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Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic Recipe

I adore cooking with garlic and so I couldn’t wait to try out some recipes from my new cook book, quite literally titled ‘Garlic’ by Jenny Linford, published by Ryland Peters & Small. It’s such a pretty book, with over 65 recipes, broken down into six chapters: Mellow, Sunshine, Comfort, Fiery, Go Wild and Celebratory. I decided to try out a recipe from the ‘Mellow’ section – Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic. Yes, you read that right, 40 cloves! Here’s the recipe: Ingredients – serves 6 1.8kg/4 lb free-range chicken 25g/1 and a half tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon olive oil 40 garlic cloves, separated but unpeeled. 100ml/one third of a cup of vermouth or dry white wine freshly squeezed juice of half a lemon 200ml/1 cup good-quality chicken stock a handful of fresh tarragon sprigs salt and freshly ground black pepper A lidded flameproof casserole dish, large enough to hold the chicke Method Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat the butter and olive oil in a …

A Bowl of Olives – Book Review

Every now and then, you come across a book that really makes you smile. Sara Midda’s ‘A Bowl of Olives’ does just that. Midda is an artist who lives in West Sussex (having previously lived in the south of France) and this book is bursting with her beautiful watercolour illustrations A Bowl of Olives is fairly compact – you might even say handbag sized – perfect for pulling out for a quick read on the bus or the train for a boost of inspiration. It’s also a very different kind of cookbook – this isn’t a traditional book of recipes. It’s more of an exploration of Midda’s food memories, broken down into the following chapters: To Market, Packaging, Eggs, At The Table, Eating Outdoors, Salads, Food Through The Year, Food Memories, Olives, Fruit, Vegetables, Seasonings and Food Wishes. Starting off with ‘The Market’, Midda gives us snippets of markets she’s visited around the world, with photos and illustrations. My favourite is from Okinawa, Japan: “We ate in the market, surrounded by barrels of pigs’ trotters, …

Violet Bakery – Cookbook Giveaway!

I was introduced to Claire Ptak’s Violet Bakery through a friend and visited it last the weekend – you can read all about it here. Here’s where it gets even better – I have a copy of The Violet Bakery Cookbook to give away (if you can pry it out of my fingers – it’s so beautiful!!) To be in with a chance of winning, enter in one of the following ways: Facebook: Like my Facebook page and Share¬†the post on the FB page. Twitter: Follow me on Twitter and Re-tweet this post. I’ll pull all of the entries together across both channels and will pick someone at random. Competition ends a week from now, on Monday 27th April at 6pm GMT. UK residents only. To whet your appetite, here’s a Wild Blackberry Crumble Tart from the cookbook that I made recently (except with raspberries and blueberries): I was provided with the Violet Cakes Cookbook by Square Peg for competition purposes. I was not paid for this post and all views are my own.¬†