As we approach Thanksgiving, cooking bird is on a bunch of people’s minds. Tonight, we turn to one of the birds you may have not tried before: Cornish hen. It’s like the second cousin of chicken, and as the webcomic Little Tales (written and drawn by a girl whose real name is actually Genesis) points out, you can do a lot with some simple ingredients to make a hen that’s moist, juicy and succulent.
The recipe is pretty straightforward, so even a novice cook like myself couldn’t mess this one up—just add salt, pepper, lemon, and paprika, and there you are. Even better, Cornish hen is a meal that sounds exotic enough to impress a date. The strip suggests serving one of your favorite sides with the hen, but why not try something a bit different? The Design Files features a few pages from the Australian magazine Tango, including a recipe for a vegetable dish that could work as a full meal or a side dish, depending on your preference.
Roasted tomatoes, garlic, wilted spinach, leeks, wine, butter, Parmesan cheese make this quite the snappy dish for a lover or loved one. The vegetables are quite hardy, but use portion control here to ensure you can both have seconds if you’d like. Put this set of recipes in your repertoire for when you really need to impress, and you might leave your lady speechless after eating such a decadent meal.