Lemon Roast Chicken & A Winter Outing

This is a pretty simple roast chicken.  It is tasty and the chicken is moist.  Of course all the better if you are using a good quality chicken.  I have a favourite which is locally sourced and is organic and free roam.  I am sceptical when large commercial brands make that claim, so locally sourced from small producers who actually have a large yard where they allow the chickens to roam around is best.  We use leftovers for sandwiches or to top salad so we don’t waste any.  Evie is quite aware of where her food comes from and meat means that an animal died to give that food, that means you do not waste it.  Same rule goes for anything that comes from an animal, it doesn’t always work to get her to eat everything but the message is there.

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Preheat oven to 400F

In a small bowl stir together 1 TBSP olive oil, 1 clove minced garlic, 1tsp dried sage (or thyme if using), 3/4 tsp salt and 1/4tsp black pepper. Slice 1 lemon into thin slices.

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Rinse and dry chicken.

I apologize for the raw chicken picture, this is the only one just to show the process.

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Gently separate the skin from the chicken by sliding your fingers underneath the skin. Rub the oil-herb mixture under the skin and insert the lemon slices between the skin and the meat.  Gently smith the skin back over this.  I always throw any leftover lemon pieces into the cavity before tying it up neatly.

Place in a baking dish (breast side up) and roast for 20 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 350F and roast another 30 minutes until done.  A meat thermometer should read 180F and juices run clear.  Let stand about 10 minutes before slicing.  We serve with roasted potatoes and carrots drizzled with olive oil and a sprinkle of fleur de sel.  Sorry I didn’t take pictures of the veg.

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It has been a very long cold and messy winter this year.  Winters here are never great but this year it seems like it its never going to end.  We did force ourselves out to see a bit of the winter carnival.

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Luckily we are in maple syrup country

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this was quickly followed with  “you are brushing your teeth as soon as we get home”

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Some Quebecoise musicians, not Arcade Fire, but nice.

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Try walking in those!

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Hope spring is staring where you are.

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you & Happy Blogiversary to us!

2013 is over, it seemed to go by really fast, but wasn’t a bad year.  I hope 2014 is a great year and thank you to all the people who have followed our first year. It was last year on January 2nd that I logged into WordPress for the first time.  It is our Blogiversary, and I will get to post something today!

Here are  a few random pictures of some of our adventures that we didn’t blog about.

We surprised Evie with a Thanksgiving weekend trip to Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada.  She loves it there.

Spent a little time with Umi the Fairmont Tremblant Ambassador, a lovely black Labrador.

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Chillin

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We had cranberry pecan caramel truffle turkeys for thanksgiving  dessert, cute and yummy

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This was her favourite meal the last time we were there, and she talked about it for an entire year.

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Maple Taffy

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oh my the candy, chocolate and caramel apples, ready for halloween

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Having chocolate croissants every morning while in Mt. Tremblant, it is our Tremblant tradition.

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We made granola-y oat bars that turned into another recipe with ice cream.  I have to fine tune it and will try to do that some post soon.

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We made fiddleheads, but I got carried away and forgot to take the final pictures

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Got a new friend, Lily, who gets man-handled regularly

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Had an awesome high tea at the Royal York hotel in Toronto during March break.

We went to see Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Over the Rainbow” starring Danielle Wade as Dorothy.  Evie was a huge fan of the show (loved Danielle) and was in complete awe for almost 3 hours and didn’t want it to be over!

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Ready for her own show

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Learned to make origami green bin liners, was supposed to be our earth day post, didn’t happen, maybe this year!

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Doubles as a hat in a pinch.

Evie also recently earned an orange belt in karate, I haven’t uploaded those pictures yet.  I can’t believe that we just bought sparring equipment!

I hope you all stay tuned in and have a wonderful safe happy and healthy 2014.

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Love, Lori and Evie