The Holiday Dinner

1) the table is set

For our holiday dinner, I used that artisan food basket and churned up:

  • a celery root and leek soup with truffle oil;
  • roasted beet and watercress salad with a heavenly chunk of Paridiso cheese;
  • stuffing with a roast poussin marinated in a chili, honey, cilantro, garlic concoction I whipped up.

Poussin is a small chicken, often referred to as spring chicken, usually less than 28 days old and weighing about 400-450g. That’s often the case in Europe as I understand it. Here in North America a poussin is a cross-breeded chicken called a Cornish Rock game hen and is a little larger than its European cousin. They are ridiculously expensive for their size and this was our first time cooking one. It was part of our last KEG food baskets.

To prepare it, I created a marinade with cilantro, honey, soya sauce, the juice of a lime, some jalopeno pepper, garlic and about a teaspoon of fresh ground cumin. I let that marinate for 4 hours in the fridge and then cooked the little bugger in a 450° oven for an hour or so, with the marinade. The result was a tender, juicy, very yummy little bird that we will certainly try again.

2) poussin; 3) the marinade ingredients sans garlic

4) whiz it all around in a food processer and 5) apply to the trussed bird

6) the result after an hour of high heat is a lovely little bird

7) let him rest a bit then carve in half and 8) serve with some stuffing

For the soup, I used the celery root and leek as the base for a very, very simple soup and added in about a cup of pototo as I was short on celery root. 

9) leeks and onions; 10) celery root (aka celeriac)

11) sweat the onion and leeks till soft then; 12) toss in the celery root

13) add in potato and 4 cups of broth of your choice; 14) in this case free range chicken and simmer for an hour or so

15) let the soup cool and then blend the heck out of it in a blender and your done

16) the result is a lovely soup you can garnish with some truffle oil; and served with a simple watercress salad, roasted beats, tomato and a heavenly earthy Paridiso cheese

It all made for a perfect dinner on a blustery evening.

17) the weather outside is frightful … ah, life in Toronto in December

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7 Responses to The Holiday Dinner

  1. christao408 says:

    A lovely winter meal!

  2. ElusiveWords says:

    Mmm… nice dinner. I will also be stealing that soup recipe and the marinade too.

  3. I’m gonna steal your celery root and leek soup recipe!

  4. Fatcat723 says:

    Looks like a great holiday feast! Merry Christmas!

  5. i_love_nemo says:

    Sounds beautiful!
    I’ll have to try to make that for Valentines Day!
    I wish I had that table setting!

  6. kunhuo42 says:

    wow, that looks delicious!  sounds like a great holiday feast!

  7. CurryPuffy says:

    Nice to have a warm bowl of home made soup in a cold winter day! Merry Christmas!

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