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14.5.14

Roast Chicken with Vegetables for Les Paresseux #Foodie Friday #Food Revolution

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roasted chicken w/ vegetables: simplelivingeating.com


This is a roast chicken for les paresseux (lazy people) who is lazier than a teenager? My kids are growing so fast right now both physically and mentally they seem to always be exhausted; so when I was asked to choose a recipe from Around My French Table that I thought every kids should know how to make for Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Day how could I go wrong with a recipe that had lazy in it's title?

Food Revolution Day

Everyone should know how to roast a chicken. It is simple to do, tasty and it can feed a large group or small group depending on the size of the bird. Everyone who eats meat likes roast chicken. It is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

My son was feeling particularly le paresseu so he passed all together on cooking. My 12 year old daughter was eager to learn... well actually she told me, "I probably won't need any help at all." "I'm going to do the whole thing myself."


roasted chicken with vegetables: simplelivingeating.com

I got all of the ingredients for her and explained that I have always used a different recipe for making roast chicken with vegetables that she may want to look at too and decide if she wanted to incorporate some of the ideas of this recipe into the Dorie recipe. 

You see my recipe is even lazier than Dorie's. She recommends roasting the chicken for 45 minutes then adding the vegetables. The recipe I use and, it has always worked, you just turn the vegetables after 30 minutes, but you put everything into the pot at once.


chopping vegetables: simplelivingeating.com

My daughter liked the idea of putting everything in to the pot at once. She also liked Dorie's idea of putting bread on the bottom of the chicken to make a toast that is soaked in bird dripping. This sounded gross to me, but my daughter was game to try it.


vegetables and bread for roast chicken: simplelivingeating.com

French recipes often recommend putting herbs into dishes and then removing them after cooking. I have never seen the need to do this, and anyway we like eating herbs... there are a lot of theraputic properties to herbs that you can only get from ingesting them. Also the cost of fresh herbs is very high; I'll be darned if we aren't going to eat them... what can I say I'm a frugal New Englander at heart. My daughter who has never seen me throw anything out from my cooking agreed.

She decided to put the herbs into the cavity of the bird and over the vegetables. I thought the whole process of reading through the recipe and personalizing it was a really important learning experience for her. I think she got that you can experiment with cooking... there isn't a RIGHT thing to do... it's all about personal taste.


preparing chicken: simplelivingeating.com

Well, the chicken was better than any roast chicken I've ever made. The herbs she added which included tarragon along with the thyme, rosemary and oregano that the recipe called for... tasted incredible. Dorie's addition of white wine into the cavity of the bird was brilliant, and the dripping drenched toast was really tasty... but very rich. We all had a nibble.

My husband was very impressed by my daughter's cooking skills, but he said that cooking the bird was only half of the preparation. If she is to really master roast chicken she needs to know how to CARVE the chicken.


roasted chicken and girl: simplelivingeating.com

Having been a vegetarian for years, I never actually learned how to carve anything myself. I looked on and took notes. My daughter was quite skilled with a knife. I was impressed at how well she removed bones and cut up easy to serve pieces of chicken. This was an all round impressive and confidence building experience for my daughter and myself.


girl carving chicken: simplelivingeating.com

Three cheers for the Food Revolution and all of Jamie Oliver's work in making sure kids and adults eat well and thank you Dorie Greenspan for bringing roast chicken up a notch. 

Dorie's recipe for Roast Chicken for Les Paresseux happens to be published. But there are so many more amazing recipes of hers that I highly recommend getting "Around my French Table."

Note: My daughter used Dorie's ingredients but cooked the veggies & bird, which was 3.5 pounds with the instructions in this recipe: Roast Chicken with Vegetables. 


Note: As a member of French Friday's with Dorie I am not allowed to print the recipe. I invite you to take a look at this wonderful cookbook "Around My French Table" if you are interested in this or any other recipe I review. 



Click here to see how the other Dorista's did.




This post is shared on the following food/craft parties: 

Tuesday Food:
Hearth & Soul Blog Hop @ 21st Century Housewife
Totally Tasty Tuesday @ Mandy's Recipe Box
Show Me What You Got @ Our Delightful Home
In & Out of the Kitchen @ Feeding Big & More
Tuesday's Table @ Love in the Kitchen
Tasty Tuesday #Anyonita Nibbles
Share your Stuff Tuesday @ Table for Seven
Simple Supper Tuesday @Hun...What's for Dinner?

Wednesday Food:
From Dream to Reality @ DYI Dreamer
 Wednesday Whatsit @White Lights on Wednesday 
Fresh Foods Wednesdays @ Gastronomical Sovereignty
Wonderful Food Wednesdays at @ All She Cooks
What's Cooking Wednesday @Buns in My Oven 
Lovely Ladies Linky @This Silly Girl's Life
Thursday Food:
Full Plate Thursday @ Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Thriving on Thursdays @ Domesblissity


Friday Food:

Foodie Friday @ Home Maid Simple
Foodie Friday @ Rattlebridge Farm 
Friday Linky Party @ The Pin Junkie 
Freedom Fridays @ Love Bakes Good Cakes
Inspiration Spotlight @ Dear Creatives
Eat Create Party @I Want Crazy
Foodtastic Friday@ Voice Blok
Family Fun Friday @ Happy and Blessed Home
Let's Get Real @ Juggling Real Food and Real Life
Get Him Feed @ Bakewell Junction

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35 comments:

  1. Roast chicken is such a wonderful choice for food revolution and your daughter has done such a brilliant job from start to finish. Its really impressive !

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    1. Thanks Tanusree,
      I am very proud of her and that she carved it too. Shows great kitchen confidence.

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  2. Your daughter did a great job! Can't say that I'm great at carving a chicken, so she's got one up on me there! Kudos to her!

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    1. She truly tops me on carving and this chicken was better than mine too... but that's partly Dorie's great recipe.

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  3. Perfect choice, Diane! I think you have a food blogger in the making :)

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    1. I wanted her to start a blog now, but she said she was too busy. Her name is Julia and I thought it should be called, "Cooking with Julia the Child."

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    2. Now THAT'S a terrific blog name :)

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  4. Great choice! Roast chicken was the one of the first dishes I ever learned to cook! Congratulations to your daughter and to you the proud mother!

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    1. That's great to hear that you cooked chicken first too. I thought it was a basic thing that is good to know and not really hard to do.

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  5. Hummm…Cooking with Julia the Child, it has a nice ring to it!! She never ceases to amaze me…she did such a wonderful job on the chicken! Great fun post, Diane! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Nor does she cease to amaze me... I don't think I will ever worry about her not eating well.

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  6. Great choice! Though it's mine too! haha.

    Your daughter did a fabulous job. I think it's so great to watch kids gain confidence in cooking - it's a gift. Well done!!

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    1. Great minds think a like... Roast Chicken is just classic.

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  7. Its nice to see how many of us continue to think that it is the chicken that the kids of tomorrow must know how to cook well. Time to get them going because, as we know too well, the perfect roast chicken is a lifetime pursuit. I went the cornish game hen route but for the same reasons. My niece is too young to cook with but I look forward to teaching her what I know about cooking soon.

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    1. So true Trevor... I can see Uncle Trevor being very fun in the kitchen. You don't have too long to wait. I started my kids when they were 2... warning it does get messy.

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  8. What a great Post, Diane, and what a wonderful result, Julia. Everything about this experience was positive. Good for Dad to suggest (and, insist) that Julia learn how to cut up a "bird". To this day, I don't know how to do that. Michael, the surgeon, always cut the meat. I didn't pay any attention. A few months ago when I made those huge roasted cornish hens, I had no clue how to cut and serve them. I think I handed that job off to a friend. But, inspired by Julia and prodded by her father, I am going to get out the rule book and teach myself to carve.......before Thanksgiving.

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    1. I only watched the carving I didn't actually practice doing it... but I think it has been a sexist thing, like math... that women don't carve... we need to change that.

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  9. I couldn't agree more - roast chicken is a MUST KNOW for all kids! Well done!

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    1. Thanks Mardi,
      I worry that too many kids think chicken nuggets are how chicken actually looks... frightening thought. Thanks for getting us involved in Food Revolution.

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  10. This was my #1 choice too. I know your daughter is already an accomplished baker. This is a great one to add to her repertoire. I love the lesson about personalizing the recipe too. My mother was an excellent cook BUT she always followed every recipe EXACTLY, even measuring the salt and pepper. It took me years to give myself permission to adapt recipes to my own taste. How I wish I learned that when I was 12.

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    1. I noticed that on your list. I'm so glad my daughter is getting the improvising thing now too. It really takes the stress off of cooking when you give yourself permission to cook the way you want. It's a lot more fun too.

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  11. Diane, wonderful post, fabulous recipe and kudos to your daughter! What a great way to celebrate Food Revolution Day 2014 with our children!
    Have a nice weekend!

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    1. Thanks Andrea,
      It was a great experience for both of us.

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  12. I am impressed with your daughter. I guess I have a couple to years to get my son to roast a chicken at 12. Enjoyed your post.

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  13. Great post! So many skills involved in the making of this dish - I'm especially impressed that she reviewed carving skills.

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  14. Your daughter did a great job! What a great meal to know how to make. I wish I knew how to actually carve a chicken. I'm quite impressed.

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    1. I guess my husband is right, carving seems to be skill that not enough people know how to do.

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  15. I love roast chicken, and looked forward to Sunday roast as a child. Roasts are great because you get great results for minimal effort.

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  16. I just love that your daughter made this all by herself. It looks absolutely fantastic! Thanks for sharing with us at Simple Supper Tuesday.

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  17. Yum! This looks delicious and easy! Stop by and link up on Tickle My Tastebuds!

    Julia @ Mini Van Dreams

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  18. I really enjoyed reading this post, Diane. It's wonderful that your daughter loves to cook and great that you all encourage her. Her Roast Chicken with Vegetables looks delicious - and the combination of herbs she used sounds lovely too. There's nothing like a good old fashioned roast chicken dinner - so homey and comforting!

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  19. Yay for your daughter :) I loved teaching my daughter how to cook, great memories :)

    I would love for you to share this at my T.G.I.F. Linky Party @ MamasBlogCentral.com :) Have a great Memorial weekend!!

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  20. Thanks for sharing @ my T.G.I.F. party. Have a great Memorial weekend!!

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  21. I love roasted chicken! Pinned! Thank you for being a part of our party. We appreciate you stopping by. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. http://loulougirls.blogspot.com
    Happy Friday! Lou Lou Girls

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  22. I love the flavor of a Roast Chicken and Vegetables. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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