Guinea Fowl with Balcony Vegetables and Herbs:
OK, so I didn’t grow the guinea fowl. I bought it because it was on offer this week in the supermarket and I could buy a free range bird for less than the cost of a similar chicken. It’s rather nice meat – with a mild gamey flavour that you can substitute for most dishes you might do with chicken and some that you might use pheasant for. The meat does tend to be rather drier than chicken so, careful cooking is needed if you don’t want something rather chewy.
What I did manage to get from my little balcony garden was enough new potatoes and runner beans for supper tonight, and of course rosemary to stuff inside the bird. Given our abysmal summer that is an achievement in its own right.
Supper was a simple but very tasty roast guinea fowl. Served with rosemary and lemon gravy and with my homegrown vegetables.
I’m happy and content. There’s something very special about cooking your own vegetables that you have just picked. Do they taste different – well, I think so, but perhaps it’s just a feeling of contentment at having grown them myself.
And I am now making stock for risotto and I have cold meat for salad tomorrow.