It's nearly Christmas. This year is so very different from every other year in the last fourteen years that I'm not sure what's happening. One thing that will happen is that's I'll be cooking Christmas lunch for my family and all the guests who are staying through the holiday.
One of the things I'll be making is one of Katherine's favourite meals. She's my eldest sister, but doesn't always make it clear exactly what she wants. I remember this from before everything fell apart.
It's a roast chicken basted with thyme butter. The stuffing is lemon macadamia. Here's the recipe:
2 cups fresh breadcrumbs (I used day-old nine grain bread)
lemon zest (I do a whole lemon, two if the lemons are small)
roughly chopped macadamias
1/4 cup grated parmesan
salt and pepper
Mix all ingredients. Add more breadcrumbs if you need to. The mixture should form balls when pressed into shape.
The stuffing releases subtle flavours through the chicken.
I put the thyme butter under the skin as well as on top of it. I'm not shy about using lots of it either. I add chicken stock to the baking pan so the chicken doesn't dry out while baking. The picture isn't one of my best results - I was distracted by Katherine and her... well, you'll find out when you read Katherine's story, Out of the Blue, in Tangled up in Blue.
E E Montgomery
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