I try to prepare simple but nourishing meals on Wednesdays. Roasting a chicken meets the bill and is satisfyingly delicious, plus its aroma wafts through your house while it is cooking (promoting being at home).
Here is how I prepare a hen for roasting:
*I always use an organic hen, rinse and pat it dry.
*Generously salt and pepper the cavity and then stuff the hen with celery (quartered pieces),
onions(quartered pieces), garlic(whole), and fresh bunches of parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
And while I am in the garden snipping those herbs, without a doubt I will be
singing the song in my brain!
*Keep a small portion of the fresh herbs to chop and mix with olive oil, salt and freshly-cracked pepper.
* Carefully lift the skin from the breast of the chicken and rub this olive oil mixture over the chicken,I slide my fingers as far as I can reach.
*Use kitchen string to tie the chicken, start under the back, over the wings, cross over the breast, back under and around the legs, then tie string securely.
* Smear softened butter over entire outer skin and lavishly apply salt and pepper
*Bake 325 degrees for about 1 hour 20 minutes, check for doneness (165 degrees at thickest part of thigh)