Cucina Gina
April 2, 2013 at 8:51 AM
Melissa Collison in Chicken, Whipped and plucked, alfresco, almonds

The crisp weather has inspired me to put together a little fresh garden style chicken for alfresco dining.

This week I visited one of my wonderful, kind and generous Italian friends, Signora Gina, at her country property. We picked fresh herbs from her garden, popped down to the organic chicken supplier and grabbed some very fresh meat. While Gina made the soup, I basted the chicken in Dijon mustard and lightly browned it.  An assortment of fresh herbs, garlic, lemon rind, and chilli were chopped and thrown together with olive oil and a cup of white wine, pitted green olives and rough chopped blanched almonds.  We piled it high upon the browned chicken and sliced potatoes and onions.  It was finished with a few good pinches of salt and pepper and baked it for just over an hour.  We sat in the garden with a glass of vino, saluting the gorgeous afternoon.

Keep your eyes peeled as I have been invited to an afternoon of cooking a whole baby lamb at Nonna Joyce's house in the outdoor forno.  I am SO excited. Shame I missed the summer passata bottling afternoon...

Eat your heart out (and look closely for Nonna Joyce's seersucker table cloth).

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