Coq au vin…Just delicious and simple

Well, as you may know by now, it is pouring in Nimbin, Australia. It has been for days and not only am I knitting my red jumper and listening to some audio books at the same time. I enjoy cooking.

So, I decided this morning to make a coq au vin or as they would say around here, Chicken in red wine.  I just bought another slow cooker, a little large maybe, but I thought why not cook in it a whole chicken or for that matter a whole roast. So I did. But my problem is that I am not good at giving recipes at all. I always miss something. A very good old friend of mine Sue, says to me Gigi: “you must have forgotten something” . Inevitably I did and still do. Hence, if you do ask me for my recipe of the Coq au vin, I will have forgotten something that is a certainty. But I am sure there are hundreds of these on the net.

Mine is not from the net but from a very old book by Elizabeth David called French Provincial Cooking

Her recipes are just marvellous and I can tell you very very authentic indeed. I can surely attest to that.You should see first the state of my book and originating from France that surely adds to my certainty of her cooking.  So it will be miles better to buy her book. She has passed away a long time ago and was a real personality in England and France in the 50’s and 60’s.

While I am writing this, the sun is peeping through and it might stay for a while. Will jump out shortly and do a little gardening. Stoke the fire, switch the slow cooker down and breathe  a little fresh air.

Red Jumper

It has been a very rainy day again in Nimbin. Many more to come during the week.  The sort of rain that does not make you feel to want to be out and about in the garden or in the fields. Even the chickens did not go out that much, and the cows bellowed very little. Mind you I did give them a few extra biscuits of hay.

So, sitting in front of the fire I went on to knit my next project. I always wanted a red jumper/pullover. I ordered some wool on line from a company in Melbourne where I used to go to when I was living there. Great family business. I took the plunge and decided on that lovely red that I was eying for sometime.

I wanted it in 2 colours but not too strong or overwhelming. Not a navy blue contrast or white. I had some greenish alpaca from a previous project and decided to incorporate it. So here we are for the back panel which I have finished listening to my audio book at the same time. A simple stitch was in order and I did not want it too bulky. I can’t afford that with my figure. What a lovely way to spend an agreeable rainy winter’s day near the fireplace.

Also talking about the wood fire.  the last few weeks, in spite of the cold, we did not lit it. We switched on the reverse cycle air cond. We froze all these weeks. The air con. does not distribute the warmth in the same way. We were never warm and my fingers were really cold. A couple of days ago, I said why don’t we try the wood fire again after having shun it for some years. We did, then we realised as stupid we were all that time for not doing so. It was so nice and cosy. Warm and dry, comfortable and relaxing. We did not move from the room the whole day… Almost….just enjoyed it so much and the nicest part about it was listening to the kettle gently whistling away calling us for cups of tea. Elsie, the black Labrador hardly move also. What a lazy day! and loving it.