And am so looking forward to some of this:
Seriously. It's been Winter for like, 2 years now. Even my kids are over it. I'm tired of my Winter wardrobe and I'm growing tired of Winter dinner dishes. I'd like to start easing into some Spring menus but this weather is less than inspiring. Although the Chicken Normande we had Sunday night was very inspired and in the interests of full disclosure, was actually made by my husband as I was occupied elsewhere. He did a fantastic job. Chicken Normande is kind of like a chicken Shepherd's Pie with the fun (and slightly sweet) addition of apples in the mashed potato topping. I would have taken a picture but I was too depressed by the long range weather forecast to bother. Cold, colder, coldest.
Chicken Normande (from Epicurious)
3 cups chicken broth
1 cup apple cider or apple juice
8 ounces parsnips, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 3/4 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
3/4 pound Golden Delicious apples (about 2 large), peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
5 tablespoons butter
8 skinless boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
6 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1/3 cup brandy
1/3 cup whipping cream
On the bright side of things, we have another potluck planned at work and we are indeed going with a Quebecois theme. Expect a full report. I am also thinking about a feast to honour St. Patrick's Day, mostly because we have our very own Patrick and he somehow has gotten it into his head that SPD is about him. Which really, why wouldn't it be?
Daniel and I are also collaborating on a fun meal. He has become a bit obsessed with all things Titanic so when I found "Last Dinner on the Titanic" on a used book site the other day, I snapped it up and suggested he help me with Sunday dinner: Titanic edition. We've already had some discussion on the merits of re-creating certain menu items (we aren't big on the fish course) and I'm trying to figure out how to decorate the table to bring some Titanic-like atmosphere to my dining room. I realize this is kind of a macabre theme for a dinner but I figure he's interested and I'm game so we're going to go for it.