) boo thang about how I can cook my ass off! Even texted him the little cooking photos that I’ve posted on Instagram. His reply “Looks good but what does it taste like?” Never one to back down from a challenge, I offered to make him dinner.
Now, him being African (he’s very ‘American-ized’, but every time I talk to him he’s eating some kind of stew), I wanted to impress him a little with something a bit exotic. Now I was smart enough not to even try to mimic any African dishes, but I figured I could tackle some Jamaican fare. Yeh Mon! Uh…No Mon! I probably shouldn’t have bragged about my amazing jerk chicken without stocking my ingredients right before a snow storm. SMDH!
Argh!!!! Good grief Charlie Brown! So how ’bout, I thought that I could just get a recipe off of Google and make it work. Bam! Just like that. Nope! Being as though I could only get to one grocery store and that it didn’t have my marinade, I was forced to try this new recipe that involved 50 million ingredients, a blender, and 8 hours of marinating. So yeah…I only had about 2 hours to marinade and it was a HOT ASS MESS.
That crap tasted so bad, I didn’t even want to eat it! Luckily, he agreed to cook half of our dinner so we had stew to eat. I knew I had to make it up to him! I couldn’t go out like that!! Not the Tiff!
Fast forward to a couple of days ago…
Can I please tell you that the snow, once again, was NOT trying to let me be great!! However, I was DETERMINED to make me some delicious ass jerk chicken wings! I packed my ingredients for work with the plan of buying the wings on my lunch break and preparing them in my office (on the sneak tip) and letting them marinate. Genius!!!! Unfortunately, this genius left her debit card at home so once again, I only had about 2 hours to buy the wings, let them marinate and prepare them after I left work.
This brings me to the reason for this post….
Recipes ideal for the single working woman! With my back up against the wall I had to figure out how to quickly prepare my recipe and have it taste delicious! I Googled how speed up marinating time and voila, I pulled it off!!! He loved dinner and even took leftovers to work the next day!
Here’s my single, on the go, too damn busy to be Betty Crocker but I’m not tryna be singing Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” all my life recipe:
Jerk Chicken Wings
- 6 wings
- Walkerswood Jamaican Jerk seasoning – Mild (I used about half of the small glass container)
- Stubbs Original Barbecue Sauce (I used about half the bottle)
- Chopped Scallions
- 2 Tbsp of Vinegar -taste good and helps tenderize the meat for better permeation of the marinade
Add all of the ingredients in a large Ziploc plastic bag. Seal it. Throw that bad boy on the counter-top and massage the ingredients into the chicken for 5 minutes. Pretend that you are rubbing lotion on REALLY ashy knees -that’s how you should be massaging this chicken. This technique cuts 7 and a half hours OFF of your marinate time! So if you’re like me, and you’re just getting off of work, this is a huge time saver for you!
You can grill these wigs but there’s a chance that they could burn if you aren’t watching them. If you’re cooking this for a man, you want to take this time to straighten up, get dressed, etc…Throw those wings on a non-stick baking sheet pan, lined with aluminum foil (easy clean-up) and spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray. Pop them in the oven for 40 min at 450 degrees and now you have time to prepare for your date!!!
Well, I hope this was as helpful to you as it was for me! This recipe took me about 1/30 hours to make leaving me 30 min of TiffMoney personal prep time!
…Till my next adventure…adios!