My father must have been a trial to my mother; she tried on occasion to inject a bit of exotic sophistication into her cooking, but he favoured simple things.  I remember him once stabbing at his plate violently, saying there was a dead mouse in his food.  My mother explained that it was a prune; she’d added dried fruit to her trusty curry recipe.

One another occasion he wanted to know why supper was taking so long; pots stood all over the place and flames were erupting from one on the stove.  “I’m making coq au vin” said my mother “it takes some time.”

“Well,” he said “if you muck about with that bird much longer you’re going to coq it up.”

In ‘easy, simple & delicious’ Sonia Cabano has taken coq au vin to just one pot on her stove.  Ordinarily not a dish I would prepare on a week night because of the perceived labour-intensive nature of the recipe, I took it on last night.

In her intro to the recipe, she says “Use a wine that you would actually drink to make this classic French chicken dish – not some cheap plonk that entirely defeats the exercise of cooking with wine in the first place.  This dish will make your house smell like a French bistro!”

And so, with a brief bit of grief, I withdrew a bottle of Kleine Zalze 2008 Vineyard Selection Pinot Noir from my rack and – yes – it did smell as though my kitchen was on holiday in France.


Coq au vin with pancetta and onions appears on page 144 of ‘easy, simple & delicious’.


I veered a tiny bit from the recipe, in order to meet Tandy’s weekly ingredient challenge, and included leeks, carrots and celery.


35 Comments Add yours

  1. deepercolors says:

    This recipe sounds almost as good as yours. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was sublime on the palate 😀

  2. Your coq-au-vin looks deeeeeeeelish – i had an ugly stepmonster for a father – trues nonnies one straight out of a Stephen King novel – who banned – yes BANNED garlic – until the age of 18 I had never tasted garlic! No wonder I left home a week after finishing school – if only to seek out tasty food!!!!! hehehehe …….

    1. theonlycin says:

      No garlic… that is pure cruelty!!!

  3. buttercup600 says:

    LOL…what a great post…and even BETTER dish!!! So ok….I could not resist…I looked everywhere and found her book through and ordered it!!! In the end I paid about R150 for the book (which is an awesome price for me converted in Aus Dollar….and (hold on) …. R180 for delivery Bwhahahahahah…still all up cheaper for a book like that in our shops!! Now the waiting game begins!! You will just have to keep me entertained with those dishes girlfriend!!! I can’t wait to see what you come up with 🙂 Lovies xoxoxo

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hahaha, you and I are suckers for cook books, aren’t we?
      I do hope the postage is fast 🙂

  4. Tandy says:

    wonderful dish! Thanks for participating 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for the challenge, Tandy, I have discovered that leeks and brandy are great playmates.

  5. souldipper says:

    Cin and Amanda, you both remind me of a neighbour I once had…she read cookbooks before going to sleep at night. Her cooking, however, improved to such a degree, she did manage to entice the Hospital Administrator into her bed. They are reportedly living happily ever after. Well, if one considers living from golf course to golf course “happily ever after”… I would need a considerable attitude adjustment for that.

    I will continue to look at posts by Cin and Buttercup and go to bed hungry. Sans Hospital Administrator.

    1. theonlycin says:

      No, golf courses leave me quite unmoved too 🙂

    2. buttercup600 says:

      LOL…I read cookbooks before going to sleep at night toooooo!!!! Hmmmm, makes me think now 🙂 Biggest hugs xoxoxoxo

      1. theonlycin says:

        I’m guilty of that too 😀

  6. leigh says:

    Saucy, divine.

  7. That pic looks divine. I’m almost drooling here.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Shame man … Peking duck?

  8. adeeyoyo says:

    Looks divine, Cin!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Was rich and special 🙂

  9. thysleroux says:

    Very interesting, now enlighten one with my limited cullinary skills … does a better bottle of wine really make that much of a difference?

    Wife can’t ever get it over her sweet lovely little heart to splurge on the wine when she cooks

    1. theonlycin says:

      The wine does make a difference, but for most cooking our boxed wines are good enough.

      1. theonlycin says:

        Bottom line: if you would drink it it’s fine to cook with.

  10. Tammy McLeod says:

    I love one pot meals. Yours looks superb and thanks for introducing me to Tandy. That is really a fun idea.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s not strictly a one-pot meal, just that all the stages of the cooking happen in the same pot and are removed to a holding dish, rather than having a whole lot of pots on the stove at one time and then assembling the dish.
      Glad you found Tandy.

  11. gospelwriter says:

    OMG – that looks utterly delicious – and I’m just having breakfast here. Could almost smell your French bistro kitchen from here too.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Have a super day and enjoy your breakfast.

  12. slpmartin says:

    As winter approaches here (well as much as we get in SoCal [Southern California]) the one pot meals are of particular interest to me…thanks for this one.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I wasn’t aware you had winter at all?

  13. I’d love my house to smell like a French bistro…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Nowt stopping you Lass 🙂

  14. corina says:

    Oooh, it looks gorgeous. Yum!

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