yesterday we had a stuffed, roasted chicken for supper - jambaloney got these babies on sale last year and stocked us up with a pile of them - we've been eating them since last year and they are delicious!
they are local and free-range and certified organic. they are tiny but man are they healthy!!! and delicious! because we finally found cranberries on our land i knew we needed to have a meal with cranberry sauce and roasted chicken is one of my favourite ways to eat cranberry sauce!
that's some delicious chicken with gravy made from the drippings, of course smashed and gravy (that's jambaloney's plate - i have to eat mine in a bowl because i use so much gravy on my smashed potatoes - it turns into soup - just how i like it - yummeh!), our own turnip smashed with cream and maple syrup (from jambaloney's step-dad - he makes the best maple syrup!!!), our own purple haze carrots steamed and then fried in butter, and a wild-rice stuffing with bread, sunflower seeds, mushrooms and dried cranberries. smack-dab in the middle of the plate is my cranberry sauce made with about a cup of fresh cranberries, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and orange zest.
i do a variety of sauces with cranberries - sometimes i mix in some apple or pear or the pulp of an orange. but for this sauce i wanted to just savour the beautiful fresh cranberries that came from our land!!! speaking of cranberries and our land, we went back to the river today to pick more cranberries. it was a beautiful day!
here's the little hidey-hole in the woods where we keep the canoe and all of the accroutrements that we need down at the river since we spend so much time down there - composting toilet, weather-proof deck box for blankets, towels, dishes, cutlery, etc. jambaloney has already gotten it all winter-ready.
and please let it never be said that even when we are cranberry-picking, that fashion is not important to us. fashion is VERY important to us!!!
anyway, cranberry-picking on your land (did i mention these things are growing on our own land?!?!?!?) can make for some hungry bellies. being that it was such a gorgeous day and we didn't want to spend the afternoon cooking - we threw together one of our little snack plates for dinner.
some purple haze carrots, kimchi, broccoli, hummus and hard boiled eggs (jambaloney puts our home-made hot sauce on his eggs - not me. no way!)
anyway, he went out to do yard work and such and i cleaned and sorted berries. i am crazy about proper processing of berries so i cleaned and hand-picked one by one. the ginormic bowl on the left is the berries that we got today. the green basket on the right were the bad berries - amazing eh?
with this latest haul of cranberries, we now have 20+lbs of fresh and wild strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and cranberries in our freezer - i'm thinking that can get us through the winter eh!
tons of sunshine, vitamins and gorgosity in all of those berries - and they were all free! i love knowing that we have fruit, right off of our land - wild, delicious fruit to see us through the winter. and did i mention that it was all free?!?!?? it kinda blows my mind!