I'm often inspired by friends' recommendations, so when Mandy revealed her 'presents to herself' and one of them was 'A Bird in the Hand' by Diana Henry, I added that book to my Libraries West list. I had an email this week to say that it was in. Having brought it home, I have been dipping in and reading recipes during the waiting for the coffee to cool times etc.
Before I go farther, I must say thank you to Mandy and other friends real and blogging ones too who share their finds, through a conversations caught when meeting up with friends in the street or at other gatherings etc.
I've cooked with prunes before, usually a gamey affair, and also cooked with red wine, but I wouldn't have considered using these with chicken. As the chicken went through its various stages, layers of flavour were added. The final touch was the herb crust.
The only thing I added was some lemon thyme from the garden, just because I had it and love thyme and chicken.
I'll be ordering this book...and removing a couple of older books from the shelves. The only recipe so far that I probably won't be cooking here is the 'ginger beer can chicken' as we don't barbecue, but it sounds fun and maybe I would like to try it. I may suggest we cook this during the Summer as part of our WI gourmet club.