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.