Making chicken Basquaise… and basking in the present

Exploring and learning all about the blogging world and
twitter and Instagram and “unique” visitors (aren’t we all?)… I find myself in the ironic
predicament of being tempted to be “swallowed up” by all of it and miss those “being
in the moment” moments that make life – and food, and motherhood – worthwhile. Inspired by
this amazing post on Vanilla Bean (which I found on Twitter, via another blog…), I am
determined to set limits in my life so that I can prove to myself I can do
both.

But fellow bloggers out there, I ask you: how do we live in the moment, enjoy it, and record it for posterity too? How do you manage it?

This brings me to the recipe I wanted to post today, Chicken
basquaise. We made it last week and it gave us a perfectly happy-in-the-moment evening for which I am so thankful.

This is my mother’s way of doing it, which might differ from the
traditional recipes.  I love that about my
mother’s cooking. She cooks from the gut. She knows, she estimates, she tastes,
she smells. She cooks organically. I try to follow
in her footsteps with some things I cook, but I often find myself laboring over recipes and following instructions… I feel like a dutiful student of cooking. She has true wisdom in her cooking. I admire that.

This is in honor of a wonderful meal shared with my
mother and our dear friend Dominique (and her puppies). Summer night. Eating
outside. My mother cooking. Me photographing. Pablo tasting and loving the cooked garlic most of all. Dogs licking. In the
moment living… Cheers to that.

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5 thoughts on “Making chicken Basquaise… and basking in the present

  1. This looks a lovely dish and I know my own family would love it if I cooked it for them. Thanks so much for entering this into TACT's Care to Cook family recipe challenge. It's absolutely perfect for the family theme.

    And I've found since blogging, tweeting and photographing my world, I think it has helped me to live more in the moment, to notice the minutae and detail of life around me. But saying that, it's also important to recognise when to disconnect from the technology in order to properly reconnect with people, and to notice things just for the sake of noticing and not simply to report them back – does that make sense?!

  2. We tried this tonight. As you mention it's even better the next day, I made it yesterday! It's absolutely wonderful! I used coconut oil instead of olive oil and the slight taste of coconut was really nice! The chicken was tender and the veg a bit mushy (I might have overcooked it a bit, I'm not used to using my cocotte much) but I thought it was best for the children as they can be a bit fussy with courgettes (I forgot the eggplant)… well, they still moaned about the courgettes (honestly, after the smoked salmon rolls, I thought they'd be eating it without a pip!) but they ate it all after the number of obligatory bites (according to their age!).
    We, adults, loved it! Thanks again for sharing!

    1. This is my mom's recipe, she'll be thrilled to hear this! 🙂 GREAT idea to do it with coconut oil, I will definitely do that next time, thanks so much!!

  3. This is my ratatouille with a chicken added So I already know how delicious it is. ) . Although for the ratatouille each vegetable is sauteed in olive oil separately and then all thrown back in the pot, so you get the grilled vegetable flavor. I've got a chicken in my freezer! But not for long. Thanks.

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