A Recipe for Chicken & Dumplings in France
To be reminded of the comforts of home while living abroad in France, follow this recipe for a cozy fall dinner with a side of French culture (and a sprinkling of humor).
-3 celery ribs, chopped
-2 medium carrots, sliced
-3 cans (14.5 oz) chicken broth
-3 cups of roasted chicken (in pieces)
-1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
-1/8 teaspoon pepper
-1 2/3 cups Bisquick
-2/3 cup milk
Estimated prep time: One week (Or more. I’m serious.)
Step 1: Have a loved one send you or personally bring you a box of Bisquick from the U.S. (Thanks mom!)
Step 2: Stop by the supermarché to pick up carrots, celery and milk (preferably the refrigerated kind… because not all of the milk here is). Get the celery with two-foot-long stalks (leaves included) home via public transportation. At rush hour.
Step 3: Go to the local boucherie for a roasted chicken. Wait in line. Find out they only make them on the weekends (it’s Tuesday).
Step 4: Realize you actually forgot to get chicken broth and poultry seasoning so it’s OK that the chickens won’t be ready for a few days. Then realize you can’t find the boxed/canned chicken broth you buy at home in France. Or the poultry seasoning for that matter. Go back to the supermarché and pick up some bouillon de poule and some herbes de provence. That will do!
Step 4: OK! You’re ready and it’s Friday! There will finally be chicken. Return to the local boucherie. Notice that it’s closed. Ah, yes! It’s 3:00. They are still on their two-hour lunch break. Plan to return later that afternoon.
Step 5: Wait. You thought he said vendredi, samedi, dimanche but you don’t see any chickens… you must have misunderstood. The joys of living in a second language.
Step 6: Samedi. Roasted chicken secured!
Step 7: Make delicious chicken and dumplings following my favorite simple recipe (link to recipe here). Savor the aromas that fill your tiny French studio apartment. After all, it took you almost a week to arrive at this moment.
Step 8: Delight in the amusements that come with diving into life in another country & culture. Now you have a great story to tell… and there was never a better time to say bon appêtit!