Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Peony Perfection, Crystal Rose Bowl and New Orleans Fried Chicken!


The first peonies of the season are here and so beautiful they are .... I adore peonies as they have a wildness to them ....  a little bit like Catherine Earnshaw from Wuthering Heights ... exactly what Heathcliffe loved about her!  Wild, beautiful, yet soulful and intense!


I bought these and popped them in front of the fireplace and they look so gorgeous......


Then I have to share with you this gorgeous crystal rose bowl which my beautiful mother has given to me ..... it was a gift to her and now she has bestowed on me the privilege of looking after a piece of history ...... I feel so lucky to have received such a gift .....


Then onto a very exciting topic .... food .... New Orleans style food .......


My gorgeous friend, Karina, gave me this amazing recipe for fried chicken ..... Louisiana style baby!  Karina had met my son, Alexander, in Los Angeles when she was there on business ....  we skyped whilst they were having champagne and I so wished I could be there with them ..... Karina new Alex was a "foodie" and she instantly said "You have to have fried chicken wings by the best chef in New Orleans, Austin Leslie....." 
Karina sent me the recipe and I did my best to do the recipe justice .... it was magnificent!  and I never say that about my cooking .... everyone loved it and it was just perfect ... the right amount of seasoning, the right amount of coating on the chicken and best of all the most amazing story of an incredible New Orleans chef, Austin Leslie ....... Austin passed away after Hurricane Katrina, after he had suffered so much trying to survive .... I believe his legacy will live on ... it has even reached us all the way down here in Australia!


Chicken sizzling ......


Austin Leslie's "Fried Chicken" .... New Orleans style but a little bit by Franny from Down Under .... thank-you Karina, dear friend, it was wonderful!!!!! 
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7 comments:

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

Mmm, that chicken looks gooood! You're lucky to have peonies now, seeing that we're now entering Autumn/Winter, it will be a long time before we get to see them again... Hope you're well, Love from London xo

Karina Gentinetta said...

You have done us proud, Fran!!!!

The enchanted home said...

OMG that dish looks fabulous and I am getting hungry all over again...and your peonies, lucky you to still have them, they are my most favorite flower!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

YOU make EVERYTHING glamorous and perfect ma reine.....I have opened up a new Etsy shop where I feature my illustrations of our Marie....ENJOY YOUR SPRING DEAREST! Anita

Melissah said...

Flowers look gorgeous & chicken looks delicious! Enjoy watching the Cup today - now you've been it will make it even more fun watching it. I think your pink dress and new AH cardi will be perfect for today as it will be a little bit cool & breezy on the track today!
PS My post on our shopping day is this Friday - be sure to check out the label on the hanger.
x
Melissah {from Scrapbook}

*Chic Provence* said...

Franny,

The peonies are so unexpected and beautiful today! and it's a good thing ah just had mah lunch so I'm not too overwhelmed with hunger at your beautiful chicken dish... and where can I find the recipe, cherie?

bisous

Kit

Laura said...

Hi frances, i didnt realise the peonies were out yet, might have to get myself down to the florist wholesalers! my favourite flowers!! Hope you are well lovely lady!!!
lauraxx

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