This week was an incredibly busy week for me.
To begin the week I had a late meeting Monday evening after school. On top of that, the second fundraiser for the Family Wisdom Conference was Thursday night and I had to do a lot of things to prepare for it. I had to collect all the silent auction items from my friends that had agreed to donate items (A handmade basket, Barefoot Books, and abi*bags) and finish building the worm bin that I agreed to donate. Then, I had to bake cookies. I made delicious marmalade thumbprints using my homemade blood orange marmalade. I also baked chocolate chip cookies and hand rolled truffles until all hours of the night Wednesday.
After preparing for the fund raiser I got to actually attend it! The evening was wonderful, we had a pretty good turn out and we raised money to cover the expenses of the upcoming conference, but it meant spending all night Thursday out of the house.
Plus I had a sledding birthday party Friday evening with a meeting for the Road Rally scheduled right in the middle of it.
Knowing that I had to attend all these functions and complete all these tasks, I set out to cook my Dark Days Dinner early in the week. I started out with a local sirloin and some potatoes from my “root cellar”. I whipped up a batch of homemade feta-yogurt dressing for my salad of local butter lettuce and then. . . I burned the potatoes beyond recognition. Boiled potatoes mind you. I boiled the pot dry and then waited for the smell of burning potatoes to signal the downfall of my dinner. Steak and salad alone do not a dinner make. So, I had to pull a bag of gnocchi out of the cupboard to round out our meal. Mostly local? Yes. Dark Days local? No.
So yesterday I started over.
I started my journey as an urban chicken farmer in September. If you’ve been following me since then you are aware that three of my four chicks turned out to be roosters. The City doesn’t allow roosters in town so something had to be done. Last week I dropped off the roos at Olds Farm to be processed. We picked them up cleaned and bagged the next day and last night I pulled one of them from the freezer and roasted him for dinner.
Our official Dark Days Dinner this week consisted of our homegrown rooster roasted with onions, celeriac and garlic from Providence Farms, butternut squash also from Providence, corn on the cob from the Farmers’ Market via the freezer,
butter lettuce salad with homemade yogurt-feta dressing
and homemade biscuits from locally grown spelt flour.
Dylan helped me roll out the biscuits and I even drizzled a little honey from Millie Hathaway’s bees on mine. Yum!