Chicken with Mushrooms, Braised Garlic Purée and Mascarpone; the update

Una cosa menos.

Mon mari’s new favorite phrase.

One thing less.

It was a phrase we heard often whilst living in Andorra.

It’s a Spanish phrase, uttered frequently by our Portuguese builder working in Catalan-speaking Andorra.

We’d feel right at home in the Tower of Babel.

I’ve been hearing it repeated several times a day.

This morning, for example, he glued down a loose bit of wallpaper by one of the new door frames, than glued 4 mopboard tiles around the same frames, fixed a loose tile going into the pantry, removed, shimmed and reattached 2 kitchen cabinet doors that didn’t close quite tightly enough, adjusted a ceiling fixture and hung 2 new cabinet doors.

Mostly he’s doing things that didn’t get done because something more important was waiting…

While we wait for the weather to get warm enough to go on to the next project.


In between doing all the little bits, he’s finishing the kitchen.  I can finally retire those blue cabinet curtains that were only supposed to last a month or two.  The door on the left went on this morning.

That leaves the doors and drawer fronts you see in the center, plus doors on 2 upper cabinets.  Then the kitchen will be officially done.

We had one nice day last week so I got a few herbs planted and transplanted fron last year’s cow trough.


I can’t do seeds yet, as it still gets cold at night but I did plant a few flower bulbs.

And I filled the cow trough with flowers:


Other signs of warmer weather are appearing:  The barn door is open; the summer worktable is out (old door on pretty blue sawhorses), the barbecue grill is out, waiting for a new gas tank.

And my forsythia finally bloomed – a bit late this year.  It looked better before all the wind and rain yesterday, but, that’s spring!


For those of you careful readers, you might have picked up on the fact that, when I made the Garlic Meatballs with Angel Hair Pasta I braised extra garlic.

I agonized over what to do with it (Ha!).

I decided I hadn’t done decadent in awhile.

Chicken with Mushrooms, Garlic and Mascarpone

Chicken with Mushrooms, Braised Garlic Purée and Mascarpone

2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
4oz (125gr) mushrooms
2 shallots
1/4 cup garlic purée*
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/3 cup mascarpone
2 tsp olive oil
Fried Gnocchi

Trim and slice muchrooms.  Slice shallots.  Cut chicken breasts into 3 or 4 pieces.  Heat oil in a medium skillet.  Add mushrooms, shallots and sauté until lightly browned.  Move to the side and add chicken pieces, browning on both sides.  Add chicken stock and garlic, stir well to blend.  Cover, reduce heat and simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in mascarpone. Serve over fried gnocchi

Fried Gnocchi

8oz (250gr) gnocchi
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp butter

Heat water in a medium pot for gnocchi. When boiling, add the gnocchi and cook just until they all float, 1 – 2 minutes. Drain and rinse lightly with cool water.
Heat butter and oil in a medium nonstick skillet. Add gnocchi and sauté until light brown.

Garlic purée: Separate the garlic cloves but do
not peel.  Put the garlic, chicken stock, thyme and peppercorns in a
small baking dish.  Cover and bake for 60 minutes at 325F (160C).

Strain chicken stock and reserve.  When
cool enough to handle, squeeze the garlic out of the peel and mash with
a fork.

It’s been sunny all day….

Tomorrow I may be lucky enough to be able to mow the lawn!

16 thoughts on “Chicken with Mushrooms, Braised Garlic Purée and Mascarpone; the update”

  1. Our forsythia is about 3 weeks early, so we are on a par this year with my favorite corner of France. Looks like your chives are coming up – I’ll have to go check mine. Garlic and mascarpone is brilliant!

  2. Our forsythia too is in full bloom, plus my chives and some weak rosemary plants. I need to work hard on my herb garden this year. I am so fortunate to have a source for huge herb plants for $3.00 each. Your chicken looks lovely and it is good to see the grill out and ready for wonderful meals. Happy Spring Katie.

  3. Zoomie, if you only knew what a struggle it was some days…. LOL
    TVG, but I LIKE your kitchen….. (thanks)
    Ina, I killed my last forsythia… I’m so happy this one is doing well.
    Cindy, nothing like new sawhorses to start the spring off right!
    Mimi, the chives are up and even been transplanted and well-used. They were early….
    Penny, so far the rabbits have left the herbs alone – but they are back in the cow trough digging the flowers…
    Val, I loved fried gnocchi – it gets light as a feather!

  4. You guys are multi-tasking like crazy! Spring, apparently, has that effect on everyone except me.
    This does look quite decadent and delicious. Love that you paired the rich sauce with the gnocchi…I haven’t had those balls of pillowy potato heaven in a while…

  5. My gosh, great post! The chicken dish looks delicious and you have been might busy in the garden. Can’t wait until flowers are in bloom here! Love that forsythia!

  6. I love that dish! You are a cook after my own heart! Love garlic too and lots of it!
    Have you planted any purslane (mâche)?
    these spanish expressions remind me of some that I realized were the same in French
    like ” a flor de piel”

  7. What an excellent phrase to be hearing! I like to make to-do lists with boxes beside each item and check each off as it’s done. I find it so satisfying to say out loud “Check!”.
    Our forsythia just sent out its blossoms as well. I can’t decide if it’s early, late, or right on time. But it does look stunningly beautiful – especially today as it is raining. There’s something about the brilliant yellow blossoms juxtaposed against the slate blue clouds.
    I have chive envy. Your chives are much higher than ours.
    The chicken with gnocchi sounds wonderful.

  8. Joanne, and when you fry them they get light as a feather…. Multi-tasking – another way of saying can’t concentrate on anything….
    Pam, I love the spring flowers and didn’t plant any last year for this… I did, now ;-))
    Gilli, I’ve planted sage for that purpose (among others)
    Tasteofbeirut, I didn’t plant any, but I can get lots at the markets…. My garden wasn’t ready – the the bunnies were.
    Tigerfish, garlic is always good!
    Elizabeth, I’m big on To Do lists too…. Sometimes I just list what I did so I can cross it off ;-))
    Lannae, great progress this week – thanks to the warm weather.

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