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Thanksgiving 2009: A Medieval TV Dinner.

10391870_1280892099727_7460299_nGame Hen Pottage in Bread Bowl

Inspired by a series of Dutch Golden Age Still Life paintings, I became fascinated with the sometimes simple, sometimes complex oil paintings of feasts loaded with symbolism. Meat pies topped with reconstructed birds such as peacocks, plates of raw oysters and simple breads, ales and overflowing piles of fruits. I created this as a culinary nod to the often elaborate meat pies and garnished meats: a game hen pottage nestled within its own bread bowl and covered.

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I selected several loaves of both sourdough and honey wheat, sliced them in half horizontally, and spooned the bread out to form hollow bowls. They were lightly toasted before the finished hen pottage was inserted, with the hen first followed by enough pottage to cover.

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