Tonight we made chicken and mashed potatoes, version 2. It was very good, but the scenario was somewhat reminiscent of Bill Murray’s role in Groundhog Day. The meal was almost identical, after a very similar day dealing with a sick and clingy baby who would not take a nap. And indeed, as I type this, Baby A is coughing and crying a little, just like yesterday.
The Chicken in Spicy and Sweet Onion Sauce with Goat Cheese Smashed Potatoes and a Watercress and Cucumber Salad seemed to be a better version of the master recipe than yesterday. The sauce made with wine was tangier and more complex than that made with cider vinegar. The white wine complemented and balanced the honey used to caramelise the onions, resulting in a Spicy and Sweet Onion Sauce, exactly as advertised. Yesterday, the predominant flavour was the cider vinegar, with the honey becoming almost indiscernible. The goat cheese added a distinctive element to the potatoes that we would definitely adopt into our potato repertoire.
Tomorrow, we are making Ricotta Smothered Mushroom “Burgers” with Sweet Onion-Olive Topping, Prosciutto, and Arugula. The following day is Sausage and Fennel Ragout with Creamy Polenta which reinforces my belief that Rachael Ray didn’t actually plan this book to be followed from start to finish, in chronological order, throughout the year, despite what is written in the introductory text. Fortunately, we are completely ambivalent about Valentine’s Day, otherwise fennel and polenta sounds like a pretty disappointing meal to set the scene for romance.