Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Ducks Crossing Roads & Cooking With Hay
Why did the ducks cross the road? I have no bloody idea! That was how we began our Sunday. A kind lady driving up our drive early in the morning to let us know that she just shooed some ducks of the highway. Sheesh.....these three have gotten curious since the bushes in the tree-row have shed their leaves! Thus began our final push to winter preparations. The ducks have now taken up residence in the barn with the egg layers, and no one seems the worse for wear.
The garlic is tucked in under layers of straw to overwinter as it prepares to push shoots up when the ground warms again. The final leaf collection is complete and we cut town a veritable forest of golden asparagus fronds. Finally, we harvested and preserved better than 75 leeks. Whew!
After catching Tom Kerridge's cooking show last weekend we tried his Chicken Baked in Hay and Cider. Cooking with hay filled the air with an earthy aroma, that smelled amazing. The flavor was light, but penetrated the meat thoroughly and almost tasted like it had been steamed in tea leaves. Though somewhat unconventional, we will surly do it again. I think I may just research other unique cooking methods from days gone by. Ducks crossing roads and cooking with hay....just a typical Fall weekend!