Le Ronca El Mango is a Cuban expression translated to mean it snores the mango. In other words, when something is too much to handle or simply ridiculous. That’s kind of how I feel about 2012. Let’s just say I won’t be sorry to see New Year’s this year. It’s been a year that snores the mango (albeit not entirely – there is certainly more good than bad). But we have faced a few situations that were at the time a bit much to handle and a few situations that are just down right ridiculous.
That said, when facing ridiculous situations and challenges it’s often an opportunity to learn a great deal about yourself, about priorities, about your family, your friends and your place in life. One of those friends that helps me to rise above it all, so that despite the situations I can honestly say I’m happier, prouder and certainly grateful, is my best friend Sue. Her friendship is a gift.
This was the first of our recent adventures – a fall weekend to our home away from home, and where Sue and I first met as college roommates. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to meet up with our other friends on this trip, but there will most certainly be a next time.
That and they love the local toy store.
While on our trip, Sue proposed a challenge for our blog: to come up with a recipe that fits her diet restrictions. No gluten, no soy, no corn, no dairy, no red meat. No problem. That’s the kind of challenge I’m happy to embrace.
It couldn’t be easier. Select your chicken pieces – we chose boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Toss them in a resealable bag with bitter orange juice, salt, white vinegar, black pepper, oregano and cumin. Oh and did I mention, 12 cloves of chopped garlic? Oh yeah! (I wasn’t sure if vinegar was gluten-free, but I found this article very helpful.) Let the chicken and other ingredients soak over night, and then when you’re ready to cook, place it in a greased baking dish.
We were really happy with how this whole dinner turned out. And Sue we hope it’s one you’ll enjoy too. I love ya and thank you for always having my back.
Next week we’ll bring you our Cuban black beans and rice recipe and follow it up with our mountain adventures. Until then may your day, week, year, not snore the mango. And if it does, embrace that which really matters.
Print this recipe: Cuban Garlic Chicken