catching up…

It’s not that we haven’t been eating since I last posted. Oh my no! That would never do.

We have just come back from visiting my parents-in-law. And because we were all in the same city for once, we also visited with all my siblings-in-law and all their spice and offspring. On one evening, everyone congregated into the beautiful back garden to dine at an emmensely long table (actually, it was two emmensely long tables placed end to end – luckily the back garden is just large enough…) covered with sparkling white linen, silverware and glassware with pots of pink and gold snapdragons as a centerpiece and alternating pink and gold serviettes.

All of us contributed to what turned into a spectacular dinner: fish soup with aioli, steamed artichokes, salad with cranberries goatcheese and toasted hazel nuts, rustic bread, iced tea, white red and rose wine and fresh strawberry pie!

And did I take a photo of the dinner?? Ha! I was too busy chatting, reminiscing and laughing with parents/siblings-in-law, playing with my nieces and nephews and/or stuffing my face!

Happily, we also got to visit with one of my sisters who lives in the same city. She and her husband had both been working all day but still managed to pull off the most amazing dinner. Our nephew arrived as well and we all happily (and maybe a little noisily) chopped, sauteed and/or grilled before sitting down to a feast of shishkabob, barbecued whole new potatoes, barbecued green beans, tomato and basil salad with boccancini, fried mushrooms and garlic, caramelized onions, crusty bread, wine and fresh raspberries and gorgonzola. And silly us, we FORGOT to bring the camera!! We even forgot that we forgot to bring it!

On another evening, we had stir-fried scapes (the tops of garlic). What a fabulous discovery! On our arrival home, while surveying our garden, I was very excited to see that we have 3 scapes in our garden. (again… no photo… must unpack first)

Ontario strawberries are available now and we will be recreating that fabulous strawberry pie made by my father-in-law. By then, we’ll be unpacked and we’ll take pictures so you can see.

New dishes to recreate:

  • G’s Strawberry Pie
  • G’s Crockpot chicken and leeks
  • J’s Onion marmelade
  • A’s Mesclun Salad with cranberries, goat cheese, toasted hazelnuts and simple vinaigrette
  • C’s tomato and basil salad with boccancini dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar
  • P’s new potatoes on the barbecue

Clearly, we didn’t starve.

 

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  • Paz

    Nice to read that a good time was had by all!

    Paz (who’s glad you didn’t starve! ;-))

  • Paz

    Oh, my! How’d I create that cute piggy with the yo-yo? Cool! It was supposed to be a smiley. ;-)

    Paz

  • ejm

    Thank you, Paz. We did have fun. And yup, there was little likelihood of starvation. In fact, it’s a little surprising that I could fit into the plane seat on the way home.

    It’s silly but I have a horror of those little sideways smiley faces so I created even sillier emoticons (and/or altered existing animal smileys found by googling) for my forum. :whee: I just recently shuffled the smilies over to the blog.

    (Making animated gifs is my only vice… well, almost my only vice. This one is all mine: :whoohoo: )

  • A Sister

    Hey, I made the blog! Actually, it was EJM who made the tomato and basil salad drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar topped with boccancini! The grilled green beans were made by T. The kebobs were ready on the sticks from our trusty locally owned supermarket which also has great produce if a little pricey.

  • A Sister

    How do you make the little jumping fish and yoyo pigs. :)

  • ejm

    No, no… all I did was act as sous chef by cutting up the tomatoes and basil! I had nothing to do with the dressing of the salad OR combination of ingredients, which is (I think you must agree) the true essence of a dish.

    I have no idea how I make the little jumping fish or yoyo pigs. (Too much time on my hands?) Oh wait… you’re asking how to get them to appear, aren’t you? Heh, heh. I’ll never tell… their appearance is just my twisted way at preventing the use of those sideways smiley faces :lalala:

    :whoohoo: