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Friday, May 23, 2014

ESPOLETA WITH A DISH OF CHICKEN WITH WINE


Wishbone
Photo by: Jeanine Stewart
wishbone. [Villena/Calero. 2002:27a]

A DISH OF CHICKEN WITH WINE ADAPTED FROM HUICI’S TRNASLATION OF ANÓN, AL-ANDALUS #83 PLATO DE POLLO VINOSO, p 58-59 

Ingredients

1 whole chicken
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp onion juice from 1 onion
2 tbsp cilantro juice
10 peeled and ground almonds
1 garlic clove salt to taste 1 tbsp vinegar
Painting Chicken with Eggyolk
Photo by: Lord-Williams
1 tbsp murri
1 tsp basil
1 tbsp wine[1]
1 handful basil
1 handful bee balm
1 handful rue
¾ tsp cassia
¾ tsp pepper
¾ tsp cinnamon ¾ tsp cloves
¾ tsp spike lavender
4 slightly beaten egg yolks

Garnish:
6 egg yolks
cilantro or parsley leaves

Preparation
A Golden Hen with Golden Eggs!
Photo by: Lord-Williams
Clean the chicken and put it in a pot. Add oil, onion juice, cilantro juice, almonds, a clove of garlic and sufficient salt and water.

When it begins to boil gently, add vinegar, murri and basil, nabīd(date wine), citron leaves, basil, bee balm and green rue.

When it is done, add Chinese cinnamon, pepper, cinnamon, cloves and lavender. Beat with eggs yolks and cover the chicken with them.[2] Dot the platter with eggyolks and leaves[3] and serve, God willing.

It can be served in the sauce or the sauce can be thickened with 2 tbsp flour as served like gravy.



[1] The recipe calls for date wine is prescribed, which take 21 days to ferment. As dates were not in season when the recipe was made, regular table wine was used.
[2] This turns out to look like scrabbled eggs. It is advisable pre-heat the oven grill and put the chicken on a spit when half done or simply put it in a roasting pan and paint the chicken with egg yolks every five minutes while roasting until the chicken takes on a golden color.
[3] The garnish is the Medieval Spanish Chef’s addition.

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