Last Saturday, Andy (a Scottish volunteer from Berudep) organized a drum circle and BBQ night. For dinner he managed to get a (live) chicken (or fowl) with the charming name "Henrietta" from a neighboring village called Fundong.
However before we could enjoy our chicken dinner, we had to slaughter it, boil it, pluck it and dissect it. Louise, one of the other RUDEC volunteers took on the job of slaughtering the chicken. Luckily we had a brand new and razor sharp knife so the job could be done easily and effectively even by someone with 0 experience in slaughtering chickens (which included most of us).
Brigitte (the Berudep cook) skillfully demonstrated how the act needed to be performed:
My role was a plucker and I was surprised how easy it was to get the feathers off (I was also surprised at how many feathers a chicken has!). The French boys who recently arrived at Berudep to help out on their eco-tourism project had the honor of marinating and adding spice to the chicken pieces.
We built a very nice little barbecue from some chicken mesh and stones we found lying around, and withing 90 minutes Henrietta was transformed from a beautiful white fowl into the most delicious BBQ chicken I've ever eaten! Now since I've started keeping chickens myself (Peter Cock and Wendy Hen) I'm not looking forward to eating our own chickens, but hell, I love the taste of grilled chicken in the evening! :)
[sorry no pics! I made a video but don't have the bandwidth to upload it at this point..]
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