This whole chicken recipe has Moroccan origins. It is a great way of keeping the chicken moist throughout the cooking. You can omit the couscous if you like and start from paragraph 5 in the method. Stuff the chicken with a lemon, a head of garlic, and some rosemary. If you want to use olive oil instead of butter, you can! Furthermore, white wine or cider will also do the job. The best way to cook a whole chicken is to cook it slowly at low temperature for longer and then turn up the oven at the end to achieve the Maillard reaction. You can brine you chicken (8% brine solution) overnight for a more complex flavour, as the brine will help keep the chicken juicy and moist. Brine breaks down the protein and makes for softer meat.
Lynda says: "This is one of those dinners that requires minimal work and makes for a great family meal. At the end of the cooking, the chicken pieces are golden and caramelised and have absorbed some of the orangey syrup. I generally serve this with rice and some crunchy vegetables on the side such as green beans, asparagus or purple sprouting broccoli, depending on the season. You may prefer to buy chicken legs and thighs instead of a whole chicken as the bones impart so much flavour."
Lynda says: "This pear and ginger dessert is like a tarte tatin, but with a cake base. When the cake comes out of the oven it is flipped upside down, revealing the pears covered by the caramel and ginger syrup."
Lynda says: "Braising is a technique that works particularly well for cuts of meat that would otherwise be tough. Slow-cooking duck legs (or chicken legs) in a broth with vegetables and aromatics makes for a comforting dish that requires nothing other than some mashed potato as an accompaniment. Cabbage is included here, but carrots or baby turnips would also work well. This dish was adapted from a recipe by Alice Waters in her inspiring book Chez Panisse Cooking."
Lynda says: "There are two ingredients in the paste that may be unfamiliar. Chaat masala is a combination of eight spices, which can be bought in ground form. This is a very mild spice that has a sweet and sour tang and is traditionally brushed over chicken tandoori or grilled fruit chaat, typical street food. Fenugreek leaves come from the fenugreek plant and are available in dried form. They have a very different flavour to fenugreek seeds, which come from the same plant. The choice of fish will vary according to availability. Other options to the brill listed here are John Dory, turbot, halibut or sea bass."