Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Dinner at Naomi's
First we made sure to buy a baguette or two in the morning. In the afternoon we went by the market that sells meats and poultry and bought some country style pate that they make themselves and some lovely whole chicken legs and some sausage. At the green grocer's we bought green beans. Naomi already had rice, garlic, tomato, onions and lots of cheese and olives and wine for the pre-dinner appetizers.
I made braised chicken with onions, garlic, tomato, rice, broth and herbs like thyme. I used the delicious local olive oil liberally, too. Just before we ate I added the green beans on top to steam a little. It was delicious and I loved working in Pete and Naomi's wonderful kitchen.
Before dinner we enjoyed the grapes, persimmon slices, brown bread fingers, baguette slices, olives, sausage slices, crackers, pate, and lots of cheeses, including a local goat cheese ballotin wrapped in chestnut leaves. (See photo at top of post.) The wine and conversation flowed and we were so glad to be gathered at Naomi and Pete's table. Bon appetit!
Chicken and Rice with Beans
2 - 4 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 onion, peeled and chopped
2-4 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely minced
3 whole chicken legs, skin on, cut into legs and thighs
1 cup rice
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 cups chicken broth
enough fresh green beans for 6 (about 3 cups)
In large frying pan heat 1-2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Cook the onions for 2-3 minutes, stirring often, until limp. Add the garlic and, stirring continuously, cook for another 2 minutes. Garlic should not be dark brown. Remove the onion mixture to a bowl and set aside.
Wipe out the frying pan and heat 1-2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Brown the chicken pieces. Return the onion mixture to the pan, pour the rice evenly around the pan, sprinkle the salt, pepper and dried thyme evenly over the rice and add the chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook 30 minutes. Check to see if chicken is cooked by piercing with a knife. Juice will run clear. Place green beans evenly around pan, replace lid and steam for 2-3 minutes, until tender. Serve at once, with good bread to scoop up the juices.