Regina is clucky, broody or yearning for more chicks. I am not quite sure what the appropriate phrase is but she is preparing for more babies and my little black heart beats with joy at the thought of it. A little while ago due to the fact that mother and children seemed to have parted ways, I was a bit anxious that she had turned into the equivalent of a crack addicted mother who had abandoned her children in the gutter. Or that the teenage chickens had turned into the equivalent of chain smoking, glue sniffing delinquents who cared not a hoot about their Momma. But no, it is all ok and everything makes sense now. Regina was just preparing her young ones, sending them out into the world and getting ready for new little ones.
A few nights ago when I was putting the chickens to bed, I realised she was missing. Not Regina. I couldn’t cope. She was my survivor. She had survived an extended dirty weekend away with Bossy, she had been scalped, I had thought her head had fallen off and she seems to have outlasted all the other hens. If it was a game of Survivor she would be the champion. Outwit, outplay, outlast. Perhaps she was truly ruthless? I was devastated, as Regina, like Bossy has been with me since our first days in the cottage. She is prone to going elsewhere for laying her eggs though so I hoped that she had just popped next door. When I did not see her the next morning or the morning after that, I began to fear the worst. My chook pen was a disaster zone. I would not want to live in the god-damned chook pen.
But on the third morning I discovered her. She was in the shed all along. Hiding behind an old door she had made a nest and she was sitting on 8 little eggs. She was creating baby chickens. It truly made my morning. And she was doing it in her very own hen house. Miracles do happen, even in our back-yard.
I love these smoothie bowls. They feel like a smoothie, ice-cream, sundae and fruit salad all rolled into one. Breakfast, Lunch or a Snack. Happiness in a bowl.
Smoothie Bowl with Pomegranate Seeds, Peaches & Kiwi Fruit
½ cup frozen Raspberries
½ cup frozen Blackberries
1 cup frozen Mango
2 Tablespoons Chia Fresca – Chia Fresca is a mixture I have in the fridge. I put about ½ cup of Chia Seeds in a container and add about 1 cup of water. This mixture thickens as the seeds absorbs the water and is a great addition to smoothies.
Splash of Maple Syrup
Almond Milk – as much as you need to create thick smoothie
Vitamise the above adding as much almond milk as you need to ensure the mixture can blend. Then garnish with below garnishes. Eat immediately.
Smoothie Bowl garnish
Sliced Kiwi Fruit