Pheasant and Poetry

I recently had a chance to visit the Woodmere Museum in Chestnut Hill. It’s a great museum that has some interesting exhibits, one of them really spoke to me- Hearing the Brush: The painting and poetry of Warren and Jane Rohrer.   Warren and Jane Rohrer both grew up in Mennonite farming communities, him in Lancaster and her in VA. After marriage they moved to the Philly suburbs.  Warren’s paintings are of the modernist style, but what really inspires me is the poetry of Jane Rohrer. This dish is inspired by her poem – Seasons 

In it, she takes us through the year, from the hot Summer sun, to Fall and Winter, and then to Spring with two words -Maundy Thursday, which in the PA Dutch tradition was a day to eat something green. 

A pheasant that is seared and finished over hay in the oven. Sauce flavored with hay. Corn puree and slanted carrots, fermented turnip greens. 

I think the exhibit is closed but the Museum has an interesting book for sale about the Rohrers.