A new look at cooking and home decorating...with an attempt to add more greens to the plate, more vegetarian options & hopefully lots of new ideas to explore

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Thoughts on summer

Yesterday was the beginning of summer. At this time of the year it is easy enough for those of us who like to cook, or just like to dream about wonderful feasts, to take on a few too many projects. Peaches, plums, strawberries, it seems as though everything has ripened at once. What to do with it all? I become greedy at the market and grab bundle after bundle of fresh produce, knowing my good fortune will not last forever.

Once home I start to make a mental list. Eggplant Rollatine with homemade sauce, strawberry jam, and muffins are on the top of the list. How will I get to it all? Having made a promise to make butter poached lobster for dinner tonight I am running low on time. The lobster would be nice with a potato leek sauce, humm.

It is just a bit after dawn and first on the list is Rollatine. A simple sauce from canned tomatoes will work well. Tomatoes are just beginning to show up in my garden, however they are still green and will not be at their best until late August. The current thought running through my mind is grilling the eggplant before stuffing it with cheese and toasted pine nuts. We’ll see how it goes.

The strawberry jam is simple to make and there is no hassle involved because I do not can it. So tasty and sweet, the jam keeps in the fridge for a week or so with supplies diminishing daily. It makes for a luscious breakfast when served with croissants and a deep rich coffee.

When there is time to relax a book from the library awaits me. I picked up a copy of The Cook And The Gardner by Amanda Hesser. No doubt, it will be relaxing to dream of the perfect French county garden as my own becomes increasingly neglected.

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