I love cookbooks! I love to read them, take in the photos and then stack them lovingly on the bookshelf, full of good intentions to return soon and often!
But if I’m to be honest, I don’t return soon enough or often enough. And if I’m to be really honest, when I decide to make something from one of my beloved books, it’s usually something I am comfortable with. You know… we all have our comfort zones. Our grooves… Okay! Our ruts! I admit it! As much as I like to think I’m open minded and expose myself to new experiences, my initial reaction is “play it safe!”
Now that’s no way to live life!
And that’s why I joined French Fridays With Dorie. I knew myself enough to know that I would follow through on a commitment and I would cook recipes that I would normally dismiss.
Recipes like this one!
A “sweetly spiced” chicken pie which has “as it does in Morocco, a dusting of cinnamon sugar over the crust.” Ummm… no thank you!
But I made a commitment…
So I found myself marinating the chicken in onions and spices.
Boiling and simmering ’till “falling-off-the-bone tender.” Then whisking, reducing and thickening some more.
Spooning into stacked and buttered filo sheets.
Then topping with some more stacked and buttered filo sheets before tucking the edges in “as though you were making a bed.”
Baking ’till golden brown and serving warm.
Yes, I skipped the dusting of cinnamon sugar on the top (what can I say?! I really wanted the kids and husband to eat it!).
I also skipped the almonds (my daughter is allergic).
The final result… everyone loved it! Even my 3 year old!
The only issue we had was that it was so rich and flavourful we couldn’t eat too much of it so I had to make sure we had other bits and pieces to fill up on.
Best of all… feeling amazingly good about myself for stepping out of my comfort zone!
Thanks French Fridays With Dorie!
January 29, 2011 at 4:03 am
What a great thing, to try something new and have it work out for the best! I agree with you about the richness of the dish. We each only had the one slice–even my husband who I swear doesn’t eat all day with how much he usually eats at dinner. Oh, and the photos are beautiful!
January 29, 2011 at 7:32 pm
I agree! The flavour was intense and rich so hard to eat much of it!
Turned out well though as meeting friends for late sushi dinner so was pretty hungry again by time we got there!
January 29, 2011 at 9:18 am
You still got a great color on the top, even if you didn’t dust it. Looks great!
January 29, 2011 at 11:23 am
I am so glad that you made it. It turned out beautifully and so perfectly browned. I love that first photo with the flakes!
January 29, 2011 at 9:06 pm
I’m glad I made it as well!
Love the satisfaction that comes with trying something new!
January 29, 2011 at 1:16 pm
I am glad it worked out well for you. Isn’t it great to try something new and have it work out great! Even better when everyone likes it.
January 29, 2011 at 9:18 pm
Definitely! Especially the kids!
January 29, 2011 at 3:10 pm
I love your filo- it’s perfect!
January 29, 2011 at 8:21 pm
Yours looks like it came straight out of a magazine!
January 30, 2011 at 4:21 pm
Nice process photos and beautiful final dish…it turned out really great!
January 30, 2011 at 10:08 pm
It turned out great and my husband’s asking when ‘we’ can make it again.
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