Every once in awhile you have to go outside of your comfort zone. I had the opportunity to do that yesterday. I’ve mentioned Luca, a chef in town and a friend of mine, who does cooking shows. You might remember my daughter had a chance to do a show with him.
He also does a weekly radio show on our local talk radio with Dan Mitchell talking about cooking and he brings bloggers, chefs, etc on as guests. He invited me to join him. I had an absolute blast doing this. I was nervous about doing it but I didn’t want to miss this opportunity to do something new.
Here is the podcast if you would like a listen. But please, I know I sound American. Every time it comes up that I’m English, without fail, I get “but you don’t sound English”. That bothers me. Like there is a doubt of who I am. I came over very young and didn’t go back again until I was an adult. The accent doesn’t start coming out much until I’m back in the UK. It is what it is! Other than that I do hope you enjoy the podcast.
And of course I had to show up with food. But because the show was in the morning and there isn’t a kitchen so it had to be something I could serve cold.
I decided to do grilled chicken with tarragon. For dinner I did it as a salad and for the show I did it as lettuce wraps.
For the marinade I finely chopped a few cloves of garlic and a handful of tarragon. Mix it with equal parts white wine and olive oil. Season with sea salt and pepper. Make sure it is mixed well and then add the chicken to marinade for at least an hour.
Grill the chicken and let it cool. Meanwhile toast half a cup of pinenuts in a dry skillet. You want to pay attention as you are doing this. The nuts can easily burn. Keep the pinenuts moving in the skillet as you toast them.
Once they are golden remove and set aside. I did try to do a wine vinaigrette but it just didn’t have any brightness to it. So I did up a tarragon lemon dressing instead. Do two parts olive oil to one part lemon juice. Add a bit of tarragon and season with sea salt and pepper. Shake it up.
To assemble, lay out the lettuce leaves and layer with the chicken, veg of your choice, and the pine nuts. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and top with creme fraiche.
It is very easy to convert it to wraps. Just put less into each piece and wrap it up! Perfect for a warm summer day. As I said this was a fantastic experience and I would do it again in a heartbeat. 🙂