I created a recipe for a chicken liver and apple parfait, after we had an unforgettable experience on Fiona and Adams family farm, Buena Vista down in Gerroa, it is just amazing how they relocated from the city to live the country life dream, on land that has been in the family for generations.
The day was focused on poultry, how to raise, care for and process chickens, there are two types "layers" and "meat birds". These Guys embodied Free Range with a passion, they rear the happiest animals, they put in huge amounts of care, love and attention into every stage of the animals life, and have the animals well being at the top of their agenda, I mean check out the view that all their animals get!!!
Our day was focused on the later! After spending the morning learning so much about what goes into the life of these birds, we were served up a delicious lunch, consisting of a beautiful chicken liver parfait, an amazing chicken salad and a delicious apple and rhubarb crumble with clotted cream!!!
We then learnt how to catch and process our own birds,then all of the usable parts were divvied up between everyone before we went our separate ways.
• our 2 chickens
• chicken feet
• and of course the freshest chicken livers I had ever seen!
One of the other guests got all the hearts!! (he informed us of how he was going to BBQ them up for a little treat).
As a chef who has been working in the industry for many years it was important for me to go through the whole process from the hatchling, to the free range bird living in the paddock to the last moments of its life, it was an eye opening experience and one that will stay with me. I am thankful for the guys at Buena Vista farm as they give people the opportunity and the privilege, to get to know the farmer, the providence of your food, how it is cared for, raised and slaughtered.
They are some of my food Hero's fighting the good fight for free range naturally reared happy animals!
Check out my Recipe page to see what we created with these beautiful birds!
Thanks for reading!!!