Yesterday we took a walk and practiced our inspiring Instagram poses.


And ate clementines. Because this is what I get when I ask for a few…a 2 kilo bag. Because, well, they were in 2 kilo bags.


Quick, uninspiring post today because we are headed to a soccer game in Nimes. 

I love soccer. What could be more fun than standing for 2 hours and chanting songs and the usual “ooohhh” and then disappointing sigh when no one ever scores a goal. It’s amazing (that was for Becky). At least we have lunch reservations.

What I do love are sheet pan recipes and Melissa Clark. A sheet pan meal is minimal effort and minimal clean up.

If you need a gift for your foodie/chef friend Dinner: Changing the Game by Melissa Clark. Every recipe out of that book is spot, freaking on. And this recipe is no exception.


Sheet Pan Harissa Chicken

2 tablespoons harissa

4 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

3 teaspoons kosher or flaky sea salt

3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

3 chicken thighs

3 chicken legs

1 1/2 pounds roasting potatoes (such as Yukon Golds), peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch (4cm) cubes

2 leeks, washed, sliced in half lengthwise, and thinly sliced crossways

grated zest of one lemon

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1 clove garlic, peeled and minced

lemon or lime juice

1 cup (10-12g) a mix of fresh herbs, such as parsley, mint, dill, chervil, and tarragon, very coarsely chopped

1. In a large bowl, mix together the harissa, 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, cumin, 2 1/2 teaspoons of the salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of the black pepper. Add the chicken and potatoes, then rub the thighs and legs and potatoes with the marinade. Be sure to use your hands to rub the sauce under the skin of the chicken. Let stand for 30 minutes at room temperature.

2. In a medium bowl, toss the leeks together with the lemon zest, 1/4 of the salt, and the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil.

3. Preheat the oven to 425ºF (220ºC). Adjust the oven rack to the center of the oven.

4. Transfer the chicken and potatoes, and any sauce in the bowl, onto a large rimmed baking sheet. Arrange the chicken pieces so they are skin side up, and make sure the chicken parts and potatoes are in a single layer. Bake for 20 minutes.

5. Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Toss the potatoes (so they can brown on the other sides of them) then strew the leeks over everything on the baking sheet. It may look like a lot, but they’ll bake down.

6. Bake until the chicken is cooked through, another 20 to 25 minutes. While the chicken is cooking, in a small bowl, mix the yogurt with the garlic, the remaining salt and pepper, and a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice.

7. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and spoon the yogurt sauce in various places over the chicken and potatoes. Top with fresh herbs and serve.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Jonathan Scanlon says:

    Jennifer found a great way for me to use some of those clementines tonight: a clementine juice cocktail from NYT called “Bad Day at Work” They’re pretty good! Jennifer is enjoying one right now while making dinner, which you’ll read about on Tuesday 🙂

    1. jthorn1227 says:

      They were good! 😘

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