Wheel of Fortune: A dish based on your novel

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How to turn my nanowrimo southern gothic fae mystery into an entree for this challenge? I have been going back and forth with this for the last week, making list after list: what makes me think of magic? what makes me think of fae? what makes me think of earth rooted, southern Georgia style magic? I finally came up with this list: black cherries, pomegranate, sage, rosemary, ginger, blue potatoes, honey, and mushrooms.

Fast forward to the grocery store this morning and: no black cherries. No blue potatoes. Sigh. Okay, so, reluctantly, I decided to adapt and just wander the floor looking for something that said magic to me.
The result: Chicken thighs seared in honey and curry and rosemary and covered with a sauce of honey, plums, sage, ginger, and garlic. Wild rice pilaf with mushrooms, rosemary, sweet peppers, and curry. And the whole kit and caboodle covered with pomegranate seeds. I don’t know if it was quite gothic enough, but it did taste magical and wild and fae and rooted in nature. Also, forgot to include the wheel of fortune card in this shot because I am the worst lol
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My plum sauce, simmering. Lovely and dark and magical. Honey, butter rosemary, curry, salt, pepper, and plums
Plum Sauce
keep in mind that I don’t really measure, I am more of a guestimate kind of girl lol
Rosemary (fresh!)
Melt a generous amount of butter and honey in a pan over medium heat. Add rosemary stems, garlic, and ginger to the pan. Simmer for about 3-5 minutes.
Add plums to the pan. Sprinkle with curry, salt, and pepper.  Saute for about 5 minutes until skin blisters slightly. Then the sauce is done. Eat it straight or pour over chicken and bake
Chicken with Plum Sauce
Butter (always butter lol)
Salt Pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt butter, ginger, rosemary, garlic in pan over medium heat. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Cook in 5 minutes in pan, flip over, then cook for 5 more minutes.
Put chicken aside on baking dish. Drain half the chicken fat from pan, then make plum sauce. Cover with plum sauce and bake for 25-30 minutes.
Rice Pilaf
90 second uncle ben’s wild rice (half to cut corners somewhere)
Sweet peppers, one orange, one red
Saute mushrooms, garlic, sage, and chopped sweet peppers in butter until mushrooms are cooked. Microwave the rice for 90 seconds. Saute cooked rice in pan with other ingredients for about 2 seconds to mix flavors.

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