Category: Poultry

13th January 2013

Home-made hummus, pita bread with chicken, tomato and spinach

Quite a mouthful and almost a full recipe in the title. The main part is about the hummus. I have long been thinking about using non-meat proteins in meals for a better balance – note, not as an alternative, I am not turning vegetarian – and a recent television programme I saw in the Netherlands around Christmas put the spotlight on chickpeas, hummus and falafel. […]

10th January 2013

Duck confit

After the end-of-year festivities, the supermarkets offer discounts on certain products like duck. Due to the heavy use of duck liver for Christmas dinners, the remaining parts of the duck are left over. It was a tradition in the south west, where many ducks and geese are kept, to store the meat in a confit. As there was no refrigeration yet, the meat was cured […]

30th December 2012

Capon in a bag

In France, the traditional Christmas roast is a big bird like a turkey, goose or capon. In the days before the festivities the shops are loaded with dozens of varieties with differences in weight and quality. Usually, the birds are stuffed with chestnuts, meat and mushrooms. After Christmas, some of the birds are left over and that is how I bought a 2.5 kilo capon […]

26th December 2012

Roast cockerel with lime

I like chicken for its delicate taste and lean meat. A whole chicken, however, can be too much for two. Instead of buying legs or fillets, you can also opt for a smaller bird. In France you can easily acquire poussins or coquelet, the pullet being a young hen and the cockerel a young rooster. The very small poussins, still with duvet instead of feathers, […]

13th December 2012

Guinea fowl with ceps

A slightly complicated dish where a stuffing of ceps is put beneath the skin of the bird and then served with seasonal Brussels sprouts and chestnuts. There are various reasons to stuff a bird. The main reason is to add substance and flavours. Substance so that a family of six can dine on one chicken and flavour to enhance the often bland, and sometimes dry, […]

10th December 2012

Turkey ‘oysters’, truffles and bucatini

At first view that title reads like an expensive dish because of the words oysters and truffles, but fear not. It is not what it seems. Turkey oyster, or chicken oyster, is the English denomination for what the French call “Le sot l’y laisse”  (The fool leaves it), which is a small bit of meat that is often left on the carcass when carving. Originally, […]

6th December 2012

Quail and red cabbage

There was some left-over cabbage and there were two quail in the freezer as I had bought six in one go one day in a sale. With a strip of smoked ham I turned it into a nice meal which we ate just as the television news had an item about the large quantities of food people throw away as they buy more than they […]

5th December 2012

Pheasant and red cabbage

It is cold outside and the vegetable stalls are full of cabbages, root vegetables and fruit such as apples. We bough a pheasant hen, red cabbage and sour apples. I also used root ginger and onion. Ingredients for two One red cabbage Four sour apples One onion Five cm of root ginger Cube of herd stock Cinnamon, cloves (in powder) One pheasant Pepper, salt Butter, […]

3rd December 2012

Partridge, cress and chestnut

Partridge has a longer name than its size. They have about the size of a grouse, between a quail and a pheasant. In French cuisine, young hen birds called perdreau are used. They are hunted but also farmed. I bought a perdreau on the market and was told to watch out for small lead bullets. When I prepared the bird, there were no bullets and […]

27th November 2012

Skewered chicken liver with Jerusalem artichoke mash

The hazards of going to the market in November. There are many root vegetables available, among which some lesser known ones like the Jerusalem artichoke. A strange name as it has nothing to do with Jerusalem and it is not an artichoke although the taste has some similarities. It is the root of a kind of sunflower, found in America, and some say the Italian […]