Golden chicken

1) The success of this dish depends on the quality of the ingredients (as is the case of many other dishes …). Buy an organic farm chicken (or red label) and good quality vegetables (garden, farm, organic, AMAPs, etc.). If the vegetables are local or seasonal, it’s even better 😉

2) Buy a gold watch to measure cooking times. Oh no, not worth it, everything must be done by eyesight! Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 °C) instead.

3) Take the baking tray from your oven. Wash and cut into pieces the vegetables you have chosen (onions, carrots, peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, lemons, olives, etc.). Spread them on the baking tray.

4) Pour a glass of water over the vegetables and a generous drizzle of olive oil over the chicken.

5) Season according to your tastes directly on the chicken: salt, pepper, garlic, herbs of Provence, ginger, curry or others; then put pieces of butter (salted or sweet according to the tastes) on the chicken between the thighs and on the back, wherever it does hold, (see photo at the top right).

6) Bake.

7) Every half hour, turn the chicken upside down and all the vegetables and check that there is enough liquid (to prevent it from burning). The cooking time depends on the size of the chicken and the amount of vegetables. The chickens in the photo have cooked about 2 hours.

8) The chicken is cooked when it says cui-cui; Oh no, when it’s when it’s golden!

To quote a Thai friend: “How do you manage to have a chicken that does not taste … We use chicken to give flavor to our dishes”.

So, do not hesitate to use the carcass and put it in water to cook pasta, for example or to make broth.

“Water is made to sail or wash …” says an old retired Breton sailor I know well.

In French, “le phare” is pronounced the same way as “le far”, thus the play on word of this picture. “Flotte” is also a play on words as it can mean “water” or “a float of boats”. Bretons went far because of their fishing traditions.

Le Four Light : “Le four” means “the oven” in French but here le phare du four is “Le Four Light”, a lighthouse.

“Van Diemen’s Land Steam Co. saved to Towers in the Storm: Le Four Light – Chenal du Four, France, Le Four Light (1874) is a round stone tower with lantern & gallery mounted on a square base, it is unpainted with a painted black lantern. The lighthouse marks the north entrance to the Chenal du Four.”https://www.pinterest.ch/VanDiemensLand/

Classic meals from Brittaby: A Rich Tradition – Living Language: https://www.livinglanguage.com/blog/2012/07/24/classic-meals-from-brittany-a-rich-tradition/

“For dessert we’d have my mother’s far breton (…), which is a typical Breton snack. It’s like a large flan baked in a big earthenware dish, a mixture of custard and creme brulee. We make ours with prunes soaked overnight in rum.” https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/may/15/richard-bertinet-far-breton-recipe-last-bites?CMP=share_btn_link

Sacred salted butter – Saveurs: https://www.saveur.com/article/Kitchen/A-Butter-Quest

Marie of Brittany – Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_of_Brittany

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