David & John & Prince Edward County Lavender

Oh my gosh…my readers must appreciate the glory of the smell of lavender as much as I do!  While visiting the Prince Edward County Lavender farm, I purchased a deep purple bunch of fresh lavender to place next to Mom’s urn.  I also purchased a plant of the medium purple to leave alongside Mom’s violets in the dining room window.  It was a glorious day for such a visit as this one.

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David and John…thank you for the magic of that afternoon…for showing me the Glenwood Cemetery…for the exploring of stone walls…and slow drivers up ahead.  Laughter…exploring…conversation…all so precious to me!

The Pleasures of Beautiful Food: Belleville Farmer’s Market

Dad and I picked up fresh produce at the Belleville Farmer’s Market on Front Street.  We also bought the lamb that Dad prepared, using a combination of Barb’s recipe and one he found on line.  I know that my readers enjoy markets as much as I do!  Summer is wonderful for the possibilities of purchasing from local producers.  I would not have met Peter Paylor, Lisa Morris and their friends had I not wandered down to the Market a few times over my stay with Dad.

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The Pleasures of Beautiful Food: Thank You, Morley and Barb

I didn’t just skulk around in cemeteries this past summer, researching family history.  I didn’t just explore old buildings and try to unlock the stories they revealed.  My father and I enjoyed some wonderful foods!  There is nothing like produce purchased at the markets of the Quinte region…things coming into season and sold at a fantastic price.  You have to love summer!  My father prepared all of my dinners for me, usually accompanied by his house red, and he is a marvelous chef!  It was a joy to share meal times with my Dad.

One evening, though, Morley and Barb had us over for a lamb barbecue.  Not only were our hosts very gracious, but they served up for me, one of the most aesthetically beautiful meals of the summer.  Dad and I were having a tough time with our grief and once Morley’s home made white came out and dinner was served, we were feeling the pleasures of support and friendship.  Isn’t it true?  Friendship makes all food taste better!

P1110547 P1110548 P1110549 P1110550I know…it’s the strangest thing that people these days are so preoccupied with taking photographs of their food.  When my Mom prepared so many beautiful feasts, we didn’t collect photographs of her culinary delights.  Not many photographs of meals have survived from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s or 90s.  I know that once cookbooks began to include glossy photographs, people went nuts over cooking.  There is no record of what our mother’s/grandmother’s good food looked like as it was served.  Does anyone have a photo of a meal from previous decades that they would like to share? I wonder what future generations will think of our vast portfolio of dinner plates.  This meal simply cried out to be archived.

Dad sent me this recipe via electronic mail if my readers wish to try the lamb.

(This is what I got from Barb.  She does quantities like you lol)

slit cloves of garlic
pickled garlic – use lots
Lime juice

(Barb rubbed everything on the lamb and then put it, along with the lime juice in a bag and marinaded the whole thing for a few hours or over night in fridge.)

Then Dad got this recipe off the internet.
1/4 cup olive oil                     1 tablespoon fresh thyme chopped
1 tbs fresh basil chopped    2 tsp. fresh rosemary
2 cloves of garlic minced (not nearly enough)
zest of 1 lemon
1 stp. salt            1/4 TSP BLACK PEPPER ( NOT ENOUGH FOR DAD)

Notice the ingredients are nearly the same
PS: this is from the recipe

Combine oil,thyme,basil,rosemary and garlic,lemon zest-salt & pepper in a bowl.Dip the lamb chops into mixture and coat evenly (I know Barb rubs it in the meat) cover the chops and refrigerate for at a minimum 30 minutes preheat the grill (oven). Grill about 5 minutes per side.Chops should be browned on both sides.

There now maybe I can finish making my cauliflower soup YUMMY