How one led to another. This Turkish chicken stew with lots of veggies

5 Bell Peppers Paella -RED BELL PEPPER- recipe and illustration by Edie Eats Food Blog by Edie Dourleijn

What do you do, when you have no inspiration what to cook at all? I mean, when nothing seems to be the right dish for the day? Thankfully, I have a nice repertoire of useful recipes to fall back on, but I must admit, those aren’t my favorite cooking days.

I prefer the days when inspiration flows with every food item I see. Like that day I made up this Turkish chicken stew with lots of veggies.

.- >> Here’s what I came up with

Watching French men eat: Red wine chicken and mushrooms stew

Recipe Best Mushroom ever. Recipe and CRIMINI MUSHROOMS illustration by EDIE EATS by Edith Dourleijn

The man reminded me of my … eh … Well, how to bename our relationship? I called him Uncle Henry. And what fascinated me most was the way he ate. The man in the restaurant brought back that captivation. I just love watching French men eat.

I couldn’t see his plate, but I guessed the modern Californian style restaurant at the Ferry Building in San Francisco didn’t serve him this French classic coq au vin, the famous Red wine chicken and mushrooms stew. But he would probably loves it, just like my late Uncle Henry did.

>> Let’s eat it the French way!

Chinese style dumpling duck soup with bok choy

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Although I could imagine that it would happen, I couldn’t foresee in what way my cooking would change when migrating to California. Living in a city with two huge Chinese supermarkets, a smaller freezer and a new Japanese cookbook inspired me to this dish, which I probably wouldn’t have come up with, when I was still living in The Netherlands.

Meet my new recipe: Chinese style dumpling duck soup with bok choy!

>> Wanna see it?