Sunday, 28 June 2009

I am a chicken

Occasionally, the chickens are let out into the garden, but always under strict supervision. They immediately head for the sorrel, which they adore and we haven't yet found a use for, although I'm told it makes good soup. For the moment they are welcome to it. Unfortunately, they also like lettuce.

Yesterday, I mowed one of the wild flower beds. I escorted the chickens to the site, thinking they'd clean up the fallen seed heads and generally tidy the place, and I went to the bottom of the garden to enjoy the evening sunshine. In a matter of moments, I had 2 chickens and a cockerel around my feet. Given the size of the garden and what I thought would be obvious attractions to a chicken, I was somewhat taken aback by their attachment to me. I can only assume that they think I am the big chicken, who knows where the food is.

On the other hand, maybe I am a chicken.


  1. mmmm maybe you are a chicken...

    but sorrel soup? Lovely... so here is a recipe for you:

    Makes 4 servings

    2 cups fresh sorrel leaves

    2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and 1" dice

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    1 cup heavy cream

    6 cups water

    Wash and remove the stems from the sorrel leaves. Heat the olive oil in a large stockpot, add the sorrel leaves and potato. Stir until the leaves are wilted. Add the water and simmer until the potatoes are soft.

    Puree the soup with a hand-held mixer or in a food processor until smooth. Add the cream, salt and pepper to taste and bring back to simmer.

    Serve and enjoy... usually with a good white wine...and toasts...

  2. Excellent Anon. who says blogging is a waste of time ?