You know those mornings when you rush around so quickly that it feels like you’re full of energy, then you sit down and suddenly are totally exhausted and it takes everything in you not to fall over and pass out? That is happening right now. I was out late last night and got significantly less than my standard 9 hours of sleep – but I guess it was worth it. I had competition class at my gym, then raced home to shower and try to look somewhat presentable before going to a rehearsal for a competition I’m performing in in a few weeks. I’m singing with the ladies from my old group the Government Job, and sooo excited to be reunited with them! We have a different band but are singing a lot of the same pieces we used to perform – and even though it’s been a while since we’ve worked together, it took about 5 minutes for us to fall back into our old rhythm and I had a blast. But when you combine an intense workout with an hour or two of dancing and singing, 3 less hours of sleep than usual, then my most brutal workout of the week this morning – phew. I am tired. And I rushed into my office for a 9am meeting only to see it was moved to Monday :( boo. I might actually have to give in and drink caffeine this morning.
Anyways, so I was lying in bed Sunday morning reading a book, which is my favourite thing to do on the one day a week when I don’t jump out of bed early for the gym, when I get a text from a friend inviting me over for some Sunday Funday football action. I was happy to get the message, since I spend most Sundays watching football by myself on my couch, with my only contact with the outside world happening via text, but I was concerned about the schedule for the day – both our teams were playing at 1pm. I asked him how we would manage this, and he said ‘We will be watching the Bengals. We can switch to the Eagles during commercials’. Smiley face. Uh. I’d been looking forward to the Eagles/Boys game all week. When people asked me what I was doing for the weekend, my only answer was ‘watching the Eagles on Sunday’. Was I really willing to give up uninterrupted viewing in exchange for company? I stewed over it for an hour and then decided yes, I should be social, an agreed to come. And I can’t go to someone’s home without bringing a dish to share, that’s just rude. Perfect opportunity to make up a new recipe! Wings are a class football snack but most are breaded, deep friend, and coated in sugar so I’ve been avoiding them as of late. I’m not going to say there was no sugar in this sauce, cause there is plenty of honey, but I still think this is a healthier recipe than most. And frankly, more tasty than most too. Everyone who walked into my friend’s place that day commented on the delicious smell.
And the game? Well, let’s just say I’m thankful I didn’t have to watch that travesty of a game by myself. And I don’t even mean because the Eagles lost - it was actually the most boring game of all time. I love football but apparently it does not love me :(
2lbs chicken wings, cleaned with the tips removed
1/3 cup coconut aminos
1/3 cup raw honey
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tbsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 cup chopped scallions (optional)
Grab a dish large enough to fit all your chicken wings. Add all ingredients to the dish, and whisk until totally combined – the honey will be hard to whisk at first but keep at it. Immerse your wings in the marinade, cover, and place in the fridge for at least one hour.
Preheat your oven to 350. Double-foil line a baking sheet and place all your wings on the sheet, ensuring they do not overlap. DO NOT THROW OUT THE MARINADE! Place the wings in the oven.
While your wings are cooking, pour the remaining marinade in a saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring continuously. After 10 minutes, remove the wings from the oven and spread a layer of the sauce over them. Return wings to the oven.
Allow your sauce to come to a boil and then lower heat slightly to a simmer, continuing to stir. After 10 more minutes, remove the wings from the oven and apply another layer of the sauce. Return them to the oven and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
While the wings are finishing off, your glaze should be thickening up nicely. Once it reaches your desired consistency, turn the heat down until it’s almost off – just enough to keep it warm. Continue to stir.
Remove the wings from the oven and place on a serving dish. Top them with a final layer of glaze. If you over-thickened the glaze like I did so it’s hard to spread, simply add a bit of the juice from your baking pan to the glaze and stir until it thins. Once all wings have a nice glaze to them, garnish with your scallions. Serve hot!