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How “Sinister Buttocks” Became a Thing & Moroccan Inspired Baked Chicken

Rogeting and the Birth of “Sinister Buttocks”

In 2014, the Guardian ran an entertaining piece on a phenomenon in academic writing called “Rogeting,” named after the Roget Thesaurus.  Rogeting was being blamed for producing nonsensical prose in many college essays as students attempted to cover up their plagiarism by submitting (or resubmitting) essays with keywords substituted with synonyms, often to hilarious result.  Such as “sinister buttocks,” a substitution for the words “left behind.”  This happened in one of my classes and, although initially being upset over it, I found it a bit amusing.

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Moroccan Inspired Baked Chicken

On the other end of the spectrum of originality, comes to this recipe creation I came up with which turned out surprisingly delicious!  I used neither a recipe for inspiration or any number of my “flavor combination” books, but a simple memory of some flavors I happen to like and have on hand.  Meals have been impromptu in this way in our house lately, phenomena which is best attributed to my insane schedule of waking up at five each morning to study for two hours, work for an average of 8.5 hours, and my need to swim during these hot months.  Then it’s more study until time for bed.

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Also, I have noticed that my recipes are overwhelmingly chicken recipes.  I am going to try to branch out in future posts, dear readers, but I do hope that you share my enthusiasm for the versatility and affordability of poultry!

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Harissa Baked Chicken
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Instructions
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350°F/176°C.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the cumin, coriander, allspice, harissa, and margarine.
  3. In a pan with a small lip (to contain the juices), cover chicken in the mixture.  Place in oven and roast for 40-45 minutes or until done.
  4. Garnish with parsley and serve with a starchy side!