For the last week of my learning project, I decided to go all out by making a full roast chicken dinner for my family. This actually worked out really well because I was able to make this supper on Sunday, which happened to be Father’s Day.
My full meal included a roast chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, homemade gravy, fresh asparagus from the garden, peas, and some stovetop stuffing.
The first step was to prep the chicken and get it in the oven as I knew it would take a few hours to cook. I followed this juicy roast chicken recipe. This called for me to season the chicken with salt and pepper and stuff some celery and onions inside as you can see in these two photos.
Although this recipe was very simple, I still had a lot of unanswered questions, as this was my first time ever cooking a chicken. I found this site that offered me tips and techniques for cooking chickens of various sizes. This was a lifesaver as it told me how long the size of chicken I had should take in the oven.
Once my chicken had been in the oven for about an hour, it was time to start on all of the other elements of my meal!
I found a perfect garlic mashed potatoes recipe that made for very creamy potatoes, just the way my family likes them! As per making the gravy, I had no idea how to do this. I found this recipe which seemed simple enough. It consisted of adding some drippings from the chicken with water and flour and bringing it to a boil. Way easier than I thought! When my gravy was almost done something looked off to me… my gravy was a light brown/ white-ish colour. Very unappetizing! I did a quick google search to answer my question and I found that a lot of other people had the exact same question. I find out on this site that there is such a thing as gravy browning which essentially just changes the colour to make it look more appealing. Luckily for me, my mom had some of this in the fridge.
The last few steps were to mash the potatoes and set the table!
Overall, I was very happy with my meal and I was proud of myself for pulling it off! The biggest challenge I faced this week was time management. I find it very difficult to know when to start things so that everything is done around the same time. Although the recipes and resources I used this week helped me with this a little, there are so many variations when cooking that I’ve come to discover that this skill comes from experience. For this reason, I was glad to have my mom there to give me some suggestions here and there.
My summary of my overall experience for my learning project is coming soon in my next post, stay tuned!