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Menu Plan for Spring I: Week 3, Saturday

Goat Cheese and Tapenade Pastry
Roasted Cornish Games Hens (Poussin) with Red Wine
Cheddar Mashed Potatoes
Cauliflower with Paprika Crumbs

Cooking time:  65 minutes for menu      Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     Tapenade keeps well in the refrigerator and we'll be using it during the summer. You can substitute Brie or Camembert for the goat cheese if you prefer.

Goat Cheese and Tapenade Pastry

Total time: 45 minutes 
    Sweet onions, tangy goat goat cheese and salty tapenade... Pour a glass of something fruity.

Goat Cheese and Tapenade Pastry Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Roasted Cornish Games Hens (Poussin)

Total time: 60 minutes
    Small, perfectly roasted hens make an elegant presentation and are perfect individual servings (with maybe a snack leftover).  If yours are larger birds, one may be enough, (you can split it in half before roasting) or fix two and have cold chicken/game hen for lunch tomorrow!  Remember to put bowls for bones on the table - and wet towels for fingers.

Roasted Cornish Games Hens  Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

Total time: 30 minutes
     Lightly stir the shredded cheddar into the hot potatoes just before serving; some will melt into the potatoes giving them a lovely golden color, some will turn into trails of molten cheese.

Cheddar Mashed Potatoes Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cauliflower with Paprika Crumbs

Total time: 20 minutes
   If you want to be really decadent toss the cauliflower with another pat of butter before adding the crumbs.... I didn't.  Toasting the paprika and thyme with the bread crumbs releases the flavors.

Cauliflower with Paprika Crumbs Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 65 minutes for menu
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
baking sheet, medium skillet, 2 medium saucepans
with lids, 1 steamer basket, roasting pan, foil

Thaw puff pastry if needed
Turn oven on, 400F (200C), arrange 2 shelves
Prepare hens
Mix herbs, lemon, oil, spoon into hens, tie legs
Mix oil, herbs, mustard, wine, brush hens
Roast hens
    20 minute break
Baste hens
Chop onion for pastry, sauté
Cut cauliflower, put in steamer basket
Peel, cut potatoes, put in pan with water
Turn onions up, sauté
Add sugar to onions, reduce heat, cook
Slice cheese for pastries
Cut pastry, score
Shred cheese for potatoes
Baste hens

Mince garlic
  Wait for onions
Spread sautéed onions on pastries
Lay cheese on onions
Add tapenade, bake
Cook potatoes
Steam cauliflower
Baste hens
   10 minute break
Remove pastries
Remove hens, if done, cover with foil, let rest
Serve pastries
Done?
Remove cauliflower, drain pan
Sauté garlic
Drain potatoes, put on heat for minute
Sauté crumbs, paprika, herbs for cauliflower,
Mash potatoes, adding butter, milk
Stir cheese into potatoes, 2 batches
Finish cauliflower
Uncover hens, admire, get finger towels
Serve all

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