Thursday, 30 January 2014

Keeping Busy, Looking Forward

Hello Friends and Curious Anonymous Readers

As you might have noticed I've made a few changes here lately.  After fiddling around with several different fonts and sizes I've finally settled on this one.  It was a bit chaotic looking around here when I was reading old posts and they jumped from one font to another. So the other day I took the time out to change the fonts on each and every post and fix them all up a bit to be a bit easier on the eye. So the many references to the fonts and the look of this place might not make any sense anymore if you don't remember how it used to look. I hope you like the new look and will visit often. Moving on:

This is becoming my new favourite for a roast dinner:  Poussin

There's a market stall on the Dappermarkt (right down the street from me) which sells these along with other fowl, rabbit and something else I don't recognise. They only cost € 3 each. They're tastier than a mature chicken and are easy to prepare.  I've done them twice already.  Once was fully on the stove, covered and on low simmer like the photo on the right, but minus the veggies.  I browned them first in a little butter.  The second time I roasted them in the oven with some foil over them.  I put a little butter inside of them and a clove of garlic, salt and peppered them and that was it.  In 45 minutes they were done and were delicious.  This week I decided to do them like the first week (simmer) but then finish them off on the oven with the lid on for all but the last 10 minutes.  But I first stuffed them.  There was a 2 for 1 special of my favourite crusty bread at the Albert Heijn and I'm a little pissed off with the pigeons right now so I had loads of bread that was getting old.  I cut the crust off and toasted a few slices.  Then I chopped up apple, onion, and celery, added some raisins and seasoned with salt, pepper and think some rosemary (I'm a improv type of cook) and  mixed it with some melted butter.  I put another pat of butter in the birds and stuffed them both and carefully trussed them up and then let them simmer a bit in a chicken stock and white wine concoction with some carrots and potatoes around them.  After about 15 minutes I put the pot with the lid on in the oven and roasted it for about 1/2 hour with the lid on and 10 minutes with the lid off.  I remember basting it once during the last few minutes. I spooned some of the pan juices over the chicken and veggies and dug in. They came out absolutely delectable and melt in your mouth. (It sound like I'm talking about candy or cake!)  I ate most of it with my fingers.  We split one of them and there's another saved for dinner tonight.  One stuffed bird is enough for two people with small to medium appetities. This third time was a charm and I'm going to do it like this again.

I started this a few months ago and was experimenting with free form and shapes.  I put it down for a couple of months and then got inspired and picked it up again right after Christmas.  Getting the circles on was quite tricky. But I persevered and then got the idea to attatch it a metal ring.  That was also tricky and took some manoeuvring but I'm pleased with the results.
                                                               A Suncatcher

 Today there was a glimpse of sun and it was showing through it.

There's a window box in the front room (it has no real name but is used as a dressing room, office and with the right furniture could be a spare  bedroom).  There's one plant that has not only survived the winter but look what's happening!
I can't believe that I'm seeing signs of spring already.   I'm working on something big for the spring and these flowers are just giving me the push to keep working on it through these mostly dark, damp and deary days.

ps: Take a look at the Flickriver badge to the right to see more things I've made.

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