Sunday, October 28, 2007

Coq Au Vin

It's cold, wet and windy. My sister and her boys have come to visit for the weekend and bravely set off in the drizzle for a trip to Covent Garden. We have a vote on tonight's tea before they leave and as soon as the door shuts, we bolt it. The heating clicks back on, Scooby Doo comes on telly waving a pair of maracas and dancing to Mexican music and the house fills with the waft of a gently bubbling stew.
I love a wet weekend.

Serves 4 grown-ups and 3 children
large chorizo sausage or piece of good smoked pancetta, cubed (I used bit of both)
2 tbsp plain flour
1 bottle of light red wine
18 chicken thighs and drums (3 each for grown ups, 2 each for kids), skinned
12 or so shallots, peeled
6 garlic cloves, chopped
1 celery stick, thinly sliced
2 tsp smoked paprika
bunch fresh thyme and/or sage, chopped
500g chestnut mushrooms
1 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon or 3 of parsley
mash and steam vegetables, to serve

Put the chorizo and/or pancetta in a very large pan and turn on the heat. As it starts to sizzle, it should release enough oil for you to add the flour to the pan. Cook the flour in the fat for 5 minutes then pour in the wine.

Add the chicken, whole shallots, garlic, celery, paprika and thyme. And salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, almost cover with the pan lid, just leaving a centimeter or so uncovered then simmer on the lowest heat for 3 or more hours. Add the mushrooms for the last 30 minutes. Stir in the tarragon or parsley.


BLTP said...

Did you unlock the door to let them in to eat it? It looks v good.

Rob said...

It really was good! I know I always say, 'It really was good!', like I'm some sort of lunatic - but it was (really good)!
*wishes he had more impressive vocabulary*

Kelly said...

If I could tolerate the smell of cooking meat at the moment, I'd be making this tonight. As it is, I shall store it away until the nausea passes, but look forward to it!!!

Silvana said...

Something we're missing Kelly? You have news?

Sime said...

I am so going to make that tomorrow night *dribble*

Kelly said...

Very small news at the moment, but will be 7lb news by May, Silvana. Fingers and toes crossed of course....

Silvana said...

That's fantasic Kelly! Congratulations!

sime said...

I made it and it was increeeeedible. I'm now going to have the leftovers for me lunch.