Archive for February 16th, 2009

Nemo 0, Humans 1

Following on from yesterday’s post about Fat Boy and Nemo’s fight, I can report that I summoned all my courage and Did The Deed. Many, many thanks to both B and Jennie for their help. Yes, you did help. Lots!

The kill was horrendous. I still can’t believe how hard it was. That was one stubborn chicken and I’m afraid that the immediate death I’d hoped for was not forthcoming. But we did it and I’m certain he didn’t suffer too much.

Plucking was hard but not as hard as I thought it would be, certainly not once I’d got used to it. However, I failed miserably at plucking the wing feathers so we ended up cutting most of the wings off. Shameful, I know, but I just couldn’t shift them!

I was most worried about the gutting and drawing but although Jennie and B were convinced I was about to slice my fingers off, that actually proved to be the easiest part, if a tad on the messy side!

However, there was a major downside to the whole thing. Although he’s got great legs, the rest of his body barely contains any meat! I guess the Buff Orpington / Leghorn cross won’t be taking off any time soon! Scrawny is not the word!

So, rather than the delicious roast dinner I was drooling just thinking about, we have instead decided to delay the Taste Test. Last night, we roasted him in the oven and tonight, once I’ve been to the shops to get the right ingredients, we’ll take what meat there is and make a risotto. Not quite what I was hoping for but, having done it once, I know I can do it again. I’ll just make sure that any future breeding results in a more dinner-friendly outcome!

I’ll let you know how it tastes tomorrow!