Roast chicken with lemon

Sometimes the simplest recipes give extraordinary good results. Like this variation on the classic roast chicken from the oven. Lemon gives it a bit of peps, it makes it tangy and fresh, it also helps preventing the chicken meat from getting dry during the cooking. This you can also prevent through low temperature cooking orRead More

A roast of veal, turnips, potatoes, tomatoes and mushroom

Veal is a tasty and lean cut of meat. As I wrote before, the problem is to find a good supplier of meat from an animal that has not been mistreated. Once that step is taken, and in France the meat is generally of good origin, you have a fine ingredient. You can eat itRead More

Chicken with vegetables in a Dutch oven

I have often wondered about the name “Dutch oven”. I first encountered it during my maiden foreign posting in London, where we lived for several years. As a Dutchman, I had never encountered the name in the Netherlands. There we prepared slow-cooking food in either a “stoofpot” casserole or an oven dish. Just as BrusselsRead More

Chick with chilli, garlic and shallot sauce

Sometimes you can make a delicious dish without much trouble at all. Like this simple roasted chick. I bought the small bird because an entire chicken, especially a free-range chicken, is a bit much for just two persons. But if you are making a meal for four then a full-sized chicken will do, you justRead More

Roast chicken

Julia Child, the doyenne of American writers on French cuisine (Mastering the Art of French cooking, Albert A. Knopf, New York 1961), wrote; “You can always judge the quality of a cook or a restaurant by roast chicken” (revised 34d printing, 1991, page 240). She is right that the execution of simple dishes is aRead More