NIcholas (9): The chicken was very, very, very, very, very good.
Andrew (13, surprised he agrees with his brother): It was very good! Nice and tender.
Nicholas: Can I have some more chicken?
Maureen: You have to finish your cauliflower and your brussel sprouts first.
Nicholas: But the cauliflower seems burnt.
Maureen: You’re right. It does seem burnt. It was much better before. Gwyneth totally got the timings wrong on that one. We loved snacking on it when it was only 10 minutes in a 200C oven. But she said it should go back in for 25 more minutes at 235C. Big mistake.
Nicholas: I don’t really like the brussel sprouts, either.
Andrew: This is my opinion. I think there is too much tanginess to them. I don’t like the way they taste.
Tim: I agree. There was a sweetness to them, but I’m not a fan of sweet vegetables. Was there anything to make them sweet?
Maureen: You have to carmalize them in butter. I thought they would be better than this, but I have to say I’m not a huge fan of this method.
Tim: This gravy is delicious. What are we going to do with the leftovers?
Maureen: I need to be clear: Neither the gravy, nor the mashed potatoes, were Gwyneth approved.
Tim: Was all of this from the Gwyneth Paltrow cookbook?
Maureen: Yes, everything but the gravy and the mash. But there was no way I was going to leave behind all of those delicious juices in the bottom of the chicken tray and NOT make gravy.
Tim: That would have been a crime against food!
Maureen: The chicken was a faff– honestly, having to flip it every 15 minutes was a bit much– but it was delicious. I probably will make it this way again.