I have a guest from my hometown in KZN, staying with us for a couple of weeks.
She’s recently moved to Cape Town and is still trying to sort out accommodation. Obviously I was more than happy to offer some shelter to a fellow home girl. I’m always excited about new people’s opinions on my cooking. I don’t believe my husband’s and son’s opinions anymore. And friends and visitors are always too kind, can’t trust their opinions either.
So excited to have a new palate…
So I asked her what she’d like for dinner, and she said Chicken. So chicken it is.
I’m inspired to try something French today, I do love French food. It’s usually simple, flavorful and soulful.
Coq au vin with polenta or mashed potatoes for our non-maize eating guest.
What do I need? Serves 6
1st to Pinterest different coq au vin recipes for inspiration and ideas for ingredients.
Chicken pieces- 6x
Bacon- 5 streaks
Polenta- 2 cups
Thyme- 1 tsp
Rosemary- 1 tsp
Basil- 1 tsp
Parsley- sprinkle to garnish
Garlic- 1 chopped tbs
Brown Mushrooms- 15 medium sized
Flour- 1/2 cup
Red wine- 300ml
Chicken stock cube- 1X
Salt & Pepper- to taste
What to do?
Preheat the oven at 180 degrees celcius.
In a pot, brown and crisp up diced bacon.
When done, take out of the pot and set aside. Use same pot to brown chicken pieces, add a little bit of butter to avoid the bottom of the pot burning.
When the chicken is nice and brown, take out of the pot and set aside as well.
In the same pot, add chopped onions and mushrooms.
When the onions are softening up, add a spoon of chopped garlic. When the garlic starts to brown, add red wine, basil, rode art, thyme, and a stock cube.
Then add the chicken and bacon. Let this come to a boil, add 100ml of water, then pop it into the oven at 180 degrees celcius for 1 hour.
Go take a bath or relax in front of the TV and come back in 40 minutes.
Then peel, chop and boil the potatoes for our mash.
Season the water with salt. When the potatoes are cooked, strain the water and pop back into the pot. Add a slice of butter and mash up until smooth. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
While the potatoes are still boiling, you can do the polenta. Add 300ml of boiling water into a pot, season with salt. When the water has come to a boil in the pot, lower the heat to medium heat. Then whisk in the polenta bit by bit. Continue whisking for about 2 minutes, add a slice of butter, then turn off the heat. Leaving the pot on the heated stove surface for the polenta to continue to cook.
After an hour of our main attraction slowly cooking in the oven, take it out. In a bowl, whisk in flour and cream, then we’ll add this to the coq au vin pot, to thicken our sauce. Season with salt & pepper to taste
Add halved green beans and pop back into the oven for 5 more minutes.
And voila, dinner is ready!🎉🎊👍🏾.