What are weekends for?
Sometimes it is hard to predict what will grab your attention on the weekend. Yesterday, for example, I suddenly got the urge to make coq au vin rouge. Where did it come from? Who knows. And I couldn’t shake it. So out came the cookbooks with stern reminders on what to do and what not to do. Julia Child, for example, has words of wisdom on blanching the bacon for your lardons. And I found this rather helpful internet resource. Though I do think that the recommended overnight marinade is overdoing what is already a somewhat involved process.
Oops! No bacon. Oops! No cognac. Ooops! No pearl onions. Thank the Lord for Harris Salat. Suddenly, his chicken sauteed with garlic started to sound very good indeed. And doggie got the left overs while I munched on some dark chocolate with a dram of Jamesons. Now that is good living!
FOLLOW - Truth be told, I might have gone for some very simple tomato soup. 101 cookbooks has a nice recipe. But sadly, I was out of coconut milk too.
2d FOLLOW - Ah the good and simple life! Sharpe found it at a Normandy farm with his beloved Lucille … errr … before Napoleon interrupted things. I like the opening scenes of the episode that lead to the great battle at Waterloo. Check it out at the above link. But was Silly Billy really that silly? He is played by one of my favorite actors, Paul Bettany. You might remember Paul as the eloquent gambling addict Geoffrey Chaucer, in A Knight’s Tale. Was Chaucer really a gambler? Who cares. Now I can’t think of him in any other way.
And that dance scene? Also hard to forget. Here it is