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Dark Days Chicken Dinner

February 17th, 2009 · 4 Comments

I’m a bit late in making my dark days post this week. Also - no pictures. We were out of town for most of the weekend (details to be posted shortly) and spent most of Sunday constructing another cold frame and building the long anticipated chicken gate.

Our featured dinner this week was a relatively simple affair (comfort food really). Roasted Chicken, mashed potatoes, roasted carrots and braised red cabbage. The chicken was prepared very simply with a light rub of olive oil and sprinkle of salt before going in the oven. I sliced the last of the carrots from our most recent farmers market trip and combined them with a bit of olive oil, rosemary and salt before throwing them in the oven as well. Mashed russet potatoes from Pasco,WA (a 70 mile over violation of my 150 mile rule) enriched with a bit of canned chicken stock and Golden Glen Cream. The braised cabbage was sliced with a red onion and some butter, sauteed until wilting and then combined with a bit of red wine and apple cider vinegar. Once the chicken was out and resting I made up a quick gravy from the pan drippings, adding in just a bit of thyme and more chicken stock, salt and pepper.

It was all consumed on our laps as we watched the first dvd of the Battlestar Galactica series from netflix. All in all a very good meal and entertaining evening. Everyone else had seen the original Battlestar Galactica. I however, was raised in a cave apparently and had never seen it before- so they were all kind enough to periodically pause the show and fill me in on all the things I was missing.

Local Ingredients - Chicken, Potato, Carrot, Rosemary, Cream, Chicken Stock, Flour, Butter.

Not-so Local - Red Cabbage, Wine, Brown Sugar, Salt, Pepper, Olive Oil, Caraway Seed, Mustard Seed.

Tags: Cooking · Dark Days Challenge 08-09

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mangochild // Feb 18, 2009 at 1:10 am

    I think I just got my dinner for tonight - the braised cabbage is just the thing for another use of what might otherwise be a tired veg. Plus, it sounds very easy :-)

  • 2 maya // Feb 18, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Hi Mangochild - Glad to be of inspiration! It is right about now when I sit staring at what we have for winter veg and brainstorming about something new to do with all the cabbage/potato/squash/leeks. Boy - I’m ready for spring!

  • 3 (not so) Urban Hennery » Blog Archive » Dark Days Recap 08/09 Week #13 // Feb 18, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    [...] of a busy week of travel and cold frame building, Maya still found time for a simple dinner of roast chicken. Along side were mashed potatoes, roasted carrots and braised cabbage. A meal after my own heart, [...]

  • 4 Spotlight: Dark Days Challenge Week 14 « Living In A Local Zone // Feb 22, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    [...] a spotlight meal inspired by the meals of my fellow Dark Day-ers and other blog friends.  Maya at Eighth of an Acre Bounty as well as Sally at Eating Locally in the Pacific Northwest” both mentioned braised cabbage, [...]

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