Since I am fresh from my visit to Normandy I thought that we would have a Normandy inspired recipe this week....
Chicken Normandy Recipe Yield: Serves 4.
In this recipe we brown the chicken on the stovetop, then braise the chicken in the oven, and then finish on the stovetop. You can make the whole dish on the stovetop if you wish. In step 6 just simmer the chicken on the stovetop (uncovered if skin-on, covered if using skinless chicken pieces), until cooked through and tender, 15-30 minutes. The reason to do it in the oven is to produce a crispy skin.
Ingredients 4 Tbsp butter 2 cooking apples, cored and sliced into wedges (you can peel or not) Flour for dredging 4 whole chicken legs (with thighs) Salt 1 large onion, peeled, sliced lengthwise (root to top) into wedges 1/2 cup brandy (apple brandy or Calvados if you have it) 2 cups apple cider (the cloudy type) 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1/2 cup cream
1 Sprinkle salt over the chicken pieces and let sit …
For those visiting France for the first time at this time of the year, you may think that France is obsessed with the chrysanthemum as they appear to be every where you look.
This weekend is all about Toussaint, a Catholic holiday honouring all Saints. It is a time when French pay respect to their deceased relatives. All Saints' Day, the 1st of November, sees families gathering to visit cemeteries to clean and decorate tombs. The majority of which, are decorated with chrysanthemums.
The tradition of using chrysanthemums is a relatively recent one, dating from 1919 when the then President, Raymond Poincaré, declared that all war memorials should be decorated with floral tributes.
As one of the rare flowers still in bloom in November it became the flower of choice for cemeteries, with hundreds of thousands of widows laying blooms at their fallen husbands' memorials. The chrysanthemum is now known as the widow's flower and is forever associated with Toussai…
At the time I thought that it was a fabulous idea to buy a gorgeous looking 5 kilo pumpkin.
As a result of this impulsive purchase, we have been eating a lot of pumpkin this week.
I have made a tagine, soup and this fabulous tart. There is still a bit left but I am sure that it will get put to good use as I have found a fabulous recipe where you bake it in the oven with honey and nuts.
French Pumpkin Pie serves 8 Ingredients 6 tbsp. butter 3 lb. kabocha squash or cinderella or cheese pumpkin, seeded, peeled, and diced 2 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and diced 3⁄4 cup brown sugar 1 vanilla bean, split 1⁄4 cup shelled pecans, chopped 2 (7 1⁄2-by-14 1⁄2–inch) sheets puff pastry 1 egg, lightly beaten Instructions Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pumpkin and apples, and cook, stirring occasionally, 8-10 minutes. Reduce heat to low, add sugar and vanilla beans, and scrape browned bits from bottom of skillet with…
On impulse this morning I decided to repaint the mirror frame in our dining room. It started off Farrow and Ball Charleston grey then I repainted it with Annie Sloan Old White.
Both Maison No.20 and No.26 are a shrine to Farrow and Ball paint and I adore it and use it when ever I can.
Back to the mirror frame, it has been white now for almost a year and I decided that it was not really doing it for me.
I had a rummage around and found some Miss Mustard Seed samples that a friend had sent me as a result of going a MMS paint course.
Decided that I would give "Trophy" which is a lovely grey colour, a try and I am very happy with the result. It took two coats and does not give a newly painted look instead looks like it has always been this colour.
I am now thinking about painting the bookcase in the dining room the same colour so I am searching for a European stockist to order the paint from....I think that I have my painting mojo back!
I hope that you had a fabulous weekend, our was a lovely sunny one which enabled us to get out and about. We even managed a bit of sight seeing in between hunting for antiques which I will tell you more about later in the week.
On Saturday we took some photos on the way back from our picnic lunch.
The vines are looking fabulous at this time of the year....
You can see why Autumn is my favourite time of the year...the colours are stunning and the weather is perfect, not too hot and not too cold.
Rows and rows of vines everywhere you look....
French Boyfriend commented that the rouge colour of the leaves is very similar to the colour of the wine produced by the grapes that come from these particular vines. Nature at her finest!
I had better go as it is the magic hour here at France, lunch time and FB is about to serve...I do love a man who cooks.
photo and recipe from here Bonjour mes belles, I hope that you have had a fabulous week. Ours has been a fun one with French Boyfriend selling up a storm in the boutique whilst I have been spending the week shopping. Shopping is one of my preferred past times and I am enjoying shopping for me as opposed to shopping for bathroom fittings, kitchen etc. Unfortunately French Boyfriend is not an enthusiastic as moi when it comes to shopping hence I am developing a more speedy approach. Enough about shopping, let's get down to business. As you know food is taken very seriously in France and a lot of the day is talking about food. It is getting cooler here in SW France and Autumn has arrived. Autumn provides the perfect excuse to spend more time in the kitchen and it is my favourite time of the year. This week's recipe is a favourite as it involves cheese and potatoes and is very yummy... Cheese-topped Dauphinois PotatoesIngredients 750 g …
photo from here Five minutes ago, I was thinking I am going to take a break from renovating for the next 6 months and then I saw this photo....I just need to convince French Boyfriend that it is a good idea.
Think that it may take more than a sexy dress and a bottle of champagne but I will try my best....