Coincidentally enough, I'd been planning to attempt chicken pot pie as this week's challenge -- a true bit of peasant cooking indeed. So with mild trepidation, I began:
Empty dish awaiting its cargo
Is that pastry dough? From scratch?!
I chose a single-crust version, because really, nobody likes the soggy crust on the bottom, do they? And look at that pan, all shiny and new -- this was its inaugural bake. I prepped, boiled, cooled, mixed, sprayed, and poured, and this is what we got.
Obviously the rolled-out crust went on top, but my hands were a little too full to take a picture. Note to self: next time, ask J!
As this dish baked, I set the table with an old favorite and a new: our gurgling cod water pitcher and a crisp Vignoles white from local Flag Hill Winery. And suddenly, my timer was beeping and J was pouring. Time to eat!
In the interest of full disclosure, I'll say that I almost hoped we'd hate it. The amount of work that goes into this relatively simple single-dish meal is completely out of proportion to the unimpressive-looking result, and I wasn't totally sure it would be worth the trouble. As it turns out, however, John took one taste and immediately gave it his highest accolade: "Mmmmmm. This is one of the best things you've ever made!"
Yikes. I suppose in the end this is a good thing -- the idea was to find homemade meals, tasty and filling, that I could make in the future to expand our diet. The other idea was to make the time spent in the kitchen worthwhile. According to J, it's a win for both (he gave it an A, for whoever's counting) so that makes it a win for all. I just hope he doesn't ask for it again too soon.
One other note before I wrap this up: my little project may not be for profit of any kind, but promoting it is still important to me. With that in mind, I used my favorite printing company to make up just a few (free!) business cards to hand out to farmer's market folks and keep in my wallet. They look pretty good, in my opinion, and since they were free, I certainly don't mind the little promotional logo in the corner. What do you think?