After a beautiful and restful week with our friends at the beach eating and drinking with total abandon, it's time to get back to more prudent habits. I roasted a plump chicken for dinner last night. Sprinkled the cavity with salt and pepper and filled it with a lemon pierced in spots, some rosemary springs and garlic gloves. After loosening the skin over the breast I massaged it with some softened butter and more salt and pepper. I worked some more butter into the skin, s & p, then I trussed it closed and put it to roast in a hot oven.
There is nothing like the smell of a chicken roasting. I added a green salad, some olives and one glass of red wine. Off to a good start.