Notes from Windward: #68


From Peacock to Perlou

Opalyn invites one of the peacocks to dinner


     Earlier this spring a small flock of peacocks took up residence at Windward. The female was invited to dinner earlier this summer. Yesterday, Emily and I returned from the afternoon sheep walk to find one of the males munching away in the garden. We decided that since he invited himself into our garden to dine, we would go the extra step and invite him to dinner.

     I collected my BB gun and headed in his direction. After a few minutes he calmed down and I took aim. I nailed him in the neck just below his eye stunning him enough for me to grab his legs.


     After slitting his throat, we (Monica, Jen, and I) plucked his feathers and began the process of gutting and skinning him with instruction by Gina.


     I then took him into the kitchen, and after rinsing him off I quartered him.


     The thighs and wings went into the crock pot with enough water to cover the meat and a splash of apple cider vinegar overnight.


     The next morning I removed the meat from the crock pot and transferred the broth to a large pot. After deboning and shredding the meat, I added it to the pot then added 2 cups white rice, 2 cups chopped carrots, 2 cups chopped celery, some frozen corn and bell peppers, and two cans of diced tomatoes. The spice list included vegetable broth concentrate, tomato and chipotle broth concentrate, oregano, and pepper. Two hours later the perlou was ready and everybody dove in.

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