Monday, January 30, 2017
Garlic Thyme Chicken with Cauliflower Cous Cous
I have long been a fan of Eleanor Ozich's blog, Petite Kitchen. Eleanor is based in New Zealand and has gorgeous photography to accompany lovely recipes, which incorporate wholefoods.
I recently found her latest cookbook, My Family Table, on sale at Dymocks. It was marked down from $40 to $10, when paired with my Booklovers bonus. This was one book that I had to have!
The first recipe that I made from Eleanor's book was Garlic Thyme Chicken with Cauliflower Cous Cous (which is also online here). I made this dish primarily because I had a three quarter full carton of cream that I needed to use up. I grew up in the era that demonised fat, so I generally shy away from cream in anything but desserts. However, I decided to chance it with this dish (heck, you know I love sugar, so whether my calories come from fat or sugar, makes no difference).
This was a really delicious dish. The chicken is cooked in chicken stock, garlic, onion and thyme before being mixed with the cream (I subbed the wine for water as I wasn't wasting good wine to drink), so it is full of flavour.
The major revelation for me was the cauliflower cous cous. I have obviously tried the cauliflower rice thing, and while it is OK, it was not really my bag. However, Eleanor's cauliflower cous cous is delicious. I was sceptical, as it is just blitzed up cauliflower soaked in hot water and with lemon juice and olive oil added (I didn't have any parsley), but it is good - the flavour surpasses any cauliflower rice that I have tried. It is also surprisingly filling. The only drawback is the smell while making it - that raw cauliflower smell, like wet dog, is very, very strong - oh, and the blitzing of the cauliflower is also reasonably messy. I would say it was worth it though and I'd make it again.
I urge you to follow Eleanor's gorgeous blog, and if you run across one of her books, snap it up.