About this time of year Mary starts craving a nice big turkey dinner complete with homemade stuffing. We can buy turkeys here in Ecuador, but two things usually persuade us not to do so.
For one thing turkeys cost much more here than they do in the United States. A small ten or twelve pound turkey that might go for 69 cents a pound (or less at holiday times) in the United States would cost thirty or forty dollars here.
And secondly – our little counter-top oven will not hold even a small turkey.
But, not to worry, they have chickens here that get so large that they look like small turkeys and are much more affordable.
Mary recently purchased this chicken (a little over four pounds) at the supermarket. She made enough stuffing to cook inside and alongside of this bird for our dinner.
But she got quite a surprise when she emptied the bag full of giblets into the sink to rinse the chicken prior to cooking.
(Warning! – City slickers in the United States and Canada might be a bit surprised by the next few pictures! Happy Halloween!)
She called me over to see what she had discovered.
We have often seen large piles of chicken feet for sale at the market. Apparently the feet make excellent broth for soups and the gelatin that cooks off of the feet is rich in nutrients. But, we had never examined these feet closely.
They looked a bit eerie lying there in the sink!
In fact they look surprisingly like a three-fingered human hand!
I will remember these nails (or claws) the next time I consider grappling with a live chicken.
We also noticed a little bonus on the neck!
Yo quiero pico de pollo!
We are going to a Halloween party tonight – I wonder if it is too late to incorporate these feet into my costume?
Actually we boiled off the giblets and will pour the broth and meat parts over the dry dog food in the pan we use to feed neighborhood dogs.
Life is good (and interesting) in Ecuador.