Lemon Chicken, Ignoring Instructions and a bit of a Haircut

Last year, I missed the deadline for planting bulbs.  Having kept them in my shed over the winter, I decided that I would have a go at planting them in… March!  All the books say this is not good – that keeping to timetables is important. I tend to agree.  But I also come from the school of thought of ‘what’ve you got to lose’.  So…   And this is where we are now with them:

Despite being planted late, we are  here!

Despite being planted late, we are here!

And here we are the right way up!

And here we are the right way up!

We are your woodland bulbs and we are nearly with you!

We are your woodland bulbs and we are nearly with you!

We are nearly ready too!

We are nearly ready too!

 

The garden needed a bit of a haircut. We have a third of an acre (including the house on it). Front is productive (the road runs along the front so we rarely sit there); the back is ‘relaxing’.  Kind of unless you are the gardener – ie me!  Along the back of our house is a small railway line in a cutting but the trains are not that many and they are also quite quiet – with not many carriages.  And these days I hardly notice them.  So we sit out the back a lot. Especially under ‘Granny’s corner’ – the pergola which is planted with roses and lavender.

Amazing how much nicer the garden looks once it has had a haircut.  A bit like us!

Granny's corner area before the cut

Granny’s corner area before the cut

After the cut

After the cut

The willow tree area after its cut

The willow tree area after its cut

All standing to attention post-cut

All standing to attention post-cut

 

To reward us for our hard work, and to celebrate success with the bulbs after NOT following the instructions, I dipped into Miss Reeve’s Recipe books and decided I’d make the lemon chicken.  You are supposed to marinade the chicken overnight if you can but I didn’t – only for an hour or so.

First the recipe:

Not quite sure where the Egyptian comes into it...

Not quite sure where the Egyptian comes into it…

Really lemony tasting. Very fresh.

Really lemony tasting. Very fresh.

 

Really easy to make.  Very crispy skin (bad, I know… but a little of the bad things is fine by me). And as we never buy our meat from supermarkets, it was a decent one with very thick meat and a good strong taste.  Kindly Lived, Kindly Killed is the only criteria I have for eating meat.  And the taste reflects that.

 

So, a good recipe, a good result despite ignoring instructions and a good going over of the garden grass! A good day then.

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