Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Chicken Crawfish 30th birthday


I have not forgotten about you all! Juan and I are back in the US now but I still have so much to share with you from our trip! I don't know where to start. I actually was not feeling good towards the end of our stay (I must have caught a cold), thus the slowdown in my blog entries. Pardonnez-moi!

Juan celebrated his 30th birthday while we were in France and my parents organized a big family get together for him. It was one of these long meals that my family does at least 2 or 3 times a year: a long aperitif, a very long lunch with 4 or 5 courses, a walk around my village and usually some board games bonding time - Belote anyone?

When my Mom asked me what we should serve for this occasion, I remembered the 20th birthday lunch she organized for me way back then... My parents had ordered a big dish of Poulet Aux Ecrevisses from an excellent local restaurant. They truly know how to make this dish wonderful. I thought Juan's birthday would be the perfect occasion to do just the same again.Why not make it yourself you wonder? Our family gatherings involve close to 3o people so we sometimes shamelessly decide to spend more time with our guests rather than in the kitchen. (We did bake a lemon tart, a very chocolaty cake and a flan though).

Poulet aux Ecrevisses or Chicken Crawfish is a dish from my region, in which the sauce is the star. A combination of white wine,tomatoes, cayenne, cream, slowly simmered with crawfish and farm raised chicken. C'etait exquis!!! We served it with rice, to soak up all the juices.

Pictures speak a thousand words so I leave you here...




6 comments:

Sandra said...

Quel plaisir de te lire à nouveau Laetitia !
J’ai profité de cette période d’accalmie pour rattraper mon retard dans la lecture de tes anciens posts (c’est vrai, j’en avais manqués quelques uns !)
Tu es vraiment douée pour la narration…
Prends soin de toi. Bises.

Mary said...

I'm glad you're feeling better. The pictures are lovely and I hope Juan really enjoyed his birthday.

Boots in the Oven said...

This sounds like a wonderful 30th birthday! The chicken and crawfish dish seems almost like it could be Louisianian (is that a word?).

Sylvie, Rappahannock Cook & Kitchen Gardener said...

Welcome back, Happy Birthday to Juan and what wonderful meal this must have been! (quel petit veinard, ce Juan!)

Cynthia in France said...

Hi, I'm an American living in the French Alps, an hour from Lyon, and can't imagine leaving this area for Texas. Granted, Austin is a nice town but still... I enjoyed browsing your blog and will be returning again. A bientot! Cynthia

Cris said...

Those pictures look delicious!