Saturday was Bastille Day and Sue said, "What can we cook that is traditionally French". As you know after our five trips to France since 2006, we could take on the mantle of being Francophiles.
A bottle (or two) of Cote d'Rhone helped start the evening but I'll Sue explain how our Bastille night dinner went - at home, just the two of us in the kitchen.
I decided that with our cold weather coq au vin would be nice. There is an Australian recipe site I like called Taste, and they had a few different recipes. I wasn't after authenticity, just yumminess. Chose one I liked the sound of and we were off!
Leon has been having a go at helping in the kitchen in the past few months and it is great to have someone to do the prep. He did all the chopping, went outside in the cold to fetch the thyme and bay leaves and tidied the mushrooms. I, on the other hand swanned around the kitchen looking self important and drinking wine....a very good blend of talents I believe.
Served with garlic mash, with potatoes cut up by Leon it was delish!
Crepes, what could be more French? Not a lot I believe. So, orange liqueur crepes. Nice! I showed Leon how to make the batter and left him to it. I cooked the first one, then left the kitchen to Leon. We actually had pancakes. They tasted yummy, but a little technique still required. I really am a nasty piece of work! He has to have something to aspire to after all!
Left Overs - the night after.
I made double the amount of sauce because I thought it would make an awesome risotto. I was right. I have done it before when I have cooked lamb shanks in the pressure cooker, so I couldn't see why this wouldn't work just as well. Sorry about the big pink alien hands in the photo! It was very nice and I always get a nice, warm, housewifely glow when I can make a second meal from not much!
|I'm not sure if I'm cut out to being Sue's prep person in her kitchen.|