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Friday, 23 May 2014

The Found Meal's Recipes

A favourite of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sara Murphy, this meal is one that was had in summer 1925 at Cap d'Antibes on the French Mediterranean.

That summer, stories tell, F. Scott Fitzgerald was too distracted with fun and games to write much. 

Yet, the summer ended up in his fourth and perhaps his greatest novel, Tender Is The Night, which I am yet to read.

So it was fun replicating one of his favourite meals - Maryland Chicken with tomatoes and corn dishes - the latter favourites of Sara.

Here are the recipes - enjoy.

Cut a chicken into pieces. Dip each piece in milk, season with salt/pepper, dredge in flour - let sit for 30 minutes.

Heat 3 Tbsp oil in skillet. Sauté chicken until browned. Add 1 cup hot water, 0.25 tsp cumin, 0.25 tsp sage.

Boil, cover then simmer for 45 minutes.

Cut 4 tomatoes into halves, add salt/pepper. Sauté, cut side down, in 3 Tbsp hot olive oil, for 5 minutes. Turn on other side and sauté for 2 minutes.

Cook 2 garlic cloves, chopped, in 2 Tbsp olive oil, sprinkle over the tomatoes and grill under a broiler for 4 minutes.

Simmer the corn in a bit of water for 2 to 3 minutes. 

Add butter, salt, white pepper and 0.25 cups cream. 

Cook for another minute or so, sprinkle with paprika and serve hot.

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