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Coq au Vin Recipe

Coq au Vin Photo : Jackie Cameron

Coq au Vin
Photo : Jackie Cameron

Coq au Vin

Jackie Cameron Head Chef

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef

Coq au vin.. we can’t get more French traditional than this. I am sure you too will be captivated by its olde-worlde charm.

Serves : 4

Ingredients :

  • 4 (730gr) Chicken Breast, cut into chunky strips
  • 50gr Cake Flour
  • Salt and Black Pepper
  • 60gr Butter
  • 60ml Sunflower Oil
  • 280gr Back Bacon, rind removed
  • 8 (180gr) Pearl Onion, skin off and cut in half
  • 10gr Garlic, grated
  • 180gr Button Mushrooms, sliced
  • 500ml Red Wine
  • 1L Stock
  • 4 sprigs Thyme
  • 4 Fresh Bay Leaves

Method :

  • Coat the chicken in the flour, salt and pepper.
  • Getting your pot really hot, melt the butter and heat the oil.
  • Sear the chicken, golden all round and remove from the pot, and set aside.
  • Add the bacon, getting it crispy, remove from the pot and set aside.
  • Then add the onions and garlic, frying till golden, remove from pot and set aside.
  • Place the red wine in the pot, to deglaze all the flavours at the base of the pot.
  • Add all the ingredients that are set aside, finish with mushrooms, stock, thyme and bay leaves.
  • Bring to a simmer, when the chicken is cooked remove it from the pot and set aside. Reduce the liquid till thick in consistency and cook onions till soft.
  • Then add the chicken back in the pot to heat up and season well with salt and freshly grounded black pepper.  Serve with thick and creamy mash potato.

Please post your comments and any food-related questions below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Jackie Cameron
Hartford House, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
+27 33 263 2713
jackie@hartford.co.za
www.hartford.co.za
www.jackiecameron.co.za

Christina Martin's Coronation Chicken Recipe

Coronation Chicken Photo : Jackie Cameron

Coronation Chicken
Photo : Jackie Cameron

Christina Martin's Coronation Chicken

Jackie Cameron Head Chef

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef

A preferred choice of mine was coronation chicken with toasted almonds. I had never eaten this before my training days at the Christina Martin School of Food and Wine and had always jumped at the opportunity to make it. Poaching and stuffing apricots into chicken breast, wrapping in plastic and poaching was a method I enjoyed. This is probably the reason I use the sous vide (cooking under vacuum in a water bath) process today. The creaminess of the sauce, the fresh fruity flavour with the crisp freshly-roasted almonds makes a delicious light-lunch option. Serve with a freshly-picked herb salad.

Ingredients :

  • 6 chicken breasts
  • 100g soaked apricots
  • 3 egg mayonnaise or 380 ml about
  • 2 cups finely chopped celery
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • 25ml curry powder
  • 125ml apricot jam
  • 25g Flaked almonds toasted

Method :

  1. Flatten the chicken breasts between plastic layers and stuff the chicken breasts with the apricots, roll and wrap tightly in plastic.
  2. Poach the chicken in boiling water for 8 minutes.
  3. Mix mayonnaise, celery, whipped cream, curry powder and jam to make a sauce.
  4. Slice chicken and pour sauce over.
  5. Sprinkle with toasted almonds.

Please post your comments and any food-related questions below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Jackie Cameron
Hartford House, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
+27 33 263 2713
jackie@hartford.co.za
www.hartford.co.za
www.jackiecameron.co.za

Chicken Liver Pate Recipe

Chicken Liver Pate Photo : Jackie Cameron

Chicken Liver Pate
Photo : Jackie Cameron

Chicken Liver Pate

Jackie Cameron Head Chef

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef

Chicken-liver pate or parfait is ridiculously over served but still I enjoy smearing a thick layer onto crispy, homemade, white bread. Add your personal touch by preparing it with love and the finest ingredients.

Yields : 500ml

Ingredients :

45gr Salted Butter

75gr White Onions

140gr Back Bacon

2sprigs Fresh Rosemary

500gr Chicken Livers

45ml Old Brown Sherry

70ml Cream

Method :

1) Heat a heavy based pot. Add butter and onions - sauté until well caramelised. Add bacon and continue cooking, finish with rosemary and livers

2) Give the livers a few minutes to slightly start the outer cooking process

3) Finish with sherry and cream. Bring to the boil; be very careful to not overcook the livers. Season well, liquidise and strain

4) Top with a thin layer of butter if desired

Please post your comments and any food-related questions below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Jackie Cameron
Hartford House, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
+27 33 263 2713
jackie@hartford.co.za
www.hartford.co.za
www.jackiecameron.co.za

Delli's "KFC" Fried Chicken Recipe

KFC Kentuck Fried Chicken  Photo : Jackie Cameron

KFC Kentuck Fried Chicken
Photo : Jackie Cameron

Delli's "KFC" Fried Chicken

In my opinion Kentucky Fried Chicken is a perfect example of American food. Homemade, free-range, crispy, hot, fried chicken is difficult to beat. Serve this with lots of creamy hand-whisked mayonnaise. It's finger licking good!

Yields: 10 small pieces of chicken

Ingredients:

10 par-boiled chicken pieces, for about 10 minutes

5 ml Rajah, mild and spicy-Curry Powder

5 ml Beef Aromat

¼ cup Cake Flour

¼ cup Breadcrumbs

5 ml fine Salt

2 Whole Eggs, lightly whisked

Method:

1) Mix the curry powder, Aromat, cake flour, breadcrumbs and salt together

2) Dip the chicken in the egg mixture and then into the flour mixture. Place into the fridge for a few minutes to firm up

3) Deep fry in a relatively low heat until crisp

4) Serve hot with creamy homemade mayonnaise.

Please post your comments and any food-related questions below.

I look forward to hearing from you.

jackie cameron

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef
Hartford House
www.hartford.co.za
jackie@hartford.co.za
+27 33 263 2713