Yesterday I ventured out with my mother after having watched The Skeleton Twins earlier in the week (great by the way) to watch The Hundred Foot Journey. It was an entertaining movie that apparently was nowhere near close to the book but still a good film.
I appreciated the food themes throughout and found myself rather inspired by many of the Indian dishes and spices commonly used throughout the movie. The leading actor's character had a passion for 'soul' food which is many times also 'comfort' food and is something I completely relate to when in the kitchen either at the table or working the stove.
Entering the market this morning before work the seeds of inspiration where planted in my mind and while I don't have access to goat or pigeon as in the movie, I had access to chicken which I rubbed with a mixture of paprika, garam masala, sage, mint, coriander, garlic and lemon. In a 350 degree oven this took about an hour to cook. Repeatedly throughout I basted with the chicken jus to keep the bird moist and once taking it out of the oven I let it sit to cool before cutting up and serving in the platter with the vegetables.
For the vegetables I lightly tossed in olive oil and roasted yellow cauliflower, grape tomatoes, carrots and two kinds of mushrooms (brown crimini and chantrelle). I sauteed eggplant with onion and threw in some peas at the last second because I liked the pop of color it added to the mix and combined everything seasoning as I went with salt. Serve with flatbread, a simple barley salad and hummus or yogurt and you have quite the meal there.
Not only did the kitchen today smell amazing, but the dish turned out beautiful. Definitely one for the books.