A Muse or two...

Those of you who follow this blog will know that we spend most of our summers in Italy, down south in the middle of the most glorious teal green mountains, and beside a meandering river known as the Melfa.  

The first time I ever ate a bean, barring baked beans from a tin, was in this valley, and I could not believe how delicious beans could be! Since then I have been a bean addict, not a week goes by when I don't cook the famous Beloveds or some other concotion!  This evening with all the ingredients for my favorite dish, I set about making some... to go with some inspired chicken!

With Christmas over and done, I am starting to look to the summer and those glorious mornings, with the sound of geese as they pass in a gaggle, the afternoons with the low hum of worker bees and the smell of honey in the air, and those warm evenings with the crickets chirrupping in the trees and the smells of what we're cooking wafting across as we sit in the dimming sun...

Melfa Chicken...
You'll need
1 Large chicken
50gms butter
1 tsp maldon salt
3 tbs honey
3 tbs milk
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 onion
Parsley to garnish

Preheat your oven to 190c.

To prepare the chicken, pop it into the roasting tin and,using a spoon, seperate the skin on the breast from the flesh.  Slice the butter and place the slices under the skin.  Pop the onion into the cavity.  In a cup mix the milk, honey, and garlic together and brush onto the bird.  Sprinkle with the salt and pop into the oven.  Its usually 1 hour 10 minutes per kilo.  

When cooked, the juices will run clear when you skewer between the thigh and the leg.  Leave to rest for ten minutes before serving.

Serve with Beloveds... (I put fresh coriander in these tonight, not strictly italian but delicious all the same!)


Ciara said...

Mmm, beloveds. I forgot about them! That's going onto my menu somewhere this weekend. Thanks Lisa!

Ahh... summer....

Emily said...

Sounds delicious and your description of the summer has be pining for warmer weather!

Nicole said...

Funny... I JUST opened a can of these beans for my son. I like cannellini. They also make a good hummus type dip in lieu of the garbonzo. Unfortunately my son (who USED to like them) will not touch them anymore. They have gotten soooo picky.