Now that my first peaches are ripe and the first potatoes are dug, I’m finally seeing harvests in pounds instead of ounces. This past week is the best so far. Come to think of it, I’ve been too busy to post Harvest Mondays for the past three Mondays. I have some catch-up to do.
But first, let me brag a bit about the dinner I cooked for Mother’s Day on Sunday. I picked up a great French cookbook while I was in Provence last week (En Cuisine by Jules Francois). It has gorgeous paintings by the author and I’m enjoying “eating” my way through this delightful cookbook.
Our guests brought French champagne and chardonnay, as well as a couple of lovely French cheeses. I’m afraid that I was too busy cooking to take any photos of the dinner, more’s the pity. Our menu was:
Soupe aux Champignons (mushroom soup with four kinds of mushrooms–white button, Crimini, Hen of the Woods, and White Beech)
Poulet aux Eschalots, Thyme et Citron (whole chicken with white wine, whole shallots, thyme and lemon with a lovely lemon-cream sauce)
Pommes de Terre aux Buerre (farmers market German butterball potatoes and homegrown blue potatoes with butter, chives and parsley)
Haricots avec Petit Pois a l’Anglaise (homegrown golden wax beans with sugar snap peas in butter)
Baguette (homemade French bread)
Olives (California grown)
Crumb-topped Peach Pie with Grand Marnier (using the first of my homegrown Florida Prince peaches)
Oh my, I wish I had a picture of that dinner. Wish I could put the aroma and taste up on the web. Suffice it to say it was as delicious as it was beautiful!
I’ll catch up with the two weeks prior to this later.