Saturday, July 23, 2011

Roast Chicken: A Sunday Tradition

Here on our little urban farm we have a Sunday tradition; my husband roasts a chicken
and with it we roast whatever we can find in our garden. 
Here we used onions, green garlic, artichokes, carrot and stuffed him with bay leaves. 
It was husband is a very good cook...he masquerades during the day as a banker
 but nights and weekends he is a chef.

"Tradition is the illusion of permanence."
Woody Allen

I have been thinking about traditions lately and the importance of them.  What we do over and over
teaches our children what is important to us--everyday or special days. 
When we consistently do something, week after week, year after year,
 it has value and power and teaches us about things that are great than ourselves. 
Seasons, holidays, birthdays--gives us a glimmer of something that is rock-steady and
dependable in a world that is not any of these things.

This is why I love our tradition of roasting a chicken every Sunday,
we gather what is ready in the garden, we sit outside--when the weather permits
and enjoy the beauty of our farm and eat together as a family,
enjoying each others company.

We enjoy this tradition so much we are going to add to it  this fall. 
We are going to raise and process our own meat birds. 
for this city girl this is a big step but my husband the chef wants to do it. 
To enjoy chickens that we raised, controlling exactly what they eat and
processing them humanly at our own home. 
Do you know of any breeds--besides Cornish Cross--that you would recommend?

What traditions do you like to celebrate?

Have a restful weekend!


  1. Last Thanksgiving we started (or maybe renewed) a family tradition by setting the table out in the back yard under the oak tree...FIL said when he was a child they would also do this for family gatherings and we guestimate from the location of an old oak tree we had removed because it was dead and dangerous we set the table in the same place FIL sat as a boy.
    I posted about it

    We also have The daily tradition of family dinner at the dinning room table...6pm food on the table and everybody seated...It is one I grew up with and one I think very important to continue.

    I love your traditional Chicken dinner too...sounds wonderful...and great idea to start growing your own meat...I can't wait until we can do this too...though Lamb will be on our menu :)

    Blessings Kelsie

  2. What a great tradition Kelsie!
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. What a wonderful tradition (especially the tradition of your husband handling the cooking, lol). Through the colder months we've had a tradition of fixing soup on Sundays over the past several years.

  4. Hi Caroline~
    Great traditional dinner. I love that you gather your garden goods to add.
    My only question (and please do not take offense. I ask only because I wonder..) Your side bar states you have 6 pet chickens... wouldnt it be hard to slaughter a chicken that you have raised if you also have chickens as pets? How will you separate the feelings? I always wanted a farm and admire those who have them. I have thought maybe we could handle a pet farm, just lay chickens, milking cows, sheep (wool), and horses. But we can't aford such a wonderous farm.
    I love traditions..we have a few but not as many as I wish♥
    ~love to you~

  5. Hi Caroline-Do you know how much you could get for that meal at one of those fancy shmancy restaurants? Looks good enough for Martha.

    And good for you for having traditions. I LOVE them.

    I helped a friend "dress" chickens one time. It was hot and stinky, but quite a learning experience. These chickens have a wonderful, very stress-free life while they are alive. What people don't realize is how UNhealthy the food is that we all eat at the grocery store. If we buy beef, pork, or especially chickens at the local grocer, then we are buying meat from an animal that has been treated horribly while it lived and is probably pumped full or hormones and steroids. I would like to reccomend two books. Harvest for Hope by Jane Goodall and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.

    Now, after having said all of that, I've been horrible about eating good and healthy this year. I've been too busy building a house, but I do hope to get back into it.

    Good luck with it all...

    Cindy Bee

  6. Hi Caroline! Just found your blog from the city and "woah, woah woah! Look at your go girl!" great blog and I had no idea you had such a farm! I'm going to have to make it to mom's group at your house one of these days.

    And yes, traditions are so so important. Every night my father used to sing us to bed at night and play the guitar. We are trying to do something similar to that with our own son, Jonathan. I don't know why it can be so hard to make yourself do something that you like. . .

  7. oh my goodness, this looks divine! cheers :)

  8. We always do the same dinner on Sundays with our family in-laws and all. It's a time to catch up with one another and to relax. Enjoy your lovely meal and Sunday!

  9. Good home-cooking, I love it. I am cooking more and enjoying meals at home prepared by my sweetheart. It's where it's at!

    Great going!


  10. Sounds like a nice tradition~I know nothing about chickens as far as home grown ones...the ones I know about are Perdue etc!!

  11. I don't know any chicken breeds. But here in the Philippines as long as it is farm/native chicken, then it must be delicious... lovely post.. :)

  12. Hey just came across your blog and it may be a new favorite! I have a chicken breed for you. They are called Freedom Rangers. They originated in France, developed for the Label Rouge. J. M. hatchery in Pennsylvania carries them.

  13. How did I miss this post?!

    Your husband is, indeed, a great chef!

    Wonderful post, so true.

  14. What a delicious tradition -- in more ways than one! Lucky-lucky you to have such a talented husband. A beautiful post. And one that inspires me.....thank you.

  15. I have been trying to comment on your blog forever! For some reason I have a problem with blogger on some sites. I LOVE your blog and thank you so much for visiting my blog a few weeks back.

    We have cornish rocks and cornish. Our cornish rocks will be butchered this week. They are big! We have feed them organic feed and they love scratching and pecking in the dirt and grass for whatever they can find. My only suggestion is keep the heat in mind. These big birds just can't take the heat. We lost 5 last week in the crazy heat we had. Good luck. I will blog about how things go. Our cornish will be butchered in about 5 or 6 weeks. We will see how we like them and check out some other breads.

  16. Looks delicious! Lucky lady you gotta love a man that cooks!lol


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