above: simmering of chicken for chicken b'stilla
only problem was... I did not have the time to make the b'stilla
with the filo pastry as I was rushing between home and the hospital
as my mother was admitted for observation since last thursday
so I used puff pastry to make it for sunday night dinner for DH
the chicken filling was delish! Will attempt with filo pastry soon!
The lentils used were Turkish, though it said to soak beans overnight
I did not, but followed Dorie's tip to pre-boil the beans for a couple of minutes
rinsed and boil again in chicken stock with the rest of the ingredients
the only thing missing was the clove - the package went missing!
and it was ready in 30 mins! I discarded the celery
but chose to roughly cut the tender carrots
and mashed the onions with a fork and added a splash of brandy
and it was done, plain and simple
the lentils was good!
so tonight's dinner was:
chicken b'stilla (in puff pastry instead of filo)
turkish lentils, classic french preparation
and butternut squash and brussels sprouts en papillote
now I remember why we seldom eat brussels sprout... not our fav veg!
Do check out the rest of group's results for this week's recipe at:
(click picture below)
Lentils, basic - pg 367 to 368
chicken b'stilla - pg 222 to 224
brown-sugar squash and brussels sprouts en papillote - pg 352