Just Jot It January: Day twenty eight…

28 Jan


Only four posts left in JJIJ, including today’s, so I’ve been trying to think of something that I haven’t covered in this month-long run of random ramblings.
So far, I’ve done writing, photography, animated gifs, music, nostalgia, self-publicity and romance, along with the usual directionless waffling, but one thing I’ve never featured on the blog is…


There’s no particular reason for this, especially since (even if I do say so myself, which I do) I’m a bloody good cook, but it just isn’t something that’s occurred to me to post about before, partly because there are so many fabulous foodie blogs out there and partly because I’m usually too busy telling you the sort of nonsense that leaks into (and back out of) my head on a daily basis.

It just so happens that, with our wedding anniversary yesterday, (incidentally, thanks for all the kind comments on that subject) I decided it would be a nice idea for me to cook the two of us a romantic candlelit dinner for when Rhonda returned from work; where she spent the evening cooking for other people at the local, award-winning fish and chip shop just down the road from where we live.

I should say that I’ve never followed a recipe in my life, I don’t even own a cookery book, I just make stuff up as I go along, (much like my method of writing) but it seems as if I have a talent for it and, since I also have a serious talent for eating, I take every opportunity to combine the two.

Unfortunately, the idea to post the recipe only occurred to me this morning and I neglected to take any photos last night; you’ll just have to take my word for the fact that it looked and tasted amazing.

So here is the very first dish from the Kitchen of an Internet Nobody:

Chicken with Parma ham in brie and tarragon sauce, with asparagus, mushrooms and leeks.
(Serves two)

You will need:
2 chicken breasts
4 slices of Parma ham
6 – 8 asparagus spears
12 closed cup mushrooms
1 large leek
2 cloves of garlic
Plain flour
Smoked paprika
Salt and pepper

– Wrap the chicken breasts in the ham, overlapping the slices so the chicken is completely covered.
– Lay the wrapped chicken in a shallow glass dish, lightly brush with extra virgin olive oil and cover the dish in tinfoil.
– Place the dish in the oven (preheated to 180°C / 350°F / gas mark 4) for 35 – 40 minutes.

While the chicken cooks, make the sauce;
– Melt around 100g of butter in a saucepan on a medium heat, then add one heaped tablespoon of flour and stir rapidly until the flour is absorbed, taking care not to burn the butter.
– Slowly add 150 – 200ml of milk and stir continuously as it thickens, to avoid the sauce becoming lumpy.
– Add the brie (to taste) in small pieces and stir until it has melted and the sauce is creamy and smooth.
– Stir in finely chopped tarragon and season with salt and pepper, then remove from heat.

– Roughly chop the leek, mushrooms and asparagus and soften by frying lightly in a little butter, along with the finely chopped garlic.

– Remove dish from the oven, evenly spread the vegetables around the wrapped chicken breasts, cover the whole thing in cheese sauce and sprinkle with paprika.
– Return to the oven without the foil covering, cook for a further 7 – 10 minutes and serve immediately.

(To drink: I’m no wine expert, but I’d suggest a well-chilled Pinot Grigio or a nice crisp and citrussy Cava)


And there you have it; dalecooper57’s dish of the day.

If any of you try it for yourselves, please let me know what you think.
Bon appétit.


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Posted by on January 28, 2016 in Just Jot It January, Personal anecdote


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9 responses to “Just Jot It January: Day twenty eight…

  1. joey

    January 28, 2016 at 14:48

    Sounds delicious! I cook like you, but I’ve actually been taught to write and edit, haha!

    • dalecooper57

      January 28, 2016 at 14:59

      Nobody tells me anything, I’m living a self-taught life.

  2. jetgirlcos

    January 28, 2016 at 15:36

    Wow, that sauce sounds amazing. I think I will have to try this…

    • dalecooper57

      January 28, 2016 at 15:58

      It was amazing, (I actually added a small amount of Wensleydale with cranberries to the brie too) I just thought it sounded good and I was right. ;~}

  3. lindamartinandersen

    January 28, 2016 at 22:51

    You have a real knack for cooking. So sweet of you to prepare this for you and your wife.

    • dalecooper57

      January 28, 2016 at 23:37

      I’ve always enjoyed it. My mum died when I was young and I had to learn to do stuff to help around the house, she’d always been a great cook so I guess I got that from her and I like to think she would approve of my improvisational style. ;~}

  4. John W. Howell

    January 28, 2016 at 23:49

    Sounds delicious. Also, if you heat the milk slightly above room temp before adding to the flour your sauce will be extra smooth. (cold milk is a killer) I’ll have to try this one.

    • dalecooper57

      January 28, 2016 at 23:59

      It was delicious. I’ve not had a problem using cold milk, but it’s a good tip.


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