Let me start by saying I am not a cook and this is not a cooking blog. This isn't even really a real recipe post because like I said I am not a professional chef or even a semi-pro home cook! I sort of enjoy cooking...I like baking...and I love decorating (desserts, tablescapes). On that note, last weekend, I made a roast chicken all by myself and decorated an autumnal table for an evening with friends.
No babysitter meant no night out at a swanky restaurant with friends, which meant wining and dining them at our home. "Come over," I said..."I'll cook," I said. "It's no big deal, I'll make a chicken," I said...
I'd made a whole roast chicken before, right? N-to-the-OOOOO! I realized in all my 34 glorious years on this earth, I had never actually roasted a chicken myself. I'd always helped my mom make it at her house. Does my generation have time to cook? Perhaps some people do but most days, I leave dinner til the last minute. This had to stop. It was now officially time to christen our oven with a roaster.
So without further ado here is the recipe or shall I say illustration for "Garlic and Honey" roast chicken. It's super easy peasy to make -- takes a few minutes to prep and about 60 mins to cook.
What you'll need...aside from a chicken of course...
As noted in the recipe name, this chicken is all about garlic and honey, so if you don't like either of those things this dish isn't for you. I am a garlic fiend and honey is oh-so-delish, thus I decided to mix them together and that's that for that.
The carrots, potatoes and onions are the side dish. The apple is gets cut in half to be stuffed inside the chicken for a bit of flavor/garnish.
While you are roasting the chicken -- 400 F for the first 10-15 mins; 375 F for the next hour, set your tablescape with whatever you have lying around. I used diy gold painted mini pumpkins and leftover flowers from my Halloween party along with faux candles in varying heights to give the setting some dimension. I put down a few placemats and mixed + matched my plates (for fun) and called it a day.
Tablecapes are all about color scheme, what you gather and how you arrange it all. Make it fun. People appreciate even the smallest of personal touches when they sit down to dine.
An hour later the chicken was ready and an hour and five mins later we had devoured it but I managed to get a pic first...
I've been friends with Jessica (pictured below) for 25 years and the first thing she exclaimed when she walked in was "you cooked?" Har de harrrr. I'm glad I did. Hubby watched Shep while I did all of this so I don't have any tips on how to keep a toddler occupied while prepping for a dinner party except for maybe some DIY Toddler Games.
The dishes are still in the sink waiting for us. It has been 2 days and we still haven't done them, but, I was proud of myself for actually cooking for friends...not just thinking about it and saying I'd do it "soon." I actually did it and we had smiles on our faces that night, that's what matter most.