I remember this meal fondly from my childhood. The taste and the aroma live on in memory. My mother was a terrific natural cook and she’d make this on a cold Sunday in the late fall. When you walked in. red-cheeked from playing outside, you’d be greeted with the tantalizing scent. The house would smell heavenly all day. Somehow the natural aroma of roasting chicken and roasting pork combined to prove the old adage that the whole is so much greater than the sum of its parts! That's still true today.
Of course, you can never duplicate your mom’s cooking (or at least, I can’t) and I never got the recipe. but here’s my best effort. It’s pretty straightforward as recipes go. In fact, it’s much easier than pie! And you could adapt it to suit your tastes and ways of doing things.
Place the chicken in the pan and rub with a bit of olive oil. Sprinkle on flour, salt and pepper and rub that in.
Make a paste of the Dijon and the garlic and coat all sides of the roast pork with it.
Roast for about 2 hours, basting every half hour. You may need to remove the chicken before the pork. Chicken is done when legs wiggle.
Use a meat thermometer to check and definitely use one for the pork roast.
Serve with pan drippings or make gravy with the pan drippings if you are gravy people. We put 1/2 cup flour in a mason jar, add a 1 1/2 cups of cold water and shake it until it’s very smooth. We didn't think you needed an illustration of flour and water mixed, but ...
Add that to the pan juices and bits of onion left in the pan and bring to a boil, and then simmer, seasoning with salt and pepper. Again, much more than you’d think. Some say better than ice cream ...
Enjoy your old-fashioned meal! We served ours with roasted sweet potatoes and bean salad. But you could go all mashed potatoes and peas.
Here's a little bit more about Victoria Abbott, author of the book collector mysteries.
Victoria is an artist and photographer and MJ is the author of 13 books in three other series, as Mary Jane Maffini. They love their book collector mysteries and are happily at work on The Wolfe Widow, third in the series. They're very excited about the The Sayers Swindle due out in less than a month!
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