Livin' On the Edge

Friday, 23 March 2012

We are living on the very Eastern edge of the United States this week on a barrier island, Bald Head. The sun has been shining, the company has been amazing and the food/drink has not disappointed. We also found out there must be a nude beach on Baldy because we found this sign in the marina area (just kidding - but look at the little Green Anole hanging out on top).

As a gesture of thanks to my parents for inviting me and friends this week, I cooked a roast chicken dinner Tuesday evening with new potatoes and fresh corn on the cob. We scavenged Rosemary from the Bald Head Island club and used it to flavor the dish. I went with a recipe provided in Ruth Reichel's memoir which instructs the cook to separate the skin from the bird and place pats of butter, chopped garlic and Rosemary next to the meat. I added chopped celery, onions and more herbs to the cavities. 

I roasted the birds (they were both small) at 325 for an hour and a half, basting every 15 minutes. The meal turned out nicely and we served Clos Du Bois Chardonnay (always a safe bet for a rich white that has flavor and is dry but not too dry). 

Each day, it seems, is more beautiful than the previous. I have no idea how we lucked out with such gorgeous weather but the sun has been shining every afternoon and although the water is a bit icy, just walking along the beach, listening to the waves and hearing Laughing Gulls in the distance has been such a treat. Tomorrow we head back. 

I was able to transcribe six research interviews this week and conduct one. I've also finished a literature review for my next paper so this wasn't all fun and games but wow. I'm so thankful for the respite. Mom and I have also loved having the company of two of my good friends. We've laughed, danced, cooked, talked about success and failure and overall produced amazing memories.

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