A nod here to chicken à la king, a fashionable dish of the late 1950s though apparently dating from the late 19th or early 20th century: there are of course numerous claimants to have been the original creator. They all claim equally that they have been plagiarised. Poach chicken breasts. Dice. Mix with button mushrooms and shallots cooked in butter till soft. Bind with crème fraîche. Particularly good for invalids with declining dental powers who are equally liable to be challenged by heavy spicing. So lay off all but comfort-spices: nutmeg, caraway, cumin. If used, use with moderation. If you use clove, watch out. Best don’t.