For the guinea fowl, smear the guinea fowl all over with the softened butter, then season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place the seasoned guinea fowl into a deep-sided roasting tray.
Transfer the guinea fowl to the oven and roast for 35-40 minutes, or until the juices run clear when a skewer is inserted into the guinea fowl at the thickest part of the thigh.
When the guinea fowl are cooked, tip the juices from the cavity of each bird back into the roasting tray. Transfer the guinea fowl to a warmed serving platter, cover with aluminium foil and set aside to rest.
For the tarragon and lemon sauce, heat the cooking juices in the roasting tray over a medium heat, scraping any burned bits up from the bottom of the pan using a wooden spoon.
Whisk in the flour until the mixture forms a paste. Cook the paste for 25-30 seconds, whisking continuously, until smooth.
Gradually add the lemon juice and white wine, whisking vigorously until combined. Bring the mixture to the boil, then continue to cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the volume of liquid has reduced and the sauce has thickened.
Strain the sauce through a fine sieve into a small pan and return to a medium heat. Bring the sauce to a gentle simmer, then stir in the chopped tarragon and cream. Continue to cook until heated through, then season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
To serve, carve the guinea fowl into slices and arrange the slices onto a serving platter. Pour over the tarragon and lemon sauce.
Yesterday, was a miserable day first I was freezing cold then boiling hot and generally under the weather. I spent most of the day catching up on the days of lost sleep. The cold sore on my lip is developing well and cracks open every time I smile so I am keeping a very straight face. I must admit that I am feeling a bit brighter this morning so maybe it was what was needed. Abandoning my chores yesterday means that the mountain of washing is still there so the machine will be put to work today and get at least some of it done.
Mike bought me some yarn from the wool shop where there is a big basket of oddments. He got three 50g balls of very nice denim blue and I have decided that I will make a pair of socks out of the wool and the rest will then go into the throw. The colour is perfect to go with blue jeans which I wear most of the time. It will also give me a break from crochet and back to knitting.
Anyway on that happy note I am going to make a start on the laundry, thank heavens for washing machines........
Good morning all yesterday was a day of success stories. My appointment at the eye hospital was at 8.45 and when I arrived they apologised that the consultant was stuck on the M25 so my heart sank as in the past I have spent 5 hours in a traffic jam on the same road. In fact, it is locally known as the M25 car park! anyway, I was seen by the nurse and had drops to blow my pupils open and an eye test blood pressure etc. then buy some miracle the consultant arrived and saw me which gave me a golden opportunity to pick his brains about my dominant right eye when shooting which he explained to me so at last I now understand what that is all about. Next, it was the booking in nurse and I told her that I would be more than happy to accept a cancellation if one occurs before the 6 weeks I might have to wait. Then that was it I was off home and sitting in my dining room drinking coffee at 9.40 so under an hour including travel - that is what I call efficiency. Well done the beleaguer…
So far so good, the sky is clear and the sun is rising but I think the met office is forecasting rain later, well it would wouldn’t it, they must know I watered the veg plot yesterday evening. We had a very productive day yesterday and James [youngest son] worked like a Trojan and sorted out my compost heaps, got the bee hive sited and ready for occupation then proceed on to clear out and clean my big shed so that I have room to put all the beekeeping equipment. As it was Father’s day, after the initial flurry of activity, I left James and Mike [husband] to work together while I went and sorted out the lunch with Tracy [girl friend]. They got on famously which is so nice to see as they have had their differences over the years as Mike is their step dad. Over lunch having discussed the political situation, assorted wars and other subjects of interest we got around to discussing step parenting and I reminded Mike of something I had warned him of when we first met namely that the day…
Good morning all, today is the first day of a new and different life. Now I need to take my time to readjust and not go at it like a bull at a gate. I have an appointment at the solicitors at 10am to pick up the will and then I can start making tracks with some of the paperwork. Having just spent a fortune on some new inks my printer has now gone on strike.
Yesterday went according to plan and from my perspective the ceremony went very well however it was quite clear that Mikes family were not so pleased and pointedly avoided the boys. I have three sisters in law and not one of them ever picked up the phone to see how we were. By contrast, Elaine rang me every single day since Mike died just to check on me. Henry and Angela drove up from Bristol to be with me for which I am deeply grateful it is a hell of a journey. The locals who came back for bacon butties and coffee not to mention the odd bottle of red were a delight. I was banished from the kitchen and Shiona manned the s…