FRENCH ALTERNATIVE TO THE SUNDAY ROAST
Last Sunday we decided to have a nice get together, to get some blog-work done, and also just to enjoy a nice meal and some lovely wine together :) We all met up at mine (Sara) in Clapham early lunch time, and the girls ended up staying to about 11pm. I ended up getting the responsibility for cooking the main course, Annabell the starter, and Zsanett was our helper/wine opener (see photo below, the girl has skills!! :P).
I always get a bit stressed when having people over for dinner, and feel like I need to impress with something new every time. Even when the guests are close friends like Annabell and Zsanett. I ended up cooking the french chicken-dish - Coq au vin for the very first time, after a family friend of mine recently cooked this for us whilst on a holiday in France a few few weeks ago. I had never tasted it before, but loved it so much that I just had to try making it my self. It was a pretty straight forward dish to cook, but the process was rather time consuming. So if you ever try to make this yourself, then make sure to give yourself a lot of time!
The dish is pretty much chicken, onions and mushrooms simmered together for ages in red wine, so it obviously was a hit.. who doesn't like a splash (or a bottle) of red wine in their food...!? :P Zsanett and Annabell didn't complain at least, and seemed to enjoy the food a lot. We even had a second round later in the evening once we started to feel hungry again.
We enjoyed some very nice vine from Garmence, where we tried one of their wine boxes called Dark Knights which included 1 Côtes du Rhône, 1 Utiel Requena and 1 Chianti Classico. The wine-box was actually delivered straight to our door by Garmence - so nice and easy, and no need to carry heavy bottles back from the shop :)
Annabell made some very tasty bruschetta with which she lightly fried in some olive oil and garlick, before adding some burrata cheese, cherry tomatoes and basil to it. So so yummy!