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LEARN NOW TO ROAST A CHICKEN

One of my favourite blogs to read is 500 Pieces of Prudent Advice for my Daughter .  Todays advice made me think of Deb.

Anyhoo that got me thinking, what advice would I have to give my daughters? More practical things… everyday advice as if it were. I was mulling over this question while making dinner, and then it struck me, they need to learn how to make some basic food.  I want them to know how to fix a meal. It irritates me endlessly when people say that cooking is ‘too hard‘.  It is not.

So my sweet girls, as you grow older, learn from your mama how to cook some basic food. It doesn’t have to be fancy but it should be nice enough to serve to friends and family. And more importantly, I hope you learn to respect the ingredients (but perhaps that is another post all together).

1. Learn to Roast a Chicken.

There is nothing as simple, as delicious, as easy and still a ‘wow’ factor as a properly roasted chicken. Crisp on the outside, tender on the inside, some potatoes and carrots on the side. 45 minutes at 425F. Doesn’t get easier than that.

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And while we are at it, learn to properly carve a chicken too and save the carcass for a stock. It makes my insides hurt to see stock bones and giblets being thrown away. And the chicken… well, farm-raised, no antibiotics, free-range, organic and preferably local. Yes, it will cost you an arm and a leg for a ‘good’ chicken. It is worth it. Don’t eat it everyday and it won’t be expensive.

A chicken who lived a happy life is very tasty.

xoxo, Mummy

  • Sarah - I wish I would have paid more attention to my mom when she tried to teach me to sew, but I did pay attention when she taught me to cook some of our favorite recipes – like white gravy, chili, potato soup, celery soup and homemade chicken noodle soup. I glad I paid attention, because no one else in my family did and those recipes aren’t written anywhere. Eating them reminds us of my mom and is extra comforting.ReplyCancel

  • Lana - I have no idea how to carve a chicken. But, I can cook one! I love to cook.ReplyCancel

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