March 22, 2013

National Coq Au Vin Day

"I thought coq au vin was love in a lorry." - Victoria Wood

It's National Coq Au Vin Day!

Don't run away from today - it's not as intimidating as it might seen. Coq au vin is French for "rooster with wine". It's a rustic dish that was popularized by Julia Child in both her book Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her PBS show The French Chef. Traditionally, the dish was made with a tougher bird to withstand braising, but now it's most often made with chicken.

I've never had coq au vin which seems to be a complicated and expensive dish to make. Wanting to avoid both of those things, I thought I'd try my hand at making a vegan version with ingredients that most people either have on hand or can buy for pretty cheaply at any grocer. Depending on how you make it, coq au vin can either be stew-like or just different elements cooked together and topped with gravy. However yours comes out, I'm sure it'll be delicious. Have faith in your ability to make good tasting food. And if you don't - drink a glass of wine or two while you're making this dish. After all, there's nothing wrong with a little liquid courage (don't drink so much that you become a hazard in the kitchen, though. Almanac of Eats frowns on this kind of behavior. It's not safe. And it's not cool.)

Happy National Coq Au Vin Day!