What’s Stirring in my Pot? Basque Chicken

Basque Chicken

Basque Chicken

I love the Basque country whether in Spain or France…, it really doesn’t matter both sides are equally beautiful and equally delicious. This is a wonderful recipe that was given to me from my sister Helena.  She gave it to me a looooong time ago.  I wrote it on an “important message pad”.  I love-making this recipe and holding that original piece of paper. The paper the recipe is written on is personal history  for me and very sentimental.  Do you remember those little pink pads that you would write messages on for your boss or other team members?  Do people have assistants that give them hand written messages anymore?

Ooh la la or Ole!  This is a wonderful one pot dinner, comforting, tasty and oh so Basque!   Serve it up with rice.  The leftovers are my favorite!  Enjoy!

Basque Chicken

Basque Chicken

INGREDIENTS: recipe for 4

  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 lb. chicken pieces
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 oz. bacon rind removed and cut into 1/4″ cubes (cheating tip: use the pre cut Pancetta in 4 oz. container)
  • chopped parsley
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 lbs. peas (this is a lot of peas, I usually half the amount but use your judgement


  1. Heat the oil in frying pan over med. high heat when oil is hot brown chicken, both sides, season salt and pepper.
  2. Remove chicken from pan, reduce heat.
  3. Add onion,bacon, parsley, garlic,pepper saute till translucent.
  4. Return chicken to the Pan, cover and cook over lower heat stirring occasionally
  5. After 20 minutes take out white, leave dark for 5 min.
  6. Put white chicken pieces back in pan and add peas.  Cooked covered for 5 minutes

Inspiration #5: The Art of the Chopped Salad

cucumbers, lettuce, tomatos, potatos, eggs, olives

Chopped Salad
by madame b

When I  started this blog (about a month ago), one of the many recipes I was going to stir up in my pot, at least once a week was soup .  Then I was thinking every other week because the family would say   “soup again”  but I thought it would be fun for all to look forward to a once a week ritual…a reason to stay tuned in.  I”ve cooked a lot of things recently due to inclement weather on the East Coast, but I haven’t made another soup  soooo…, I was thinking I always throw together a large salad …,maybe forget the soup and go for the salad…, a new salad once a week.  I can call it Salad of the Week.  What do you think?  I could even add in some good salad dressings recipes.

Anyway, the one thing I love about large salads is that they are super resourceful. You can use anything in the fridge. A can of beans hanging out on a pantry shelf could always act as a nice accompaniment. Hard boiled eggs, a couple of boiled potatoes, those olives that need to be used…, the list is endless.

I made a salad the other night.  I loved, loved, loved arranging the perfectly chopped vegetables and placing them on a large board. Put the greens here, the purples there, the red down there, oh here comes Mr. Egg, and don’t forget the roasted butternut squash from the other night.

The board is becoming a great canvas for my chopping.  I think I have created this week’s salad masterpiece.

What’s Stirring in my pot? The best wild rice and roasted pepper salad with a lemon vinagarette

wild rice salad with roasted peppers and lemon vinaigrette

It’s been one of those crazy weeks and the thought of getting out the recipe books, researching the web, looking thru old publications does not sound appealing at all.  I need something simple, delicious and easy.  Well, it does not get … Continue reading

What’s Stirring in my Pot? Curried Shrimp with Coconut Milk

Curried Shrimp and Coconut Milk

photo: madame b. what’s stirring in my pot? Curried Shrimp with Coconut Milk

Curried Shrimp with Coconut Milk is a family favorite and so easy to make for such an impressive dish.  What makes this dish so unique  is Chayote (christophine) Squash which has its roots in Mexico. You can find these in the tropical fruit and vegetable section at the grocer. The colors of the vegetable and the smell of the curry make this dish the ultimate sensory experience. This recipe is from the Food Network www.foodnetwork.com.  Enjoy!


  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 1/2 lbs.  large raw shrimp (I used extra-large tiger prawn)
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • tsp. pepper
  • tbsp. madras curry powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or puree
  • 3 inch piece of ginger, grated 2 tablespoon
  • 1 red pepper, cut into Julienne
  • 1 chayote squash, diced
  • 1-13 oz. coconut milk. (I use the light version)
  • 1 bunch scallions, cut into 1 inch lengths
  • 1.2 bunch cilantro, leaves only
  • Juice of 1/2 lime, freshly squeezed


  1. Heat large skillet over medium heat,then add 1 tbsp. butter
  2. When foam subsides, add shrimp and cook until just pink. Remove from pan and reserve.
  3. Add remaining 1 tablespoon of butter. When it melts, add the onions until softened. Sprinkle 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper, curry powder, garlic and ginger over the onions, reduce heat to low, and cook gently about 5 minutes until softened and translucent.
  4. Add red pepper and chayote and cook 5 minutes.
  5. Add about 2/3 of the coconut milk and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes to bring flavor together.
  6. Add Shrimp back to the skillet along with the scallions, cilantro leaves and lime juice. Taste and adjust seasoning adding more pepper if necessary, adding more coconut milk for a soupier consistency.
  7. Serve over rice.  I prefer Jasmine.

What’s Stirring in my Pot? Roasted Peppers

How to Roast Peppers Under a Broiler

 How could something so simple be so perfect?
My family adores roasted peppers and I always make them to keep in the fridge.  They work in salads, on sandwich’s and as a pasta sauce or just by themselves.  There are many ways to peel peppers but I think this method is the easiest.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Put peppers on baking sheet or roasted pan. For 20 minutes leave on one side and then for another 20 minutes place them on the other side. Take out of oven and individually wrap peppers in aluminum foil and let sit for 20 minutes.  When ready peel the peppers, skin should come off easily. Remove seeds. You can leave them whole or cut in strips put in airtight container with olive oil and large pieces of garlic, chopped parsley. Take the garlic out after a day otherwise it gets garlicy. These will stay in the fridge for two weeks. Enjoy!