Friday, December 28, 2012

Free Range Friday ~ Already?

For all the people I  know who are experiencing that thing called winter, meaning cold, cold weather and for some today, snow!
I forgot it was Friday today. I mean, I remembered it was Friday but I forgot just WHY I was cooking a Cornish game hen and thus, forgot to take photos of the dear little bird, all golden roasted and fragrant. The remains just really aren't that pretty, and they are in the bay feeding the fish anyway, so...instead, I'll share with you the recipe I use. It's simple simple simple and so am I. Though the name isn't simple; this is neither a game bird and can be a male or female, despite the hen part of the name. Read about it if you want to know more!

Garlic Rosemary Cornish Hen(s)
(just multiply the ingredients according to how many you are making

1 Cornish hen
salt, pepper
Olive oil
1 lemon, quartered
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
3 tablespoons olive oil
6 garlic cloves
White wine is good too (I didn't have any white wine, but it's better with it; sherry works too)
Pre-heat oven to 450. Rinse off the hen, and pat dry. Then rub the hens with olive oil and season with s & p. Put one lemon wedge and the sprig of rosemary inside the chicken (you DID take out the giblets, right?). Circle the bird with the garlic cloves. You can also sliver some of them and put them under the skin; I like garlic, so that's what I do, with one inside to boot.
credit: unknown
Turn down the oven to 350 and baste the bird. Roast for 25 more minutes. Baste some more (as you know, I like to play with my food, basting is fun).
Take the pan juices and garlic cloves and boil until melded nicely, maybe 5 minutes or so. If you have some white wine or sherry, this is a good time to toss in a splash.
Put it on a plate and make it pretty with more rosemary. If you have them, cherry tomatoes look good too. And parsley. You get the idea. 
(Roasted baby potatoes (which you'd put in with the hen after rubbing them with butter/olive oil) are excellent with this. And a salad. See? Simple.) Buen provecho!

Today, in the Christian church, is the Feast of the Holy Innocents. Need I say more? I don't think so.

What do you do when you find a horse in your as yet not made garden area, eating tree seed pods? You take a photo of the horse, of course, of course.

Have a feed your fancies Friday! Do something festive.


  1. Of all the blogs I follow, you're the only one who posted today, besides me.
    When I go to a restaurant and don't have much money, I always like to get the 'Free' range chicken.

    1. Oops, I forgot to say I used the Perdue All Natural cornish hen! Yeah, today is sort of a non-day. And I cannot access your blog anymore for some reason? Please feel free to email me at caribemj (at) about what might be wrong?

  2. Where did you find this chicken? Not on Culebra, surely. Was it imported from Costco? It does look beautiful......and very yummy.

  3. Read your blog at lunch, recipe sounded great, so stopped and bought two Perdue cornish hens. Saturday night dinner. Friday is always oyster night, at least until there are no more "r's". Btw, it is COLD here, but in 69 days we'll be warm.

    1. Oh, you have oysters, so jealous!!!! It is warm here but I'd still love some oysters!! Glad you liked the recipe ;)