Coq Au Vin is just a fancy way of saying Chicken in Wine-

I cannot believe it is Sunday again, that means you get a great recipe.  This week I made Coq Au Vin, well, my version of Coq Au Vin.  It was so delicious, I served it with saffron rice to really bring out the sweetness in the Coq Au Vin.  But you know what, that’s for later!

Coq Au Vin with Saffron rice, so many herbs, so much tasty things in this one dish!

Coq Au Vin with Saffron rice, so many herbs, so much tasty things in this one dish!

Gareth and I had a date night last night! Braedon stayed the night with a friend of ours.  He seemed super happy when we went to pick him up this morning!  He is still very very happy.  He’s playing with a wooden spoon and sitting beside me.

Um, mom why are you all dressed up?  What is this on your face, that's not my drool!

Um, mom why are you all dressed up?  What is this on your face, that's not my drool!

Gareth took me to Gary Danko’s last night.  If you have never heard of Gary Danko’s, it’s a Michelin Star restaurant in San Francisco.  It was absolutely amazing.  We didn’t finish eating until almost 1am.

We had a 5 course meal, every bite was as good as the last one.  I think that I will save the rest of this post for Friday.

Look at that macaron ice cream cake, I mean who does that??

Look at that macaron ice cream cake, I mean who does that??

I’m doing a MomNoms after dark starting this Friday!  I’m super excited, mainly because it might give me more of a reason to go out and grab meals or drinks by myself.  I do need me time.

MomNoms After Dark

MomNoms After Dark

How do you get ‘me’ time?  Answer in the comments below!

Also, tell me what you want to see in MomNoms after dark.  If there is anywhere in San Francisco that you want me to go to or a cocktail that you want me to make.

I had to stop writing for a while.  We went for a quick walk to the Ferry Building and when we got back little man was so tired.  So I basically have been out of commission for a few hours.  And now Gareth is napping and Braedon is crawling all over me while I write!  Sometimes it really is hard to be a mom and to keep up with all of this.

I keep getting asked by other bloggers, how I do it all.  I don’t.  My anxiety is beating me up right now.  And my kid is about to break my computer by grabbing the screen.  I have a million things on my mind right now.  Trying to figure out my May meal plan, Braedon is crying because I won’t give him my computer, thinking about my next few blogs, how to get followers and comments.  I love doing this and I love being a food photographer, but it all puts a back burner to my family.

That’s how I do it all.

In fact, I just had a conversation- over the past 30 minutes- about giving up the blog.  Just so that I didn’t feel like I was spending too much time away from Braedon.  Well that and I go full into whatever I do.  I used to work 80 hour weeks, because I felt that’s what I needed to do.  And now I put everything into Braedon and whatever I have left into the blog.

Chloe reminded me today that I can dial back whenever I need to, so for now, I’ll just keep going.  I’ll give myself ‘me’ time in the form of a blog!

What would you like to see me cook next month? Comment below!

Now to MomNom’s Coq Au Vin- it is not traditional, but nothing about me really ever is.

The delicious looking and tasting momnoms coq au vin

The delicious looking and tasting momnoms coq au vin

Coq Au Vin

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup flour for dredging 
  • 2lbs chicken breast sliced
  • 1/2 pound of bacon chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 4 carrots chopped
  • 1 cup pearl onions 
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary
  • 4 sprigs of thyme 
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 Tbs Congac 
  • 1/2 cup of white wine (it's usually red, but the white gives it a certain sweetness)
  • 8 oz of tomato paste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Put bacon in a medium sized saute pan on medium heat
  2. Render the fat, but do not let bacon get too crisp
  3. Take bacon out of fat
  4. Dredge the chicken in flour
  5. put the Chicken into the bacon fat and brown all sides (about 5 minutes)
  6. Take chicken and put with bacon
  7. Add in yellow onions and carrots- cook for 10 minutes
  8. Pour in Congac and deglaze 
  9. Add white wine, onion pearls, tomato paste, herbs, and chicken
  10. Lower heat to medium-low 
  11. Cover and cook for about 30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  12. Take out herbs and bay leaves
  13. Serve with potatoes or rice- I made saffron rice which tasted amazing with it!

 

On Wednesday, I'll be doing a special blog all about Candice from kaleorwhale.com and the wonderful brunch that we had at Rose's in the Marina in San Francisco!

Brunch with Kale or Whale!

Brunch with Kale or Whale!

So the tl;dr version of the questions: Where in SF should I go for MomNoms after dark?  What do you want to see me cook this month?  And does anyone else have a hard time balancing life, babies, trying to be your own person?

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