Friday, March 30, 2012

Poulet Vallee d'Auge

“Deep in the meadow, hidden far away
A cloak of leaves, a moonbeam ray
Forget your woes and let your troubles lay
And when it's morning again, they'll wash away
Here it's safe, here it's warm
Here the daisies guard you from every harm
Here your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them true
Here is the place where I love you.”

― Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games 

 I am happy to say that the last few nights have been filled with dream-feeds, snuggles and sleep-laced sighs only. For now at least, there are no night terrors lurking in the shadows.

I thought the above quote was fitting not only because of its reference to dreams, but because of it being part of the Hunger Games trilogy. As you know, the sound of my heartbeat is strangely akin to the sound of a turning page; books run through my veins. Unfortunately, the love of reading is not one of the things my husband and I have in common; video games are where he finds his escape. So imagine my surprise when he turns to me and asks, 'so what is that hunger game book about?' Granted, it was the release of the film that peaked his interest, but whatever gets the fish on the hook, hey?

I gladly lured him in enough that he actually picked up the audio books and listened to them. And after a couple of chapters he would stop and we'd have a discussion about what had happened, something I have been waiting 8 years to do with him; talking about books with the love of my life made me grin from ear to ear and head to toe. Alas, he has finished with the trilogy (he thought it was OK, but enjoyed the first film), and now I am thinking of what else I could 'catch' his interest with - any suggestions?

Because I was so pleased with our nightly book discussions I decided to whip up something a little special for his dinner on the last night, and luckily, it tasted as good as its intention.

ease: 4/5.
prep time: 10mins.
cooking time: 55mins.
total: 1 hour.

taste: 4.5/5. A hit with hubby.

Unfortunately I cannot comment on the taste, but after only two mouthfuls, the husband was already exclaiming that it was really good and he would want it again. The recipe above is my adapted version, original recipe is below.

would I make it again: Yes.



  1. Maybe try him on Tomorrow When the War Began. It is definitely discussion worthy and boys seem to like it as much as the girls do.

    This recipe sounds so interesting, I must try it.

  2. Even though I don't eat meat, this looks amazing!!!

    Has your husband read the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy? My fiance, who is also not an avid reader like me, has finished the first book and is half way through the second. He's really been enjoying them. By the way, this might perhaps be something you're interested in, I'm reading Madame Tussaud at the moment, by Michelle Moran, and I'm finding it such an enjoyable read. I'm definitely finding it a page turner. I'm a bit of a fan of historical fiction though, so not sure if that sort of thing interests you.

  3. That dish looks amazing and ever so scrumptious!



  4. Thanks for the recommendations ladies!

  5. I would definitely suggest trying George RR Martin's series "A Song of Fire and Ice" - my husband I and I read them a few years ago and the first two books have now been made into a miniseries by HBO (Game of Thrones)- that might grab his interest? Admittedly the series isnt finished yet - so you need to be patient for the last two books! My boy and I have spent many an evening discussing these books, the excellent characters and what we think will happen to them, and now our thoughts on the tv series, whether it lived up to our expectations and what we had imagined the world and the characters to look like :)

  6. Anonymous, so funny you should mention that series, when we found out Game of Thrones was based on a series, hubby suggested I read it but I was enjoying the tv sow so much I didnt want to spoil the suspense and twists, but perhaps I will reconsider

  7. This looks really good with the apples and served over mashed potatoes, yum! I have to try this one out. And I love that quote, it's beautiful [: