Special Dinner: April 2012

May 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

This year, Mr. E is doing a round of dinners based on The Lord of the Rings. (A short recap of the “project” can be found in the beginning of the Special Dinner: January 2012 post.)

April’s special dinner is modeled on the rangers’ dinner in the wild. Tolkien doesn’t describe the meal, but “berry, root, and herb” as well as hunting is mentioned, so that’s what Mr. E used in his interpretation. We had herb-stuffed Cornish hens and root vegetables cooked on open fire followed by a selection of berries with mint.

Mr. E would have wanted a game bird, but we only have access to a limited selection. He decided that Cornish hens are uncommon enough to pass for wild fowl. He stuffed them with scallion, sage, and rosemary and basted them with white wine and honey. Then they were cooked in the fireplace (because it was too wet to cook outside) over onions, potato, carrots, and turnips.

Cooking on Open Fire

We had the hens over a bed of greens and herbs. The drippings from the bird and the vegetables made for very good sauce for the meat.

Hens over Greens

Our dessert consisted of strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries with mint leaves.

Berry Mint Mix

All in all, the meal is a lot fancier than you would really cook camping out in the woods, but the kinds of ingredients could well be found wild in nature. And it was delicious!

I don’t know when we will get around to our May dinner; it’s halfway through May already and we just had the April one. Taking up an old hobby again has meant tighter schedules for us this spring, but it’s well worth it.

And speaking of schedules, I’ll be concentrating on other projects for the rest of the month. I’ll be back in June. In the mean time, have a good one!


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