Monday, November 10, 2014
Lovely mixed-season meal
It's the time of the year when all sorts of lovely mild-weather produce is coming out of the garden--the last of the spring things, the first of the summer ones, whilst in the pantry, the last of the previous year's jars are coming off the shelf. And last night we had a meal that represented very much that delicious between-seasons abundance: an entrée of gazpacho made of last year's bottled, herbed and chilli'ed preserved tomatoes, mixed with this year's new basil, onions and garlic; a main course of all kinds of spring and summer vegs: the last of the asparagus and broad beans, with sugar-snap peas and artichokes, the lot all simply sautéed in olive oil with a little salt and pepper, just for a minute or two, accompanying chicken thighs marinated in garlic, olive oil, lemon, lemon thyme, and basil, and then flash-fried, and deglazed with a little white wine. Dessert was fresh garden strawberries, with home-made strawberry icecream, flavoured with home-made strawberry syrup. The recipe for the icecream is my classic one, which you can find at this earlier post of mine.
It was all absolutely delicious, and very pretty into the bargain too!