Thursday, March 7, 2013

Comfort Food

I usually get Wednesday nights off from cooking.  We take the family out every week because it's custody night and I like the break from cooking and cleaning.  Last night we went to Bistro 536 down the road from our house.  I've never had a bad meal there, but it's always dead inside and I have no idea how they stay in business.  The food is good.  They just need to step up the marketing!  I want to give them some suggestions (kids eat free night, 1/2 price bottles of wine night, locals get 10% off night, etc.) but I don't want to offend them.  Anywho, I had the coq au vin and I devoured it.  I need to try to recreate it in my trusty crock pot.  Here's a different comfort food involving chicken that you will devour.  Trust me.

Honeyed Chicken
from A Game of Thrones:  A Feast of Ice and Fire Cookbook

1 whole chicken for roasting, about 6 pounds
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 cup apple cider vinegar
2/3 cup honey
1-2 tsp mint, chopped
1/2 cup currants (or raisins, dried cranberries, or dried cherries)
1 tbsp unsalted butter

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Don't be a dummy like me and make sure your chicken is gutted.  Get your butcher to do it at the grocery store.  I assumed mine was gutted, but it wasn't.  The dang thing took a million years to cook with all the gunk inside.  Ick.
Pat the chicken dry, then rub it down with melted butter and sprinkle with salt.  This will make the skin crispy and delicious.  Cook for approximately 1 hr, or until the juices run clear when you pierce the thigh meat with a sharp knife and the breast meat is no longer pink.  
While your chicken is roasting, combine all the remaining ingredients in a sauce-pan and allow the sauce to simmer until the dried fruit plumps and the sauce reduces to half its original volume, about 30 minutes.  When the chicken is done, spread half the sauce and currants over the bird and reserve the other half to serve as gravy.

We paired our tasty chicken with these turnips.  They're a great substitute for carby mashed potatoes.  

Modern Turnips in Butter
from A Game of Thrones:  A Feast of Ice and Fire Cookbook

3 large turnips, peeled and cut into similar-sized pieces
3 1/2 cups milk
3 sprigs fresh thyme
2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into cubes
Salt and ground pepper to taste

Add the turnips, milk, and thume to a large saucepan and simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes, or until the turnips are tender enough to stick a fork through with little resistance. 
Drain the turnips, reserving the cooking liquid.  Discard the thyme sprigs.  Puree the turnips using a potato masher, immersion blender, or regular blender.  Melt in the butter, add the chopped garlic, and continue blending.  Add 2 cups of the reserved cooking liquid and combine until a uniform consistency is achieved.  Season with salt and pepper and serve.  Fancy squash serving bowl is optional!

I had to use the cookbook pictures because by the time I realized this was a recipe good enough to share, my plate looked like this....

We paired it with one of my favorite French wines.  It's so perfect with chicken.  And every other food.  But especially chicken.

p.s.  Why do I drink Baby Mama Juice?  To celebrate the arrival of the most fun clutch ever!!!


  1. Yum I need to try making turnips soon. Everything looks so yummy, especially that new clutch!

  2. Love your new clutch! You picked the perfect one. and where can I buy that Chardonnay? You know I am a Chard whore- share your wine resources! My goal this year is to learn to cook a whole chicken so I need to try out that recipe!

  3. The recipe looks delicious. I will have to try it out, especially when we have visitors. I see you decided to get the monogram. Love the green color!

  4. You are rocking the posts lately, my friend! So culinary! Ha!

    Spill it-where did you get the clutch?

  5. That clutch is so pretty! It matches the shirt I wore last night so I'm super jealous. It's just a shame our initials aren't the same, haha.

  6. Definitely going to try this one! Looks deelish

  7. Definitely going to try this one! Looks deelish


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