My husband and I recently made a delicious dinner by adapting the recipe for quail-in-rose-petal sauce found in the novel Like Water for Chocolate. The book gives the ingredients, but doesn’t tell how to make it. We used chicken instead of quail and changed some of the other ingredients, and figured out on our own how to put them together.
1/2 dozen red rose buds
1/2 cup of slivered almonds
2 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons cornmeal
2 tablespoons anis
Chop the roses into small pieces and grind in blender with the almonds and garlic. Melt the butter and add honey. Stir the rose, garlic and almond mixture into the honey and butter. Add the cornmeal and anis. The mixture will be a thick paste. Use a spoon to spread onto the chicken. Bake the chicken as usual, basting if the coating gets too dry. The rose petals and anise will infuse the chicken with wonderful flavor.
Use additional rose buds or petals as a garnish when presenting the chicken.
After we ate we watched the movie based on the book for an unforgettable romantic evening.
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