On the heels of our newsletter, and since Lisa and I just posted you on all the good gossip from our desks here at Melting Pot Food Tours, this week's story is going to just tempt you to prepare a meal you might soon consider irresistible!
My friendly tour rounds at LA's Original Farmers Market include Julio's Farmers Market Poultry, because I can't seem to refrain from singing their praises. Their chicken reminds me of one I bought and cooked in Italy at a friend's home - so incredibly fresh, tender, and flavorful. My friends there at Julio's stall love to chat up sports, recipes, and what's new that they know I would just love. One day it was frog legs (I didn't love them and Andre' didn't mind my honesty; he doesn't like them either) and last week it was poussin. This too sounded French, so I was interested, yet again.
Poussin is a very young chicken which resembles a Cornish game hen. It is generally raised very carefully on select grains, to render delicious, tender, and succulent meat. They are specially bred to yield only a certain size and are harvested earlier than other varieties of chicken. The very pale meat is very low in fat and cholesterol, making it quite the healthy choice ... when you can get, and afford it.
Julio is selling them fresh from the farm, for $5.49/lb. Each poussin are just over a pound and split, will serve two.
So there I was, with my poussin and, a Brazilian recipe that I had discovered in the Brazilian magazine my friends at Pampas leave on their counter for those curious like myself. The recipe called for game hens, cornbread stuffing with prosciutto and cranberries, and papaya nectar.
Let's see. I had a poussin, stuff to make brown rice and barley stuffing blended with bacon and raisins, and fresh oranges and limes were on my counter waiting patiently to be made into something fabulous.
Voila! The following is my very yummy recipe (which leftover half I am enjoying for dinner tonight) and I am beyond pleased to report that everything except the olive oil, brown rice, and barley (pantry staples), were purchases from my favorite Market.
The recipe was also inspired accordingly, and yields a myriad of colors, flavors, and textures that balance and compliment each other beautifully. For ingredients, I have indicated where you too, may buy the best groceries in town! You may also wish to drop by Breadworks for some kind of "mop"; you'll want to enjoy every last bit of what's left on the plate!
Here is wishing you and yours a savory and sweet week, ideally with time around the table surrounded by those you love!
Until next time, I remain,
Your Chef and Tour Maestra,