Monday, October 26, 2009

Cooking for U-2

I haven't been to a concert in many years, and the thought of record turn-out was daunting to me. I don't do sports, either, so all that pre-game tail gate madness is like a foreign country.

What had I been worried about? Bikers? Boozers? Skunks? Or matching a menu to the Irish humanist bard as well as the Black Eyed Peas? From Guinness to Pilipino cuisine presented a challenge.

So we packed snacks, potato salad and oven baked barbecued chicken wings. We spread a serape under a tree, listened the the sound check, eavesdropped on the smooching Italian couple next to us (they didn't mention Sutri, or Berlusconi, or Italo, unfortunately) enjoyed the perfect weather and drank Lambrusco. (If I had realized how long the lines at the loo were, I wouldn't have drunk at all). And had a memorable, soul filling experience. The wonderful thing about U-2 is that they make you feel deep and humane and virtuous by simply attending their concert, worshiping at the temple called Bono.

Fanny Farmer's baked barbecued chicken wings:

Take 12 wings, trimmed of the tip and neatly severed into two bits. Lay them in a casserole dish.
Mix well: the juice of two lemons, 1/3 cup soy sauce, 1/2 cup honey, one minced garlic clove, and two dashes of Tabasco sauce. Pour over chicken, bake at 325 degrees for an hour, turning the chicken occasionally.

Serve to great acclaim, provided you don't have to take the shuttle back to the car park to retrieve it--because somehow in all your pre-concert anxiety, you left the food behind---


  1. Verimius was there too. The set was visually spectuacular and a masterpiece of engineering.

  2. Did you send the hubby back to the car for the food?

  3. Eek! Sounds like something I'd do.

  4. Goodness. From the looks of this photo you had damn good seats.

  5. P:You know, I meant to leave a disclaimer, just for you. If you click the photo it expands, and its source is the LA Times. We were way far away, in the ether--transported. AH: WHO left it behind is still under dispute, and, A: Yes. That seemed the best choice.

  6. Ciao Desiree you had such a great time :)
    I agree with you when you write how you feel when you listen at U-2! Italian couple that doesn't speak about Sutri is normal, about Italo is a pity, about Berlusconi...oh FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!)
    About the wings.....ahhhhhhhh mouth watering....ho fame! :D