Friends came to visit so we did the decent thing and killed a chicken for dinner.
Holly and Jude (7 and 13) have decided to be mainly vegetarian and to only eat meat that they know the provenance of – they want to make sure that the animals have had a good life and a quiet death. This means they mainly eat our meat – meat from animals they have fed and cuddled. This is extraordinarily reflective and thoughtful of them.
So of course, when they came to stay and said they would like chicken for tea we obliged. On Monday morning, with Holly’s help we went and chose one of our free-range, happy Naked Neck chickens that we hatched out earlier in the year and we did the deed, by this I mean James and I did the deed.
I plucked and gutted the chicken which weighed in at 6.5lbs prepared weight.
It was a busy day with a massive cookie making session (more on this later) and a visit to Shingle Street so instead of making a stuffing for the chicken I just shoved rosemary, lemon and onions inside and popped a few rashers of bacon we had leftover on top.
We had it with home-grown runner beans, leeks, cavolo nero, potatoes roasted in duck fat, some leftover roast squash and of course gravy.
So if there is a moral of this blog post maybe it is this: cuddle the animal, look it in the eye before it dies and if you still want to eat it, enjoy it fully with the bestest of friends.
N.B. this probably means you will eat a lot of vegetables, but this is good both for you and the planet.
N.B. Apart from the wretched rosemary – see here (and a spoonful of flour in the gravy and a little butter) this was all home-grown – small little smug dance for friends in Putney to be inserted here 🙂