“Bllllpppppp.” (The sound of me blowing my nose). Not the best way for you to start reading this post. Not the most pleasant way for me to be writing it. The Wife and the Mother both need feeding this evening and I am completely under the weather. It could even be the dreaded Man Flu. “Bllllpppppp. Uggghhhh.” I need to get plenty of garlic, lemon and rosemary into me to beat off the devastation that this Man Flu is wreaking on my system.
What better way than with Extreme Garlic, Lemon and Rosemary Roast Chicken? I fancied some sage and rosemary roast potatoes to go with this. The sage is meant to be good for curing this awful illness too. That’s lots of garlic, sage, rosemary and lemon fighting my condition. “Bllllpppppp. Uggghhhh. Bllllpppppp.”
- A free range chicken
- 2 or 3 bulbs of garlic (from the Trek to Lautrec)
- Olive oil
- 3 or 4 sprigs of rosemary
- A lemon
- Salt and black pepper
Here’s what to do:
Chop and mash two bulbs of garlic. If you have regular shop garlic, use 3 bulbs.
Chop the rosemary pretty fine too.
Wash and zest the lemon. Mix the zest and the juice of half the lemon together with some black pepper and olive oil.
Lift the skin from the chicken breast and legs. This is not the most pleasing task but it’s worth doing it. Rub the mixture inside the skin, the cavity and the outside of the bird.
Put it on to roast for as long as it takes to cook a chicken. I refuse to tell you because the Man Flu has me very grumpy. “Bllllpppppp. Bllllpppppp.” Dice the potatoes and add a mixture of olive oil with rosemary, chopped sage, salt and pepper.
With half an hour to go on the chicken cooking time, put these in the oven on the top shelf. Blow your nose until it is sore. If you are a man, feel very sorry for yourself. If you are a woman, work on, that’s what you do. When the chicken is cooked, take it out and let it rest for 10 minutes. If you are in my house ‘resting’ involves defending the bird from the Wife and Mother. Both avid ‘pickers’. Few things in life annoy me more than a pre-serving picker. “Sorry Mum. Sorry Wife.”
Carve the chicken. Serve it with the potatoes. I also served some snow peas, despite their lack of any curative properties.
This was delicious and even better the next day cold in a sandwich.
Footnote: Now for the bit that you will not believe. My Man Flu was gone the next morning. Completely restored and clear. Even if the garlic, lemon, rosemary and sage didn’t actually cure me. It was really delicious.
I encourage you to try this simple, flavoursome dish. “Mmmmm.” (Sound of Man breathing deeply and clearly).