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Coq au Vin

Coq au Vin

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Traditionally, Coq of Vin is made from the older birds of the farm flock as they are less tender. Which is perfect when using wild game. Classic french cooking is genius because it takes the more undesirable or less tender cuts of meat, etc. (case in point snails) and magically transforms them into something incredibly delicious. We liked this meal so much, we made it twice in the same week. Bon Appetite! IMG_2371Brine 1 cup salt to 1 cup water. You can use chicken, duck or in our case fresh wild game birds shot by my brother. IMG_2377Rinse off the brine and dry the beautiful birds. Give thanks for their nourishing energy. IMG_2359Heat up 2+ tbs butter and 2 tbs olive oil. IMG_2382 IMG_2379Brown birds - about 3min on each side over medium-high heat. Remove pieces from pan. IMG_2361Mince an onion. IMG_2362Thinly slice 4 cloves of garlic. IMG_2368Slice some bacon into 1/8 inch pieces. IMG_2388Add bacon to pan and let fat begin to render. IMG_2394Add onions and let them become translucent. You can add more butter. In fact, I recommend it.  IMG_2385If you feel bad about adding more butter, pour yourself a glass of wine it will help to impair your judgement and you won't worry about it. IMG_2398 IMG_2402Add about half a bottle of white wine. Remember only cook with wine you'd enjoy in a glass. Bring to a boil. Lower heat to a  simmer cover and let be for 15-20min. This is just enough time to make rice or quinoa to go with it. IMG_2408Uncover and add as much cream as you think reasonable. Let cook uncovered on low heat for 10min. I added kale and asparagus. IMG_2411 IMG_2417Dish, garnish with fresh parsley or any lovely herb, serve and enjoy! Here is the original recipe: http://simply-delicious.co.za/2013/06/26/nigel-slaters-coq-au-riesling/

2/52 Found This Week

Spring must be coming soon because I gathered so many amazing things from the web this week, I can hardly contain myself! It was a great week. So great that this list only contains half of what I found, I'll have to share the rest with you next week. hb2_21114_v3

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Artifactuprising Inspired by the disappearing beauty of the tangible. You can print your photos (from your camera, your phone, or your instagram feed into a beautiful book. It's a beautiful site.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dc2ygv4dWRw&w=560&h=315] Renee and Jeremy sought to make children's music that didn't annoy parents. This track, Night Mantra is an instant favorite in our house. It soothes both my boys and myself when it's 2am and Owen has just spit up on me, twice. Brendan and I have been singing it before bed. It brings a tear.

1366x390-nautical-coreModcloth inexpensive and fun with free shipping and returns. An online shoppers happy place especially if you are shopping dresses. Both quirky and classic. It also has a great blog.

tumblr_inline_n1rqgspWAM1qgz5kaStickygram More fun with instagram. Turn your instagrams into magnets, iPhone/iPad overs, and more.

[vimeo 65688873 w=500 h=281] <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/65688873">Izola Father's Day</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/izola">Izola</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p> Izola Candles Long burning candles plus other cool vintage-y things. Great style. Gift-tastic. I bought a candle for my brother and sister-in-law this week.

IMG_3225A recipe for Coq au Resiling which I translated to english and modified to incorporate the wild chukar and pheasant that my brother brought to my house.  This was so good that we had it twice in the same week. I'll tell the tale in a later post.

And finally, emails from friends. Nate and I observed a Facebook Free February. We wanted to see if Facebook helped or hindered our connections. One of the lovely things that happened was an increase in personal emails from friends. And they weren't short either. It was so nice to have  deeper interactions and really check in. It was time well spent.

Pickle in a Jar

The word pickle is one of my favorite. In a pickle, my little pickle - phrases I love.

I decided I'd try an experiment. Make some. I I took a look round the world wide web and happened upon a few interesting and fun websites. I opened up Wild Fermentation but I'm not ready for lacto-fermentation yet. (If you are and/or have, please share your wisdom and experience!) I found a simple recipe here and modified it.

Here is what happened, follow along if you'd like.

IMG_2317Take a nice fresh cuke. IMG_2322 Slice it up. IMG_2323 Take 2 tbs salt. I like the pink kind. IMG_2324 Mix it with a cup of apple cider vinegar. [wpvideo 9qiQEf2d] Until the salt dissolves. IMG_2339 Bring to a boil. IMG_2325 Meanwhile, mix up seasoning. I used a tsp each of whole mustard seed, peppercorn, and fennel, plus a big pinch of red chili flakes. IMG_2327 Slide the cucumber slices into a mason jar, because sliding then in while the jar is laying on its side is easier.IMG_2328 Take some garlic. IMG_2330 Smash it up. IMG_2331IMG_2335 IMG_2336 Put the spices and garlic in the jar. IMG_2344 Pour the brine over the pickles to be. IMG_2347 Seal the jar.

IMG_2349Place in the fridge and enjoy this week!

Morning Routine

IMG_2158Good Morning!

IMG_2159Make bed later.

IMG_2160Brendan's been up for a while.

IMG_2166IMG_2163Chicken, Piggy, and Frog want to shower too.

IMG_2168Light a candle.

IMG_2169Hi Owen!

IMG_2170 Hi Brendan!

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Heat some water. Slice up a lemon and add it to a big glass of warm water. Sip until its gone.

IMG_2180 IMG_2181Meanwhile Make oatmeal. 2/3 cups, let soak for at least 10 minutes. You can also do this the night before, but who as the foresight, really?

IMG_2184Feed the LOVE jar.

IMG_2185 IMG_2186While the oatmeal is soaking, make eggs. Heat butter over medium-high heat - use a lot. Crack two eggs. Let cook for 2 minutes, then turn down the heat. After about 5 minutes, flip. This technique takes about 7-8 minutes for the eggs to be ready, but they taste like eggs from heaven. Slow cooking seems to have that effect, yes?

IMG_2192 [wpvideo 3sqtdMgU] Add seed mix, ghee and/or coconut oil, and turmeric. Bring to a boil. Cover. Turn the heat to low and let cook for 20-30 minutes.

IMG_2198 IMG_2199Love on the boys.

IMG_2201 IMG_2206IMG_2209Honor the sacred in your home.

IMG_2208Make the bed. Ah, better.

IMG_2210IMG_2211Enjoy!

Oh Kinfolk

Kinfolk_In-Search-Of-Home_v5-10-02-12_01-300x421Oh Kinfolk.com, how I love you oh so much! Things that I love so much about Kinfolk:

Wool. Simple. Togetherness. Candle light and Lightbulbs. Wood. Animal. Vegetable. Mineral. Canoe. Earth. Burlap. Leather. Food. Table. Fire. Friends. Thread. Outdoors - Open Air. Ceramic. Glass Jar. Rustic, but ... Canvas - Sailcloth. Scarves. Twine. Cloth. Paper.

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