So it was with a twinge of homesickness but an ocean of happiness that I embarked on my all-time most favourite meal, chicken fried steak with french fries and gravy. Oh yeah, it's not healthy, but not everything needs to be. It is delicious, and I have to say that it was probably the best I've ever made!
Chicken fried steak may be a bit better known now (I mean, it made it's way into a joke on the Big Bang Theory), but it's not something that I make very often. I would say in my entire life, I've probably only made it half a dozen times. You take tenderized meat (if you can buy it tenderized, all the better) and you flour, milk/egg, flour and then cook it in a little bit of oil. The coating gets flaky and delicious. You take the remaining oil and make gravy. You then add some french fries and a little bit of yummy corn, and then there you go.
It was really fantastic. I took my time with it, which made a big difference, and I made oven fries which cut down a little bit on the overall messiness. But as I stood in front of my stove in my new kitchen/dining room stirring the gravy to make it thick, I really felt a connection to my roots. I thought of my mom and grandma, both of whom I can see in my minds eye standing in front of the stove, stirring the gravy, feeding their family and it made me really happy to be making this for my family.
15 days into 2012 and I have no complaints... it's been a really different year, but it's quite fun and I look forward to seeing what else rolls this way!