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Pierre Vallee - Trois Rivieres, Quebec, Canada - French (Global Lives Project, 2013) -15:30:00 - 15:59:59

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Guys! Good. Making dinner is often my task. So how would you rate your skill as a cook? Medium. When I have all the ingredients that I need to make something, then it's OK. But when I have to use my imagination, I am not very good. Performing miracles with what's lying around in the fridge, that's more Evelyne's specialty. So what's planned for tonight? We are going to prepare the favorite meal... One of the boys' favorite dishes. It is called "Beer can chicken" You cook the chicken in an... With a beer can inside. That sounds rustic and ridiculous, but the results are very surprising. Here, I am just preparing a little... An oil mix to... To make the chicken a bit more ??? to cook the ingredients, then... After this... We'll rub the oil mix on the chicken... Then we'll add the spices, and we'll prepare them on the grill. We have lost the cap ??? We'll cook them on the grill. We have to start the grill... Do you play tennis? -Is it OK? -Is it OK? Is it out of gas ? No, it's a problem with the lighter. I'll go and look for another one. -The white lighter? -??? -It's there. -No, but the white lighter. Maybe this one is going to work. It's OK. Ok, so we let it heat up. This has to be cleaned. During this time we'll prepare our chicken. I take out the chicken. We need to make room to enter the can. OK, so now I have to look after my wife. You prepare this for her everyday, a little drink before dinner? Some days I share it with her. But today I can't because... This evening, I should have a boat. And when I have a boat, at least 8 hours before even if it's at a time where a drink would be really nice, I don't drink any alcohol. This way, I am sure there will be no... If ever there was an incident or an accident, the consumption of alcohol would not... have been one of the contributing factors for the incident or accident. Overall, navigation has closely followed society. Before, alcohol consumption was much more tolerated. Today this is no longer the case. Joaquin? Take this to mum. Before, drinking and driving was something that was... accepted by society. Acceptable. How many people in the 70s were drinking while driving? Today, one can no longer think of doing this. On the road, one can no longer think of doing this. It's the same with navigation. But the real question is: What are we going to eat with the chicken? That's the difficult question of the day. I knew that we would prepare the chicken, but I did not know with what. And I still don't know. OK, so it's ten to four. At four o'clock, a new codafone will be available. A codafone is a recorded message that is updated every 2 hours that lists the ships that are coming in. And the risk rate for the pilots. So we know approximately at what time we can embark and on which boat. It's never an exact science, but it allows us to plan our days. This morning, I knew that I would embark in the early evening hours. What do we prepare with the chicken? -What? -What do we prepare with the chicken? But you said you would do the beer can chicken. Yes, but we won't eat the beer can, what do we eat with the chicken? Rice, potatoes, vegetables, salad Go ahead, you choose. Is there any lettuce left, for example? Hey, get two cans of Coors Light from the fridge. -But I saw some there. -??? Do they have to go there? -??? -No, I don't think so. Eat where? One of us can eat but there is always someone who films. So we eat one after the other. If there is something left over. Oh, there will be left-overs. If there are left-overs. I thought you meant "If we stay". -Dad! -What? -There is only can like this. -No, no, there are cans... No, there are no more left. You bet? What do you bet? -There are... Two bottles of beer ??? -Two bottles of beer ??? Guys ??? Tadaaa! Was there Coors Light left? There are plenty of Coors Light cans. -No, there was only one. -No, there were plenty of cans, as I said. You owe me... How much did you bet? 20 dollars? Look, you lost the bet, so you clean out the dish-washer. No, no ??? Yes, yes, we are going to look in the ??? I even wanted to go. I need some advertisement. The ad is for Beer Can Chicken. This is exquisite gastronomy. It doesn't look like it, but... We have a friend who works for the Molson Brewery. She would not have liked it if we took a Molson can. Ok, so the chicken is stuck over the beer can, and then we'll be ready to grill it. I am going to clean the grill, because I forgot to do it before. Now we are here. It is quite something for us as well. We'll let the cinders burn away, and we'll be ready in 5 minutes. -Did you see the chargers? -The chargers? I think Zach put them back. -You only cover it to the middle, yes? -Well, yes. Otherwise, the chicken is going to explode. My chicken does not fit. That's not good. It should not fall over. -You are taking big risks. -I think so too. You risk ??? There are many people who do not even know the recipe. We'll find a way to keep it from falling over, you'll see. You won't be able to close the lid. -No? -No! -Too high? -Yes. There is a lot of smoke. OK, it will work. It's the week of ??? At what time is your boat? I don't know yet. It has not even left Montreal. But then it will be a night trip? Yes. -Is it going far? -Yes, it is going far. Do you want me to cut the onions now? No ??? I paid for this. I sent the check. -Is the chicken on the beer can? -Yes. -??? -Ah, that is not the same. OK, so a beer can, wood chips Preferably hickory Aluminium foil, a chicken, salt ??? grill. Open a beer can by lifting the tab. Done. Using the sharp end of a bottle opener, pierce a few holes in the lid of the can. Otherwise, it's going to explode. Pour half of the beer in the soaking water of the wood chips. Keep the rest of the beer yadda yadda... Prepare the grill for indirect cooking. You do not put it directly over the flames. No, I put it at the middle level. When the grill is ready, place the chicken on the can straight up, to the side with the closed burner. Close the lid and cook for 1:15 to 1:30 hours until the meet is cooked and the skin is crispy. OK, that's good. The best cooking test is using a thermometer.

Video Details

Duration: 30 minutes and 1 second
Year: 2013
Country: Canada
Language: French (Canada)
Producer: Karen Vanderborght
Views: 59
Posted by: globallives on Sep 30, 2013

Pierre drinks beer while he prepares barbecue chicken for dinner.

This is part of a 24-hour recording of a day in the life of Pierre Vallée, who works as a commercial ship pilot on the St. Lawrence River in Canada. This forms part of the Global Lives Project, a video library of life experience.

This video was produced by Karen Vanderborght, Catherine Genest, Rébecca Lavoie, Ariane Lorrain, Marianne Ploska, Patrick Pearce and Yanie Dupont-Hébert. 

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