It’s the week-end! That means it’s time for Diana’s Weekend Coffee Share! Do join in. No? Well, do not be shy and come and visit us, we are a lovely group, truly we are!
Okay. I lied. It is now Tuesday and I am finally sitting down to do this post! All good if you are no longer in the mood!
If we were having coffee I would start off by showing off the fabulous food I mentioned last time. Well some of it, anyway. I was jealous of my client’s pasta frittata and just so happened to have just enough spaghetti to make my own! Oh my. To be repeated, for sure. I totally forgot to take a picture of the flank steak with Emeril’s Creole Sauce. My bad. However, from the slice I stole, it was delicious, so guess what? I’ll be making it for me too soo!
If we were having coffee, I’d remember my manners and ask you what you would like? I have a whole slew of options, take your pick! I would then apologise for my tardiness. Seriously. Sunday is late enough for a week-end post, Monday would be sort of acceptable, but Tuesday? I think I’m pushing it! I will, however, carry on in hopes that you’ve chosen to stick around anyway…maybe I could bribe you with treats? I was about to make some nice chocolate-chip cookies. Interested?
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I had a lovely time with Patti on Tuesday evening, stuffing our faces with sushi and catching up on each other’s happenings. This was our official Christmas get-together so we came bearing gifts. Knowing she loves a good candlelit bath, I got her a selection of the new season’s scents; she likes to get me things she herself has discovered (lucky me!) so I got this wickedly-coloured lipstick and bronzer. I love when someone else gets you a new colour that you probably wouldn’t have bought for yourself. She calls it vampy! I said I don’t know if it would attract or scare away… Whaddaya think?
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you the rest of the week leading up to Saturday was just regular stuff and that’s okay because we can’t be on the go 24/7, right? Besides, I more than made up for the tranquility on Saturday and Sunday!
Friday was the only day that Zeke and I had a chance to go for one of our good walks. He just loves it when we go to “my” river because he can run free and occasionally play in the water. Thankfully he was smart enough this time to NOT go in! He was hilarious when he walked on the ice and realised it wasn’t necessarily as solid as it seemed! It was not the best day to take pictures – though I did anyway! Can’t help myself!
After my walk, and once Aidan got home, we went to Costco to get the ingredients I needed for my part of the Saturday Potluck taking place at my house as well as food for my customer. As I was walking towards the fruits and veggies, I told myself that it would be beyond fantastic if there were Meyer lemons. I swear, in this neck of the woods, Costco is the ONLY place that ever has them and they have a really short availability span! Well guess what? Happy dance!
These lemons are just so delicious and I was so hoping to get them because one of the dishes I wanted to prepare for Saturday was my scallop carpaccio. Yes, you can use regular lemons or even limes but the flavour you get from the Meyers… oh my! (See what I did there? Such a playa!)
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that one of the things that makes me the happiest is entertaining, having people over for dinner. A full house gives me tremendous joy. Getting together with high school friends? No words. We got together last summer a couple of times, first to see Al DiMeola at the Montreal Jazz Festival and then for a first (of many we all hope) potluck get-together at Martin’s. On New Year’s Day, while on Facebook, faffing around, Sylvie suggested it was time we try to get together again. I totally agreed and next thing you know, invitations were sent out for this coming Saturday (the 9th). We figured those who could, great and those who couldn’t, then next time! I’ve often found that the last minute get-togethers are amongst the most fun. Well, a fun time was indeed had by all!
I did indeed make my carpaccio and the same lentil soup you see above. For starters, Sylvie, who brought delicious meat pie and was the first to arrive, got put to work to help set the table then make the bocconcini-tomato skewers whilc I diced up tomatoes and stuff to make bruschetta. The next to arrive was Isabelle, who brought this delicious multi-layered chocolate cake, was set to work slicing the baguette. Chantal arrived next with her lovely fattoush salad. Right behind her were Marc and Martin, bearing chimichurri shrimp and, as our resident pirate, a bottle of rum! Barely were their coats off when Dany and Giselle arrived with her wonderful canneloni and finally Julie arrived with her fabulous apple and endive salad. Needless to say, pretty much all arrived with a bottle or two of wine, beer, and whatnot. There was food for a small army, of course! Not too many pictures of food were taken, sadly.
Once everyone had arrived and food placed in ovens, fridges, on top of whatever, we finally got ourselves ready for our Kir Royale toast! I did suggest we get away from the back but they insisted this was representative. All it looks like to me is I have a messy kitchen!
What a great-looking bunch, don’t you think? We cannot have graduated together waaaay back in 1981! We’re too young for that, aren’t we?
We laughed so much that evening, reminiscing, telling stories, joking around. I just live for these… After munching on the shrimp, bruschetta and skewers, we made our way to the dining room. Dany wanted to take a group shot with his camera, using his timer so voilà… La Gang en photo! I didn’t get the memo that the dress code was black or navy blue… sheesh.
We ended up hanging out together until the wee hours of the morning – 4:30 in the morning!
Come Sunday, oh wait, we were already Sunday! So… later in the day, I was lucky enough to spend the whole day with a friend, just enjoying each other’s company, no stresses, no agenda, no obligations. We blunched (closer to lunch then breakfast), sat in the local dive – oh the characters you can meet! and had delicious Cambodian food for supper. Another perfect day that stretched out into another late night! Sheesh!
Like so many, I was shocked and saddened by David Bowie’s death. It’s funny how an artist can affect so many different people. I would not consider myself a die-hard fan though I did enjoy his music enough to have gone to one of his concerts way back when. It’s strange. I was driving to the store to get a few missing ingredients for my client (who was fabulous in allowing me to deliver a day late!) listening to Shift with Tom Allen on CBC Radio 2, and he was playing music that honoured or represented Bowie. He then went on to say how Mozart’s Lacrimosa from his Requiem was a perfect piece to express Bowie’s theatricality and I couldn’t disagree with him. I actually got tears in my eyes…
I wish for you a most fabulous week… even though it’s almost half-way done!
Thank you Diana for hosting this gig every week!