If you aren’t familiar with Nigel Slater and his eloquent cookbooks, I would very much like to introduce you to him. If you like reading descriptive prose that deftly blends kitchen scenes, a love of gardening and simplistic recipes, then his cookbooks are for you. He has been dubbed the writer who cooks and that is an accurate portrayal.
His newest book Eat is not currently on sale at local bookshops in Florida, but it is available for purchase in England, in Europe and all points more fortunate than us Slater-fans in the USA. So this won’t be a book review because I don’t have my hands on a copy as of yet, BUT I do have an inside source and thus, I present Marmalade Chicken.
My culinary twin (who resides across the Atlantic) received a copy of Eat as a Christmas gift; she very generously hand wrote a couple of recipes for me. This one, as with most all of Nigel’s recipes, is dead simple and palate pleasing. We chose the wrong wine to go with it but in fairness, it was the only bottle left in the wine rack. Ale would have gone better but that’s no reflection on the taste of the meal.
Here is a preview recipe: Marmalade Chicken
From EAT by Nigel Slater
Put 6 large chicken drumsticks on a foil lined roasting pan.
Mix 6 TB of marmalade with 3 TB wholegrain mustard and a grind of pepper.
Spoon over chicken and bake for 30 minutes at 400 F (200 C / 6).
If you prepare this please let me know how you like it…and also what beverage of choice you feel pairs well.
Cheers and thanks to Nigel and Jo!
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