I'm going to miss these colors when they are gone.
Not long ago you couldn't see the end of this path.
The mosses are thriving in this weather.
Leaves on the steps.
The ferns have made a comeback too.
I'm using the cistern as much as I can before it is closed for winter.
And now for THE chicken pie recipe:
While the chicken is roasting, I make a stock from the chicken giblets and wings.
I pour the juices from the chicken into the stock and allow the bird to cool.
The meat is then shredded and mixed with chopped tarragon.
I add some white wine to the stock and some flour rubbed into a knob of butter to thicken it a bit.
While the stock is simmering, I dice up several leeks.
Then saute' them in a bit of butter.
And then add about a cup of heavy cream. It's about to be winter and we all need some fat on our bones.
The creamy leek mixture is then...
...poured over the chicken and mixed in. I also add the zest of half a lemon at this time.
I use small pie pans to make individual pies.
Once the pan is full you cover it with dough cut to size and crimp the edges.
Then brush the tops with melted butter and cut a slit in the middle of each one to allow steam to escape.
They are baked at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. You will know they are done when the filling is bubbling and running out of the slits.
The tarragon and lemon provide a lovely touch of freshness.
This is simply the best chicken pie ever.
And since I am seriously into pie making these days, I bought a pie vent.
She is holding a little pie.
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