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Childhood Exploration

A Kitchen Discovery Vignette from Ashley, Meta Street Cafe

As children grow and learn about the world, they are easily intrigued by new ideas, and take-in concepts with surprising detail.  Because Charlotte and I cook almost every day, many lessons are learned in our kitchen.  While preparing a whole chicken to roast, five year old Charlotte asks me why the chicken looked like a chicken. “Because it IS a chicken, Baby.” Her eyes are wide as she replies, “Oh!”.  “But, hotdogs are not dogs,” I tell her.  We laugh and laugh!  Chicken is a chicken, beef is a cow, and bacon is a pig.  Charlotte learns the origins of meat, how yeast makes bread rise, when avocados are ripe.  Our kitchen is a place to explore the plant world, spices, heat, tastes, smells, quantities.  I pull out a kitchen bowl and she asks, “So, are we going to double the recipe?”

Ventura Botanical Gardens Trail | Ventura, CA | Ashley | Meta Street Cafe

Childhood Exploration


Creamy Lemon Chicken with Cauliflower ready for the oven.

Creamy Lemon Chicken from Memory, East Gloucester Square

8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup chicken broth

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan

Juice of 1 lemon

1 head cauliflower , chopped
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper, to taste.

Melt butter in a large oven-proof skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken, skin-side down, and sear both sides until golden brown.  Add garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in chicken broth, heavy cream, Parmesan, lemon juice.  Add cauliflower.  Boil for a few minutes.

Place into 400 degree oven and roast until completely cooked through, about 30 minutes.


Charlotte in our Kitchen