We’re going away for the weekend, out into cottage country, on a lake with only 5 other houses and a whole lot of loons and beavers and critter-all-sorts. I’m hoping this time I’ll be the one seeing the snapping turtle and also hoping that the forecast rain and wind holds off long enough to get the canoe around a bit.
Of course, as is my habitude, as soon as I hear we’re going away I go into menu over drive. Food food food! What can we take? What can we make? I always over cater. I start by writing a list of all the meals and working out a menu for the meals we’re designated to and what I’ll need for them. Then I head off to the market to make my purchases. But. Something always happens between buying a fresh baguette for the garlic and herb loaf and produce stall for the salad goods. One must pass the Italian Deli en route and Domino’s on the way back, and, well. Before I know it, I’ve bought, like an excercise in glee, three different types of gourmet chocolate, 5 new cheeses, bunches of new condiments, treats, snacks and sauces. Just in case, you know. Here are a couple of my latest finds:
Harvest Song Armenian Black Walnuts
Picked while still young and tender and preserved whole, shell and all, in a not too sweet syrup.
Moutard au Moût de Raisin
Basically, mustard with grape must. Sounds odd, tastes sublime, intoxicating. I love mustard, so this is a hit. Great in salad dressing (check out the dressing on the spinach and pea salad)