Monday, June 9, 2008

Ludi's Chicken -- kind of

I found this little baking dish at Tuesday Morning a few months ago. You can use it to cook in the oven or on the stove top which I love. It's kind of like a tagine in that way, and it looks just like the kind of baking dish Miriam (our hostess in Provence last year) used for a lot of things. This one, however, says 'Made in Portugal' on the bottom.
Anyway, I don't do a lot of cooking when I'm alone, but the other night I decided to try something from Falling Cloudberries , a beautiful cookbook/memoir by Tessa Kiros , which I discovered on Alicia Paulson's blog, Posie Gets Cozy. Which reminds me, have you seen this month's Romantic Homes Magazine? There's a beautiful layout of Tessa's home in Italy.
Anyhoo, this recipe is called 'Ludi's Chicken'; Ludi is Tessa's sister. As usual, I made some changes because first of all, I didn't want to cook a whole chicken as the recipe says, but also because I didn't have everything called for on hand. I really liked the way it turned out, so here's

My Tinkered With Version of 'Ludi's Chicken'

1 chicken breast
2 small red potatoes
1 head of garlic separated into cloves (unpeeled)
1 cup of frozen pearl onions (or 1 sliced onion)
juice of one lemon
1 T. grainy French mustard
1 to 2 teaspoons honey (to your taste)
1/3 c. white wine or champagne (I didn't have white wine, so I used champagne)
2 T. olive oil
salt & pepper

Mix the lemon juice, wine, garlic, onion, honey, olive oil, and mustard in small bowl and add the chicken and onions. Cut potatoes into wedges, and toss in with other ingredients. Put it all into baking dish and cook at 375 degrees until chicken is done (about 25 minutes). Remove chicken from dish and keep warm. Turn oven up to 425 degrees and return potatoes, onions, and garlic to the oven until browned and caramelized -- about 10 - 15 more minutes.
Serves one, but of course, you can double (or more) the recipe.

I got the olive oil you can see in the picture above last June at market day in St. Remy de Provence. The people selling it at the market actually make it themselves at their home nearby. It is truly so delicious that I could drink it. I've kept it the fridge, so it's still just as wonderful tasting as it was when we brought it home a year ago. I must go back for more when I run out, yes?
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Hmmmm, I didn't mean for this to be the 'Look What I Had for Dinner" blog -- maybe I need to get out more?

1 comment:

Kj said...

sounds yummy.

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