Rosalind Brodsky's Time Travelling Cookery Show

Episode 2: Chicken Paprika

Duration: 7:00
Date: 1998
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The year is 2080. Rosalind Brodsky wearing her electronic time travelling costume to go to the Russian Revolution is in the kitchen.

On the table:

Nature's Way - chicken variety,

1 disjointed chicken in silver bowl,

1 sliced green pepper,

1 large chopped tomato,

2 finely chopped onions on chopping board,

jar of paprika,

salt in little bowl,

bowl of sour cream,

bowl of thick cream,

bag of flour,

2 tablespoon lump of lard,

casserole dish and lid,


3 tablespoons,


wooden stirring spoon.

On the counter:

another silver bowl

3 plates + knives and forks

plate of egg dumplings

cup for the water


serving spoon


Shot of kitchen

Brodsky fades in

stands behind the table and looks up at the camera



Greetings to all of you on earth and also to those of you up at the Martian settlement!

Welcome to the latest in my series of time travelling cookery shows.

Today we are going to prepare a 30 year old recipe from the year 2050.

and luckily we'll be using a product still available through Uninet stores,

(flash address on screen in premiere; )

Well today's recipe is Paprika Chicken, a traditional Russian dish which has been enjoyed in various forms for centuries.

In honor of the dish I'm appearing today in my electronic time travelling costume which I wear when I visit the Russian Revolution.

Although there are other serums on the market nowadays, today we'll be using an old product called 'Nature's Way',

zoom to bottle and back to RB manufactured by Nutragenetica.

Some of you will be old enough to remember the 2040's when the new farming methods were no longer able to keep up with the demands of the increased population and alternative methods of food production became widely used.

Thankfully there were radical developments in tissue engineering and the Nutragenetica corporation were able to develop serums which allowed people to grow food on their own bodies overnight.

I know it's hard for some of you to imagine where we'd be today without these discoveries.

So, the night before you plan to prepare this dish just inject a tablespoon of Nature's Way chicken variety into your upper leg before going to sleep and snip off and refridgerate the chicken in the morning. You should end up with a medium sized chicken which you'll have to pluck and disjoint.

Do the same with the tomato, green pepper and onion serums but remember to inject them into the other leg,.. about 10 centimetres apart. You'll be needing 2 onions, 1 green pepper and 1 large tomato.

Here are the ingredients I grew on myself yesterday.

Brodsky looks down at ingredients

Zoom to chicken(cut into pieces), 1 tomato(chopped) 1 green pepper (sliced) and 2 onions (chopped finely)

Don't they look fresh and delicious?

Now you'll need a large casserole dish with a tight fitting lid like this one

RB fetches the large casserole dish

Put in 2 tablespoons of lard and add the 2 finely chopped onions.

puts in 2 tablespoons of lard and the onions and goes over and puts them on the gas and puts the lid on,while speaking:

.We'll cook the onions on a low heat for about 5 minutes so they're golden but not brown.


Rb takes lid off - zoom to casserole interior

Ok, they should be nicely cooked... so now it's time to add the chicken and tomato.

puts them in the casserole and puts the lid back on.

We'll leave them there for about 10 minutes keeping the heat low.


camera back behind table on RB

While we’re waiting I must tell you about the strange dream I had last night.

It may have been induced by all the serum floating around my body.

Anyway, I dreamt that I was in a Ukrainian farmyard at the beginning of the 21st century surrounded by millions of chickens all speaking Polish.

They all began to form a queue in front of me and were expecting some form of inoculation against a virus I had never heard of.

Of course I had nothing to give them so they all started squawking and made an unbearable racket.

I tried to shut them up by playing a Polish children’s game with them: ...Slimak, slimak, vistav roshki, damci centa na pierozki...

It means, snail, get out your horns, I’ll give you a cent for some pierozki.

In the end they all went to sleep and I woke up.

goes over to oven looks in casserole and comes back to table

So now it’s time to add a heaped tablespoon of paprika

takes paprika to casserole and stirs it in

and stir it in well.

Now we’ll add half a cup of water and a teaspoon of salt.

adds water from sink and salt

Now we’ll put the lid back on and leave the dish to cook over a low heat for 30 minutes.


camera back to behind table

RB walks back to the table. RB STANDS STILL.

RB fades out and in again

To save time I’ve just time travelled 25 minutes,... so now let’s take the lid off and allow some of the liquid to evaporate ...

and leave it to cook for a bit longer in its own fat,... taking care that it doesn’t burn.

If the chicken is tough you may have to add a few more tablespoons of water.

Now, let’s remove the chicken pieces into a bowl.

removes chicken into a silver bowl.zoom to bowl.

Now we’ll need 2 tablespoons of sour cream, one tablespoon of flour and a teaspoon of cold water

spoons cream, flour and water into casserole and stirs while talking:

Add all these to the sauce and keep stirring until it’s nice and smooth and evenly coloured.

keeps stirring. zoom to casserole.


camera back behind table

Now it’s time to add the green pepper and put the chicken back into the casserole.

puts chicken and green pepper in casserole. zoom into casserole.

Rb puts lid back on and returns to table.

Well we’re almost finished now. I’ll just leave this on a low heat for a while longer until it’s done.

While we’re waiting I’ll just get out the egg dumplings which I gave you the recipe for in an earlier episode.

Takes a plate of egg dumplings from the counter to the table.

Here we are. Now let’s put a few on each plate

collects 3 plates from the back counter and arranges the dumplings on them.

All we have to do now is stir in 2 tablespoons of heavy cream into the dish...

goes over to the casserole and stirs in the cream. Brings the casserole to the table and puts it on a trivet.

and serve it up

ladles the chicken paprika onto the plates. zoom to a plate.

Doesn’t it look beautiful? I hope you’ll enjoy this dish as much as I do.

RB fades out

credits roll over final view of plates.


The Rosalind Brodsky Time Travelling Cookery Show is a component part of the ongoing project, 'Time Travelling with Rosalind Brodsky'

© Suzanne Treister 1998