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Oven-roasted pigeon with broad beans and cherries

I recently found a website through which you can order fresh products from selected small producers. It works like a kind of market, you have a deadline by which you have to place your orders, the products get prepared and packaged and delivered at your doorstep. Even when you order at several producers, it arrives in one parcel.
The website is called Tauziet and Co. It started with the Ferme de Tauziet who makes cans of lamprey cooked in vintage Bordeaux wines. Now it has dozens of producers.

I ordered various thinks, meats as well as tinned and smoked fish.
The products would be delivered cooled for freshness by Chronopostfood, a unit of Chronopost.
But when a van stopped in front of the house, it was the same Subra local delivery firm that also brings me parcels for DHL, FedEx or other firms as it controls the “last mile” here in the rural area.

The box was cold and all the products were sealed.

One of the items I had ordered was a pigeon from the Gers.
I still had some broad beans from the market and a dish of cherries that we picked in the village.


  • One pigeon (for two)
  • 300 grams broad beans (podded)
  • 150 grams of cherries
  • One clove of garlic
  • One fresh leave of sage and thyme
  • Black pepper
  • Some olive oil
  • Butter
  • Chicken stock (I have that prepared in the fridge in used water bottles)


  1. Rinse the cherries in cold water
  2. Blanche the beans in boiling water for 3 minutes, drain and put in cold water, then take them out of their skins.
  3. Put the garlic and herbs inside the pigeon, put the bird in an oven dish and sprinkle with black pepper.
  4. Put it in the oven for 10 minutes, then turn for another ten minutes while adding some olive oil.
  5. After these 20 minutes, add some of the stock and cook another 10 minutes.
  6. Extinguish the heat and allow the bird to rest in the oven with the door open.
  7. Put some butter in a small casserole and when the foam has subsided add the beans and cherries. Stir well and add some chicken stock and continue to cook until the stock has evaporated.
  8. Present the bird with the vegetables before carving and serving.

‘Pigeon as a toad’ – spatchcocked pigeon from the grill

One of the joys of living in a small town like Saint-Germain-en-Laye is that the local shop and stall keepers know your reputation for being a cook and being interested in seasonal and good products. I discuss soups with the wife of the butcher or recipes for stuffed chicken breast with the cheese shop owner.

So when I went to the open air town market the other day, the poultry man interrupted serving a client and told me “I have a good offer on pigeons”. The woman he was serving believed he talked to her and uttered some words of incomprehension, but he did get me on the hook as I waited to see what the offer was – two pigeons for 15 euro instead of 19. Well, why not. I had been roasting pigeons and made the classical “pigeon with peas” several times but it is not yet the season for fresh peas. I wanted to use my electric grill and decided to make what is called pigeon à la crapaudine “pigeon as a toad”. – spatchcocked pigeon.

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