Today we have something colorful and fowl based on your votes. In this case, it translates to a type of guinea hen as this is the bird that we plan to serve on Christmas for the first time. Ours is a cage-free hen raised on a small farm in California that just arrived this weekend. It occurred to me I had heard of guinea hens being served at the holidays, but had no idea what one looked like before it was plated. When looking up what the heck this creature was, I realized the real thing looked rather fascinating.
Two of the varieties of guineafowl intrigued me, the helmeted one with a rhinoceros horn and the one I doodlewashed here which looks like it’s trying to wear a disguise or impersonate a lounge singer. It made me chuckle to think that such an odd and slightly frightening vulture face needed a noticeably out-of-place well-coiffed hairdo on top. Kind of like Donald Trump, only a brunette. While I don’t think this bird will be running for president, it’s clear that nothing is impossible these days.
This was a tough one to doodlewash because I wanted to see if I could only use paper white and not reach for the white gouache. I was pleased with how it turned out, but those little dots were crazy to keep white. This little guy is mainly Cobalt Blue, Cobalt Teal, Pyrrol Red and Neutral Tint, but the eyes seemed to want Quinacridone Gold and Azo Orange. These creatures are a bit crazy looking, but I think this one fancies himself rather suave and debonair. Perhaps he will run for president after all.
The guinea hen is often preferred over chicken is some parts of the world and is served so much in France it is often referred to as the “Sunday bird.” Philippe was excited because he said that now it really felt like Christmas. My family food tradition I remember was just the blueberry muffins my mother would make on Christmas morning, so we’ll have those as well. Frankly, I’m loving all the “new” food traditions best because it’s like having a gourmet holiday.
I’m equally thrilled that in just 2 days we’ll be opening our first gift on Christmas Eve! This combined with the wonderful food and, of course, champagne, make this time of year incredibly special. But the fun doesn’t stop as there’s also the caviar and blinis to enjoy come New Year’s Eve! Hope your holidays are filled with fun and fabulous food as well!